Spiderman: Homecoming Review
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Spiderman: Homecoming was ok. It wasn’t phenomenal and it wasn’t terrible. It was just ok.
The movie did plenty of things right. It was funny, the story didn’t drag on too long, and it fit in pretty well with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tom Holland portrayed a likable and realistic Spiderman/Peter Parker, and the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton) was an enjoyable villain to watch, with a pretty realistic goal.
However, I was annoyed by several things throughout the movie. What I found myself asking too often during the movie was “Why?”
I wasn’t very upset that there was no background given, yet was concerned they didn’t even mention one past, “I got bit by a spider. The spider is dead.”
I questioned the growth of Spiderman in the movie, finding it difficult to say how exactly he matured from the events. While he seems to act as if he’s matured at the end, he didn’t really have any moments that led to this change.
Denying the offer to join the Avengers because he thought Tony Stark wanted him to doesn’t really show growth, it just shows that he figured out what Tony wants.
I was disappointed with how weak Spiderman was in this movie. Seriously, the only person he actually beats is a random bicycle thief.
I was also pretty disoriented by the action scenes in general. While the action was plentiful, and fighting was common, the swirling movements of the camera, bright lights, and constant motion of the fighters made it very difficult to discern what was actually happening.
Any time Spiderman faced off against the Vulture, I just waited until they stopped moving to figure out who won the fight (it was always the Vulture).
I was confused by the idea that no one died in his mishaps. A boat is literally torn apart, people are shown getting sucked under the water, and not a single person dies (they specifically mention it)
I’m not sure why Homecoming was chosen for the title. Sure, the movie kind of takes place around the same time as Peter’s school’s homecoming dance, but that’s it. It wasn’t a clever joke or pun, there was little to no mention of the homecoming dance itself, and no part of the movie itself took place inside of the dance itself, save for one minute in which Peter walks over to his date and tells her he’s leaving.
I loved Andrew Garfield’s performance as Spiderman, and questioned why the series was rebooted.
While the movie was certainly enjoyable, and didn’t bore me, it had a lot of problems. Holland’s iteration of Spiderman was dorky and likable, but it lacked Spiderman’s strength and ingenuity.
The movie came off as more of a comedy than the next epic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While this isn’t a terrible thing, it’s certainly not what I expected. The movie leaves lots of room for improvement, yet that improvement seems very likely.
Did you get a chance to see Spiderman: Homecoming yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.