spider man homecoming review

Spider man homecoming was done well. Out of all the spider man movies, I enjoyed this one the most. I thought the cast in the Tobey Maguire films was wrong. Not a fan of the acting at all, especially the scene where Toby struts down the street wearing black eyeliner….I’M A REBEL! BETTER LOOK OUT. Whatever. I’m glad those are gone.

I did enjoy the reboot spider man films with Andrew Garfield…the Amazing Spider man film series. He was a good actor with a warmer tribute to the web slinger we all know and love.

Tom Holland, the most recent actor to portray spider man of the spider man series, in spider man homecoming and Captain America Civil War, did the best job in my opinion. He is humble, very excited with everything cool he encounters, actually was a teenager, and a good actor. I felt Tom Holland captured the role perfectly.

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Marisa Tomei in Spider man homecoming

The cast is perfect, with Marisa Tomei playing Peter’s aunt, and of course Michael Keaton…one of my favorites. Marisa still looks and acts to perfection in this film. She plays a very down to earth, real and warm family member, which is something Marisa has always done. Some fans felt odd with Marisa playing Peter’s aunt since we’re so used to seeing an elderly woman with grey hair in the role of aunt May. I, for one, was happy with this change. Peter is a high school kid and so it’s only fitting that his aunt is closer to the age of Marisa Tomei.

Marisa, who first portrayed the MCU’s younger version of Aunt May in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role for Homecoming, went on to explain how the scene would have given her character and Peter another outlet to connect on, albeit an unspoken one. “Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me,” Tomei continued. “So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”

 

The appearance of Iron Man and Stark in spider man homecoming tied the films together well. This is something Marvel studios is really good at doing with all their films. It’s a great way to make the Avengers world bigger and more true to life, as if it could be a real thing. Spider man on his own would have made the film a little cold and sterile I believe. I’m not much of a comic book person so I appreciate the small tie ins they are creatied by merging their worlds. This helps people like me, who don’t follow the comics. I’m not sure if spider man’s costume was constructed by Stark in the comics. As a kid, watching the tv series cartoon from the 1970’s, it seemed that Peter Parker designed and built his costume without the help of anyone else. Spider man certainly didn’t have Karen to talk to or any fancy technology in his suit. For a few seconds, I thought that would ruin it, since it wasn’t true to the original tech Pete he had…just a suit. I like the idea though and it was executed very well in the film.

The film wasn’t too complex and the story was laid out very well. I can’t stand obvious foreshadowing in films and this film doesn’t have any at all. When something happens in the film that was meant to be a surprise, it truly was a surprise. I like that. I had no idea certain scenes were going to play out how they did. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised and got to feel the scene through the eyes of Peter Parker.

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Michael Keaton as the vulture in spider man homecoming

SPOILER ALERT – The scene where Peter Parker is greeted at the door by Michael Keaton when arriving for the homecoming dance….I had no idea Michael Keaton would be the one answering the door. Micheal Keaton is the bad guy in the film, the vulture. Michael Keaton is also the father of Pete’s love interest. Because of great writing, I was surprised when spider man’s enemy answered the door…just as much as Peter Parker was.

The acting was good and made me feel how the character would have felt. One scene in particular is when Peter Parker was outside in his spider man suit, contemplating on entering the party at the house of his love interest, Liz. Everyone was expecting spider man to show up and Peter was against the idea. He sat outside saying to himself, “this is a stupid idea.” It made sense, as he was trying to find his way as a super hero, and yet, contemplating entering a party to impress the kids at his high school. I can relate to that situation minus the super hero part.

One thing I didn’t like is when Michael Keaton attacked Stark’s jet as the vulture at the end of the film. With all Stark’s technology, not one alert went off when the hull of the jet was cut. The vulture was free to roam around the jet and go through whatever he wanted. No motion sensors? No laser sensors? Nothing on a Stark jet transporting his prized tech? In other films, Stark appeared anywhere in the world to fight a crisis within minutes…but his jet, flying within 100 miles of him…and just nothing? That was odd.

Check out a video review of spider man homecoming by the Dork Lords of you tube:

I recommend this film and will be buying it once available.

Glad they got spider man right! Great writing, acting and overall production, as you would expect from a Marvel studios film.

Thanks for reading,

Steve

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