Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 13 min.
Spider-Man homecoming is interesting in that it forgot to put Spider-Man at the center of the story. In this film, there’s little personal growth for our protagonist, and instead, he’s only required to point out how “awesome” and “cool” everything is. Seriously, this Spider-man was a giddy tourist inside his own film.
Out of all the modern-day Spider flicks, I’d say this was the worst so far. I honestly enjoyed Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 more than this. The action is okay, but often borders on incomprehensible, and the attempts at humor were more miss than hit. The timing and placement of the jokes also frequently clashed with moments of tension or drama. Leaving me to wonder why I should care about anything or anyone in this story.
The film’s one saving grace is Michael Keaton. His character, Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture, is given a genuine axe to grind, and Keaton plays the part well. Tom Holland’s appearance as Spider-Man in Civil War and now this, shows us he’s a good pick for the red and blue suit. I only hope his next adventure gives the character something more interesting to explore.
I think this movie will appeal to a younger audience. Expect a film that doesn’t take itself seriously enough. Spider-Man’s suit also requires you suspend disbelief to near breaking point.
Spider-Man’s suit. Created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and it does anything and everything. It’s completely unrealistic and its vast functionality is mostly used to inspire the film’s clumsy attempts at humor.