Thursday, 13 July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review 4.5/5

I’ll start by saying I feel sorry for all of those who are still fighting the never ending ‘Andrew-Tobey’ War.

Directed and Co-written by Jon Watts with the screenplay credits to Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth film and the third take on Stan Lee’s creation of the iconic web-slinger, swinging across the New York City.

Finally the film doesn’t start with the horrible death of Uncle Ben and Peter going after the ones responsible for his death, but we are actually taken 8 years back to the New York City when the Avengers battled the Chitauri, where Salvage worker Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) with his co-workers take apart the Chitauri leviathan and gather any tech they can get their hands on, And that’s where Toomes finds his reason to become the flying monster guy The Vulture by far the best villain Spider-Man has faced, who unlike most of the Marvel’s antagonists don't seek an end of the world, he’s just chasing a fast buck to feed his family, but he’s willing to sacrifice innocent lives to achieve that goal, that’s what concerns Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he sees this as an opportunity to prove his worth.
Although the film doesn’t focus on the origin story of Peter Parker, it does notify us that he got his powers by getting bitten by a spider, and despite Uncle Ben not being in the film, Peter does get to have Uncle moments with none other than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)

The film focuses on a young kid trying to fit in the world of extraordinary, while also navigating the pitfalls of everyday teenagerhood. Tom Holland’s webbed world of Peter gives us a new vibe to enjoy; he brings just the right mixture of goofy and bold. Meanwhile, Michael Keaton, whose great white shark grin has a peerless talent for making us feel nervous, then laugh, then repeat, brings his A Game to the bad guy part. The kids are a diverse bunch racially, including Peter’s crush Liz (Laura Harrier) and a snarky loner (Zendaya) who goes by “MJ.” (NOT REALLY) Peter’s bestie, Ned (Jacob Batalon), who is basically the guy in the chair, Meanwhile Marisa Tomei totally changes our perceptions for  Aunt May, no wonder why they end up with just ‘May’ and got rid of the ‘Aunt’, yeah we totally ‘LARBed’ her.

Here are some of the hidden details you may have missed in the film,

1. Following the Marvel Studios, Sony, and Columbia logos, the opening credits are accompanied by a modernized version of the classic 1960s Spider-Man TV show theme tune.

2. Quite a few female characters from the Spider-Man comics show up in Homecoming, but one you may have missed is Betty Brant, who co-hosts a hilariously bad high school news show alongside Jason Ionello, another familiar character from the comics. If you’ll recall, Brant goes on to work at the Daily Bugle and was played by Elizabeth Banks in Sam Raimi’s movie trilogy. Here, she’s played by Angourie Rice.

3. A tribute to the classic 80s high school movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ During the house party scene when Peter bails to try and catch a couple of the Vulture’s goons, his pursuit takes him through a number of backyards.

4. Good to see Kenneth Choi again portraying the grandson of the character (Jim Morita) he once played in Captain America: The First Avenger, we even saw a picture of the former in full uniform on the Principal’s desk during the scene where Peter visits his office.

Spider-Man Homecoming may not be the perfect film as a whole but it has the perfect version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. All thanks to an outstanding performance by Holland and adequate writing of six screenwriters, well you know teamwork always counts. Although working on a large-scale production isn’t much of the indie director Jon Watts’ thing but he ends up surprising us with the end result.