Chris’ Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Rating: 8/10 (Good)

Recommendation:  Pay The 8

The trailers…. Oh my God. So no, they did not ruin the movie but you know so much from what they give you. I had a friend mention that he felt like he knew the whole movie already and I couldn’t really disagree. Sure, there are a couple of things left out but this is one of those moments where previews for a movie just need to chill out.

Also, Tom Holland best Spider-Man? I know he’s my pick.

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Micheal Keaton (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), and Marissa Tomei (Aunt May).

Plot Summary

After the “Civil War” battle that occurred in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker is demoted to fighting local crime around the city. Wanting to do more, Peter becomes anxious waiting for his chance to finally be an official member of the Avengers. Then he gets a chance to prove himself when he stumbles across an operation that steals alien technology from the Avengers missions.

Now it’s up to Peter to stop these crimes and to stop the man behind the scenes.

Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a movie that could’ve gotten killed by the trailers but luckily, the previews didn’t show off much of the script or how good Tom Holland is as Spider-Man.

For starters, I’ve mentioned it two times, here’s a third. Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man…in my opinion at least. I’m a little unconventional in the sense that my pick prior to Tom, was Andrew Garfield. And I still think Andrew is great but Tom surpasses Andrew and Toby by a mile.

What makes Tom so great is he fits the role so well. He looks like a high school student, he’s cocky when his uniform is on, he’s witty, feels like a nerd, and so on. The other two Spider-Men had either one or the other. Toby had the geek persona and Andrew had the costume presence. Tom combines both of these and creates the ultimate Spider-Man.
I want to state that this is all my opinion though. I know there are a lot of Toby fans out there and I don’t think there were a lot of Andrew fans but I think Tom will combine both of these groups and create a super fan base. Okay, I’m done with “I’s” now. Hopefully.

The movie has a good villain. Yes, a Marvel film has a good villain. Michael Keaton sold the role. It’s not that the villain is necessarily the best written of all time, but Michael has a presence. You can actually remember who he is. Which is a big step up for Marvel. Now, will he be forgotten through time? Most likely yes. But, for now, Marvel has a villain we can look back and actually recall.

The comedy is so well written throughout this movie. The timing is great. The lines are fantastic. The punch lines are either unexpected or presented so well that you can’t help but laugh. Probably top 3 funniest Marvel movies of all time? Possibly? You can decide that amongst yourselves.

The action…. Okay, positives first. The scenes are very intense. Most of them are directed well. And they keep you invested while they’re on screen. The final fight scene, in the third act, is fantastic. The scene just takes a hold of you and you can’t take your eyes off the screen. It’s one of the best action scenes of the year so far.

The negatives of the action scenes are how some of them are shot. There is a bit of shaky cam and some of the shots are too close that you have a hard time telling what’s going on. Now, I did see this in 3D, so maybe that affected my eyes, but some of the action is blurry and it’s hard to make out what’s going on.

Along with that, there aren’t a lot of action scenes. There are a lot of high school elements that play out. You learn more about his suit, his daily activities, and what not. This could bother some who were expecting a ton of action but the writers do keep you entertained enough to keep you from getting bored. Something a lot of movies can’t do.

Lastly, Ned and the twist. First, Ned is going to either be on your nerves or you’re going to be okay with him. He’s just a typical sidekick character and he just says a lot of the same things over and over. And the twist, you’ll either think it’s a surprise or hate it. That’s the only two reactions you’ll most likey get from it.

Overall

Spider-Man: Homecoming might be the best Spider-Man of the whole series, but not the best Marvel film. The movie really entertains you but it lacks a few certain aspects that could make it a top 5/10 film from the Marvel universe.

The action scenes are to far and in-between. Ned can be annoying. And the twist is a “hate it” or “love it” thing. But Micheal Keaton is tremendous. The comedy is extremely well written. And Tom Holland sells Spider-Man from his suit to his high school classes.

This movie is what a summer blockbuster should be. A lot of fun, great comedy, and good action scenes. What else could you want?

As usual, thanks for reading!

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