Reel Geek Review:Spider-Man Homecoming

Of all the superheroes out there, the one I’ve always connected to the strongest has been Spider-Man, has been since I first found out about superheroes as a kid.   It’s the fact that he’s just a nerd with super powers and can fully be himself in the suit, but with still a strong desire to do the right thing, that gets me.  

Which is why it’s killed me for years that there hasn’t been a perfect Spider-Man movie .  The Tobey ones, aside from Spider-Man 2, in retrospect weren’t that great.  He was an amazing Peter, but as Spidey, he didn’t have the sardonic wit that Spider-Man is known for. 

Andrew Garfield was a spectacular Spider-Man, capturing the essence of the character more in his first scene in the suit better than Tobey did in three movies, and he had a Queens accent!    But his Peter was too cool, he was hipster Peter, second worst Peter than Emo Peter.

But now, finally, we have Tom Holland, who hits the right balance of Peter Parker and Spider-Man making him truly the superior Spider-Man. 

But how is the movie you may ask?  Well then true believers just read on..

Spider-Man:Homecoming is set..well the movie says 8 years after The Avengers, but this only takes place a few months after Captain America:Civil War, which was last year so it’s 4 years after the Battle of New York.   

Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) and his crew were cleanup guys who had a contract with the city to do cleanup after The Avengers saved the day, only to be bought out by Tony Stark and the government ‘s Damage Control group (great miniseries btw, Damage Control, like that show Powerless but hilarious)   So, they steal some of the alien tech and find a way to become super villains in a world that has superheroes now.

 Spider-Man at this time is still feeling himself out as a hero, stopping small crimes , and killing time waiting to get the call from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) for the next mission, until he runs afoul of Toomes’ crew and their tech and gets his first lesson in what being a hero is. 

I absolutely loved this movie, I had a smile on my face the entire time.  They finally had it right, nailing the tone of the character perfectly without having to redo the origin story again. We get it, radioactive spider, Uncle Ben, great power , great responsibility, all that stuff, not here this time, cause we don’t need that.  Though, if Aunt May is Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) than who was Uncle Ben , John Stamos? 

 I also loved all the diversity in this movie, it felt like real life.  I loved that his crush Liz Allen (Laura Harrier) was a black girl but it wasn’t a big deal, because it’s 2017.    I loved Tom’s chemistry with her as well as Jacob Batalong who played his friend Ned was great.  I wish though that his friend was named Ganke, because he really looks more like Miles Morales’ best friend than Ned Leeds, future Hobgoblin.  

What else was great was we finally had a group of Spidey bad guys who would never get onscreen time before get used well, from The Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine-The Big Hit) to The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus-Orange is the New Black) we got these D list villains in the movie, and none of them had a deep connection to Peter unlike every other movie just about where the villain was somebody who was also a friend and mentor to Peter. Adrian Toomes came close to that with his reveal but it wasn’t as much as the other ones. 

Speaking of Toomes, Michael Keaton did a fantastic job in this role, completing the arc from Batman, to Birdman, to The Vulture. You empathize with him, he’s just a man trying to do right by his family, even if he has to break bad to do so. He’s the MCU’s Heisenberg, and one of the better villains we’ve had yet. 

The MCU Easter eggs were great for long time Spider fans such as myself, from Donald Glover playing Miles Morales ‘ uncle Aaron (aka The Prowler) to Principal Morita (Kenneth Choi-Captain America:The First Avenger) who has a picture of his grandfather, whom he also played in that movie as one of the Howling Commandos.  

There really isn’t much to complain about here, other than that timeline screw up at the beginning of the picture.     Spider-Man:Homecoming is some of the most fun I’ve had at the movies this summer, if not this year as a whole.  Go see it now. 



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