Cert: 12A Runtime: 133 mins Director: Jon Watts Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, Zendaya and Robert Downey Jr.
Can’t you just be a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man?
My comic book movie fatigue has been going on for a few years now. Wonder Woman probably is the only one I have enjoyed for a while. One character that can never fatigue me is Spider-Man! Since Marvel and Sony are working together now, Spidey is now in the MCU universe. We knew we were going back into Spidey as a young teenager, in comes Civil War and his cameo is pretty good. Now here we are Homecoming, I watched the trailer once and that was enough for me. So what is Spider-Man: Homecoming about? Several months after his thrilling web-slinging cameo with The Avengers, Peter (Tom Holland) tries to settle back into life as an ordinary high-school student in Queens, New York City. Desperate to prove himself and exercise his superpowers, he gets his chance when a new threat emerges in the shape of The Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Sam Raimi’s legacy still remains, Homecoming is an improvement from Amazing Spider-Man (FYI I liked Andrew Garfield).The story is simple, but the third acts knocks it up several gears. It can be witty at some points but some lines are repetitive. It really is has the comedy, lightheartedness, and humour that a Spiderman movie should have. It’s a great portrait of teenage angst, you see how Peter tries to become an Avenger and trying to live a normal teenage life. Tom Holland is a charismatic, naive and funny Peter Parker, as Spider-Man as he is growing as an actor the stronger Spidey he will become. As a young actor he has only recently come from this transition period, so he can relate to Peter a lot. It does feel very genuine and he carries the film well. I enjoyed his companionship with Jacob Batalon was very sweet and exhilarating. He did serve a purpose throughout, I do hope he gets developed in the next film. Downey Jr. seemed rather pointless to the plot for me, but it was nice to see the return of Jon Favreau as Happy. For me Michael Keaton’s Vulture is probably Marvel’s best written and acted villain since Loki. He has purpose, conviction and a purpose, I loved it!
There wasn’t anything visually stunning about Homecoming, it has that standard Marvel flare. The action scenes were kinda shaky. I did not see everything very well. The CGI is can be questionable, especially during Iron Man scenes. Jon Watts seems more at home directing the more personal moments of the film, whether it be Peter and his best friend Ned daydreaming about girls or Tony Stark mentoring Peter in his duties as a superhero, and as I’ve previously mentioned, these are the moments where the film will make a connection with the audience. The pacing of Homecoming is fast and flows so well, the 133 run-time just flies by. The screenplay is good, I do have some issues but they would push on the spoiler side. Homecoming is a good story with an interesting coming of age story. It doesn’t stand out like Spider-Man 2, but it’s a good foundation to grow on. My main gripe is the Avengers tie in (I know it’s the purpose of it but I find it annoying). Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun time with a warm heart.