Released on July 7, 2017 Rating:
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.
Spiderman is the one superhero who seems to be box office magic no matter who plays him or what year it is, and Homecoming is no exception. Tom Holland plays Spiderman (his first turn as the web slinger was in Captain America: Civil War, and the film is referenced so much I really do suggest you watch that film first) and I’m still trying to figure out how I like him. Holland’s portrayal is the most relatable by far, but he is also the whiniest and perhaps the most annoying. I’m not sure if that is because of how he’s written in this film, or just Holland’s take but I hope in future films he is less of a dork and more of a nerd (I like Peter Parker as a nerd, nerds are cool, dorks can be a little… much).
One thing I really appreciated about this film was that we didn’t have to do the origin story – again! We don’t see Parker bitten by the radioactive spider, and we don’t see Uncle Ben get shot. I’m so glad because I feel like both scenes have been done so many times and everyone knows how they go that it just becomes “Ugh, not this again,” no matter how well-acted it is.
I liked that this film did things different – not so much that I think it will enrage traditionalist fans, but in ways they haven’t been done before. For example, this film reimagines Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) as a much younger and “with it” maternal figure to Holland’s Parker. It also features different influential people in Parker’s life like his best friend, Ned, a completely new character or bringing attention to more unknown supporting characters like Liz Allan, Peter’s love interest in this film.
This film is just over two hours and doesn’t ever lag during that time, having fun with itself. It has enough action for people with high expectations but unlike a lot of other superhero movies it doesn’t rely on CGI or special effects as much, which I appreciate because I feel those things can often become a crutch to the genre and Spiderman has always been relatively simple when it comes to those things.
This film doesn’t get too big for its britches, like a lot of the previous Spiderman films did and was the right mix of everything. For those reasons, I’m not sure why I didn’t like it more. Perhaps it was how Peter Parker was portrayed in this film (which I have already covered). Another possibility was I felt it relied way too much on Holland’s first turn as Spiderman in Captain American: Civil War. I didn’t understand why Tony Stark/Ironman had to be in this movie the way he was – I mean if this is a standalone Spiderman movie so let the movie stand alone.
Despite these small things that don’t actually matter that much, I really liked the film and I’m excited to see how Holland grows into this role and what he does next.
Spiderman: Homecoming doesn’t offer anything new to the superhero genre but it does offer a much more parred down, relatable hero, honoring who Spiderman was originally created to be, while taking liberties in creating new characters and the portrayals of staples like Aunt May and MJ. (Don’t even get me started on the casting controversy. Zendaya killed it and roles that aren’t based on real people should go to the best person for the role, regardless of physical similarities. The end.)
If you like superhero films or are a fan of Spiderman then you already know this is a movie you have to see. And you won’t be sorry. It’s a good time.