Our friendly neighborhood hero returns to his true home…
After the numerous movie rights disputes, Spider-Man has finally (yet partially) returned to Marvel. The second reboot in the franchise, Spider-Man: Homecoming features the youngest actor to portray Peter Parker in a live-action movie as of yet.
Set 8 years after The Avengers (though that would unrealistically set this film in 2020), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his crime fighting life and his studies. Mentored by none other than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and a hesitant Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), he operates in a much lower level than his higher powered colleagues. Then, an armored weapons-trafficker known as The Vulture (Michael Keaton) frequently robs Avengers/alien tech. Despite Tony’s warnings, Peter decides to face the criminal on his own.
From the moment the Marvel logo started to unravel itself, you know that you are in for a treat. The Spider-Man theme played as the Marvel logo is presented…a sign that one of their most recognizable faces is back where he belongs.
This is, without a doubt, the best Spider-Man portrayal I’ve seen so far (Maguire, for me, is still the best Peter Parker). His quips and innocence are portrayed very well by Holland. There was this one scene that showed Peter’s resolve and resilience, and I love every bit of that scene.
On the other side of the spectrum, Michael Keaton is perfect as The Vulture. For the first time since Thor and The Avengers, the MCU has finally delivered in giving us a good villain. His motivations were justified; his actions are brutal.
Comic relief provided by Ned (Jacob Batalon)was very effective. The thing I like about the humor of this film is that it feels more natural, not like most of the MCU films as of late (eg. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2).
It is also a bright move to not make this another origin story. We have seen Peter’s origins too many times already. Though there was a hint of Uncle Ben’s fate, the first MCU Spider-Man film did not feel repetitive at all.
As expected there were lots of Easter eggs and MCU reference scattered in the film, but I am more happy about the variety of Spider-Man characters present in the film. Some might even suggest the bad guy of the next movie.
However, there were still some parts in need of correction. The big action sequences of the film are either too shaky or too close to the action. Sometimes, you would wish the camera to step back and keep still.
Though I said that I love this portrayal of Spidey, it is painfully clear that this Peter Parker is the most careless of all in terms of hiding his secret identity. He removes his mask all the time!
I also did not like the new portrayal or characterization of the bully character Flash Thompson. I do understand the motivation for such change; they have been doing it recently in their comic books. But just like their strategy in the comics, it simply did not work for me…
Also, the two minor villains (both playing the character of The Shocker) were nothing more but cannon fodder. They offered nothing at all. Remove them, and the film will live on.
The climax at the end ended abruptly and with cliche… We finally saw a good MCU villain, but the clash at the end was not satisfying at all.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun-filled film with lots of laughs and action. Despite my issues with its portrayal of certain characters, it is still an entertaining film. This is…