Today, I went to Liverpool to watch the movie Spiderman Homecoming, in which we get a good spiderman in what I feel is a good movie, and I will tell you about it in my review. This review will contain spoilers for the movie, so don’t read until you have watched it. You have been warned.
To give a brief, spoiler light overview of the film, this film seems to get the basic elements of Spiderman accurately, and a lot of that is because of the actor, Tom Holland, donning the famous red and blue tights. This younger version of the character mixes the humour and witty retorts of the superhero, with a realistic portrayal of the teenager going through high school. Tom Holland is 21 years old, which allows him to still play a convincing teenager, a teenaged Peter Parker in his junior year of High School at the age of 15.
The film’s biggest draw is its story and its atmosphere. It feels a lot smaller compared to other films in the MCU, a bit simpler, less elaborate. This film is mostly set in New York City, which isn’t small mind, but compared to the other MCU films where we see worlds and galaxies in danger, it is something that is very refreshing. Even The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton (yes, Batman vs. Spiderman) has pretty good motivations for his actions and his turn to villainy. He plays a contractor who’s made redundant after the government take over the job of cleaning up NYC’s alien debris, in the aftermath of the first Avengers movie. He steals alien tech, builds weapons, and sells them to support his family, stealing alien debris to build his arsenal; with the help of other reinterpreted villains, The Shocker and The Tinkerer. Kudos to actually making an interesting villain, and giving him a good reason for his actions.
The story, as I said, is simple. It is Peter Parker balancing his life, his duty as local superhero. The character feels he has a lot to prove, to Tony Stark, to the public, his friends (yeah, people find out he’s Spiderman). A really good line in the film is when Stark scolds him for his bungled attempt to deal with the arms dealers, giving him an interesting new version of the ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ speech. Mind you, why wouldn’t the avengers get involved if these guys are selling alien weapons and building them to sell? I would think that that is something you need to deal with.
This is one flaw with the movie, and I also feel like the movie drags in places. Sometimes the pacing was a bit iffy for me, with some parts going to quick to take it in, or too slow. This is a problem with other Marvel films, however. One thing that wasn’t an issue was the controversy of Mary Jane Watson. There was a lot of criticism last year over the casting of the love interest, Liz (who’s the bad guy’s daughter), and the belief that this was Mary Jane Watson. ‘SHE’S NOT BLACK’ they’d say. No, it wasn’t Mary Jane Watson, who isn’t in the movie, though a new character with the same initials is introduced in the film. She was good, I liked her. I liked Ned though. Fat nerds and proud!
Spiderman Homecoming is a good film. It is simpler, smaller scale, and a good film to watch. Its not for little kids. It was listed as a 12A, but I think it should have just been a 12, as a lot of the humour and language was inappropriate for little kids, who were in the cinema with my brother and I. Interestingly though, the 2002 Spiderman movie was the reason the 12A certificate was introduced, due to the amount of families who wanted to see it. Oh well, it is a great movie. If you have been turned off by the large scale, gigantic MCU films such as Avengers and others, I would recommend this as a pallete cleanser, and as a standalone movie. I would give it an 8/10.
Forget to mention, Flash Thompson, and the overall modern setting of the film is really good too. Sometimes adaptations make good changes.