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[Review] – ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

 
 
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Release Date: 7 May 2017 (USA)
 
Director: Jon Watts
 
Writer: Jonathan Goldstein - John Francis Daley - Jon Watts - Christopher Ford - Chris McKenna - Erik Sommers [Screenplay]
 
Cast: Tom Holland - Michael Keaton - Robert Downey Jr.
 
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Posted July 10, 2017 by

 
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It almost seems like we are bombarded by a new Spider-Man film every other year and 2017 is no different. There’s a brand new webcrawler gracing our screens – a younger, jazzier one wearing a cool new suit.

I’m not the biggest fan of comic book Spider-Man. I’ve never understood the love for the guy. Yeah, he’s funny but it gets old after a while. The two film iterations haven’t enthused me that much, either. Tobey Maguire was pretty cool but Andrew Garfield, despite having the agility for the role, was often unbearable to watch. Also, his two films were like shoddy remakes of the Maguire films. Why did they even bother making those?

So, now that we have a new Spider-Man, should you go and watch him? Here are some reasons why you should:

First up, this is not an origin story (thank Odin!). We’ve met Spider-Man already, in Captain America: Civil War; now, we’re just continuing his story. There’s no uncle Ben, there’s no spider bite, there’s no learning about new powers. We have already seen the spider-guy in action, which means the writers get to skip over the boring stuff and focus on the actual story.

And the story is, thankfully, simple – Peter is living his life. A bad guy is living his life. They cross paths and do what all heroes and villains do – fight! Who comes out on top, and how, is what makes the whole story work.

In between, we get a lot of Marvel references, cool action scenes, gorgeous tech, throwbacks, and above all, humour.

I would go as far as saying that the film’s humour is one of its biggest strengths. There are so many laugh out loud moments throughout the film, it actually glosses over some of the plot errors. And, honestly, it’s a relief to be able to laugh so much, especially considering how dark and gloomy Civil War got. This is an important stage in the MCU – the batons are slowly being passed down to the next generation, and Spider-Man is the one most likely to appeal to a younger audience. The film certainly leans heavily on its CW vibe, with plenty of high school shenanigans thrown in. The overall tone is light and bright. The creators of this film kept their ideal audience in mind throughout, creating a hero who is relatable, while also being flawed and inexperienced.

Tom Holland is great as the new Spider-Man. He has the humour down pat and his acting, in general, is quite strong. I was initially unsure of him but, turns out, he’s great! Also, his camaraderie with Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant. More of that banter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, please. The significance of Spider-Man (and Peter Parker) coming into his own is integral to the plot – occasionally at the cost of the story. But the range of issues that Peter faces allows the young Holland’s talent to shine through. More importantly, it establishes his ability to carry an MCU film on his shoulders.

The film has already been commended for the diversity of its supporting cast, and it certainly is impressive but we still have the issue of white men playing the central roles of hero, villain and mentor. This feels particularly egregious as the current comic universe’s Spider-Man is Miles Morales, who is not white. It would have been nice to have him in the film instead of Peter Parker, who has been done to death.

Also, the criminal underuse of Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover astounded me. After putting Zendaya and Tomei on all the promotional material, it was disappointing to see how little impact their characters had on the film.

And Glover, well that’s just a waste. I can only assume that his was a cameo and promises more things in future films but it still grates on me that he was barely in the film.

This may seem like nitpicking, but I felt like the villain of the film lacked motivation for some of his actions. Don’t get me wrong, Michael Keaton does an amazing job, and we get why his character does what he does but his reaction to Spider-Man seems almost a little over the top. How does a guy go from ‘Damn, I’m broke’ to ‘Let’s murder this kid as violently as possible!’ in such a short span of time? If it had been fleshed out more, it would have been more plausible.

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t quite break the mould in terms of superhero films but it is a fun, refreshing, and incredibly entertaining film. Holland’s Spider-Man is a much-needed infusion of young blood in the MCU and despite my overall apathy towards the character, I’m actually quite excited about this new iteration.

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