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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming
07.06.2017
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PLOT: Peter Parker (Tom Holland), now operating as Spider-Man post “CIVIL WAR” tries to win the respect of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) by foiling the operations of Adrien Toomes (Michael Keaton), aka The Vulture, a former salvage company owner who’s using recovered alien tech to build deadly weapons for sale on the street.

REVIEW: You’ve really got to hand it to Marvel. Has there ever been a franchise that’s spanned so many films that have been as consistent? Sure, the 007 films, but even those had the occasional dud. The Marvel movies have always been at least good, pretty much right from the start. Some will say IRON MAN 2 or THOR: THE DARK WORLD are bad, but while weaker-than-average for the company, they’re still perfectly watchable.

Given their track-record, it’s probably wise that Sony’s turned to them to re-boot SPIDER-MAN, the second in just five years! This may sound like overkill, but AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 was bad enough that something had to be done, paving the way for Spidey’s entry into the official MCU canon. Considering that this was produced in-house by Marvel, you can be sure that this is another slick, focused superhero saga that will give hardcore fans the version of the character they no doubt wanted from day one. Here, with Tom Holland in the lead, Parker is actually believable as a high school student, has a penchant for wisecracks, and can interact with the rest of The Avengers, as previewed in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

But therein lies a familiar complaint with the Marvel films – they feel assembly line. No one could ever call SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING bad, or even half-assed. A lot of care has been put into it because everyone knows a multi-billion dollar saga is at stake, but no risks whatsoever have been taken. As such, they are very few surprises up Spidey’s sleeves this time. It follows the Marvel formula to a T, even more so than the recent DOCTOR STRANGE. Going in, you know what you’re going to get, and the MCU is so vast at this point (between the movies and TV shows) that each movie starts to feel like another episode rather than an event unto itself (although GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – so far – in an exception).

All that said, other than familiarity, I’d be hard-pressed to point out anything that’s actually wrong with SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Director Jon Watts (COP CAR) has made a big movie that fits into the Universe and also has a good chance at connecting with those young viewers that were kids when THE AVENGERS came out and are now in high school.

In the lead, Holland is the most personable incarnation of the character to date. He’s not as unique as Tobey Maguire was in the part, or as edgy as Andrew Garfield, but he meshes well with the character. He feels like a regular kid, were that kid a super-powered genius of course. He’s surrounded by a solid cast of regulars for the series, with Marisa Tomei as his young, gorgeous Aunt May (how hot she is becomes a recurring joke), Jacob Batalon as his best buddy Ned, Laura Harrier as his older lover interest (at twenty-seven, she seems a tad mature for Parker – even though she’s supposed to be a high-schooler) and best of all Zendaya as Michelle, his sarcastic classmate who’ll no doubt become a major character as this goes on (and it will – for several more films I’m sure).

For me, what makes HOMECOMING really worthwhile is the fact that Michael Keaton, as The Vulture, plays arguably the best Marvel super-villain to date. Usually the baddies are cut-outs. This is the only time that a bad-guy has felt like more than a match for our hero, with Keaton dialing up his intensity to epic levels, and clearly enjoying his time in an atypical baddie part (let’s not forget – he’s still arguably the best Batman ever). The only downside is that his menace is undercut by the idea that, if things get really bad, Happy (Jon Favreau) will send Tony in to save the day – something that happens a few times here. Luckily, Downey Jr’s presence is kept to a minimum as he could have easily taken the focus away from where it belonged – on Holland/Spidey. He really only has a handful of notable scenes, and this isn’t quite the team-up fans might have expected, but that’s not a bad thing.

Technically, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING looks and sounds like every other Marvel movie, with Michael Giacchino delivering a solid score, while visually it has the same style or the other MCU flicks. The only really uncharacteristic touch, probably courtesy of Watts, is the eighties-song filled soundtrack, a logical nod to John Hughes, although this is far from “Spider-Man’s Day Off”.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is what it is – a really well-crafted Marvel superhero movie. It can’t be mistaken for anything else. It doesn’t take any chances, but then again, considering how successful the studio has been, can you blame them for not fooling around? It could have been more adventurous, but one can’t deny that all involved have delivered exactly the movie that hardcore fans wanted.

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2:23AM on 07/12/2017
One of the most genuinely fun superhero movie in a while. The cast was entertaining top to bottom. Tom Holland's eagerness as Spider-Man was a delight.
One of the most genuinely fun superhero movie in a while. The cast was entertaining top to bottom. Tom Holland's eagerness as Spider-Man was a delight.
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5:22PM on 07/06/2017
Haven't seen the film yet, but stoked to check it out. However, this statement is very true. You’ve really got to hand it to Marvel. Has there ever been a franchise that’s spanned so many films that have been as consistent? Sure, the 007 films, but even those had the occasional dud. The Marvel movies have always been at least good, pretty much right from the start. Some will say IRON MAN 2 or THOR: THE DARK WORLD are bad, but while weaker-than-average for the company, they’re still perfectly
Haven't seen the film yet, but stoked to check it out. However, this statement is very true. You’ve really got to hand it to Marvel. Has there ever been a franchise that’s spanned so many films that have been as consistent? Sure, the 007 films, but even those had the occasional dud. The Marvel movies have always been at least good, pretty much right from the start. Some will say IRON MAN 2 or THOR: THE DARK WORLD are bad, but while weaker-than-average for the company, they’re still perfectly watchable."

