Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Spider-Man Homecoming Review: Spins a Dynamic and Refreshing Web!
Homecoming tells the story of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who continues his role as Spider-Man (after the events of Captain America: Civil War) and tries to maintain balance in his school life. Though Peter is active in his role as the "Friendly Neighborhood" Spider-Man the young hero feels that he can do more to protect the city. Peter gets a chance to prove himself when he stumbles on a criminal operation run by Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton) to sell high tech weaponry to the criminal underworld. Peter's determination to stop the Vulture gets the better as him as he quickly realizes that with great power comes great responsibility.
The story of Spider-Man has been told in a variety of ways on the silver screen from telling his origin story to capturing the themes that define the character. So for Homecoming to reintroduce the character in a new story would not be easy, but this superhero movie managed to pull it off. What was so intriguing about Homecoming's plot was its straightforward nature. The plot was an adventure through and through as it dealt with Spider-Man fighting crime while balancing his time at school. This direction in the story was refreshing and it allowed the movie to set itself apart from its predecessors; but this was also a double edged sword for the movie. While the straightforward narrative was effective it did prevent the story from expanding on particular plot points and themes which created an underwhelming execution for the film. Thankfully the story had other things working in its favor,such as its character driven aspect, which allowed this superhero tale to be as intriguing as it was entertaining.
In many ways Spider-Man: Homecoming was a superhero movie that was well needed. The movie has a web of issues, such as its execution in story and characters, but it more than makes up for it thanks to its strong lead, stellar tone and good sense of spectacle. I cannot say that this new Spider-Man film is the best and most defining movie in its franchise, but I will say that Spider-Man: Homecoming is certainly a dynamic installment in the superhero series,a refreshing entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and just a solid film for the season.