"Spider-Man: Homecoming" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Spider-Man is one of the most famous superheroes of all time. Whether it's from his quick sense of humor or his relatable teen lifestyle, fans have read countless number of comic books involving everyone's favorite web-slinger and have flocked to the theaters to see every film adaptation of this teen superhero. It was just a matter of time before they introduce him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside the likes of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Evans' Captain America. Fans got their wish in "Captain America: Civil War", where he joined Tony Stark's side of the battle, and formed a relationship with the billionaire tech-giant. That relationship is what helps set up the first Spider-Man led-film in the MCU: "Spider-Man: Homecoming".
The movie starts during the first time Peter Parker (Tom Holland) met Tony Stark (Downey Jr.). We watch a little video diary that Peter made of his events in Berlin, then jumping two months forward to see where Peter is now. He is still a regular high schooler, and has yet to receive a call from the Avengers for another mission. However, when he discovers that a man in a vulture suit (Michael Keaton) has been creating and selling weapons that were made from the wreckage in the first Avengers movie, Peter must do all he can to stop this mysterious arms-dealer.
Holland is perhaps the perfect person to play this superhero. He has the geeky, nerdy attitude as Peter, which he also translates into his experience as Spider-Man. Unlike the other depictions of Spider-Man we have seen on screen, Peter is still a nerdy kid who has no idea what he's doing when he puts on the suit. He likes to help people, and takes joy and satisfaction out of making the world a better place.
From there, I also think his interactions with Downey Jr. are incredible, and they both have amazing chemistry on-screen. This was touched upon in the third Captain America film, but we get to see more of these interactions between the two. However, not all of them are kind and light-hearted, and Tony shows Peter tough love as a mentor. I think this is one of the best things about this film as Peter never really had a mentor to show him the ropes in previous films dealing with Peter Parker.
I also think Holland has great chemistry with Jacob Batalon (who plays his best friend, Ned) and Zendaya (who plays future love interest, MJ). They are all just great together, and all are able to portray the teen roles that were written for them to perfection.
The action sequences are tons of fun, perhaps some of the most fun fight scenes in the MCU. Peter goes around cracking jokes while kicking the bad guy's butts, and it is just hilarious watching the situations he gets himself in. At the same time, Keaton plays an excellent villain, who has more dimensions than the average evil supervillain who wants to take over the world. He has a real purpose and vendetta against Stark, and is just trying to provide for his family due to hard economic times. You feel for the villain, while at the same time, wanting Spider-Man to take him down.
I think this is perhaps the perfect introductory solo film for this hero. It has the charm, the humor, the charisma, and so much more. It seems to do almost everything perfectly, and wants the viewer craving more of everyone's favorite web-crawler.