Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Director: Jon Watts

Writer:
Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers

Cinematographer: Salvatore Totino

Music by: Michael Giacchino

Running time: 133 minutes

Cast: Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spiderman), Michael Keaton (Vulture), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jon Faverou(Happy Hogan), Laura Harrier (Liz Allen), and Jacob Batalon (Ned)

Since 2000, we have seen three actors wear the red and blue spandex of the course of six films (seven if you count the cameo in Captain America Civil War) yet Kevin Feige and the Marvel team finally found a way to make a film that was faithful to the character. Is Spider-Man Homecoming the best Spider-Man movie, probably not, it is the third best in my opinion, but this movie does tackle why this character has remained a fan favorite through so many years and generations. While I think Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man were better movies, neither of those iterations captured the feeling that Peter Parker was a normal kid just like us and we would react the same exact way if we were bitten by a radioactive spider. Sure, we all want to grow up fast and brag about our newfound abilities, but the film also shows a maturing process and a understanding of responsibility with these gifts as the film progresses.  Uncle Ben is a pivotal arc to Peter Parker, but there is much more to the character than that death and he does not all of a sudden become an adult after that tragic event. I love how we see Parker growing up throughout the film and makes mistakes that many of us would in the audience would do in that position. It’s there relatable traits that made us fall in love with the character in the first place, it isn’t the power set or the rouges gallery, it is the fact that a normal kid is given super powers and tries to live a double life.

The  movie does a really good job capturing the high school atmosphere. Picture Courtesy of movieforkids.com

This film does a lot of things well. I think it perfectly captures the idea of the character and I give all the credit in the world to Tom Holland. Tobey Maguire was Peter Parker and Andrew Garfield was Spider-Man, but Holland is the first character to nail both parts of the character. The cast overall was great, there was diversity and the high school scenes were pretty good considering that there were all kid actors. RDJ nailed his role as always and Marisa Tomei gave a fun spin to the Aunt May character. All of the high school scenes were great and Michael Keaton is probably the best Marvel villain since Loki, isn’t saying much, but overall I was happy with the movie. I love that viewers understand Vulture’s motives and liked his comparison of himself to Tony Stark, but the comparison was hurt by the fact that Keaton says he was only stalling with the line.

Keaton shines as Vulture. Picture courtesy of moviestalker.com

This movie was not perfect however. Let’s make something clear, the action is okay, but the CGI is terrible in some scenes of the movies. It really took me out of the movie when the suit did not seem practical at all and was clearly all CGI/motion capture. I do not understand how Sony could have worse action scenes than the Garfield movies and Civil War other than the fact that this movie had a smaller budget. This really needed to be fixed in future films because it left a sour taste in my mouth. I’ll give Jon Watts a pass since this is his first big budget film, but this really has to be addressed in the sequels. I hope the films will move towards a more practical suit in the future like the one in ASM2.

The CGI has to improve in the future. Picture courtesy of baltana.com

The humor mostly landed in the movie although sometimes it felt forced. Usually the mistakes were when it was a long cut and Watts should have trimmed it up a bit. This was usually at school when Watts wanted to give his big cast lines. I did not love Flash Thompson in the movie but he did have some funny jokes.

The movie wasn’t perfect and in my opinion appeals to more of a younger audience like Guardians of the Galaxy, but that’s OK.

I give Spider-Man Homecoming a 

2.5 out of 4

 

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