Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017
Signed up the 28/03/2017
I remember saying, sometime this past year (2016), that Tom Holland might actually come through and show Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield their butts as the best Spidey to ever grace the silver screen. Everyone loves Peter Parker, and Tom Holland sure looked like a 5-star Petey, and I was eating it all up. Holland does exceptionally in wriggling himself into the character as one of the best performances you'll witness on screen in a Comic Book Movie (CBM). There's no faulting the enthusiastic, eager-to-impress 20 year old who has just the right amount of jittery and awkward to sustain a great impression of Peter Parker.
This Spider-Man movie comes across as made to suit a more younger audience than anything. And I guess that's okay, too. I say this because the storyline comes across as very surface-level and not something that older movie-watchers can really dig their teeth into and dissect as intensely as the ones before. The "homecoming" (high school) part of it seemed highly ingenious. And as someone who is a sucker for high school/teen films (hi, The Breakfast club, Mean Girls), I was highly disappointed by how that part of the movie wasn't paid much attention to. Besides throwing in a hint of a big dance and an awkward school trip, and a crush that felt a little forced, the high school aspect wasn't enough to pull at our heartstrings. Even Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) wasn't the aggressive bully we expect. Zendaya's Michelle, though, serves as a saving grace, as she's more relatable as a sharp-witted (Hannah- 13 Reasons Why), woke and care-free brown girl we all deserve in a 2017 movie! Ned is also quite cool, though a blabber-mouth, and hilarious as Peter's "guy in the chair". Even though he absently leads Peter into doing stuff that he doesn't necessarily want to do.
You also don't feel much of a connection to most of Peter's emotional motivations and teen troubles. It feels artificial and expedited. Though we're left wanting to still feel sorry for him purely based on the descriptions that have been thrown around online prior to the film's release- which all suggested that Peter was going through the toughest of times, everyone around him is in dire danger, while everything else hangs in the balance. All of this truly doesn't translate on screen. But bravo to the marketing team on this one, I guess.
I was pleased to witness a Spidey who is selfish and driven by his own delusions of grandeur, though; trying to be as big, tough and famous as the Avengers. There was a lighthearted approach to this aspect of him, but most of us can relate it back to our own egos and how big we like to believe we are in comparison to everyone else around us. I saw a comment saying this film should've been titled Spider-Boy instead, and I don't totally disagree with this opinion. We're yet to see Spider-Man in his prime in the MCU. Homecoming introduces us to a friendly neighbourhood Spidey who is still trying to find himself.
I was excited to see Michael Keaton's Vulture finally unfold on screen and, with what he had to work with, he was quite satisfying; the electric actor Keaton is. I'll say, though, that I expected this main antagonist to be a lot more darker and forceful. But I guess for a "fun summer movie" that's a lot to ask for. The action/fight scenes didn't serve him well either as the CGI-overload is quite distracting. This took away from the Spidey that proved so much potentional in these same shots in Civil War.
Donald Glover's Aaron Davis seems random on surface, but he could very well be important in Marvel's universe. Moreso now that news have hit that Marvel is including Miles Morales (Black Spider-Man) in the MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is witty, charming and heartwarming. It feeds you the surface-level right-and-wrong premise. And that's okay if you're into that kind of stuff. You'll enjoy it more that the beloved Tony Stark plays a guiding hand- and perhaps even more that he doesn't take up as much screen-time as the posters suggested; only popping up as a wise-man. The film ultimately doesn't pull its weight to establish fresh, distinguishing arcs to at least be rememberable, and that's quite disturbing considering how Marvel continuously urged Sony to let them include Spidey in the MCU.
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