Tom Holland is by far the most awkward Spiderman yet – and it’s what made this movie so good!
Having caught a glimpse of the masked vigilante in Captain America: Civil War, my friends and I expected to be similarly impressed during the screening of Spiderman: Homecoming on Thursday night.
And it is safe to say that not only did director Jon Watts deliver, but he killed it!
Starting with an opening scene that takes us back to the first Avengers movie, we are introduced to the man that later becomes the Vulture (Micheal Keaton), Spidey’s main villain in the film. I really liked how Watts introduced this film’s connection to the Avengers straight away, as it provided a solid timeline of where Spiderman and his story fit in to the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe.
The premise of this film bases itself off Spiderman (Holland), still a sophomore in high school, attempting to balance his two identities while also trying to prove to Iron Man (Robert Downey-Jr.) that he is ready to be more than just “your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.”
It was during his plight to prove himself while web-slinging in New York that he stumbles upon the illegal weapons being sold by the Vulture, and the story kicks off from there.
Skipping Spiderman arcs completely fleshed out in previous adaptations, Spiderman: Homecoming is like a breath of fresh air, with new characters who on-screen actually look like the age they are portraying, and the introduction of the Vulture, who I hope to see more of in later movies. (FYI, I’m a big fan of Michael Keaton!)
One of the best aspects of this film was definitely Holland’s portrayal of the young Peter Parker. In comparison to Toby McGuire, whose Spiderman was quite reserved, and Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman who was super sarcastic, Holland is able to be both aspects of Peter Parker at the same time.
His youthfulness and unapologetic geekiness, something that both the previous actors lacked, further makes this third-times-the-charm Spiderman all the more relatable.
This film’s funnier moments, which were also perfectly timed, generated lots of laughs that had the audience applauding by the end of the movie.
There were also countless moments where Peter Parker’s interactions with his high school crush Liz (Laura Harrier), while definitely causing some second-hand embarrassment, made the character all the more endearing and fun to watch.
On a side-note, Spiderman is also revealed in one scene to know a little Spanish, much to the delight of movie-goers.
While I don’t want to give too much of the story away, the movie overall flowed really well, with solid momentum which built up to an unexpected plot-twist later on in the movie that garnered a collective gasp from the audience followed by chuckles and a few ‘Oh God no’s’ as well.
The action scenes are just what you would expect from any Marvel action movie, fantastic, fast-paced and original, although it would have been nice to have seen Spiderman have a little more one-on-one combat.
A few notable mentions would have to go out to Ned (Jacob Batalon) whose comic timing made him the perfect sidekick, and also Robert Downey-Jr. who had great chemistry with Holland, and was an uncharacteristically good father-figure.
Furthermore, as someone who usually eye-rolls at cameos, Childish Gambino’s appearance was surprisingly good, and he delivered an awesome three-minute performance across from Holland as your typical weapons-buyer in New York.
Also, shout-out to all my OC fans who, like me, were silently jumping in their seats at the unexpected appearance of Logan Marshall-Green (aka bad-boy Trey!) who had a small role in the film.
While this film was great, I found myself at the end wishing that Zendaya’s character Michelle, despite having some great zingers and one-liners, had more on-screen time.
It would also have been nice to have seen more development between Peter and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) who, while having one really good heartfelt scene together, seem devoid of chemistry that I know that amazing Tomei can deliver.
However, I’ll chalk these last two critiques down to the fact that Watts simply didn’t have time to fit the development of these two characters into an already two-hour-long movie.
Furthermore, since these two characters will definitely be returning in later movies, I can only hope they will be given the development they deserve later on.
Overall, whether he’ll be in Avengers: Infinity War, and in a stand-alone movie of his own, I can’t wait to see Spidey in action once more!
I’d give this movie 4/5 stars 🙂