Spider-Man: Homecoming tells the story of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he attempts to maneuver his way around the wickedly wild world of high school and the various superheroic responsibilities bestowed upon him. You know, typical teenage stuff. Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Zendayam Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. and is directed by Jon Watts.
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
Like millions of other human beings on Earth, when asked who my favourite superhero is my mind immediately jumps to the web-slinging Spider-Man. As someone who watches a fair bit of movies currently in the booming superhero genre, no matter how many years pass and various MCU/DCEU installments are added to each respective multi-billionaire dollar empire, my favourite superhero flick has consistently remained the 2004 Sam Raimi classic Spider-Man 2. Every subsequent film tackling the life of the Web Head has (in my opinion, of course) fallen short to not only Spider-Man 2 standards but film standards itself. I didn’t mind Spider-Man 3 although it definitely could’ve benefited from a few major cuts and the Marc Webb/Andrew Garfield films genuinely make me angry. While Homecoming doesn’t quite surpass the brilliance of that original Raimi sequel – and honestly, I’m not striving to find one that does so – it is a refreshing take that finally breathes new life into the superhero that has seemingly needed it the most… Besides maybe Green Lantern.
Homecoming doesn’t shy away from portraying the inner turmoil and conflicts Peter Parker struggles with. Such… great responsibility… placed on anyone, let alone a young high schooler who is already dealing with every horrible thing under the sun, will ultimately have both dire and stupendous effects no one could possibly foresee. Tom Holland’s Parker/Man is virtually the perfect mix between the quick wit Spider-Man is known for and the struggling, nerdy high schooler that is Pedro Parker. I loved watching the friendship between Peter and his best friend/Guy In The Chair, Ned (Batalon) blossom as the film progressed and while Ned’s occasional “OH MY GOD THAT’S CRAZY!”-moments grew a bit annoying, I can’t fault him too much because I’d probably be the exact same way if my friend revealed such a marveling secret to me during my 15-year-old days… And my current 20s. I could’ve done without whatever Zendaya’s character was doing and Tony Revolori’s portrayal of Flash Thompson was just terrible. I think it was a combination of both a miscasting because Revolori is the last name that pops into my mind when I think of an overpowering bully. This is, in no way, a dig at Revolori’s talent because I thoroughly loved him in the brilliant Grand Budapest Hotel, it was simply a bad execution of this particular obstacle in Parker’s life.
The mentorship given by Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is executed just right throughout the film and although I’m not the biggest Iron Man fan, it was quite enjoyable seeing the interactions between he and Parker. Marisa Tomei, as always, is a delight and a half. While I prefer the Aunt May portrayal of a Rosemary Harris on screen, I can’t say I don’t enjoy watching your Tomeis and Sally Fields because they’re all incredible.
MILD CASTING SPOILER Can I just say how bullshit it is that Gwyneth fucking Paltrow managed to get sixth (or so) billing during the end credits?? Her 4-second appearance barely deserved a “with” credit let alone almost top billing during the end credits. Her contract lawyers must be Bob Loblaw-levels of greatness. END MILD SPOILER
Michael Keaton‘s Adrian Toomes/Vulture is easily one of the best components of the film and actually watching an antagonist whose motivations I understand and sympathize with is such a nice experience! Besides Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the MCU films, there really isn’t a villain in contemporary superhero flicks who I give two shits about. I don’t think I could possibly care less about Thanos at this point, however I so desperately want to know everything about Toomes. Pitting Vulture against Parker in Homecoming was the best idea they could’ve had because of the scale of it. There are finally no giant blue death laser beams shooting toward the sky! Hail HYDRA, damn it! The best possible interpretation of a Spider-Man story is when the scales are in sync with Parker’s existence. When there is a specific threat present for a specific figure in his life. No one will deny a giant laser beam shooting into the sky and murdering all the drifters sleeping in an alleyway is tragic… However if I hear that Aunt May is being held in a bunker by a bank robber, you’re damn right I am invested in seeing that faux Avenger get got.
How Were The Other Aspects Of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?
As I’m rather unfamiliar with director Jon Watts’ previous directing gigs including Clown and the Kevin Bacon-led Cop Car, I was intrigued to see how he would tackle a $175 million budgeted superhero blockbuster. Although there are moments when the close-ups were rather overwhelming (a staple seen in many other Marvel installments), Watts certainly surprised me with his take on the action set pieces. The action does get the heart pumping and there was one quick transition that I fucking adored and I have no idea why I liked it so much but I did… NOT EVEN A SPOILER REALLY BUT JUST TO BE SAFE, MILD SPOILER FROM BEGINNING OF THE FILM: The sequence where the camera follows Peter as he walks past the train platform and transitions down to the street made me super giddy. END SPOILER
You may be reading/hearing about those claiming there is a John Hughes feel present in the film and the filmmakers certainly do not shy away from the references sprinkled throughout. As a ginormous Hughes fan myself, any film that attempts to depict its young characters as real people is a winner in my book and with some minor exceptions, the coming-of-age progression in Peter’s character is a definite win for the advancement in the superhero genre. I also love the song choices that were made as they definitely contributed to the endeavour at giving it that coveted Hughes-feel.
If you’re looking for a delightfully enjoyable addition to the superhero genre and a refreshing reboot to a character we all know and love, check out Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming receives 4/5 Matt Damon heads.