Spiderman: Homecoming

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Director: Jon Watts

Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris
McKenna, Erik Sommers

Story By: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon
Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes (2hr 13 min)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Based on: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Synopsis: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.

 

My Review

We first saw Tom Holland as Peter Parker A.K.A. your friendly neighborhood Spider Man on last year’s Captain America Civil War and since his debut in the said film, everyone is psyched to see more of Tom Holland play this iconic character and now, a solo movie about the web-slinger hit theaters last July 6 and  it’s already making headlines everywhere.

Spider-Man Homecoming is the second reboot of the marvel comics character and the first franchise where we see this web-slinger colliding with characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man Homecoming is quite different from its predecessor movie franchises—the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb franchises—because it’s much more light-hearted (and fun) than the other two. It’s a mixture between the genre of a thrilling superhero adventure and a teen comedy. It gives off a John Hughes-esque vibe throughout the film with its coming-of-age storyline and the complete package of a high school scenery. This movie is definitely made for the youngsters around the world with all its comedic scenes and hilarious lines that makes the audience in the theater chuckle.

What makes this franchise even more exciting is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s way of telling Peter Parker’s story. They completely scrapped the whole ‘spider bite’ and the famous ‘Uncle Ben’ scene. I was bit skeptical about these two famous plotlines not making it in the film because they’re part of Spider-Man’s origin story and its very well-known that even a person who haven’t read any Spider-Man comics or watched any Spider-Man films would be able to tell you his origin story. But I guess that’s the point, it’s very prominent, everyone knows it and they’re probably tired of seeing Uncle Ben die all over again. At first I thought it was a dumb move but I have to say, everything worked out fine—even better I suppose because, we already know his origin story and now the writers for this franchise are giving us a fresh new storyline for the web-slinger such as having a best friend who knew him as Spider-Man, someone who he can talk to about his secret. We’ve also got Tony Stark/Iron Man upgrading his suit which is also a big change for this film because his suit isn’t just a plain old spandex but it has its own AI and various codes that makes Tom Holland’s Spider-Man suit a hundred times better than Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield’s and surprisingly, the hero didn’t end up having the girl this time.

We get to see Peter Parker juggle his life as a high school student and a crime fighting superhero swinging around Queens. His life as Peter Parker isn’t perfect and being Spider-Man is his escape from his awkward and boring teenage life as ‘just Peter’. This movie is so relatable because we don’t just get a glimpse of his mediocre alternate ego and his life as a high school student but I think more than half of the film is dedicated to showing Peter’s anxiety and stubborness and struggles as normal teenager trying to get through high school and a lot of audiences especially on the age bracket of 13-19 at most relates to this part of the movie and beyond that age bracket, I think people can reminisce their life as a high school student and agree that it was definitely hectic and not easy, then how much more if you’re a nerd by day and a superhero at night.

Tom Holland is getting praises around the world for his amazing portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and after watching Homecoming, without a doubt he definitely deserves the recognition he’s getting. He brings this youthful, fun-loving, awkward but funny Peter Parker.

This movie is cool, amazing and enjoyable but it’s not as good as Wonder Woman, and I’m not saying this as a bias fan girl, yes I love DC more than Marvel but Wonder Woman is inspiring, powerful and moving and Spider-Man Homecoming didn’t have that effect on me maybe because Wonder Woman’s origin story or generally, a Wonder Woman film is something new to the audience, a lot aren’t really familiar with her storyline plus, this is the third movie franchise about the web-slinger but it’s a fresh new way to introduce Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This movie didn’t really made an impact on me but I’d blame all the spoilers I’ve seen and read on the internet for that one. SPOILER AHEAD! For example, I’ve read two imagines from Tumblr saying that the villain for this movie, The Vulture was surprisingly, Liz Allen’s  (Peter Parker’s love interest) dad. Second one was Zendaya’s character being confirmed as MJ in this series. Even though I kind of have a gut feeling that Zendaya is MJ and that her character Michelle is just a codename for MJ, it’s still exhilarating to get it confirmed in the film.

Now let’s talk about other characters, I was kind of disappointed because it showed less of Zendaya, I was thrilled to finally see this amazing actress slay the big screen. I am still a bit skeptical about Zendaya’s character being MJ, don’t get me wrong, Michelle is amazing and probably my spirit animal. She’s one of my favorite characters in the movie, she’s weird and cool in her own way and I can’t help but snicker and be fond of the exercise she was doing during gym class because that’s probably the only exercise I would love to do. She’s quiet and observant just like me that’s why I quickly connected with her character. But finding out that she’s MJ, not Mary Jane Watson but still called MJ, wow that’s a big role to fill in and a lot of expectation from comic book readers and movie goers and generally people who have seen Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy because MJ was a big part of that film franchise. I have a feeling that we’ll see more of her in the sequel judging by the soft look she gave to Peter Parker at their Academic Decathlon meeting. By someone who’ve read and watch hundreds of cliché love stories, her character Michelle is definitely crushing on Peter but just keeping it low-key meaning her character will probably be an important asset in the upcoming sequels.

Marisa Tomei’s fresh new way in portraying Aunt May is classic. She’s the cool aunt that audiences adores. I want to have an aunt just like her, honestly, I think everyone wants to have one like her. She brings this cool and fun-loving kind of aunt unlike the other two aunt May in the past Spider-Man franchises. It’s nice that they decided to change May up a bit and make her more closer to Peter’s age and act like she’s his older sister. Marisa Tomei’s version of aunt May is definitely one of the reasons to go watch this film.

It was cool for the writers of this film to add Ned Leeds into the picture because atleast now, Peter Parker has a friend (best friend) who knows his secret and ask help with Spidey stuff—like helping him out with the codes of his suit and being Spiderman’s own chair guy during homecoming night. (P.S. the line Ned said when he was caught in the computer room was hilarious)

Spider-Man Homecoming is a fresh new film for the web-slinging superhero. After  seeing Tom Holland play the most iconic Marvel superhero on screen, I’m sure all of us are thrilled to see him portray this character again and again in future Marvel films. Avengers: Infinity War comes out in May 2018.

 

And yeah, Tom Holland’s hot—he’s cute—and hot.

 

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