Directed By: Jon Watts
Written By: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Release Date: July 7th, 2017
Run Time: 2 Hours, 13 Minutes
Link to IMDb
This is the one I’ve been waiting for!
I’ve made it no secret that I fucking love Spider-Man. But before this, I’ve found his big screen adaptations… lacking. The original Spider-Man trilogy is a campy fun time, but they’re not exactly a solid adaptation of the character. The Amazing Spider-Man duo-logy fails to understand the character on every level, and they’re fucking terrible to boot. None of these films felt like the Spider-Man I loved so damn much.
Until this movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a charming, hilarious movie with a fantastic story, incredible actors, rock solid pacing, and an acute understanding of Spider-Man that shines in every area. Though it does suffer from flat cinematography, forgettable action scenes and lackluster CGI, the movie is so much fun that I struggle to care.
The opening of this movie alone sets it apart from the MCU with how fun and cute it is. Before we leap into the action, we get to see the events of Civil War from Peter Parker’s perspective via recorded phone footage. Watching Peter vlog his way through Berlin and the airport fight is charming as hell, totally adorable, and sells you even more on Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Y’know, if you weren’t already.
Or if you’re one of those idiots who is desperately clinging to Tobey Maguire. Even though he was actually a terrible actor. But that’s a topic for another day.
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This adorable opening also sets the tone for the movie perfectly. It instantly tells the audience “Hey man, grab a drink and chill out. Sit back, relax, and have a good time!” This light hearted tone remains for the rest of the film, and it fits perfectly. Not all superhero movies need to be big dumb action movies. Every now and then, we need something light hearted and relaxing.
For example: what if I told you that no one has to die in a superhero movie for it to be fun? So long as your story is down to earth and it’s not all about a world ending evil scheme or an important civil war between your characters, you don’t need to actually kill anybody!
There is one, count it one, death in Homecoming. And it’s treated as both an accident and a joke! After that, there isn’t a single casualty in the whole movie! Which is for the better! Can you imagine how fucking dour and depressing the movie would be if one of the kids died in the elevator scene?!
Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t about that! It’s all about making you feel good! Be it by making you lift, inspiring you or by warming your heart, this movie is dead set on making you feel good! Which is something that few other superhero movies seem to even consider doing nowadays.
This even goes to the villain, who is one of the best in the whole MCU! He doesn’t want to rule the world or kill the hero because he’s in his way! He wants to steal things, make money, and support his family. It’s a simple and relatable motivation that you could easily root for. On top of that, the twist reveal as to his identity is genuinely shocking and blew me away when I first saw this in the theater.
Still, this is far from a flawless film. The cinematography here is one of the most flat and uninteresting in the whole MCU. Passable? Yeah. Creative and visually interesting? Not at all. If you want to watch a Spider-Man movie with creative cinematography, go watch Into the Spider-Verse.
The special effects are also far from great. Marvel movies usually have some pretty good CGI, but this movie is incredibly lackluster in that regard. There are several points where they use a fully CGI Spider-Man, and it looks far from great. It’s never bad, but it is visually jarring.
This film also has some pretty lackluster action scenes. They’re not nearly as bad as the shaky cam scenes from Civil War (as they don’t use shaky cam at all in this movie) but there’s nothing to make them truly stand out. Much like the cinematography, they’re just passable rather than fantastic.
Even with it’s flaws, I can’t help but love this movie. It’s the best on screen depiction of Spider-Man (in live action, at least) we’ve ever gotten, and it’s a ton of fun from beginning to end. This is one of the strongest entries in the MCU, and it’s one I’ll undoubtedly revisit many times for years to come.
Mainly in July before Far From Home comes out.