Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

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“Listen, I know school sucks. I know you want to save the world, but you’re not ready yet. Stay close to the ground, and stay out of trouble. Forget the flying monster guy, there are people who handle this sort of thing.”

I’ve seen every version of Spider-Man there is to see. He’s my favorite superhero, and the remakes just keep getting better and better.

After helping Tony Stark battle against Captain America, Peter Parker must return home and back to his normal high school life. It proves to be more difficult than he expects.

The movie opens up with a man played by Michael Keaton and his crew cleaning up the aftermath of one of the Avenger fights. Soon, a woman and her associates come in and say that the area is now a classified area and her crew will now be taking over. The man is furious, clearly this is his source of income. They are required to turn over all scrap to the company and have the rest of the day to clean out. Afterwards, they discover some of the scrap that they forgot to turn in, the man makes a decision to keep it. They shouldn’t get all the power. Afterwards, we see Peter Parker filming his encounters with the Avengers and the aftermath, which he must all keep a secret to protect his identity.

After returning to school, Peter waits aimlessly for Tony Stark to call him. He goes through each day as a normal high school student, but when he leaves for the day he becomes Spider-Man. He’s desperate for another mission, and desperate to change the world. He wants to make a difference. He stumbles upon a group of people dressed up as the Avengers trying to rob an ATM. Thinking he could save the day, he runs over to interrupt. Unfortunately for him, they have some hi-tech weapons that they try to use. Stunned, Peter tries to stop them still. He ends up causing more damage than help, and returns home afterwards only to find his best friend in his room who now knows his secret.

As it turns out, the weapons are being made and distributed by Keaton’s character. His reasoning: “they” (meaning Stark industries and the Avengers) get everything and the normal people get nothing. Peter keeps getting closer and closer to the truth and along the way risks his life to make sure justice is served.

This was by far the best Spider-Man movie that has ever been made. Tom Holland is by far the best actor to portray Spider-Man as well. I can’t give this movie enough praise. From beginning to end, it showed promise, heart, laughter, and a hell of a good time. I am thrilled to see where Tom Holland takes the character. He was the perfect casting choice. Young enough to not feel out of place in a high school setting, old enough to be a seasoned actor. He was funny, smart, and a little bit goofy, which makes the perfect Peter Parker. Michael Keaton excelled as the villain in this film. It was nice to see him go from just an every day working man, to a man who wants revenge and who is just trying to make a buck. Marisa Tomei was an excellent Aunt May, though still seems a little young for the part. But she excelled. I expected Zendaya to have a larger part in the film, but I am a little glad they kept her down to a minimum. Less romance, more story.

I’m thrilled we finally have the Spider-Man we have all been waiting for and definitely all deserved. It had everything it needed to succeed and a perfect leading man to round out the cast. 2019 is too far away for a sequel, but I can’t wait to see Tom Holland in action again!

Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Trailer: Spider-Man: Homecoming

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