Spider-Man Homecoming Review
Review by Terry
Spiderman has had a lot of big screen time over the years. From Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy, to the premature reboot that was Marc Webb’s Amazing Spiderman Films. It is safe to say that our beloved Wall Crawler has had his fair share of highs, and unfortunately, some lows. If you were worried about ANOTHER reboot, worry no more. His swing into the MCU is not only the definitive version of the character, it is exactly what the fans deserve.
Summary: Spiderman Homecoming is a coming of age movie that is much like a John Hughes film. Peter is fighting to find the balance between his personal life as a High School kid and proving himself worthy to become an Avenger. This is a few months after his fight against Captain America’s team in civil war. He went from webbing Ant-Man’s giant form, to rescuing cats from trees. Needless to say, he is convinced that he is ready for something bigger. Then enters Michael Keaton’s Vulture.
The Good: Tom Holland PERFECTLY captures why people all around the world, including myself, consider Spiderman to be their favorite super hero. Here, Spiderman is super naive. At the end of the day, Peter Parker is just a kid from queens that was bitten by a spider. He’s 15 years old. This brings a lot to the table. There is no instruction book for crime fighting. Peter stops a guy from breaking into his own car, for instance. For me, one of the best things about this Spiderman, is that he actually kept his mask on, most of the time. In the end, Holland was awesome. He had to bring it to the table. Sometimes, this guy is on screen with legends like Robert Downey JR & Michael Keaton, and he steals the show every time.
The Bad: It is no secret that the villains of the MCU are lacking in the development department. While we have one of the best actors working today dawning the alien-tech wings of Vulture, again, we see a lacking villain in an awesome movie. Vulture is not nearly as underdeveloped as other Marvel villains such as Ronan (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Yellow Jacket, (Ant Man) but I would've liked to have had a better look into what drove him from blue collar Joe to dropping a building on a kid because he’s in the way. Sure, one could argue that we don’t see that because of the time jump (all of the characterization happens during here) or maybe we don’t even need to see it, because this is a Spiderman movie. I just think that Spiderman has some of the best villains in the Marvel universe and I just expected more.
(Bad Continued) Another thing that really made my Spidey Sense tingle was just that.. the lack of the Spidey Sense. In Civil War, we can see Spiderman using his sense to avoid stuff thrown at him. In Homecoming, there are several WTF moments that had my nerd blood tingling. For instance, the scene from the trailer where Peter sneaks into his bedroom and his best pal Ned is hanging out on his bed. Spiderman would have DEFINITELY known Ned was there, which would have kept the lego death star intact. Vulture snuck up on Peter a lot throughout the movie. I highly doubt that would've been able to occur if he would've had full control of his powers!
The Awesome: Overall, the best part of the movie was the comedy. The tone was perfect for Spiderman. There were some gut busting, laugh out loud moments in here and one liners that will forever be super quotable. One moment in particular, had me thanking the writers for answering a question that we’ve always wanted an answer to: how does Spiderman get around when there aren’t any buildings around. The scene where he’s (what looks to be) on a golf course, and throws a web out into the sky, had me rolling. He immediately sprints away, through people’s lawns, nodding to a familiar scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which is on a TV in the movie. This was genius. Also, I really loved that Spiderman mainly stayed in his home town, Queens. While the restricted the amount of building he could swing between, it also made the term, friendly neighborhood Spiderman, mean something. Again, I loved it.
The Verdict: In the end, Spiderman Homecoming is exactly what comic book fans, like myself, have been waiting for: a truly Amazing Spiderman. It may not be perfection, but it is the best Spiderman movie to date and is one the best entries to the MCU since the first Avengers. I’m giving Spiderman Homecoming 4.5 Mics out of 5.
Spiderman Homecoming is the sixth Spiderman movie. I thought it would be fun to rank all of the movies from best to worst. Let us know if you agree or disagree by reaching us on twitter, instagram, Facebook, or if you’re wanting to contact Travis, MySpace.
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