I didn’t even know spiderman had a hyphen. I thought it was all one word. This one was aight…..
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second Spider-Man film reboot and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by the writing teams of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker tries to balance high school life with being Spider-Man, while facing the Vulture.
Spiderman got another movie. Because marvel dont like what they been doing at sony. Which is a pity because I thought Andre Garfield was an ok spiderman. But this spiderman is much younger and closer to his on screen age so theres that. Peter parker is once again in highschool. However, this time, we skip his origin story. The movie picks up from where we left Spiderman in Civil War. So we skip the spider biting and discovering your power montage. But at its core, this is one again a movie about how – with great power comes great responsibility- without actually spelling it out.
Tom Holland plays once again, the nerdy spiderman. But because its 2018, being a nerd is cool now. So he goes to a nerd school but still manages to be the social reject. He doesnt mumble as much as the last spiderman but just, is there. Like, besides Tony Revolori’s Flash Thompson, no one bothers him to be honest. He looks like a guy who just happens to have that one really close friend. No one else seems to have a problem with him. Which is a little strange cause this is the only spiderman movie that actually expanded on his school folks more than the last movie. He is not new to being spiderman, but since he needs a learning curve in the movie, he gets an iron spider suit. Or pre iron spider suit. He unlocks everything and now has to deal with the big baddie.
Michael Keaton stars as the big baddie. And hes amazing. I think a very good job being grim and dark. His interactions with spiderman are amazing. His talk with Peter in a car (you’ll see what I am talking about) is threatening and amazing. He does have gravitas but its a superhero movie so it does get silly after a point.
Iron man is in this too, for a bit. But really just to act as Uncle Ben. There are a couple of cool scenes he has with Peter too. I think their dynamic was pretty cool. He played the Dad who is constantly disappointed in his son. I wished he would have had more scenes with Peter but this is a superhero movie. Especially a marvel one, so clearly there wouldnt be too many heavy emotional scenes.
Talking about spidey’s school, there is Jacob Batalon, playing Ned, Peter’s man in the chair. He has great chemistry with Holland and I really look forward to seeing him in the next one. Tony Revolori plays Flash Thompson, unfortunately he doesnt do more besides calling him Penis Parker. Which is not even that good of a burn. But I guess you can’t really show extreme bullying in movies anyway these days. At least not lighthearted ones like these. Showing him getting beat up, in this day age, would probably draw attention away from the main emotional points. So good on them to limit it to name calling. But since they all go to science school, it makes sense that his bully would be a nerdy one and name calling sounds about right for a bully at a studious school. Laura Harrier plays Liz, Peter’s love interest. I think she did an ok job. She didnt have much to do to be honest. I like how they handled her damsel in distress moment though. Zendaya plays MJ. Mary Jane Watson!! No, oops, its not Mary Jane. This is a different MJ, Michelle MJ Jones. Which is kind of cool. Her personality is different from the earlier MJ, so I am ok with them introducing a new character altogether. She plays the kid who always mutters things under their breath in class, and when you ask them what they said, go – nothing. I guess its supposed to be quirky, I just find it annoying, I still appreciate them taking a new path with her. The kids in school dont do much story wise, except maybe Ned. So I am looking forward to how much they will factor in the next one. .
Marisa Tomei plays aunt May. Apparently fans were mad that she was too pretty and young to play Aunt May. To be honest, shes kinda the only one taht makes sense. If Peter is 15, his aunt would be in her 50s to be related to his parents. If anything, I always felt the previous aunt May’s should have been granny May. Also, people can have hot aunts, even thought its more or less played for a joke. Tomei is not young, good on her to look like she does, but I think she was great as Aunt May. Fun fact : Tomei and Downey Jr acted opposite each other in Chaplin in 1992 and again in Only You in 1994. She is an oscar winner actress, how can you not like her in this role.
I had a fun time watching this movie ( I do with most movies really). It has big action set pieces. It looks amazing. We also meet Lady Jarvis voiced by no other than Mrs Jarvis. It has emotional scenes but it makes sure not to let them stew too long to not lose the tone of the movie. We also get a small scene with Miles Morales’ uncle. They do a very good job of tying it in with the avengers sequence. They do change Peter’s powers a bit from the last movies, but I dont think it hurts the plot. Its paced very well with few spots to make you bored. The plot is not too convoluted and easy to follow. Its not a groundbreaking movie and feels like a nice breather in between the heavy marvel plotline sequence. Overall, its a fun watch.
Until next time,