Sony and Marvel have teamed up to give us the movie of the summer, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film is directed by Jon Watts, who was also a part of the screenplay writing team along with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Some were skeptical for a third Spider-Man franchise after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Although, after his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, he was loved by everyone and the hype for the solo film released on July 7 was off the charts. The film is about a kid named Peter Parker who comes home after the events of Civil War and continues living his life as a young superhero in Queens, New York. He is faced with the challenges of trying to become an Avenger, fighting the Vulture, and… high school.
The cast features new faces as well as old faces. The role of Peter Parker is played by British actor Tom Holland. He started in the Broadway musical Billy Elliot in London, but his first major debut was the Oscar nominated film The Impossible in 2011. The 21 year old actor has been in films such as In The Heart of the Sea and The Lost City of Z. The movie’s main villain is played by the talented Michael Keaton. This was not Keaton’s first time portraying a winged character with films such as Batman, Batman Returns, and Birdman. There is also Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., who acts as Peter’s mentor throughout the film. You can also see many other talented actors and actresses such as Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon, and Zendaya Coleman.
The film was similar to some past Marvel films with lighthearted comedy, relatable characters, and well choreographed action sequences. Though past films had adult superheros learn about their powers and others were origin stories of beloved heroes, this film had a different mood to it. The director said that this was inspired by John Hughes’ films. This was a teenage-like film because it is a movie about a teenage boy with superpowers. You could feel the stress Peter is under trying to do the right thing by fighting the villain while keeping his identity a secret and trying to keep his promises.
What is also special about the movie is that it is not an origin story. The past two franchises have gone through the process. Peter is a nerd, tries to get the girl, bitten by a spider on a field trip, gets new powers, and so on. This Peter Parker has had his powers for a few months and is still learning and discovering what he could do. Although he does have a love interest Liz [Laura Harrier], his main focus is to show Tony Stark [Robert Downey Jr.] that he is capable of becoming an Avenger. While Peter can do incredible stunts and fight like a champ, he is still a kid learning and making mistakes.
All in all, this film was not what I expected, it was better. It felt like a true comic book movie. It shows more of Peter’s geeky side and his awkward yet confident personality. Jacob Batalon and Zendaya’s characters brought the feel-good comic relief for the audience. Michael Keaton’s Vulture was very complex and brought a different type of evil to the screen. Tom Holland’s performance was phenomenal and delivered the “15 year old kid finding himself” vibe. This is a film for young kids, teenagers, and some adults for this classic superhero swinging back on the screen.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt2250912/?ref_=nv_sr_1&scrlybrkr
Desowitz, Bill. “‘Spider-Man Homecoming’: How Jon Watts Channeled John Hughes.”IndieWire, 14 July 2017, www.indiewire.com/2017/07/spider-man-homecoming-jon-watts-john-hughes-visual-effects-1201855275/?scrlybrkr