Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon
Follow Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he tries to balance being a high school and defending the city of New York with his relatively new Spider based super powers. As he defends neighborhoods in New York, Peter also tries to impress his new acquaintance Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and convince him he can be a legitimate super hero and apart of the super hero group known as the Avengers.
What The Film Did Well:
Going into Spider-Man: Homecoming I was concerned, yet excited for this movie. I was nervous because since the original Spider Man 2 back in 2004, I feel that there has not been a movie that has really done the character of Spider-Man justice. I was excited for this movie because it was being made by Marvel, along with Sony which has been hitting home runs for the better part of the last decade. I was concerned that this story wouldn’t quite fit in the Marvel universe and it wouldn’t feel like a Spider-Man or Avenger story and boy was I wrong. This entire movie and story felt organic and not forced in one bit.
It was also a different take and story around Spider-Man. Although this was the third reboot in the last twenty years, it was not just a re hash of the same old story in the previous two franchises it was new take which was really refreshing. This was another aspect that concerned me going in because if they did another origin story of how Peter Parker transforms into Spider-Man it could have become boring or even potentially flopped as a movie, but it did the opposite of this and the new story and take on Spider-Man is a hit.
I loved the casting in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was a little worried about Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, mainly because I had not seen him in anything before at least not as a lead. Holland was great and although his acting isn’t going to win any award he portrayed this character with a certain uniqueness that won me over and was really refreshing to watch. Michael Keaton played the main antagonist as Vulture and I fucking loved him! Marvel comic book movies do so many things well, but one thing that they struggle with is having great villains and Keaton brings a villain to this movie that not a lot of Marvel films have and I just loved him in this. Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark/ Iron Man and delivers another fantastic performance as this returning character. Marisa Tomei plays the character May Parker and going along the theme of a new take on Spider-Man, she brings a new take on an old character and was another solid performance. Like Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau returns as Happy and again was solid. Jacob Batalon played Ned who is Peter Parker’s best friend in high school and I fell in love with this character and thought he brought some comedic elements that were very enjoyable throughout the movie. One of my favorite characters in this movie would have to be Michelle who was played by Zendaya. She was quirky and had mysterious aspect about her that I both laughed and loved and she became one of the best and most underrated characters of the entire movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming does a fantastic job of mixing both a score and soundtrack. The various soundtracks in this movie were great and went along with the theme. It seems time and time again that Marvel movies put together phenomenal soundtracks that become as big a part of the movie as some of the characters. The score for Spider-Man: Homecoming was Michael Giacchino (Rogue One, Jurassic World), who is one of the best in the movie score business and delivered another hit that enhanced the movie so much.
Finally, Spider-Man: Homecoming is both a great comic book movie but is also a great coming of age movie. It has a good balance of the two types of movies and whether you go see this for a comic book movie or a coming of age movie it will succeed in both those tones equally. It has action, suspense, comedy and does all this so well without becoming cluttered with different tones which some movies fall short in terms of balancing different genres and tones within themselves.
What The Film Didn’t Do Well:
There’s not a lot this movie does poorly, but it took me a little while to become a fan of was the technology that was involved with Spider-Man and his suit. At first it didn’t really seem to fit within a Spider-Man story and had me doubting how the movie will go. This doubt did not last as the technology in the suit blended well with the character of Spider-Man and fit well with the entire movie.
I loved this movie and hope everyone gets a chance to see it. In quality, it is right up there with Wonder Woman and even though Wonder Woman is slightly better Spider-Man: Homecoming gets an 8.5/10. It has so much going for it and portrays Spider-Man the best since the movies of the early 2000s.