2017 in Cinema:
Spiderman: Homecoming, 2017
Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr.
Spiderman: Homecoming is the third time in the last 15 years that we have seen a rebooted Spiderman series of films, but Spiderman: Homecoming stands out uniquely from the rest. A combination of having Peter Parker as young as 15 years of age, no origins story (meaning we do not have to, once again, see Uncle Ben die and have to endure the Parkers’ depression) and the inclusion of all thing Avengers help give this film a fresh, new direction. Having already met Tom Holland’s Spiderman in Captain America: Civil War we are instantly thrown into his school life, where he tries to maintain a healthy school life (including the clubs he’s part of), the girls he crushes on (mainly Liz), his friend Ned (who is unaware of his secret at the start of the film) and helping out as the friendly neighbourhood Spiderman by preventing small crimes. Desparate to prove himself to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), however, sends Spiderman into situations he’s not fully advanced enough to be able to handle, including attempting to stop Adrian Toomes/Vulture’s (Michael Keaton, American Assassin) organisation who sells alien tech illegally.
As previously mentioned, not having Uncle Ben’s death take up a large part of the film allowed for a happier tone throughout, and the jokes are a constant. Michelle (Zendaya), Ned and Peter Parker/Spiderman all have great lines throughout that keep the tone relatively upbeat despite the gloominess of the situations around.
One issue which may divide opinion (I, in particular, thought it was a bit of a hindrance) was the sheer amount of Avengers in Spiderman: Homecoming. From Tony Stark’s appearances to Captain America’s school vignettes, eve the villain in the piece was making money from alien tech left behind by those who have fought against the Avengers. The title may be a play (as Spiderman is coming home, as well as the homecoming party which ends the film) but they’ve forced the Avengers into this film, whereas films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and Ant-Man all benefited from only minimal, if any, references to the Avengers, whereas Spiderman Homecoming is created by the Avengers, and serves only to get Spiderman prepared for the Avengers.
That aside, Spiderman: Homecoming is a very funny and entertaining film, with a great cast (Holland will have benefitted greatly from having Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton on set), who all act their part effectively, and great special effects. It’s a nice breath of fresh air to the Spiderman franchise, even if it is a little overloaded with Avengers stuff.
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