SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING REVIEW
Synopsis and information obtained from ComingSoon.net
Spiderman is an iconic character from the comics that has had a plummeting career on the silver screen. Think back to 2002, with Spider-Man, when the red-and-blue hero was welcomed with open arms. At the helm of director Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 2 continuing a decent story. You will probably recall those years, when the franchise was at its prime, as actually good. Then Raimi lost his touch with Spider-Man 3, and garbage entries with Andrew Garfield quickly followed. It was feared that we would never see another worthy to wear the mask. Thanks to director Jon Watt’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, those fears are easily forgotten. Notable the best Spidey movie to date; it's highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny, all while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Actor Tom Holland did a perfect job of playing Peter Parker, he perfectly portrays a young hero learning the ropes at a more rapid pace than he is really ready for. While “interning” for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), his continued tangos with Vulture (Michael Keaton) cause him to try and cut corners with his training. Soon, he and everyone else, realize he bit off more than he can chew. The endearing nature, wit, and sense of justice that Holland portrays in the character, compel the audience to champion these juvenile antics, despite the misfortune they keep bringing. You really want to root for him to prove to the world that he is more than the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Yet it is his youthfulness, naivety, and novice experiences that make this adaptation of Spider-Man the best thus far. In his own quirky way, similar to his source material, he is able to get the job done, even though he hasn’t fully figured it all out. It was a refreshing welcomed element to the movie. Prior to this feature, the Marvel Cinematic Universe would depict superheroes already dialed in on their skill sets, ready to fight the enemy, as if they woke up already into their own. In Spider-man: Homecoming, Spider-Man is literally in a crash course training to superheroing, only focused on keeping to his code of not killing anyone in the process. It was very well done!
The acting was great all around. Keaton, who finally gets to play a bird in an actual good flick, does a great job at portraying Vulture. Let it be noted that I still vehemently believe that Birdman was garbage, and the Academy was paid off for it to win best picture. Still, in Homecoming his villain had depth, realism, and open about the plight of the “little guy,” causing the moviegoers, and Parker, to wonder if his crimes were warranted.
Coupled with amazing acting was even better special effects and a fantastic score during the whole movie, which kept the energy flowing, and enhanced the cinematic experience. Following Spidey soar through New York on an IMAX canvas was a stunning visual experience. The Staten Island Ferry scene alone is worth the price of admission. Even when our favorite wall-crawler brought both acrobatics and aerial views from his “vlog,” the realism was, dare I say, amazing.
The script was well written, keeping you thoroughly engaged in the picture’s run time of over two hours. Each scene flew by smoothly, as there was hardly a dull moment. It may appear that each scene quickly leads to the next at a frantic pace, but only because the picture tackles a ton of story at once. I won’t get into spoilers, of course, but the numerous storylines woven throughout the film may have some wanting to return to the theaters for multiple showings.
The best part of this comic-to-screen hero story is that Spidey is truly funny. The scenarios he is placed in, from saving The Big Apple to trying to fit in at high school, wrapped in the director’s homage to 80’s coming-of-age movies, easily make this a box office hit.
Spider-man: Homecoming needs to be viewed on the big screen. Funny, energetic, and captivating, everyone should web sling to their local theater for the best blockbuster of the summer!
Rated: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments)
Director: Jon Watts
Screenwriters: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Genre: Action, Adventure
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in "Captain America: Civil War," begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
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