Vic's Flick Picks
(3 popcorn boxes)
Yes, this is the third Spider-Man, not movie – actual Spider-Man. This is the little hyperactive guy that Tony Stark recruited in Captain America: Civil War. He neither added nor detracted from that film, the same holds here.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is, of course, Spider-Man. Set in his high school years, Homecoming picks up a bit after that actual transition to a spider𠉪nd after 15-year-old Peter has had a taste of excitement with The Avengers. He desperately wants to be an Avenger – and like any teenager, constantly badgers Mr. Stark about his dream to be on “the team”.
Stark is his usual arrogant and obnoxious billionaire philanthropist and urges Peter to stay a 𠇏riendly neighborhood Spider-Man”.
Mostly, Homecoming is about how Peter’s totally normal teenage life in high school intertwines with his crazy life as a superhero. There are some truly great actions scenes as Spider-Man takes on villainous Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his henchmen. The CGI is amazing and those action episodes are what save the film.
In between stopping bad guys from robbing the local ATM machine and chasing Vulture and his weapons dealing gang we are forced to take part in high school. I understand the layering of the story and showing us how conflicted Peter is, but the parts with the class bully, the academic bowl and asking the pretty girl to homecoming seemed forced and almost cliché. And don’t even get me started on hot, young Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) – I’m still trying to wrap my head around that idea.
On the plus side, Peter’s buddy Ned (Jacob Batalon) and the amazing spider suit from Tony Stark were outstanding – as was the performance from Keaton. (He is still my favorite Batman.)
Three boxes out of five for Spider-Man: Homecoming. The writers relied a little too much on Tony Stark. Spider-Man is not and never will be an Avenger, no matter how many times they fight together. I did approve of the emphasis on how much of a kid Parker is – a very smart kid, but still only 15. If you are a Marvel Comic fan (why wouldn’t you be?) then you need to check this out, it is the best Spider-Man movie since the second Tobey Maguire incarnation. And the special effects are eons better than that 2004 film.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and language, but I would condone taking those 10-years-old and up.
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