Just when you were ready to say “oh boy, we’ve seen this before”, something happened. An unlikely joining of forces and proof that if you just allow yourself to to just let the better company give the people what they want with what you have (we’re looking at you Fox and Fantastic Four) you can make something great happen! Hey Guess what? Sony and Marvel Studios made Spider-Man great again… (not going there).
OK so for those of you who are not in the geek circles and/or are comic book movie challenged. This is the THRID iteration of the Spider-Man character. The First set gave us an awesome 2 out of 3 movies with Toby, The second was a good effort with Andrew, and now that everyone wants to have some sort of interconnecting shared universe of movies going on, Sony decided to clear the table and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). (Quick Note: Although Marvel is not the creator of a shared universe, they built the blueprint for a successful one so rest assure that everyone is going to get in on the interconnecting movie scene now.)
So what does this mean? Well Geek or not almost NO ONE missed Captain America: Civil War last year and saw Spidey’s incredible debut with the rest of our beloved Marvel characters, which brings us here. Home! As in Spider-Man Homecoming the first Spider-Man movie to take place in the same breathing air as Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers. What makes this movie so special is Tom Holland portrayal as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Under the direction of Jon Watts we see Peter post Civil War air port battle, a 15 year-old who got his first taste of a real superhero battle then comes back to reality to find out, “oh yeah, I’m 15!”. Debate teams, Chemistry class, you guys remember high school right? Homecoming does a great job of putting you in Peter’s world to the point you can feel his excitement, eagerness, and frustration all at the same time, why, because you can believe it.
Also seen in the trailers of this movie is good ol’ Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Don’t worry, this movie is FAR from Iron Man 3.5. It’s very much a Spider-Man movie but marketing needed to assure you that Spider-Man is now in the much larger world they created. Which is great thing because Stark was used about as good as you could use him with out it being just a cameo or overkill of a guest star. Tony plays the mentor to the kid genius Peter and coach to the untrained Spider-Man and the dynamic between the two us about as good as it gets if you know the characters from Universe.
The one thing I haven’t touched on yet was the villain in this movie, because I think he deserves more than a mention (which is kind of hard to do with Marvel’s villains sans Loki). Michael Keaton plays the role of The Vulture, and OMG, did he play this role. There were times in this movie where I just got the chills from how well he played this part! He didn’t have to be over the top once in this movie because by the time you get to hate him, you almost forget why you do! His performance in this movie was spot on and should be ranked in the upper ranks of Marvel’s movie villains.
Overall this is a great film for the entire family. The kids will get into Spidey, the parents will get into the story and action and everyone who has been to high school will just GET IT! lol. The supporting cast is great, the reveals are unpredictable and when you’re not smiling from laughing throughout this movie, you’ll be smiling from the action and the references. It’s a 2hr 13min runtime so you might wanna hit the restrooms before you go in. You don’t want to miss a single scene. and while I’m at it. THERE ARE 2 POST CREDIT SCENES! And one of them is the greatest of all-time!
I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 4.75 out of 5
Release date: July 7, 2017 (USA)
Director: Jon Watts
Budget: 175 million USD
Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley