Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Directed by Jon Watts

Based on Spider-Man by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Harrier, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, Martin Starr

Music by Michael Giacchino

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
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 Opinion:

I saw this a few weeks ago but never reviewed it and now it’s annoying me because I at least try to review the current releases I actually go out to see, so…. I’ll keep this short! I don’t have a lot to say.

I liked this but, as I often say about these sort of movies, I’m getting very superheroed-out. There are some that I truly do enjoy (like Wonder Woman & especially the Guardians Of The Galaxy films) but I’d probably never bother to re-watch half the superhero movies I’ve seen. I think Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the ones I’m unlikely to watch again. Sorry… It’s not bad! It just feels like, you know, more of the same old thing despite trying to be a little bit different with certain things (like with saucy Aunt May).

The storyline is a pretty standard Marvel storyline so I couldn’t get too excited about that but I did like the John Hughes-esque teen movie thing going on, which worked well instead of feeling forced. Tom Holland & his friends felt like actual teenagers, as they’re meant to be. Which leads me to the very best thing about this movie: Tom Holland is great. He’s easily my favorite Spider-Man between him, Andrew Garfield & Tobey Maguire. I think they finally got the character right (not that I can have a fully informed opinion since it’s not like I read the comics or anything). But, seriously – he’s the most believable as a teenager (he’s 21!) and easily the most likeable.

I also really enjoyed Michael Keaton & Marisa Tomei in this. I like the career revival Michael Keaton has had these past few years (he’s still my favorite Batman, okay??) and I’ve liked Tomei ever since Untamed Heart (that movie rules & I love it). I like saucy Aunt May! I looked up Tomei’s age as well as Holland’s. She’s 52! That’s awesome. I like that Hollywood is actually seeming to be a little less scared lately of using actors & actresses who dare to be over 40. Anyway – Holland, Keaton & Tomei are perfect in these roles and are what make this movie so enjoyable since the story itself is a bit “whatever”.

I can see why people do like this movie and I’m sorry that I think I sound more negative than I actually feel. If I was a teen/early twentysomething, I think I’d probably love it & would see it as “my” Spider-Man (like those who grew up with the Tobey Maguire ones are so fond of those). I think this latest incarnation of Spider-Man is easily the most promising of the last three & the younger generation are lucky to have Holland as “their” Spider-Man. I assume we’ll be getting to see more of Zendaya in a sequel (I was surprised her role was so small in this), which would be good as I want to see more of Peter Parker’s awkward teenage high school life & all of his relationships (even more than his Spider-Man life). But, as for his Spider-Man life, I think he’s the perfect fit to work alongside the other Marvel superheroes. That’s one of the best things about the Marvel films – I think all the actors are pretty much perfect in their superhero roles and also have great chemistry when they’re all brought together. I’m happy to know that this is the Spider-Man we get to see working with them. I think the previous two would have felt out of place with them so Holland clearly has a certain star power to work so well alongside such established actors & actresses.

My Rating: 7/10

20 thoughts on “Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

  1. A 7 is probably about right, thought I’d be edging up towards 7.5 simply because I love the character and it compares favourably to the awful Andrew Garfield version. I’m not actually someone currently suffering from Superhero Fatigue, I still love the films and can’t wait to see what happens next, but Spiderman was definitely a box-tick kind of film. I can’t help but think it would have been better if Teen-Me was watching it, which is no bad criticism, just acknowledgement that I might not be it’s demographic. Still enjoyable though!

    • Agreed – Spider-Man was fun & he’s certainly my favorite version of the character. I’m so far behind on comments… I’ve now seen Thor: Ragnarok as well. Preferred it to Spider-Man. 🙂

  2. Superhero fatigue I can get behind.

    Ironically, the thing you liked the most I hated the most – the teen school stuff. Then again, as a Brit that stuff has always been largely twee and overly affected to me, especially with the influx of teen gross out comedies and flaccid teen TV shows that we were deluged with over the past couple of decades. :-/

    • Hi! Catching up on all the old comments I’ve missed. Aww – I like the teen stuff but only when it’s accurate. Like in John Hughes films. I can confirm The Breakfast Club is accurate. That’s funny – my British hubby loves the good American 80’s teen flicks. 🙂 As for superhero films, though, I far preferred Thor: Ragnarok to this!

      • Of course there are a few exceptions – Porkys, Breakfast Club and Ferris Beuller – but like I say, for me, I personally find them hard to relate to, even more so now I am and old git! :/

  3. I had some certain issues with this one too but stil enjoyed Holland’s performance as the web crawler. Damn Toemi is 52. WOW She looks really good for her age

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  5. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t feel right either. And there was way to much Tony Stark in a Spiderman movie. It was a good movie, but there was something just not right about it. I think the funniest moment for me was in the beginning when I realized that Batman was the villain. That is exactly how I phrased it in my mind. I still see him as Batman even after all these years and all his other movies. Of course, he is a very good actor. But I think he plays a very good villain.

    • Agree there was too much Tony Stark in this, even though I like him. I do see Keaton as Batman as well since he’s my era Batman. Hope you like Thor: Ragnarok! I definitely preferred it to this. 🙂

  6. I honestly felt I was too old for this. After Wonder Woman I’ve changed my opinion drastically about what I want in a Superhero flick too. Way too much Tony Stark. I do think Tom Holland has a good career ahead of him if he stays sane over there!

    • Agreed that there was too much Tony Stark & I definitely think Wonder Woman was a much better film than this. As a fellow Chris Hemsworth lover, I can’t wait to see what you think of Thor: Ragnarok! It’s a lot of fun (and much better than Spider-Man). 🙂

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