Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Okay, so this is the third iteration of Spider-Man and granted I was not initially interested in watching because it’s been through how many versions. I watched the Tobey Maguire version, never saw Andrew Garfield’s version (meant to get around to it but just never did). And of course I grew up with the weekday afternoon cartoon. So when I watched him appear in civil war, I thought to make it a point to check out his solo outing and after watching Infinity War, I finally did. SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
I love that this movie just jumps right in into Peter’s life: balancing school and high school crush and friends and extracurriculars whilst also managing his superhero life. I really felt for him how he was just waiting around for Tony Stark’s call and trying to prove meanwhile that he can handle the bigger threats and save people. It’s a bit cringey at times but you totally get it, you know he just wants to help, he looks up to the Avengers. In fact, tonally this movie is perfect and totally reminiscent of the cartoons I watched growing up, of Peter juggling all of these aspects, fighting bad guys with that black-and-white view of the world, and running into a bit more trouble than he figured. As some reivewers I followed mentioned, it’s quite the coming-of-age story as he does come of age with regards to his abilities and what he can do and who he can be–with or without the suit.
The mentoring bits with Tony Stark were great and gives Peter some kind of direction. It’s 100% Tony with the quippiness but you can tell he cares, otherwise he wouldn’t show up at times, right? But it’s also quite a turn of character for Tony as well, even referencing how he sounded like his own father at times (I looooooove that he really was listening to his reports and stuff). It also gives much more context to their relationship in Infinity War *sob* He’s not in it too TOO much, allowing Peter Parker and his story to shine, but his presence adds to the story that this movie is trying to tell, as well as Peter’s development as Spider-Man.
Also, lmao at all the names of the programming of his suit like “Baby monitoring.” So Tony. And poor Peter lol.
The cast was perfect. Tom Holland is clearly the best Spider-Man (him being in the same age range as the character helps loads), he embodies the optimism and the youthful outlook of Peter Parker. His friends were great, and Michael Keaton was just perfect as the villain in this movie. You get enough backstory to understand why he ends up doing what he does, how his life was affected by the Avengers and the Battle for New York. Plus, omg, that scene when Peter found out it was him and how he connects to someone else in his life? Such a tense scene, probably my favourite in the entire movie.
Okay, so I typed this review after I returned from holiday (I had watched this just before I let) but Spider-Man: Homecoming left me quite excited about future Spider-Man movies. I had a lot of fun with this movie, and I really liked that we just jumped into Peter’s story without much of an origin story this time around (as we’ve seen it how many times now) and just rolled with it. So yeah, what else can I say? Enjoyable movie 😀