To ask a 21-year-old man to take on the role of a superhero that has already been played by a 27-year-old and then a 29-year-old in the first two series is a tall order. Not to knock on Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield but come on, the age difference in the character is deafening.
Some fans have given up on the films for the lack of a continuing narrative. It was a tough task for a completely new cast but it was done and done well in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This film is the sixth installation of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) being the main character and seventh movie overall (Captain America: Civil War). Tom Holland returns after his stint in Civil War as the wise-cracking, web-slinging, high school sophomore.
And yes, we actually had an impressive high-school element throughout the movie. For those who followed the comics or at least have a general idea of how Spider-Man came to be, this movie doesn’t disappoint in that regard.
Although Holland is 21 years old at the time of this release, it still feels as if we are watching an actual teenager work as Peter Parker. Not to knock his height, especially on a website that has a fairly large one in the website title, but Holland looks and appears to be just a 15-year-old kid.
There was ZERO time wasted in getting to know the characters in the movie and for that, BRAVO! Marvel. Why should you bury who Spider-Man is going to be dealing with? We already know how he got his powers after the first five movies. This time, Peter had some close help from one of his friends.
Personally, I did not watch many trailers for this movie for the element of surprise. I will say that one of my favorite villains was featured in the movie along with a tease to another favorite.
Michael Keaton is still DAMN good as an actor, too bad we weren’t calling him Bruce, right? Donald Glover or Childish Gambino played a small part in the film, in which, he did well in.
Zendaya was quite impressive in her role, not to mention, fine as wine… let’s do lunch, Zendaya! Robert Downey Jr., was entertaining in his mentor role as the “tough love” factor came into play.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a giant comic relief for a superhero film, which is what Spider-Man does best. He talks and jokes and throws his enemies off their game during engagements because, well, he’s a kid. This film also double knotted the shoelace, so to speak, with Civil War, tying up Spider-Man’s involvement with the airport showdown from the 2016 film.
Ranking this film to the other five: Homecoming, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and then Spider-Man. Based solely off of the acting, not the stars in the cast or the stunts performed.
Two things that really had me lean forward in the movie was Peter’s homecoming surprise and the post-credit cut-in. Not spoiling anything but you can’t miss the cues.
Should you go see this more than once?
That really depends on how much of a superhero movie fan you are for one. Two, is Spider-Man your favorite superhero. If you ask Seven Foot Thoughts, you should see it in 2-D, 3-D and purchase the Blu-Ray.
Photo credit: Marvel Studios via IMDB