Title – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Director – Jon Watts
Cast – Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei
The last time we saw the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man on screen, he was helping Iron Man fight Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. Apparently Tony Stark thought that it would be a great idea to bring an inexperienced high schooler in to fight a bunch of Avengers. Before that though, he was being played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-man 2, where he was fighting Electro. While I really like Garfield as Spider-man and his portrayal of the web swinger but the movie failed for impress from a storyline point of view.
Tom Holland does a brilliant job in portraying Spider-Man. He plays the role of Peter Parker and stays true to the idea that he’s a goofball and a sarcastic villain irritant. In exchange, this seems to be the first Spider-Man rendition where they never focus on his “Spidey Sense.” They make it a part of him being the wall crawler but never focus too much upon it. I think it was a good decision on their part.
Marvel usually has a list of villains who just play an adversary to the hero and are easily forgettable. Michael Keaton’s Vulture doesn’t fall in this category. He’s more characterized than most of their bad guys, and though he’s more understandable, the script and the story make Vulture’s part really outstanding.
The rest of the cast was fine for the token roles that they were playing. You had the goofy sidekick that wanted to be “the man in the chair.” You had the love interest. You had the jerk. You had the loner that’s not really a loner. All cliche characters who proved to be useless plot wheels and kind of ruined the movie for me. If it was not for Peter and Vulture the movie would have been intolerable for most of the parts.
So with a great amount of successful humor, an exceptional performance by Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely a movie worth seeing. Despite all the mediocrity that feels like some fan fiction writer from tmblr wrote it, Homecoming found a way to make that standard formula feel a little different.
Rating – 6 out of 10