Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Succeeds in Reinventing the Series
I'm a huge Spider-Man fan. Spidey has been my go-to comic book character for as long as I can remember, and I have always loved the character for being more relatable than his superhero peers.
Spider-Man is a character that may succeed in stopping the villains, but he's still a nerdy kid that has to struggle with high school bullies, money issues, and bad luck. He is often times his own worst enemy. He is not just another rich superhero that gets what he wants. He uses his sense of humor and his mask to hide his insecurities. I could identify with him as a kid, and I believe it's these traits that have led to Spider-Man's global success.
Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds because Tom Holland's portrayal of Spider-Man captures the essence of the character and makes him the first fully-realized cinematic Spider-Man to date. He fits the character perfectly as both Spidey and Peter Parker, whereas Tobey Maguire was a decent Peter but an awkward Spider-Man. The less said about Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man, the better.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a lot of fun and takes Peter Parker back to high school in a John Hughes meets Marvel Cinematic Universe style. This is the most diverse cast in the MCU and all of the supporting characters are great. True-believer Spider-Man fanatics will go crazy over the large number of Easter Eggs found in this film. I will not spoil any, but there are several future bad guys in this movie operating under their street names. Michael Keaton delivers a believable villain as the Vulture, easily becoming one of the most relatable baddies in the MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is easily the funniest Spider-Man movie to date and the action is solid. I would have to say that it's still only the second best Spidey film after Spider-Man 2. The reason for this is that the storyline itself is a bit weak and I feel that they underpowered Spider-Man between Captain America: Civil War and now. Spider-Man over-relies on his new suit created by Tony Stark, and I think that undercuts Spidey's abilities. He also isn't fully responsible for the Vulture's ultimate defeat. I believe this was done to differentiate Spider-Man from the rest of the heroes to the MCU and to also show that this is a very young Spider-Man that is only getting started. I think future films will need to focus on Spider-Man becoming a better hero.
Despite these faults, I had a lot of fun watching Spider-Man: Homecoming. I especially appreciate the fact that they don't try to tell another origin story, because we all know how Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man at this point. Don't miss this flick when it releases July 7th!