Spider-Man Homecoming (Movie Review)
Spider-Man Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, and Marisa Tomei.
Homecoming marks the first Spider-Man film to be included into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and so far it's a great start fro the newly rebooted franchise. We were first introduced to the MCU's Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War where we finally got to see a more adolescent version of the character much like in the comics. Tom Holland in Homecoming puts his best foot forward as he reinvigorates the Marvel favorite and swings into action. Tom truly embodied the role of Peter and Spidey. But every hero needs a villain and we got the best villain the MCU has introduced in a while since Loki. Michael Keaton steps in the role of The Vulture, a classic Spider-Man villain. Keaton's performance not only gives weight to the character but also leaves you wanting more. With a few twists and surprises, Keaton's vulture truly is a well fleshed out villain that has heart, and complexities that make him 3 dimensional.
Spider-Man Homecoming as a story is simple and for a film revolving around a teenage Spider-Man it has the feeling of it as well. Without, giving too much a way, this version of Spider-Man is still fighting street level crime. Not putting him in world ending scenarios is the best way to go and gradually show Peter's growth as a hero and as an eventual member of the Avengers. If the film feels small scale then it was probably intended that way.
The film also stars Robert Downey Jr and Marisa Tomei as Tony Stark/Iron Man & Aunt May. Both serve as Peter's parental guides through out the film and give his arc more emotional stakes. Marisa Tomei cast as a younger Aunt May was controversial but not unheard of. In some iterations in the comics, Aunt May is portrayed younger at times. Marisa Tomei adds a liveliness to the character that both Rosemary Harris and Sally Field quite didn't capture. Tony Stark in this film really is more of an anchor for Peter, becoming a father figure to Peter.
Overall the film is fun and entertaining, the performances elevate the story told and the characters feel fresh and new to this generation of Spider-Man fans.