Strap on your web slinger, true believer. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
BQB here with a review of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I’m just going to say it, 3.5 readers. This is the best movie ever made about America’s favorite wall crawler. The first two Tobey Maguire films were great. The first Andrew Garlfield one was decent but this one blew me away.
In this incarnation, a very young, inexperienced Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is fresh off his big mission helping Tony Stark fight a rogue Captain America. Months have passed and Stark has named Peter his “intern.” Peter hopes this means another awesome mission is coming his way but alas, Stark thinks Peter is too young. He has a point. At a mere fifteen years old (and being played by an actor around that age), this is the youngest Spidey we’ve seen on film.
Not willing to rest on his laurels and take the time to hone his skills (as Stark advises), Peter seeks action and finds it in the form of the Vulture, Michael Keaton as a contractor who is screwed out of a contract to clean up they city after an Avenger vs. aliens fight and decides to use the alien technology he finds for nefarious purposes instead.
The movie moves fast, putting Peter in all sorts of trouble, ranging from a rescue mission at the Washington monument to a showdown on the Staten Island ferry. Throughout this whole ordeal, Peter tries to balance out his social life, trying to score babes at parties, building lego sets with buddy Ned, competing in the Academic Decathlon and bringing dream girl Liz to the Homecoming dance. The film brings just enough high school drama so you realize what pressures a teenage hero is under without turning the whole thing into American Pie with tights.
Overall, Disney/Marvel has spent nine years building an extensive cinematic universe, filled with its own backstory and folklore. This film is the ultimate payoff. Because so much has been built already, we can dive right into the action and be spared the origin story that’s been drilled into us so many times before. There’s no need for us to see Peter cry as he realizes he failed to save Uncle Ben. Been there. Done that.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Worth a trip to the theater. Check it out, 3.5 readers.