Spiderman – A Review
Okay, I’ll admit it. I love comic books and for the most part I love movies based on comic books, but not only did I manage to avoid Tom Holland’s debut as the web slinger a few years ago, I seriously dragged my feet about going to see Spiderman: Homecoming.
It’s not that I don’t like Spiderman. I’ve read more of his comics than I can count and have always had a soft spot for the character (though I don’t think he can compare to D.C.’s Batman or Marvel’s Wolverine.) The reason for my reluctance is that I watch all three of the movies that starred Toby McGuire as the iconic character and got turned off the franchise. Not only did McGuire fail to capture the essence of the character, but I thought that not enough time was spent crafting a powerful script or putting together really high quality CGI effects.
I wouldn’t have gone to see Spiderman: Homecoming had it not been for the fact that a few buddies of mine were going and talked me into joining them.
I’m glad I gave into peer pressure.
The movie pulled me in right away by starting out with a smartphone video that showed Spiderman’s POV in the small part he played in last summer’s blockbuster hit, Civil War. Not only was this fun, it also served to set up the “I want” aspect of Peter Parker’s character trajectory. I was also a nice reminder that all the Marvel/Avenger movies are going to be interconnected, something I think was a good move.
What I Loved
I don’t know who looked at Tom Holland and said “Yep, that’s the new face of Spiderman,” but It want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. In my mind, he’s a huge improvement over Maguire. While he didn’t exactly bowl me over with his acting ability, he comes across as charming and genuine. I suspect that with some more time and experience, his acting will improve and that in another 10 years, he’ll be the actor everyone wants on their programs.
It doesn’t hurt that he has a lean, supple body that looks perfectly capable of performing the elaborate stunts the character is known for.
Spiderman Interacting with the Suit
In this version, the Tony Stark designed the Spidey suit and gave it to Peter Parker so it came as no surprise when it was apparent that the suit was full of all kinds of hidden gizmos which included a Siri like guidance system that actually, in my humble opinion, stole the show. When writing those scenes, the writers brought their A-game.
Cast as the movie’s supervillain, Toombs, Michael Keaton made his return to superhero movies. It’s been a long time since I’ve caught him in a movie and he’s just as skilled now as he was when he donned Batman’s cape and took on The Joker. Keaton has a rare ability to show both sides of what could easily turn into a very one-dimensional character. I’m hoping he makes an appearance in the next Avengers movie.
Does it surprise anyone that Tony Stark is the worst mentor ever?
Once again, Mr. Lee was delightful in his cameo role.
What Bored Me
I know that it’s part of the character, but I was unimpressed with all of the high school drama. I found it trite and predictable. The only thing that made the high school scenes bearable was that every once in a while, Captain American appeared in some pretty hysterical videos.
The Length of the Fights
Some of the fights scenes went on, and on, and on. Worse of all, by the end of the movie it felt like they were just replaying the same fights over and over again. This is Spiderman, I want to see him do cool tricks and stunts.
Personally, I think this is the weakest link in the current Avengers series. Probably do to his age, Spiderman simply doesn’t strike a chord with me. He simply doesn’t pack the emotional heft of the Hulk, Cap, or even the Black Widow. Plus, the character doesn’t have any shadows or secrets, which is what I think makes superheroes truly appealing. Maybe, these are things that will be written into future Spiderman movies.
While this won’t be a DVD I rush out to purchase, the light hearted nature of the film will be enough to make me stop channel surfing and watch it whenever I happen to notice it playing on cable.