We finally have a great Spider-Man movie again!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie and the first in this new series integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he has already become Spider-Man and tries to prove himself to his mentor, Tony Stark, by stopping the Vulture (Michael Keaton).
First off, Tom Holland was born to play both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. When you cast someone as a superhero, they need to be able to act as both the person behind the mask (or in some cases, simply the costume) and the hero. What little we saw of Holland in Captain America: Civil War, he is exactly the same here–nerdy and brilliant but awkward as Peter, as well as funny and determined as Spider-Man. Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have their strengths, but Holland is the best as both characters because his performance is the comic book come to life. He captures the essence from the page and channels it onto the screen that few superhero actors have been able to achieve. What is even more impressive about Holland is that he can share the screen with such experienced actors and actresses like Robert Downey Jr. Michael Keaton, and Marisa Tomei and shine in his own right rather than be overshadowed by them. In the most recent memory of a fresh take on a hero, Holland’s performance rivals that of Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman.
Tony Stark may have been prominently featured in the trailers and the posters, but he doesn’t have that much screen time. So no, this is not Iron Man 4, thankfully. Robert Downey Jr.’s presence here is much like what Jared Leto was as the Joker in Suicide Squad, in that he isn’t around very much, just sprinkled throughout the movie. I’d estimate that Tony is on screen for about ten, maybe fifteen minutes. Essentially, he’s making a glorified cameo, which was the right thing to do. All that talk of Downey “stealing” the movie from Holland proved to not bear any fruit; this is entirely Holland’s movie, as it should be.
However, one may argue that Marvel and Sony are trying to make Spider-Man like Iron Man–he has a fancy suit, and he has to show that he’s more than that. This is true, but the character benefits from it. The decked-out, high-tech suit can be forgiven. A lot of the new features bring new and fascinating possibilities to what Spider-Man can do. Peter has the suit Tony made for him for two-thirds of the movie, and he becomes dependent on it. When he’s forced to use his homemade suit, Peter has to prove his worth to himself and rely on only what he can do to stop the Vulture. This was a fresh, interesting new take on Spider-Man, and for what it’s worth, it adds to the film’s quality.
Michale Keaton is great as Adrian Toomes/the Vulture as he shows that after portraying a major superhero (and another one, kind of), he can still bring gravity to whoever he is playing. Keaton may have been the best possible choice for the role because he makes you understand and sympathize with him. Most villains in the MCU, save for only several out of over a dozen, are not compelling characters nor are they much more than simply someone for the hero to fight. The film even opens with Toomes and their crew starting their business of salvaging pieces leftover from the Avengers’ battles and making and selling weapons out of them. Despite the audience knowing that he becomes the villain, some may be able to feel sympathy for or even relate to him. At his core, Toomes is a man who goes to great lengths to care for and protect his family, even if it means engaging in illegal activities, and that is immensely more interesting than cookie-cutter baddies such as Yellowjacket from Ant-Man or Kaecilius from Doctor Strange.
Speaking of the villains, if you wanted them to mainly focus on Vulture after hearing the Tinkerer and two Shockers were going to be in this movie, your wish was granted. The Tinkerer is a C-list bad guy from the comics, and Shocker is one of the more disposable characters from Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery. Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker gets the most screen time out of the two, but thankfully, he does not get his own subplot like every other villain in these movies. Instead, he’s simply a guy who assists the Vulture in selling their weapons. Thank the powers that be!
There are only two major criticisms this movie deserves–the script and Flash Thompson. Neither are terrible in any way; they just aren’t especially good, either. Despite being written by six people, the screenplay holds the movie together. However, there are quite a few lines that, while not the worst, are words that anyone could have written. Even though you don’t go into a superhero film expecting a script written by someone like Damien Chazelle (writer and director of La La Land), this film’s isn’t very strong.
Tony Revolori may not deliver a bad performance as Flash by any stretch of the imagination, this is not the jock type that fans or general audiences know. No adaptation is perfect, but Flash should at least be intimidating. Revolori’s Flash is just a dick; teenage antics such as slapping Peter’s ass as he runs past him in the hallway or calling him “Penis Parker” reduce him to a bully that most kids would roll their eyes at and would not be scared of. Although, credit is due to them giving us more of Flash than ever before. In both Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, he is only in two or three scenes. In a new take on Spider-Man, it is nice to see this second reboot add that much more.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the film fans have been waiting for over the last thirteen years–something that goes back to Spider-Man’s roots and makes him fun, witty, and all-around entertaining.
Spider-Man: Homecoming gets an A
“The most important thing, in anything you do, is always trying your hardest, because even if you try your hardest and it’s not as good as you’d hoped, you still have the sense of not letting yourself down.”-Tom Holland
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