Spiderman: Homecoming Review
Overall Rating: 7/10 | read time 3 minutes
Spoilers are included!
If you don’t care for spoilers, I suggest you not read this article
And with another year of superhero movies upon us, it was only a matter of time before we got the latest reboot of Spider-Man to grace our screens. But how does it compare to the other ones from before? It is utterly and completely… serviceable. This is without a doubt, my favorite interpretation of the character on screen. Tom Holland is charming and truly captures what makes the character so likable. This Spider-Man moves how I want him to, and makes quips like he needs to. It’s brilliant watching him work on screen as our favorite web-slinger. Many people were worried about Iron Man sharing too much screen time with Spider-Man, and though I do not believe that is the case, he certainly does leave things behind that leave a lasting impression that feels as if he’s always there too, like Peter Parker’s new suit for instance. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect, but that is to be expected. However, I’d be lying if I said I wanted more scenes with him in Spider-Man’s newest reboot. I wanted them to let Parker discover more things for himself, and not depend on the suit with its insanely complicated and numerous gadgets that Tony Stark thought of for him. Parker is supposed to be brilliant, and doings things on his own, including making his own gadgets and figuring out different applications with his webs, is what makes him special and endearing. Spider-Man is a tragic character that has growing up to do, and learns from his OWN mistakes he makes on his OWN. Sure, you could argue that he did make mistakes in the film and he did learn to become something important without the use of his new suit, but it’s just a matter of him growing up with absolutely nothing in previous incarnations, as opposed to being a character who has it all, but soon has it stripped away in an instant. But, I honestly can’t be upset with what’s been done, because it is, after all, a new take on the character. Not every iteration of the character has to be like the ones before it, or even resemble the comics.
Though he loses a trait that makes him special, it’s not too damaging when you consider it’s only the first chapter with him, and there is plenty of room to grow in exciting new ways. It is perfectly okay for Spider-Man to look up to someone unconditionally, and want to be more like them. The guy is in high-school, so if you’re upset about his character being a little dependent on someone else, give it time. And I mean… at least he passed up on his brand new suit at the end of the movie. That’s got to mean something in regards to his character development. By the way, I actually liked Karen, his suit A.I. She was cute.
Michael Keaton as Vulture was well-done, and actually intimidating. His suit looks fantastic on screen, and that scene where he’s perched with his wings folded down? Beautiful. I don’t know what it is with Marvel’s lackluster villains as of late, but Vulture is a breath of fresh air, with a great little twist that was met with many audible gasps and “Oh f*ck”s from each of my screenings of this film. Though I did find it a little dumb that he’s defeated by his own technology exploding after a brief scuffle where he totally dominates Spider-Man.
Where the film nearly falls apart for me is the inclusion of unimportant side-characters. Not only are they unimportant, but it was really hard for me to take any of their acting seriously. I felt like I was watching a low-budget, after school special at times. I get that they’re hiring people to act like high-schoolers, but it doesn’t mean they have to act on a high-school level. I can’t even count how many times I rolled my eyes at the screen. They were also a bit gratuitous with the references to other movies and Marvel characters in the universe, cause they clearly wanted to differentiate this movie from the past Sony-controlled excursions. Though I did love the Captain America video tapes. Those were great. And I am just so sick and tired of Marvel films not giving us a moment to just “feel” and experience genuine sadness or heart-warming moments for more than a couple of seconds before it is ruined by another joke. I get wanting to keep the laughs coming to add some levity to a scene, but don’t completely HALT the movie’s momentum just so you could make one more joke and attempt to win “Comedy of the Year”. I’m sick of it. Go back to Winter Soldier levels of movie-making please.
We got it. Aunt May is attractive. You don’t have to beat us over the head with it
They gave us two on-screen Shockers and they were both painfully underutilized
Ned was so stupid, I felt like I was watching a cartoon or a sitcom with a laugh track. He’s fine for the most part, and I genuinely like him as Parker’s friend, but that scene in the gym where he shouts “PETER KNOWS SPIDER-MAN!” was the most unnecessary moment used to move the plot along
Zendaya’s character has great comedic timing, but her character was useless and the movie could have done without her inclusion. Perhaps more character moments could have been present without her
So they introduced Scorpion by saying some thug’s name was Mac Gargan, which should have been enough for fans to giggle and whisper amongst themselves about the inclusion of the character, because, face it, he’s not important right now, but they just HAD to give him a ridiculously large tattoo to tell everyone out there “HEY, LOOK! IT’S THE SCORPION! HE’S IN THIS MOVIE TOO AND MAY SHOW UP AGAIN IN THE FUTURE! DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S SCORPION?! IF NOT, WE CAN MAKE THE TATTOO BIGGER! WILL THAT HELP?”
I really wanted to see Happy Hogan give Peter a heartfelt speech, cause the actor playing him was also the director of the first two Iron Man films, so it was like a symbolic passing of the torch to a new main superhero in the universe, and they ruined it with an awkward exchange with an Asian kid in the restroom. STOP RUINING MOMENTS!
Vulture JUST found out Parker was Spider-Man, and Parker goes to the homecoming dance for a MINUTE and when he runs outside, Shocker is already waiting for him in the school parking lot? Seems a little too convenient
Oh my God, I hated this scene the most. I shrivel up when I think of it. When they’re all in the gym and Betty and Liz are discussing which character they would “F*ck, Marry, Kill”, and then Liz starts dodging the question of whether or not she has a crush on Spider-Man, the acting was excruciating to watch and I’ve never cringed so hard in my life
Summary: It’s a genuinely fun time if you’re not too attached to previous versions of Spider-Man, but if you want to see the past version of him make his return, figuring stuff out for himself and growing as a character, then all I’ve got to say is: Patience. See you in the theaters.