SpiderMan Homecoming: Film Review

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When Marvel Studios and Sony decided to play nice and lend us Spidey to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we all gasped collectively and said that Spidey was home. After the last “Amazing Spiderman” film didn’t kick star their own Spiderverse and it being a flop thus canceling all the spinoffs and 3rd “Amazing Spiderman” film starring Andrew Garfield the we slinger was in movie limbo. We were fans of Andrew Garfield as Spiderman and even Tobey McGuire as the hero but the studio destroyed them both. Now we have our third Spiderman with actor Tom Holland and you know once that was announced there was a lot of skepticism as to what direction Marvel Studios was going to go with him. New origin story, reboot the character, no one knew. Then Captain America: Civil War came out and we got our first look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker and we all breathed a sigh of relief! He was great on screen and in the brief time we had with him onscreen fans were going nuts and wanted more! You knew that Marvel was going to give us more and they have! We will be getting 3 stand alone Spiderman films with the first one hitting theaters this weekend! Here is our spoiler free review!

Thank heaven this is not another origin story, with that being said “Spiderman Homecoming” takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War and we are thrown right smack dab in the middle of Peter Parker’s daily life. His drab high school life as he sits and waits to get the call from Tony Stark on when he can become a full fledged Avenger. This happens alot through the film and it is quite funny. From the trailers you already know that Iron Man plays a significant role in the film as he has taken it upon himself to have Peter Parker under his wing and has also outfitted him with some nifty and techie gadgets on his new Spiderman suit.

Directed by Jon Watts who brought us the marvelous “Cop Car” and freaky horror film “Clown” he has done a wonderful job in giving us a very non traditional/traditonal Marvel film. I say that because with each new film that is coming into the Marvel Universe they are doing their best in keeping the films fresh and different and it shows with hiring of directors like Watts, James Gunn and Ryan Coogler to helm these big projects. They seem to play it a little too safe at times in my opinion but they do get butts into the seats as I am sure Spidey will bring in some huge box office numbers this weekend.

The tone to the film is light and sometimes a bit campy with Peter’s friends picking up some great lines and sharing in all the hero madness surrounding him. From the beginning we got the 80’s film vibe and that drew us in even more. When we go into this genre of film we know we are going in for a damn good time at the movies. “Spiderman Homecoming” does this from the opening scene! Some may have thought this to be a negative aspect of the film but we couldn’t disagree with them more. This is what makes this film standout from the other Spidey films and comic book films. We are not getting another origin story and that is a fact. So back to the movie review… We get to follow Peter Parker and his best friend Ned played by Jacob Batalon who we feel does a good job in stealing some of Peter’s scenes be regular teens dealing with school, love and wanting to be an Avenger. Lol.

One thing that many have said is one of Marvel Studios week points is developing a good villain in their films. Not here! We can see how this can be a daunting task because you don’t want to go too dark especially since Marvel answers to the Mouse but at the same time you need to have some depth and evil in there. That is what gives a film good balance. Michael Keaton certainly delivers here from the very beginning. We get a solid look at what is making him and his crew tick. Spidey has a lot of bad guys he has taken on through his comic book life but this on fits in with larger universe at hand. We are for sure going to see some good baddies in the future and we are excited for this especially Marvel sticks with a director like Jon Watts.

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The premise ย of the story is like a coming of age story for Peter Parker. He is trying to be one with what he just went through during Civil War and also be a kid, but how can you be a kids after what you just saw! How do you keep this all a secret from Aunt May and all of your friends (1). It is not an easy job but he manages to do so for the most part. Tom Holland manages to capture the immaturity of the character very well and how he is trying so hard to be what he thinks everyone is expecting of him. Though no one really ever expects him to be more than just Peter Parker. It is a learning curve where we see Iron Man mentor the young hero and here is where we had one of the only major problems of the film. That part is over done a tad and makes Spidey look like a fumbling idiot always messing up. If they had scaled back just a tad it would have had a bigger impact. Tom Holland partially saves this downfall with his performance as as Peter Parker and the growing pains he is facing here. He really digs deep and gives us we feel the best Spiderman/Peter Parker yet! The film does give off a different vibe than your traditional super hero flick. Pay attention because there are a good deal of nods to some classic films here and the music plays great alongside the story. Thumbs on that on Jon Watts!

While the Marvel Universe continues to grow and grow we need the solo outings of our beloved characters to not get lost up in the grand scheme of things. “Spiderman Homecoming” is able to balance this out without going back in time and giving us the dreaded reboot treatment. Kudos to that! A very fun and enjoyable film that will satisfy a lot of our Spidey needs and proof that if the studios are able to work together maybe other will follow suit and lend Marvel some more names for some future projects. We had a blast with this one and think you will as well.

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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine โ€“ distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man โ€“ but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Cast:
Tom Holland
Michael Keaton
Zendaya
Jon Favreau
Donald Glover
Tyne Daly
with Marisa Tomei
and Robert Downey Jr.

 

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