What has everyone seem to be clamoring about nowadays? Of course, another Spiderman movie with a new Peter Parker! All jokes aside, Spiderman: Homecoming was a positive spin on this movie we have literally seen five times before. Emotions about the Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spiderman chronology aside, I was hopeful for this movie from the beginning. I think with the glimpse of Spiderman in Civil War was a nice touch to give us a peek at the personality Tom Holland was going to bring to the role and I think he may be the best one yet.
I think most can agree, one great aspect of Spiderman: Homecoming was that the audience gets to skip the origin story. I don’t think I could watch the tragic death of Uncle Ben again to be honest. However, I will say as this movie starts out, I was pretty frightened at the tone. While I think the Spiderman should always be light, funny, and childish in a sense, the movie seemed a bit too silly for the first 30 minutes. Thankfully, they balance the silly antics with the seriousness and scope of what the cinematic universe has done to Earth.
The best part of this movie in my opinion is the story of the vulture. Michael Keaton plays an incredible character (most likely got some training from his role in Birdman) that for the first time seems to have depth and conflicts that the audience allows the audience to connect. I came out of the theater and realized I could totally see where Keaton’s character was coming from and could sympathize.
Once the movie became a little more serious in the 2nd half, another realization hit me. This Spiderman is 15 years-old. The fact that Peter Parker has superpowers does not mean that he doesn’t have the issues that many teens can relate to. I think this was driven home in a number of scenes and I think it was a really interesting thing for the director, Jon Watts, was able to portray well. It really made me think “well when I was in high school, the most important things were indeed that I had a Spanish quiz.” This made for a new spin on a coming of age story which was a nice touch.
I would say this movie was pleasant, I enjoyed certain aspects more than others. If you can get through that first 30 minutes, you are going to enjoy the rest of Spiderman: Homecoming indefinitely. I will give it a 4 out of 5.
By: Joe Kucharski