I was six years old when the first Spider-Man movie came out. At the time I wanted to see it so badly, so my mom said she would ask around and see if it was age appropriate for me. I was heartbroken when she told me she heard it might be too scary for me.
A few years later the second film came out and my mom told me the same thing. Then when it came to dvd I convinced her to take me to the video store and rent both of them. I fell in love with those movies. Tobey Maguire as the lovable nerd who just wants to help everyone, Kirsten Dunst as the main love interest Mary Jane, and J.K. Simmons as the head of the newspaper who wanted nothing more than to put Spidey behind bars. I loved these movies, even when Spider-Man 3 came out, regardless of its horrible reviews, as a kid I was obsessed. I had action figures, comics, even costumes (I dressed up as Spider-Man when I went to see the third movie). What I’m trying to say is I am very biased when I talk about Spider-Man. Then in 2012, Sony Pictures decided to make a new Spider-Man series only this time they would follow the Batman formula and make it darker. I liked it fine, but it lost all of the fun that the original had and I still have yet to see the second film in that series due to lack of interest. So when they announced a new Spider-Man film I was carefully optimistic. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.
After helping out Iron Man, or Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), in the events of Captain America: Civil War, Spiderman, or Peter Parker (Tom Holland), is told that he will be notified when he is needed next by Tony for another mission. As months go by, Peter goes out after school every day as Spider-Man to save the world in his own way…by helping old lost women find their way home and stopping people from stealing bikes. One night he witnesses a bank robbery and goes in to stop the thieves. What Spidey does not know in time is that these robbers have high tech weaponry with them. After defeated he tries to contact Iron Man to warn him, but when he can not get ahold of him, he decides to get to the bottom of this. He soon discovers the head of these robbers is The Vulture (Michael Keaton) who steals alien technology from the government and turns it into weapons like his giant flight suit. Now Spidey must defeat The Vulture to stay in Tony’s good graces and keep up with his studies to stay in School.
This film was just fun, it is just that simple. Tom Holland was a breath of fresh air as the new Spiderman. He portrayed the web-slinger as an innocent, fun loving, and eager teenager. He treated the character as a person more than a superhero which I loved, he never seemed like he new exactly what to do and was just figuring it out as he goes. I also enjoyed Michael Keaton as The Vulture, though his motivation for being evil has been done a few too many times in the past that I wished they had done something further. This was another case where Tony Stark did something in the past that affected Vulture’s life and made him the way he was. We have seen this in all of the Iron Man movies as well as in Civil War and I just wish there was something new to make someone evil. The writing in this film was great, in part due to Holland’s performance. I was laughing and gasping till the credits, it was just a blast. A small warning for parents, this film fully took advantage of its PG-13 rating, meaning that there are several curse words (some of which honestly surprised me) as well as a middle finger. The Vulture also might be too scary for younger kids. The main reason I couldn’t see the first Spider-Man was because of the Green Goblin villain who was also considered too scary at the time. I don’t think anything is so bad that a child shouldn’t see this film, just keep those things in mind when going into the film.
As I said in the beginning I was carefully optimistic going into this film. In addition I have a very strong bias when it comes to the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. But I am so excited to see what they do with this new series, I hope for many more sequels in the future. For its absolutely fun overall feel, I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 4 out of 5 stars.
**Note from Dannelle – there was a huge backlash among the blogger world for the #BehindTheDoor comment of the Robert Downy Jr. character as he said “There are 50 reporters behind the door that are waiting to meet you; real ones, not bloggers.” I personally, took it as another flippant comment that his character is known for. Some took it as a personal attack and there was a huge hashtag debate. Bottom line? You can make ANYTHING political if you try hard enough. Do what I did, go see the movie. Twice.