Dir.: Jon Watt
In what is the start of our third Spider-man franchise, we get a plucky, young Tom Holland donning the suit. Peter Parker has already had his powers for a little while at this point(this is not an origin story), so we jump right in to his battle with balancing being a teenage boy and being a super hero. This is honestly a refreshing detail of the movie because we’ve already had two different origin stories in the past fifteen years. Parker is learning throughout the movie how to decide when to do the right thing and when to listen to direct commands of his elders. Directly disobeying his elders, Spider-man is thrown right into the middle of Michael Keaton’s dastardly dealings and is faced with an incredible challenge in “The Vulture”.
If there is one commendable feature in this film, it is the Vulture. Keaton play such an intimidating villain that we are genuinely enthralled any time he shows up. However, it is important to note that not only is he scary, he is incredibly relatable. His character is repeatedly given the shaft. Its sad, and relatable. All of his decisions at least some what make sense. We feel bad that it has come to this.
Its important to note that you cannot mention the good without mentioning the bad. While the Vulture was a great part of the movie, there were two characters that I had a really hard time with. Marisa Tomei as Aunt May is nearly unbearable. She lacks every bit of motherly protectiveness that I felt embodied the character. Not to mention she is overly attractive and honestly a little distracting at times. The other character that I had trouble with was the best friend Ned. The people that I watched the movie with thought he was a lovable kind of annoying, but I found him to be just straight out annoying.
The action in the film was a lot of fun, and when it needed it, there was some seriously tense scenes such as the scene in the car(you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it). It is sad to say however that the ending was completely underwhelming. I understand that it was an established thing that makes sense, it just was almost as if the whole final battle was at a ten and then the end his like a four.
Overall I left the film lacking a strong opinion in either direction. It was not disappointing, but it was not impressive by any means, and honestly a little forgettable. I would however definitely recommend it, as it was a fun time. It was easily the second or third best Spider-Man film we have gotten, behind Sam Raimi’s first two films.
I give Spider-Man: Homecoming an underwhelming 6.75/10