Iron Man 4…Spider-Man? Who’s he? (Spiderman Homecoming Movie Review)

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

 

Directed by Jon Watts

Produced by Kevin Feige & Amy Pascal

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei

& Robert Downey Jr.

Before anything else, I would like to say that Tom Holland did an awesome job being both Peter Parker and his alter ego, Spider-Man! While Tobey’s take had a quiet and humble Parker and Andrew had the charming angst-y teen genius. Holland’s version was able to capture the youthful, very eager side of our friendly neighborhood hero. Sometimes it made me feel like his characteristics were based on Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel in the comics with all his fan boy modes toward Iron Man and the Avengers. That being said, the whole movie was very entertaining and fun to watch. It was refreshing that they decided to focus it more on his high school life. Previous movies never really highlighted Peter Parker’s teen-aged/high school life as they were primarily focused on his consequences of being a hero, love life and personal convictions.

 

BUT!! As much as I would like to praise it, the movie had its shortcomings too. As always, I’ll do my best to avoid Spoilers.

First of all, the disadvantage of this movie is clearly the fact that we already had 2 previous versions/adaptations to compare it with. The whole plot felt like it continued the Amazing Spider-Man series with the difference of having new casts and the addition of Iron Man & Avengers to remind us that this is now included in the MCU, which is of course not a bad thing. I do appreciate that they no longer focused this reboot with another origin story. But this ended up having the supporting characters feel a bit left out and underdeveloped. For example, aside from the trait of being a bubbly and supportive aunt, you can’t really feel attached to Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May compared to the previous versions. She didn’t really serve much as a moral compass to Peter. More like she was just there as his hot single mom-like aunt/legal guardian and cheerleader.

Another thing that didn’t click with me was that the writers made this version of Spider-Man too dependent on the suit Stark gave him. This ended up overshadowing Peter’s genius talents, but at least it was used as a plot device later in the movie. Peter was also taking things for granted and rarely thinks about the consequences of his actions. He was more of the jump in the action now, worry later kind of hero. In a way, they made this version the “Millennial” Spider-Man. I won’t discuss it further as it might spoil some plots. Another highlight was Michael Keaton’s performance. Hands down, He did his version of Vulture justice. His acting was spot on, and I love the evil smirks he does from time to time. Although how his character was written reminded me of a certain Spidey Villain from previous films.

The special effects were eye candy and at least now the Spider-Man costume doesn’t look obviously computer animated unlike the one in Captain America: Civil War. The fight scenes were well choreographed and it was really fun and thrilling to see Spider-Man fight an airborne villain. Especially in areas where there were no building for Spidey to rely on for safety. But it was a bit frustrating to see that Spider-man’s signature Spider-sense was not utilized much in this reboot. There were a lot of scenes where you’d expect Spider-Man could have dodged attacks or certain obstacles but was unable to. I’m not sure if writer intended that since it looked like Peter was still trying to learn and develop his powers.  Or they just decided to disregard that because of the high-tech suit he was relying on too much.

 

Again, it’s a good movie, it did lack the heart and fundamentals of what made Spider-Man the hero I know (with his constant dilemma of having “great power comes great responsibility” line). It’s not the Spider-Man movie I was expecting or hoping for but I would still highly recommend people to watch this though. I will repeat that It was refreshing to see a real teen-aged Peter Parker and see how he balances his high school life and becoming a superhero. Plus, I do hope that writers would lessen Tony Stark spoon-feeding Peter Parker in the sequels. Would really love it if Peter makes his own identity without relying too much on Stark and showcase his scientific resourcefulness. Looking forward for the sequels and hopefully by then they’ll be able to add more depth and complexity to his character and the rest of supporting cast. It’s a good start, but still a long way to go.

 

Pros:

  • Tom Holland is born to be both Peter Parker & Spider-Man
  • Refreshing new take on Peter’s High school life
  • Witty and very funny
  • Spider-Man is now included in the MCU
  • Does not repeat the origin story but still mentioned in the movie in a subtle way
  • A lot of Easter Eggs!

Cons:

  • Spider-Man relying too much on the high-tech costume provided by Stark
  • Supporting characters needs more development
  • The reason why Peter wanted to be a hero was bit weak. Mostly it was because he wanted to be part of the Avengers and it wasn’t really implied if it was because of a tragedy that made him have personal convictions taking responsibilities of helping people with his gifts (like the previous adaptations.)

 

Final Score: 7.5/10

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