I know I usually write about my day or random thoughts, but if you didn’t already know this about me, I LOVE GOING TO THE MOVIES. They’re something very integral to my childhood and even now and I feel I have grown a greater appreciation–and my own critical lens–for films. So, I decided to review/rant/just talk about the recent Spider Man movie I just watched last night. I warned you this blog would be messy lmao. I’m probably gonna start writing posts for every film I watch in the theater from here on out–just because I’m the type to not shut up after a film because I JUST LOVE FILM HEHE. Anyway, onward to the details:
I’ve watched the original Sam Raimi films–they’re the ones I grew up with. And I refused to watch the Amazing Spider Man movies because I couldn’t imagine anyone being Peter Parker other than Tobey Macguire. However, once I saw Tom Holland in CA:CW, I knew that there was something good about this portrayal; and I am so glad I ended up trusting my gut!
SpiderMan: Homecoming is definitely different from the Sam Raimi films (if that’s what you’re looking for), but it is exactly what a faithful-to-the-comics (at least from what I’ve seen and read) SpiderMan movie SHOULD BE. I’m going to be separating the movie into different areas of interest so everything is hopefully easier to follow:
Plot: *minor spoiler* I enjoyed the idea they executed that people were using alien weaponry/technology and transforming them into human tech/weapons and illegally sold them underground to a criminal clientele. It not only so smartly linked SpiderMan to the MCU but also gave a great motivation and backstory to the villain, the Vulture. However, the flow of the actual movie felt a bit clunky at times–understandably so as the movie had a lot to do: establish SpiderMan has a superhero, establish Peter Parker and his average life, establish villain backstory, as well as maintain a light tone throughout. The movie cuts back-to-back from Peter Parker and the villain a little too much for my taste in the beginning, but as the story progresses, you see their stories converge more and more in a seamless way. Additionally, sometimes I felt the humor–although ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS, I was laughing so much–took away from what was happening at times, but given this was a SpiderMan movie, I understood that this was characteristic to the character. The final act is when everything starts picking up pace and is more effortlessly flowing.
Actors/Characters: Tom Holland is an amazing actor; I’ve seen him in The Impossible and his dramatic work is great. I was excited to see how he would fare in a more light-hearted film and he did great. He plays off kid who bites off more than he can chew so effortlessly and his highschool sequences remind me so much of my time in high school. However, his more vulnerable moments are what give this character so much more dimension, because while SpiderMan is a superhero, Peter Parker isn’t; he’s just a young kid who is scared of death-defying moments and to be reminded of that is a great contrast to the superhero scene. Also what Tom Holland and the characterization of this character offer is the transition between average boy to full fledge superhero; he is still very much learning and still incredibly naive–but pure in the BEST sense–and all of this makes him such an interesting character to follow and also an interesting storyline we haven’t really seen in previous SpiderMan movies. I’m excited to see him in the next Avengers and other SpiderMan movies. Michael Keaton also was a GREAT star in the movie. The movie takes the time to develop his character, The Vulcan, in order to create a more sympathetic villain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Marvel has a reputation for making flimsy villains and Keaton’s character seems to be the first villain since Loki to have actual substance to him. The first scene of the movie actually involves Keaton, not Holland, and you get the sense throughout the film that this film is as much about him as it is about Peter Parker. Overall, all of the supporting cast does an amazing job with what they’re given and I incredibly enjoyed the diversity within the film that captures a realistic portrayal of Queens, New York.
Last notes: This movie is incredibly funny, and while this is a hallmark of Marvel movies, this movie and its humor separates itself from the general tone of the MCU, standing on its own level of funny; it is funny to the very last scene of the film (and stay for the end credits! it reminds you just how funny this film is). I wouldn’t say this is my favorite Marvel movie, but it is definitely different to the usual formulaic approach Marvel has be using and breathes renewed energy into the MCU which I hope hints to a changing and adapting approach to superhero movies. SpiderMan is very much a great superhero movie but its also just a great, coming of age, film as well and people who aren’t into the whole superhero genre should give the movie a chance.