Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming
3 (60%) 2 votes

Imagine John Hughes wrote Spider-Man for millennials

Spider Man

Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: A bunch of people!
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau

Swift shot: I am a huge fan of Spider-Man, at least the comics from the early ’80s and the ’60s cartoons, and this so-called homecoming was more like a millennial coming out party with some really contrived new characters and way too much Happy Hogan (Favreau). While it is a fun and funny film, because there was so little gravitas, it was hard as an adult to really connect with this Jon Watts directed rebirth. How this movie warranted a PG-13 rating is beyond me! 

Peter Parker (Holland) is just fifteen years old, and when we are introduced to him, his origin story is never revealed. I guess the theory is that we all know his origin story, so let’s not get into that unpleasantness, let’s just focus on his Tony Stark internship . . . a running joke that gets old about the second time you hear it mentioned. And speaking of jokes, Spider-Man: Homecoming could practically stand alone as a teen angst John Hughes comedy. To be fair, comedy has always been a big reason why I like Spider-Man, he is a wise ass, and he constantly pelts the bad guys with one-liners as they fail to ever really land a solid shot on him. Like an annoying arachnid that you just can’t ever squash.  

When we first got a glimpse of Spider-Man, he was thrust into a civil war within the Avengers, and Homecoming starts right where that epic throw-down left off. But, Tony doesn’t want to let Spider-Man get too big for his britches, so his new and improved suit has a protocol that prevents him from unlocking the ultimate toys. Tony is trying to give Peter the discipline he has always lacked, but much like Tony, Peter likes to do things on his own terms, and being a teenager just adds to that rebellious nature. 

Meanwhile, Tony’s running amok and being partially responsible for the destruction of New York City has led to some new super villains that managed to pilfer alien technology and tinker around enough to create super weapons that prove problematic for our favorite web-slinger to handle alone. Their leader is the Vulture, though I don’t think he is ever called that in the film. Played by Michael Keaton, he adds a sinister matter-of-fact ruthlessness to the character. Of course, Keaton is phenomenal, and his band of miscreants hold their own. We meet some classic Spider-Man baddies in Homecoming, but again, other than the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine), their villain names aren’t divulged.

All you need to know about the plot is that Vulture is planning a big alien weapons heist that Spider-Man is trying to thwart with the help of his friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon) while defying Tony’s orders to do just that. Also, Peter is on one of those knowledge bowl teams at his high school. Did I mention that Flash (Tony Revolori) is also on that team, along with an artsy-fartsy loner girl, Michelle (Zendaya). While Peter is trying to save the world, or at least his city, he’s also trying to gain the affections of one of his other teammates, Liz (Laura Harrier) who Peter manages to disappoint so many times in the film, I lost count.

So, what you get is a film about a kid trying to find himself in the world of high school and crime fighting, all the while trying to conceal his identity from his family and friends and as with most super-heroes, he learns there are real sacrifices involved with being a super hero.

What was awesome about the film was the action and all the sequences where Spidey interacts with his suit, who of course actually speaks to him, and he dubs her Karen (Jennifer Connelly). I enjoyed the one-liners and people at my screening were laughing like it was a classic cult comedy already. Points for that aspect.

What I really didn’t like was the contrived shoehorning of characters to appeal to today’s millennial demographics. And when you really get to the core of the film, there isn’t much going on apart from teenage angst. Is this really Spider-Man? I guess this is the new generation’s Spidey, he’s not really any Spider-Man that I recognize. Be honest with yourself, is this your Spider-Man?

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2 Responses to Spider-Man: Homecoming

  1. Joshua July 10, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Everybody but you said this was a fantastic film. I was pretty surprised to read your review as I thought it would have been better. Your review red as if the millennial take on new films was just horrible. So I had some real doubts about your review honestly. (Sorry.. Just being honest you Millennial hater 😉😅)

    Just walked out of the theater after watching the whole thing and I must say: you were right. For me the film was just – ok.

    I feel like the other spiderman films are just lost in homecoming. Which is fine if Marvel wants to start over so to speak… But we’ve started over already didn’t we? I also felt that while Tom Holland did a great job as SpiderMan, the script didn’t quite do it for me. It kind of felt like: “hey this is a marvel film we have to throw in some humor– so let’s have penis jokes, middle fingers and political jokes sprinkled throughout.” 😒 meh. They could have done better and been more witty… Don’t get me started on the witty part either… Where was sarcastic Peter Parker? Did I miss it?

    And what was the deal with the “MJ” character??? I know I missed something but I can’t figure it out. She just was kind of there and her character felt like it had no purpose.

    I know for Spiderman fans there were a lot of “Easter egg” moments but really, it wasn’t really exciting for me. And you’d have to be a pretty decent Spiderman fan to catch these. The film was entertaining but didn’t necessarily feel like a spiderman film to me either… Even though of course… It was titled: Spiderman.

    • Rick Swift July 10, 2017 at 10:05 am #

      By my count, there was only one death in the whole film. And that was Shocker I, who was killed accidentally. I am scratching my head how this warranted a PG-13 rating. That’s for starters. I really did love his interaction with the suit protocols, but when I say millennials, I mean the forced diversity that Hollywood has been going to now, ruining established characters to justify diversity. Diversity for the sake of diversity just annoys me, I guess I am too old-fashioned?

      For the record, I have nothing against diversity, if it makes sense and they aren’t just completely changing established canonical comic characters . . . like Mary Jane.

      Why did they feel the need to have Zendaya be MJ? It would have made better sense to just keep her as Michelle, and make Michelle a whole new love interest or whatever she’s supposed to be to Peter. That little MJ hook at the end really irked me. It reminded me of that one character in Law & Order who they outed as a lesbian, like out of NOWHERE, she just says out of the thin blue “did you fire me because I am gay?” And I was like, wait, what, when did they EVER mention that? It’s weak writing!

      Also, the fact that like SIX writers wrote the screenplay for this film is telling as well. It turned into something that lacked any teeth, and that’s a shame, because I know the actors involved are very talented.

      Again, I didn’t hate the film, but I just don’t recognize this as “Spider-Man,” at all.

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