I freaking hate Iron Man 2, but if that's your company's worst than you do have a pretty solid track record indeed.
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4:37PM on 07/06/2017
Yes, I can blame them for not fooling around. Marvel has had enough success that they should not be afraid to take some chances.
Yes, I can blame them for not fooling around. Marvel has had enough success that they should not be afraid to take some chances.
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4:09PM on 07/06/2017
I feel ya. The good thing is they've been casting such great actors/actresses that the formula has not gotten stale yet.
I feel ya. The good thing is they've been casting such great actors/actresses that the formula has not gotten stale yet.
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2:28PM on 07/06/2017
Haven't been this excited for a Spiderman film since Spiderman 2. The fact that Marvel finally got the character back is very welcome and something I've wanted since they started really taking off with the MCU. The positive reviews though have reinforced the excitement.
Haven't been this excited for a Spiderman film since Spiderman 2. The fact that Marvel finally got the character back is very welcome and something I've wanted since they started really taking off with the MCU. The positive reviews though have reinforced the excitement.
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1:14PM on 07/06/2017
I just watched the movie. It's a great fresh start for Spider-Man and Holland plays what arguably the most relatable version of the webslinging hero. This movie based off its template from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, which totally makes sense since the whole MCU took most of its inspiration from the Ultimate Marvel universe anyway. Yes the Vulture is one of the more compelling Marvel villain to date, though I think Tony Stark's appearance in the movie had cut a significant amount of screen
I just watched the movie. It's a great fresh start for Spider-Man and Holland plays what arguably the most relatable version of the webslinging hero. This movie based off its template from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, which totally makes sense since the whole MCU took most of its inspiration from the Ultimate Marvel universe anyway. Yes the Vulture is one of the more compelling Marvel villain to date, though I think Tony Stark's appearance in the movie had cut a significant amount of screen time that would have been better spent on fleshing out his character. Also, Miles Morales exist in this universe!
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12:18PM on 07/06/2017
Can't wait to see it. Though it's really annoying that RDJ is larger on the poster than Holland is.
Can't wait to see it. Though it's really annoying that RDJ is larger on the poster than Holland is.
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12:15PM on 07/06/2017
I will always hold the original trilogy in the highest regard and will also always consider them the definitive films of Spider-Man, but I'm very excited to read and see that the film is exceptional and that the character is back on the right course after the debacle that were the last two Amazing Spider Man films. I'm just happy to see the web crawler back on screen again with quality effort and support behind him.

And it's great to read that Keaton is the best Marvel villain up to this
I will always hold the original trilogy in the highest regard and will also always consider them the definitive films of Spider-Man, but I'm very excited to read and see that the film is exceptional and that the character is back on the right course after the debacle that were the last two Amazing Spider Man films. I'm just happy to see the web crawler back on screen again with quality effort and support behind him.

And it's great to read that Keaton is the best Marvel villain up to this point (other than Loki) since he is one of my favorite actors and maybe the main draw of the film for me as well. Spider-Man has argurably the best rogue galley of villains in comics, so this bodes very well for future Spider-Man films in terms of building up to the Sinister Six, while also having Hardy as Venom too.
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2:44PM on 07/06/2017
Totally agree, love the dance sequence in the original 3rd movie
Totally agree, love the dance sequence in the original 3rd movie
12:03PM on 07/06/2017
I'm really looking forward to watching Michael Keaton as The Vulture. I hope he's as good as Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin.
I'm really looking forward to watching Michael Keaton as The Vulture. I hope he's as good as Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin.
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11:45AM on 07/06/2017
"Michael Keaton, as The Vulture, plays arguably the best Marvel super-villain to date"
Really? better than... wait a minute... a cool MCU villain.... eeeee, yeah, sure Michael Keaton!
"Michael Keaton, as The Vulture, plays arguably the best Marvel super-villain to date"
Really? better than... wait a minute... a cool MCU villain.... eeeee, yeah, sure Michael Keaton!
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2:12PM on 07/06/2017
tired old criticism, I'll take Loki, Pierce, Ego, Ronan, or Zemo over anybody from another studio not named "joker"
tired old criticism, I'll take Loki, Pierce, Ego, Ronan, or Zemo over anybody from another studio not named "joker"
11:33AM on 07/06/2017
"Michael Keaton, as The Vulture, plays arguably the best Marvel super-villain to date"

Really? Better than Loki?? Somehow I doubt that. Still, always happy to read another positive review of this movie, even if this is somewhat less glowing than Eric's. Can't wait to check it out this weekend!
"Michael Keaton, as The Vulture, plays arguably the best Marvel super-villain to date"

Really? Better than Loki?? Somehow I doubt that. Still, always happy to read another positive review of this movie, even if this is somewhat less glowing than Eric's. Can't wait to check it out this weekend!
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12:57PM on 07/06/2017
There is actual range to Vulture... He isn't just some prankster trying to take over a city to be the new ruler. Vulture is almost more akin to probably what Raimi had hoped for with Sandman. He has depth and emotional moments. You can see his side of the line.
There is actual range to Vulture... He isn't just some prankster trying to take over a city to be the new ruler. Vulture is almost more akin to probably what Raimi had hoped for with Sandman. He has depth and emotional moments. You can see his side of the line.
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