Watching Tom Holland’s performance in Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man was to me the equivalent of a teaser done right: it was short, excellent, and just enough to get me hyped for his movie debut! I was so excited I was barely able to sleep the night before. So when I got into the theater to finally watch this superhero flick, it would be safe to say that I had thoroughly, profoundly, and massively enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming! Safe to say, at least. (I find it very hard to write under so much excitement as I have the tendency to gush out like a fangirl over something I really like.)
When it comes to movies, I tend to silently scrutinize and nitpick at details that bothered me, but this wasn’t the case with Homecoming. I fell in love with it from the very start, and until now I can’t think of anything bad about the movie. Honestly, you can stop reading the review right now and just know that in a nutshell: I loved Spider-Man Homecoming, and is as good—if not better—than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
Spider-Man: Homecoming thankfully doesn’t dwell on the origin of Spider-Man and understands we’ve seen Uncle Ben die too many times. MCU also ditches its origins formula for the film, which gives the films so much benefits. Instead of focusing on Spider-Man’s beginning, it’s about an unsure Spider-Man; a superhero looking for purpose. And he does this with the “guidance” of Tony Stark.
Not only is Homecoming a literal celebration for Spider-Man’s debut in the MCU from SONY, but it is also a celebration of coming-of-age films and what Spider-Man is all about. It pays homage to Spider-Man’s greatest moments in comics and even gives references to films like The Room or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Tom Holland is Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and he’s earned my respect. Tobey Maguire was best as Peter Parker, and Andrew Garfield was great as Spider-Man, but Tom Holland has by far become both a spectacular Parker and Spidey. And while his accent was a bit more obvious in Civil War, he’s greatly improved by this movie.
But the hero is nothing without his villain. They say that the difference between the hero and villain is that both work for the same purpose with their difference being how they achieve that purpose. Enter Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman, Beetlejuice) who plays Vulture, an old and balding villain who I never thought was cool until I saw the movie. Vulture has become one of the best villains the MCU has had to offer, right next to Loki, Zemo, and Thanos. Vulture was the perfect antagonist for this film, and Michael Keaton’s performance only makes it better.
Despite some controversy to the casting, I found Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), and Zendaya (Michelle) to all have played their characters spot on. Queens is a diverse place of many nationalities in real life, and it should be understandable that the cast should reflect that. Tony Stark’s dynamic with Peter Parker is also one of the best parts of the film, as he provides a mentor-mentee kind of role, even if he’s not the best mentor around.
The soundtrack composed by Michael Giacchino was the answer to the MCU’s original score problem. Since Spider-Man already has a theme song, the composer obviously used it to keep a theme to the score. Its energetic and vibrant tone greatly reflects and adds to the movie.
To cut it short, Spider-Man: Homecoming is , to me, coming-of-mask film. It is in its essence, tone, and energy like other coming-of-age films, but it is also original in that it does this not with Peter’s adolescence, but with accepting his role as a superhero. I still have not decided whether or not this was better than Spider-Man 2, but even if it isn’t, then it’s just as good as Spider-Man 2.
As a Spider-Man fan, it is nothing short of perfect. There were many things that were done differently from the source material and even previous Spider-Man films, but I decided that nitpicking over these things didn’t stop me from enjoying the film and they shouldn’t bother you as well. Just sit down and enjoy the movie!