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  • Todd Puhl

Movie Review: Spiderman Homecoming

Updated: May 28, 2019


It must be that time to make a Spiderman movie before the rights go back to Marvel! Wait. Marvel and Sony worked together on this one? WHATS THE WORLD COMING TO!

“Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.”

The storyline overall was fresh and takes place right after Civil War. Smart. Completely new angle and take on the Spiderman franchise. As stated earlier, we skipped the death of Uncle Ben. But, we also skipped the origins of becoming Spiderman completely. And I am ok with it. The story has been retold so many times over the decades that we get it. YOU VAPE. However, what the story really spends time on is Peter dealing with high school drama, love and his constant persistence of becoming an Avenger. Being as which he is 14-15 years, any kid would lose their mind to be an Avenger. However things don’t go as planned and he is not involved with any of the big Avenger missions. So after stopping bike/car thief’s he comes across an ATM robbery that changes his life as Spiderman.

Yeah, as awesome as people are scoring this film, I do have a few gripes. But a few gripes is nothing compared to the large volume of positive comments I have pending. Don’t you worry your pretty little head.


My High 5’s

One huge positive is that they skipped Uncle Ben dying. THANK GOD. The poor man and the Wayne’s probably have an unspoken contest of how many times they can die in a movie franchise. We are focusing on just Peter Parker/Spiderman in his high school years and I thought it was great. Of course Aunt May is still getting over the passing of Ben but it was very rarely mentioned. Also, the film provides a fresh angle for Spiderman. It’s mainly about Spiderman wanting to be a part of the Avengers because he thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Another epic positive was the perfect casting for Michael Keaton. Batman. BirdMan. And now Vulture. Michael Keaton is a gifted actor in general, but when I heard he was casted for vulture, I did with hesitation. From what I recall of Vulture, he seemed like such a D-list villain that filled the void of Spiderman comics and was also the most useless villain in the Sinister 6 faction. I thought Keaton was given a lemon on this film. However, in true Keaton fashion, he; proves everyone wrong and makes a “meh” villain to an epic SuperVillain!

Now, I am not sure what’s going on with the Exec’s at Sony, but I think they really like the movie Benjamin Button. Conveniently its now on Netflix… Any who, It appears Aunt May gets younger (and hotter) every reboot Spiderman. I am not even mad. Marisa Tomei is gorgeous. Now, if you would have asked me if the star of My Cousin Vinny, would ever be Aunt May. I would say Hell no. But hot damn, I was happy about this. Especially she has the best line at the end of the film.

The storyline overall was fresh and takes place right after Civil War. Smart. Completely new angle and take on the Spiderman franchise. As stated earlier, we skipped the death of Uncle Ben. But, we also skipped the origins of becoming Spiderman completely. And I am ok with it. The story has been retold so many times over the decades that we get it. YOU VAPE. However, what the story really spends time on is Peter dealing with high school drama, love and his constant persistence of becoming an Avenger. Being as which he is 14-15 years, any kid would lose their mind to be an Avenger. However things don’t go as planned and he is not involved with any of the big Avenger missions. So after stopping bike/car thief’s he comes across an ATM robbery that changes his life as Spiderman.

The scene with Keaton and Holland in the car is by far one of the most intense scenes I have witnessed in years. Well played.


My Gripes

This was a great ironman film. With a new suit and extensive amount of add-on’s, Tony Stank (did that on purpose, see Civil War) really out did himself this time. Who would have think it to have a SpiderIronMan suit? Wait, this wasn’t a IronMan movie? You could have fooled me. There was so much Tony Stark in this movie, I thought I was watching IronMan 3. No, I don’t have anything against RDJ or IronMan, but it really made me feel like this film would never have made it without IronMan.

They made this film to goofy with the humor. On the odd occasion sure, but it felt like the awkward, brutal humor was the punch line to every sentence. MountainMan pointed this as one of his immediate gripes. It felt like they were trying too hard to get a chuckle. Like an Amy Schumer stand up special.

The film felt like it was a 3 hour film. I could have easily cut 35 minutes out of this film and made it more enjoyable. I know we want to portray a high school kid dealing with high school drama and such. But it was draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaged on. I could have easily napped through this. I actually contemplated it. However the MountainMan would have “nap” shamed me in the theatre.

I get it. It’s 2017. We need to be diverse. One of the biggest arguments of fanboys has always been the ethnicity swaps for characters to appear more people. I personally don’t care, unless they do not fit the part. Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin? We all know that was a cash grab because he was hot at the time. This wasn’t a huge change and really has nothing to do with the change of ethnicity. But Flash. Oh Flash. Flash was a bully and a jock. We can all agree on that right? Not in Homecoming. He was a preppy little bitch. THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF HIS CHARACTER FOR DECADES. Peter had to grow up being bullied and man handled by Flash because he could. But this version of Flash? One pimp slap and it would have been all over. Sigh.

Last but not least. The Shocker. He’s not a bad villain so why treat him as such. It very much could be an origins to the character, but the first “Shocker” didn’t survive half the second film and the second ‘Shocker” didn’t really have much backstory. His shockfist was cool, but I recall him having a pair of the weapons, not just the one. But what do I know.

All in all, it was a solid film. Special shout out to IronMan to being there. I am sure it would have not done better without you.

Yeah, that was sarcasm.


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