MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming provides a reimagining that’s as vibrant, as colorful and as current as Peter Parker’s new Spidey suit. This is an incarnation we’ve never seen before, and it delivers without restraining itself from the strings of the previous films — exactly what a reboot should do.

The strength of Spider-Man: Homecoming is how it perfectly captured the new age spirit of what a Spider-Man film should be in this millenium — from its social media elements, to Marisa Tomei’s Aunt-May-next-door, it doesn’t confine itself from the tone of the comic book series or past film franchises. Rather, it provides an interpretation that’s brand new and fresh, perhaps designed for millenials, but still triggers the nostalgia to those who have loved Peter Parker since the Tobey Maguire era.

Peter Parker’s characterization, if you were to stay true to the comic book series, is the secluded, introverted, almost somber high school underdog that basically is nothing like how Tom Holland portrayed him in this film. But Holland is just so charming, you couldn’t care less. His animated, free-spirited charisma and over the top antics projected who Parker/Spider-Man is as a teenager, and it mirrors a generation that’s very contemporaneous. Immediately, you could tell that it’ll be a long way before this reboot gets old. Holland is the Spider-Man that will please movie goers from both 2017 and 2002.

Michael Keaton’s portrayal as Vulture will not disappoint. Although I could not help but notice the stunt casting of Batman-turned-Birdman-turned-Vulture, which is quite apparent, but ultimately plays as an homage to the longevity and rebirth of Keaton’s career. He’s beguiling and enticing, with those heavy, sharp stares, almost sinister, whose back story is profoundly written — that’s when you know that this reboot will have a prima villain that is a full-bodied, three-dimensional character. Keaton’s contrast to Holland is perhaps the best part of the film. And that car conversation scene alone (no spoilers here) speaks so much as to what kind of dynamite we’re to expect in the next years of Spider-Man’s world.

As fun and as wild as it is, the film isn’t as perfect as it seems. The very downfall I felt is how basic the storyline is — formulaic, almost. A boy trying to prove himself, fails a couple of times, but ultimately saves the world. As new as the aesthetics, atmosphere and tone of the film, delivers a story as old and overused as everything we’ve encountered before. But I get it — for a first introductory film in a reboot, back to basics is ought to happen. I just hoped for a bigger, grander approach in terms of storytelling. It’s almost as if Spider-Man: Homecoming works because of how new and fresh the exterior looks and how likable Tom Holland is, but tells us nothing more than that.

Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is fun and brand new. Tom Holland is a real breakthrough, Michael Keaton is the one to watch out for, and Marisa Tomei is hot and quirky. Everything felt so vibrant and upbeat, from the soundtrack to the nuances of the characters — and despite having a few setbacks, it left me looking forward for more of this reboot.

4 out of 5 stars

2 responses to “MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)”

  1. I hope I look as good as Marisa Tomei at that age. Hehe, I noticed Keaton being cast as Birdman and Vulture too. Maybe he can play X-Men’s angel next.


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