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Spider-Man: Homecoming – BtS Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming – BtS Review. So I went & saw Spider-Man: Homecoming and I’m gonna give you something I don’t often do. I’m gonna write a SHORT review. Here’s my tweet review as such:

Now let me quickly summarize exactly what I mean. The new Spider-Man movie keeps the Peter Parker we know as a growing high school kid who has his Spidey powers and was swinging around and doing small time rescues & saves then gets pulled into the big Avengers vs Captain America fight from Captain America: Civil War movie then quickly thrown back home to go about his life.

Ned and Peter get technical. Image: Sony
Ned and Peter get technical. Image: Sony

Of course Peter going back to just being a kid doesn’t happen as he/we expect as it’s mixed with Peter being Spidey. Now why was the movie like a John Hughes movie? Easy. It’s about a kid growing up and learning about himself exactly like any John Hughes movie. The movie even TELLS you as such when Peter as Spidey is racing through a suburban neighborhood while someone is watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Peter has to juggle being a kid and being Spider-Man. It’s brilliant, it’s touching and it’s got the appropriate amount of teen angst.

“With great power comes greater responsibility!”. This theme echoes through the entire movie

Michael Keaton as Toomes. Image: Sony
Michael Keaton as Toomes. Image: Sony

Next. Why do I feel this Spider-Man is like Jon Favreau’s Iron Man when we actually DO NOT get an origin story? Simple. It’s about the changing and growth of the hero we know and love in Spider-Man himself which is why the comparison to the 1st Iron Man movie holds weight. Both movies have strong actors as both our heroes and villains. To show that Spider-Man: Homecoming has a STRONG villain, the movie bookends with Michael Keaton as Toomes aka The Vulture because he CAN pull it off. Not since Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius has a Spider-Man movie had such a brilliant actor pull of such an enjoyable villain. A LARGE part of me wanted The Vulture to succeed and THAT means the movie works on SO MANY LEVELS! Oh and FINALLY we have Marvel listening and NOT killing their big villains (although that often has more to do with actors contracts vs anything else in super hero movies). Michael Keaton is a joy to watch.

Lastly add in the fact that Tony Stark & Iron Man basically replace Old Ben from all the Spidey movies we’ve seen (one of MANY changes to this new era of Spidey movies) as the mentor & father figure for Peter Parker. This also works as both the focal point of the John Hughes angst and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man movie fatherly legacy shadow that Tony desperately wants to flee from. Both the factors climax and funny enough, arrogant Tony Stark even takes credit for it which is… well, SO Tony Stark.

Spidey hanging around and talking to Karen. Image: Sony
Spidey hanging around and talking to Karen. Image: Sony

The movie has LOTS of wonderful scenes for both those who love Spider-Man, comic book fandom and the general audiences. That said both Ned and Happy Hogan stand out as my favourite characters along with Aunt May & the AI in Spider-Man’s new suit named Karen. Oh and the drops of Damage Control & Captain America public service announcements are hilarious!

Overall Spider-Man: Homecoming has one elegant & beautiful theme. Unwritten and unspoken theme of the whole movie explains the legendary saying that’s dying Old Ben always tells Peter Parker, “With great power comes greater responsibility!”. This theme echoes through the entire movie and even more so with Peter’s decision near the movies end.

If you’ve enjoyed ANY of the Marvel Comics movies and Spider-Man’s minor appearance in Captain America: Civil War, just go see the new movie. If you want to see a great, gun movie then give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Oh and the best call back to the first of the Marvel Universe movie Iron Man almost ends on the same type of scene of “I am Iron Man!”

Go see & tell me I’m wrong! Trust me, you won’t.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theatres now. Go & enjoy! πŸ™‚

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From WikiPedia:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second Spider-Man film reboot and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, with a screenplay by the writing teams of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man, alongside Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker tries to balance high school life with being Spider-Man, while facing the Vulture. Jennifer Connelly provides the voice of Karen, the A.I. in Parker’s suit. Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag: The head of the U.S. Department of Damage Control.