Spiderman: Homecoming is the third time we see Spiderman on-screen, but this time as part of the Marvel cinematic universe. Check out my review…
The last set of Spider-Man movies left a lot to be desired. In fact, we haven’t had a great Spider-Man movie since 2004! The first Spider-Man trilogy gave us the origins, gave us Spider-Man for the first time on the screen and had our minds blown. But then Spider-Man 3 shit the bed. The Amazing Spider-Man was decent and the sequel shit the bed again. But then Marvel and Sony agreed to some terms and now we get to enjoy Spider-Man within the same world as the Avengers, where he belongs. Check out the trailer…
So yeah, this movie is great. It is a lot of fun! There is a lot of situational comedy that brings many laugh-out-loud moments along with it. This is definitely the funniest Spider-Man movie we’ve ever had.
I connected with all the characters we are exposed to. The movie does story and character development really well. Even the side characters serve a purpose that builds and adds to the high school experience we see Peter going through. By far the standout is Peter’s best friend Ned played by Jacob Batalon. He hits the right tone of being the curious best friend that is having the time of his life being somehow related to a potential Avenger.
Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Peter Parker is perfect with marrying his youthful exuberance and vulnerability as a superhero coming to terms with his new role and dealing with high school at the same time. Tony Stark’s sparing use means that he doesn’t overtake the movie. I really liked that and it made sure this remained a Spider-Man movie. I also really enjoyed Jon Favreau’s Happy and his interaction with Peter and Tony. Michael Keaton’s Vulture has a very relatable arc and made a lasting impression on me. It’s rare to find a good villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but we finally have one and it has been a while.
What I enjoyed the most about this movie is the world that was showcased around Peter Parker. This isn’t the origin story of how he got his powers and had to take on the mantle after Uncle Ben’s death. We’ve all seen that multiple times and we all know how it went down. But it is still an origin story of Peter Parker coming to terms with his new powers and learning to be the best Spider-Man he can be; it is a coming of age movie. The movie has a lot of fun with the fact that this Spider-Man is still a novice in the superhero world and he is trying so hard to get his ticket into the Avengers team. Even beyond that, the story has enough in there to justify why someone from the Avengers doesn’t just come down and sort out the issue.
The action itself is fine. There are many action set pieces but I found some of them to be quite indiscernible at times. None of it can possibly live up to Spider-Man’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War. Maybe we were too spoilt but that bar was set way too high. The resolution of the final conflict between Spider-Man and Vulture feels unsatisfactory to me. Also, some of the story beats felt a tab heavy-handed
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a very sweet, heartwarming coming of age comic book movie that absolutely knocks it out of the park. Before today, I bet none of you ever thought you would be able to use all those adjectives to describe a Spider-Man movie and thank the heavens above that we are now able to have such a conversation. It truly does feel like the golden age of comic book movies.
My score: 4/5 – Go watch this now, it is incredibly fun! Oh and make sure you stay right to the end of the credits; your patience will be rewarded.
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