Movie Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” – Spidey’s Back

Written by Caitlin Cooper July 10, 2017

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This is the third time our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has been adapted for the big screen in recent years. Each have a slightly different take on the character, but none have been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Until now. That being said, I enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming the most. Why? The casting is on point, and the script feels more organic and honest. It’s also a lot of fun.

 

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter (Tom Holland) is eager to put on his Spidey suit again and save people. He wants to be an Avenger. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), however, wants Peter to stick to helping people with directions or stopping people from stealing bicycles. Anything that will keep him out of danger, and let him be a teenager. He’s afraid of the consequences that come with being an Avenger. But when Peter discovers a new threat, he’s the only one who can stop it.

“If you’re nothing without that suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”

What makes this film so great is that it operates on two levels: a fun and badass superhero movie, and a truly impressive arc for a well-known character. Peter really seems like a teenager. Down to the accurate slang. The crush he has on a classmate. The bully. The friend he nerds out with. And how excitable he is about what he can do with his upgraded suit. It makes for a more realistic portrayal of Peter/Spider-Man. The villain is also a little different. He’s a human who’s been scorned by the government and resorts to crime to support his family. Tony won’t listen to Peter’s warnings about the criminal. But he also tries to protect Peter because Peter is basing his whole sense of self on his alter ego, Spider-Man. When we see Peter prove himself, the pay-off is amazing. The final battle scene is outstanding, and sets Spider-Man: Homecoming apart from other adaptations.

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There’s a lot to appreciate about the script (especially as it sets up some characters for future films). It also poses some interesting questions about Tony. Has he become too obsessed with following the rules that he’s letting things slip through his fingers? His character is meant to be a mentor, and while he does impart some tough love and help Spider-Man sometimes, the character feels a little odd. Some of the lines he says don’t flow as easily as they used to when Tony was the care-free millionaire we first met. He’s more aware of collateral damage and consequences now, and though that change is clear, it means some of his old jokes don’t quite work. But seeing Tony both teach Peter as well as learn from him is an interesting turn. It could help set the ground-work for the Avengers repairing their relationship.

“You’re the Spider-Man from YouTube!”

Part of what makes Spider-Man: Homecoming stand out is its cast. Tom Holland as Peter/Spider-Man is perfect casting. He can believably play a teenager, and the way he plays Peter’s naive side as well as his heroic side is great. When Peter is at his lowest, that’s when you appreciate Holland’s performance the most. Jacob Batalan as Ned, Peter’s best friend, is a good comic side-kick. Holland and Batalan play well off each other. Michael Keaton as Adrian plays both the lighter and the darker sides of his character well.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Some of you may be thinking, do we really need another Spider-Man series? My answer after seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming is that yes we do. I think they’ve finally gotten the character right – down to the good casting – and I look forward to seeing future Spider-Man films. Perhaps it works better this time because it’s part of the MCU. But mostly I think it’s the script, the cast, and the fun of it all.

P.S. Just a head’s up that there are two end credit scenes.

My Rating: 9/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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