Nerds, geeks, dorks…… welcome to my Spider-Man Homecoming review! I have seen this movie a couple of times now and I have to say, in my opinion, it’s the best Spider-Man yet. I am not one who would shy away from giving a full 5 cushion review if I thought a movie was super great. However, this definitely fell short of that five cushion mark. But why? Let’s dive into the good, the bad, and the not so ugly.
I’d like to end this one on a good note, so I’m going to start with the bad. The problem is that Spider-Man is never really amazing….. Granted, being super strong, sticking to sides of buildings, and being a boy genius are all amazing things. However, in regard to the Spider-Man we see in the comics or from past movies, he isn’t nearly as capable. A lot of the movie is about a new Spider-Man, trying to be the amazing hero that he knows that he can be. That being said, his lack of being amazing even for the majority of the movie would have made total sense. The problem is that there wasn’t really a point in the movie where he ever made a push forward, doing something amazing.
The Not So Ugly
We all know that Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) is beautiful, and it is universally acknowledged in the movie. It also makes sense for Aunt May to be in her low 50’s taking care of her 15 year old nephew, rather than being a bagillion years old. So needless to say, I like this iteration of Aunt May. The only hang up I had was that they sometimes made her look pretty, and sometimes they made her look like a frumpy old lady. All the while being hit on everywhere she went. I just felt like asking, is she hot? Or is she a frumpy old lady? Pick one guys.
There is so much good about this movie. Despite the failure of Andrew Garfield’s second Spider-Man movie, I thought that he made a great Spider-Man and was sad to see him go. That sadness quickly dissipated while watching Spider-Man homecoming. Tom Holland did such an amazing job that I can’t really imagine there having been a better pick. He is very believable as a 15-year-old kid. The way that he is portrayed being excited about his Spidey powers, is exactly how you would imagine a 15 year old kid acting when gaining those powers. Whether he is Peter Parker, or Spider-Man, he is incredibly like-able. Peter Parker is a brilliant kid who is good through and through. Spider-Man is courageous, determined, and stalwart in doing the right thing.
The supporting characters are great in this movie as well. This is especially true for Peter’s best friend Ned. He did a great job of bringing in the laughs to the film. Jon Favreau played Tony Stark’s employee Happy and did a good job playing a character who was basically a comical punching bag and Donald Glover played a great petty criminal .
Last but certainly not least, Michael Keaton Played a phenomenal bad guy in Adrian Toomes (AKA Vulture). He starts a good guy that has bad events slowly turn him to a life of crime and I really feel like they did a good job showing that in this movie. He’s a family man who keeps a hold of his good side, while doing a great job of shifting to a creepy villain. The Batman of my childhood made a great MCU debut. Just one question Vulture…. Have you danced with the Devil in the pure moon light?
Overall, great movie. If you have not seen it yet, it is definitely worth the watch, and it really makes me hopeful that future Spider-Man films will be amazing!
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions