It’s been fifteen years since Tobey Maguire first donned the Spidey suit. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already but here we are, fifteen years and far too many reboots later. It took nearly two decades to finally get it right but I can assure you, with the welcome return to MARVEL, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Spidey we’ve all been waiting so long for. In costume or galavanting around as Peter Parker, Tom Holland embodies the nerdy hero that will absolutely please most fans of the comics. I say most because these are nerds I’m talking about (I’m one, I didn’t forget), there will always be the outliers in whatever direction the majority decide to go. Chances are though, you are going to love this movie.
Robert Downey Jr. has a few scenes as Parker’s mentor of sorts who sees potential in Peter but knows he’s just a kid with a lot to learn before Avengers status. This of course frustrates Peter who like every teenager is in a big rush to grow up (I grew up, biggest mistake of my life). A great source of tension and misleading forms between them making for wonderful scenes between a young man and his idol, both of whom know all too well what it feels like to lose a father. I believe this is where their camaraderie holds its strongest bond. Holland and Downey play this relationship vehemently.
The best thing they did for this character is allowed him his own movie to establish who he is and what he stands for as a hero and citizen. All too often, as we saw even with the reboots of Spider-Man over at Sony, that franchise building takes place before an individual world is created. Nothing is established and yet the first film always seems to be nothing more than a two hour hint at what’s to come in the eventual sequels. But with ill-constructed characters and an even worse script, these franchises often die before they begin. With Homecoming we are given time to allow these characters to grow into the people they are supposed to become. They have worries and fears and aspirations that are all allowed to come to fruition thanks to a fun but patient script and of course a tremendous young cast eager to please and equipped to do so.
When the more intimate scenes between two characters simply talking are just as entertaining as the action packed scenes you know the adventure ahead is going to be nothing short of spectacular. The direction they are taking these characters is familiar without being boring while simultaneously sprinkling in new material in order to make this a film all its own that just happens to be apart of something bigger. They do this rather than a movie that relies on the something bigger just to survive. Because of this, magic happens.
Finding a tonal balance between action, comedy, and drama is something MARVEL films have down to a science. Each scene no matter how serious or funny lends itself effortlessly to the next even when the shift in tone is major. A funny scene about two nerds can turn into someone almost dying and it’s believable (believable in a superhero movie I mean).
This is the Peter Parker, the Spider-Man we’ve been waiting fifteen years and longer for. He is the goofy without being ridiculous teenager whose curiosity for bigger and better things both motivates him and gets him into plenty of entertaining shenanigans. From the visual effects to the characters to the plot, Homecoming is a solid, damn good time at the movies. It has many connections to the MARVEL universe but very much stands on its own.
It has a believably motivated villain who has both a disdain about him and a likability to him. He is detestable but you understand where he is coming from and a relatable villain is the best kind. They are often more complicated and therefore interesting than a bland bad guy that wants all the diamonds or the dame gets it. Yawn. Spider-Man: Homecoming manages to circumvent the trappings of past failed efforts to give us the hero we’ve only read about until now.
Rated PG-13 For: sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Runtime: 133 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Directed By: Jon Watts
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4.5/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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