Meatball Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7, 2017

How do you reboot a Superhero who is now in his Sixth Film in 15 years and was rebooted just a couple years ago? You give the franchise back to Marvel Studios and let them handle the challenge of slinging the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And all I can say is the powers that be finally got it right!

Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero all under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine but is distracted by the idea of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Part of Spider-Man: Homecoming charm and what helps this film work is they avoid the familiar motions. We skip past the violent death of Uncle Ben, No "With Great Power Comes Great Responsability" speech, no bitten by the Spider & seeing the transformation. Instead the committee of writers (six total) jumps right into things and those things are not the destruction of New York City or the world by some super villian but instead the struggles of being a high school sophmore. Yes! We finally see the true teenage nature of this character taking advanced-placement classes in his Queens High School while trying to navigate romance and hiding his incredible secret. Homecoming is the polar opposite of what we got with Logan but done with the same heart and refreshing take on a superhero film.

Director Jon Watts, gets great results with the supporting cast. Marisa Tomei shines as Peter's Aunt May, oblivious to the men attracted to her. While Jacob Batalon is charming and full of energy as Peter's loyal friend Ned, who is the only person to figure out what Peter's "Stark Industries Internship" truly is and must sit on the biggest piece of gossip in high school history. Laura Harrier who plays Liz, the girl Peter can't talk too for longer than 5 seconds without losing all train of thought is fantastic, and Zendaya who plays Michelle steals the show as the mysterious character that is weirdly obssesed with Peter. Michael Keaton is one of the best villians we have gotten in a comic book film as The Vulture and why should we expect anything less from the Batman and Birdman star.

Some of the best moments in the movie are the high-schoolers being forced to watch Captain America induced educational videos. These are some of the funniest moments the film offers up to the audience. Robert Downey Jr. is here also to keep tabs on Spidey from far away but assignes his aide Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau, who is finally back in the MCU after helping launch Marvel with the first two Iron Man Films) as his point of contact. Favreau and Holland play fantatic off each other and even give you a great moment that might give you a flashback to Favreau's film Swingers when Peter is constantly calling and texting Happy phone to find out when his next assignment is.

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn't follow the same patterns as every other MCU film or comic book films in general. It takes chances and succeeds at every turn, it even provides a very amusing post credit scene worth waiting for. I give Spider-Man: Homecoming 5 out of 5 Meatballs. If you only see one comic book film this summer this is the must see!


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