Studio: Sony/Marvel Studios
Director: Jon Watts
Are you like me and feel that we have been burned so many times with great hopes of a fantastic Spider-Man film? A film called “Homecoming” gives hopes upon hopes or should I call it HomeComedy. This new Spider-Man is funny and entertaining. It isn’t filled with the angst ridden Peter Parkers of the past. For the first time in a long time we don’t have to suffer through Peter’s pains. Every time they do the thing that sets Peter’s motivation into high gear I hate feeling it and well experiencing the loss. Peter Parker’s story here isn’t as tragic as we are used to seeing. Not that this story is one that doesn’t have it’s high drama but Peter does have his issues to suffer through.
Homecoming picks up where Captain America: Civil War leaves off. Peter has gone through the experience of a lifetime after battling Cap and his allies. I enjoyed the fact that they didn’t have to re-introduce us to Peter Parker and the events leading up to his becoming the wall-crawler. It’s established comic lore. It’s assumed it you want caught up watch the other movies. This film gently pushes Spider-man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in just the right way. It’ll be interesting to see if the story tellers can continue where two other story lines have failed and let us(the fans)down in many ways.
Our director of the this feature is a fellow by the name of Jon Watts. You know him right?? I didn’t. I had to the research the guy. He directed something called Clown and another feature called Cop Car with Kevin Bacon. I don’t know if his resume is the right choice for Spidey but I do know what he did was excellent and worth seeing a second time. Granted his story does rely on the viewer knowing that Spider-man now exists in this Marvel World. Like I said we know who Spider-man is but we don’t know which Spider-man this happens to be. He is different and younger and has his future before him.
Yes, True Believers, I do believe we have been given the Spider-Man film that we deserve. It comes with a bit of a cost and that being Marvel’s need to alter their characters. We all know they don’t completely follow the book. This might even be a minor complaint. Ned Leeds, Liz Allen and even Flash Thompson himself change their skins to different views of the characters. The thing about this though is that it works very very well in this story. The supporting roles make this movie work so well it would be a shame to not use the characters in later movies.
Lastly…YOU have to have a bad guy…Michael Keaton appears as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. Keaton, as many know, played Batman so it’s hard to see him step into this role. BUT NOT hard at the same time…The Vulture is bad guy that we can relate to at some point. Adrian has fallen on some hard choices that make him seem not so bad but bad when it comes down to it. He is the primary reason the story takes an excellent turn that you will not see coming. The story also throws two other Spider-man villains in the mix but I imagine they will hopefully be saved for other stories.
SO, get out there and see this movie. It’s not a huge summer blockbuster type of movie, but I would say a simple story about your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.