“Spider-man: Homecoming” (2017) is tour de force for web-slinging hero

Hello and welcome to the new home of ANOFP! First up for the new page is the latest big screen outing of Peter Parker in “Spider-man: Homecoming”.

Spider-man has now been on the big screen seven times: six stand alone movies and in “Captain America: Civil War”. I will admit, I was a Sam Raimi-purist heading into this movie and hadn’t seen the Andrew Garfield reboot or sequel (even though I was an extra in it). Tobey Maguire was my Spider-man and even though “Spider-man 3” was garbage (even Raimi admits it; he didn’t want to make it), I still entered the theater ready to dismiss “Homecoming” as yet another reboot/sequel made purely to put cash in Marvel’s pockets. And I was wrong!

“Homecoming” picks up two months after the events of “CA: CW” and Peter Parker, aka Spider-man (Tom Holland), is champing at the bit to see more action. However Tony Stark, aka Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), has put him under the watchful eye of his body man Happy (Jon Favreau, “Ironman”, “Swingers”) who really wants Peter to stop calling him. After tangling with some bank robbers armed with some seriously scary guns, Peter tries to convince Stark something big is happening, but he is dismissed.

The source of the big bad guns is Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton, “Batman”, “Birdman”) who eight years prior, after the events of “The Avengers” is snubbed on his salvage contract to clean up Manhattan by a government agency, later called the Department of Damage Control. In his anger about losing the job (and massive revenue stream), he and his crew take to stealing government-collected alien technology and re-purposing it into the aforementioned big scary guns. He himself has a new toy too: giant wings with hover capabilities and jet thrusters. He has also adopted the moniker The Vulture.

While attending a party in the suburbs of Queens, NY, Peter witnesses an arms deal between Toomes’ guys and a petty thief (Donald Glover, “Community”, “Atlanta”). A chase ensues and the bad guys get away, but not without losing one of their weapons in the process. Peter takes the weapon back to his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and they work together to figure out what it is and where it came from.

Since this is a recent release, I won’t delve too much into the plot, but the action goes from Queens, to DC, to Brooklyn, and Coney Island for a massive climax well-worth the price of admission. Holland is excellent as Spider-man and solidly my favorite actor to assay the role. Keaton steals the show as the Vulture, with is menacing stare and brilliantly layered performance. The supporting kids are great as well, each perfectly cast. With these Marvel Universe-crossing films, I always worry they’ll put too much emphasis on other main characters, like Ironman or Captain America, but thankfully they are both used just enough that their still important in the universe, but don’t take over the movie. Also Captain America’s short cameos are hilarious (make sure to stay through the credits).

Another huge positive for this film is the emotional growth of the character. It’s not just, “I have to do this. People need me”; it’s actually about Peter learning how to handle responsibility and what it means to be a hero. It’s not just about the suit and the gadgets; it’s about being a good and strong person, doing what’s right for the greater good, and growing up.

Kids will love the humor and the action, and adults will love the nostalgia of Spider-man doing his thing on the big screen just like it’s 2002 all over again. Well-paced, well acted, fun and compelling story, and just a great time at the movies. See it in theaters!

 

 

Rating: 4 out of 5 Snack Packs

 

What did you think of “Spider-man: Homecoming”? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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