Ever since Spider-Man made his appearance in "Captain America Civil War" we've all been looking forward to this next solo adventure for Peter Parker. Finally, the day has arrived!
The early reviews were good...and they were right! Overall, I think this is my favorite Spider-Man movie. I need to give this a little more thought, it's probably not as good of a movie as Spider-Man 2, but I think I enjoyed this one more.
Spider-Man Homecoming is a fun movie. The movie is full of jokes, but it's not just a straight comedy. This version of Spider-Man was fun, cracking jokes while swinging around town. There were intense moments in the middle of a fight that had a quick little joke to lighten the mood.
The movie is well cast, and really captured the high school environment. The interaction among Peter and his friends was great. His friend Ned discovers that he is Spider-Man (I don't count that as a spoiler when it's in the trailer), and his reactions are exactly what I would have done if I found out my friend was a superhero. They go to school and he's constantly asking questions about his powers and who he has met.
Some of the connections with the villain were kind of weak. Peter sort of found himself in the area several times before he was truly hunting down the bad guy. But the villain was also very realistic. He wasn't out to tear apart the Avengers (see Captain America Civil War), he simply wanted to make some money. This is the standard villain we need in these stand alone movies.
I enjoyed seeing some characters we haven't seen in a while (don't worry, you'll find out in the first 10 minutes of the movie). There are also several little surprises with character throughout the movie, which should be interesting to see develop in future movies.
Of course there are post-credit scenes. Two to be exact. So stick around through the credits. I think this movie has what has to be one of my favorite post-credit scenes.
Overall, I'm giving Spider-Man Homecoming a B. I really enjoyed it, but I'm curious how it will hold up on future viewings. I know it will be fun, but I want to know how much impact some of the surprises had on my enjoyment of this movie.
I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming! Spider-Man is my favorite superhero and therefore I'm always excited to see this character on the big screen.
I agree with Jaime, this is my favorite Spider-Man movie, although I don't think it's necessarily the best. I think Sam Raimi's 2004 Spider-Man 2 is objectively a slightly better-made film.
My one sentence to summarize my thoughts on all Spider-Man movies to date would be: Tobey Maguire was a strong Peter Parker and a weak Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield was a weak Peter Parker and a strong Spider-Man...while Tom Holland is BOTH a strong Peter Parker and a strong Spider-Man. Holland has really captured both sides of the coin: the innocent, moral nerd and the funny, brave hero. You really believe it with Holland that, just like in the comics, Peter is struggling with everyday problems while striving to be Spider-Man (emphasis on man) and he wears the mask to hide his fear from others.
Key STRENGTHS of the movie: it's truly funny (this is easily the funniest Spider-Man movie to date); the portrayal of the key character is solid all around; the movie captures the feel of high school and being a teenager perfectly; and lastly the action is fun (although not as emotional or suspenseful as in other Spidey flicks).
Key WEAKNESSES of the movie: while Michael Keaton gives a good performance as the villain (who is very relatable in his blue collar regular guy way), his motivation for going all-out evil seems unfounded; in line with what Jaime mentioned, the reasons why Spider-Man and the Vulture felt they had to face each other could have been a little stronger; and lastly, while Peter certainly goes through an arc, the lessons he learned to get there were not emphasized enough.
Overall I'd give this a B+, the same grade as Spider-Man 2. It's my favorite Spider-Man movie to date and I'm excited to see more of this version in the future.
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(Related: How We Grade Movies: https://www.thefresnerd.com/how-we-rate-movies/)