Movie Review: Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

Super hero films seem to be popping up one after another that we are always headed to the cinemas on weekends, huh?! And this time, it’s Spider-Man: Homecoming — the sixth of its kind since 2002.

The Synopsis. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Well, the main difference of this Spidey version is the active participation of Iron Man as in the plot was like a continuation from the time when Spider-Man guest starred with the Avengers.

Anyway, while critics rated the Homecoming quite positively, guess this was also because of having an actual teenager play the role of Spider-Man in 19-year-old Tom Holland — which, in that case, is pretty shallow. Altho Andrew Garfield does not really look like a teen more so quite cocky at times, Tobey Maguire was real youthful — just like when Michael J. Fox took the teenage role in Back To The Future. We just got to accept that some guys just don’t really age that fast, and these two really did a great job in their roles.

The Cast

The ‘revolving’ love interests on these three versions of Peter Parker is cool. Yes, from MJ to Gwen to Liz then possibly to Michelle on the next Spider-Man film is creative — like, if you would just change the Spidey actor then why not include his love interest? This is good so as not to confuse and disappoint fans of every Spider-Man ‘series’.

Nonetheless, one positive about the Homecoming is its focus on Parker’s teenage life what with getting an ordinary-looking teenager in Tom play the role — and this was also why many youngsters appreciated this film as they could relate to it. Meanwhile, there are also several niceties about Tobey’s version and to name a few: one, his being a photographer on the side explains what life really is — it’s not a bed of roses. Two, having scenes of his uncle Ben shows how Peter developed his character. Three, being bitten by a spider and consequently acquiring the arachnid’s ‘powers’ is certainly better than trying to keep making your own webs — after all, this is a fantasy film.

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Still, after watching the Homecoming, there was something more that seems lacking here. Drama. Super hero films especially need drama to make a real impact — even a ‘kiss between sweethearts’, like when Tobey hung upside-down to be kissed by Kirsten Dunst (a.k.a. MJ Watson). And unfortunately, the only dramatic scene we noticed in the Homecoming was the elevator scene. This was when Spider-Man rushed to the Washington monument to save his friends from a free-falling elevator. That was cool.

Aside from that, not much really — not even the splitting of the Staten Island Ferry scene where Spider-Man and then Iron Man helped prevent the ferry from tearing apart. Why? That scene was just too similar to Tobey’s train-stopping scene where he overextended his limbs to slow down an out-of-control train. Remember that scene?

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Then again, the Homecoming is a success as well; so, expect more of Tom in the future — and hopefully more drama, too. Ned as the next villain? Hmm.