It’s been rebooted x3. Well, this time, however, Marvel decides to go younger. What did we think? Here’s the complete Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly.
Running Time: Two hours 13 minutes
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
No Power = No Responsibilty
Let’s give it to you straight. We see this film start where Captain America 3: Winter Soldier ends and Peter Parker is back from his debut appearance with the Avengers.
Tony Stark, his mentor of sorts, has seen enough to invest in Peter’s spider sense. Consequently, Peter has got a cool suit with a Siri and all kinds of gadgets and gizmos that could rival James Bond’s arsenal.
But, the one thing he lacks is a handle on his powers. Director Jon Watts tries to keep the his protagonist goofy and improvising as he goes along. Peter, with the most noble aspirations, defies Stark’s orders to keep his head to the ground and not get involved in major issues that require Avenger-level attention. But, Pete armed with his new suit and a desire to impress Tony Stark learns how to “save-the-day” as the film progresses.
The film really only starts when Peter tells Tony, after the former tries to foil bad guy Vulture’s plot aboard a Staten Island ferry, “I’m nothing without the suit.” To which, Stark replies, “Then you don’t deserve it.”
What makes this movie endearing (or irritating for some) would be the reality element to the whole script. Unlike, other movies wherein we’re used to all our superheroes flying, shooting and killing at ease, the new Spidey is still figuring sh*t out.
This movie gets a lot more entertaining as it progresses. Please stay for the end credits. It’s worth the wait.
And as Spider-Man, we have
Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield…Tom Holland
That’s it isn’t it? In an age where brand building is key, it’s quite amazing we have had so many portrayals of this same character. Unfortunately for Tom Holland his performance will be compared. He has a lot going for him.
Unlike his predecessors (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield) who were “acting” young, Holland is actually young. Furthermore, he was surrounded by a young cast. This complemented his goofy, school-boy (in a good way) portrayal. His best friend in the movie, Nad played by Jacob Batalon helps him play and share his impish charm.
Apart from Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man is his usual self. He seems a bit tired, patronising and full of charm. Like I said, his usual self. Jon Favreau as Happy and Michael Keaton as Vulture are under utilised. Zendaya makes a legit screen debut and I’m sure there’s more to her blasé character in upcoming Spider-Man and Marvel films. In other supporting roles Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover and Laura Harrier do their thing and tick their character boxes. Oh and watch this movie, if you like to miss Gwyneth Paltrow on-screen 🙂
All in All
Does the whole thing work? Well, yes, if you’re still watching Marvel movies, then obviously, you like eating pop-corn and don’t mind different versions of the same thing. I joke (only half). Spider-Man: Homecoming is fun and light movie made for a millennial audience. It’s above average and could have been a lot worse.
There wasn’t much of a technical analysis to this review because cinematographically this movie was average. It didn’t look as amazing as some of Sam Ramie’s versions of Spiderman had. However, the editor should be commended on a tight job. But really, there are six people credited for the screenplay. What’s that about?
Watch it if you’re: a high-schooler wondering where to take your date before you go to the food court or you like The Ramones.