“Spider-Man Homecoming” is third time the sequel’s charm. This new reboot, directed by Jon Watts stars newcomer Tom Holland as everyone’s neighborhood friendly spider, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture, and Tony Stark as Iron Man. “Spider-Man Homecoming” takes place right after the events of “Captain America Civil War” with Peter Parker trying to become a member of the Avengers. Tony Stark feels like the kid needs to prove himself before joining so Peter delves into the streets of Queens, fighting crime while also trying to navigate his way through high school.
Now this is the 6th “Spider-Man” film that we have had in 15 years time, not including his appearance in “Captain America Civil War.” We all know the story of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man and I am glad they didn’t give us another origin story. This movie has a John Hughes type of feel to it which makes it nice, light and airy with some great humor and comedy. I really liked how light the film was and fun, but these nice little things are a double edged sword for this movie. While the film was entertaining, it also is a rehash of every “Spider-Man” movie that we have seen which is disappointing.
As far as the good goes, what makes this movie work are the performances and the comedy that goes with them. For the most part I really cared about the characters. Tom Holland was a decent Spider-Man, even if at times a little annoying and his relationship with his best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon was terrific. Michael Keaton delivers a sinister performance but it will probably be categorized as a negative later on. I will explain. The humor for the most part is what really made this movie work and I liked Holland’s chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau. Besides the performances and the spot on humor, that’s the only good thing about this new incarnation of Spider-Man.
The biggest problem with “Spider-Man Homecoming” for me was that it felt like a greatest hits of all previous “Spider-Man” movies. There are action sequences in this film that were literally ripped off from “Spider-Man 2.” For instance, the sequence, and this is not a spoiler because it’s in the trailer, where Spiderman is using his web to pull together a fairy boat is the same sequence that we saw in “Spider-Man 2” when he’s stopping the runaway train. A lot of the images and visuals feel like they come directly from Raimi’s original trilogy and I didn’t like that. Why can’t they give us something completely new and different? And of course you need one shot of Spider-Man underneath an American flag because every “Spidey” flick does that right? Give me a break. This is shoehorning the cheese factor all over this movie and it’s beyond corny, like Saturday Morning 90’s kid’s television. And now while I thought Michael Keaton was good as the villain, it’s again the same cliched thing where an average joe undergoes something bad and poof he’s now a hard earned criminal. How many “Spider-Man” movies have done that? Hmm, all of them and I don’t know why.
If “Spider-Man Homecoming” was the third film in the franchise I would probably have liked it a lot more than I did. The problem is that this character has been done, and overdone to death. I just don’t care anymore about Spider-Man or his adventures, even if they tried to change up the lore a bit. I appreciate the John Hughes feel and thought that was the movie’s greatest strength, but other than that this movie is the same thing I’ve seen over and over and over again. I think the majority of people will enjoy “Spider-Man Homecoming” and they should because it’s entertaining for the kids. But for someone who is dying for new original stories or fresh looks at these characters like “Logan” I don’t want to see the same Hollywood money churning machine regurgitating repetitiveness. I know they make a lot of money doing it, but it’s getting a little old.