Film Review - Spider-Man Homecoming (so this is what it looks like when Marvel gets one of their properties back)
Synopsis (From IMDB): Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
So this is what it looks like when Marvel gets one of their properties back. So looking forward to the day Fox no longer has the X-Men. That being said, this is by far the best Spider-Man movie to date and while there were some changes to the comic book lore it still felt like a true Spidey movie. There is a lot to like here. The cast is awesome and did an excellent job. The high school students actually looked like high schoolers and not thirty-year-old high school students, which I know a lot of us are tired of seeing. If you are worried about Robert Downey Jr. taking over the movie, don't be, he isn't in it that much and to me, that's a good thing. He's in the movie just enough so that you know that he is there but this is about Spider-Man and he is front and center as he should be. The action set pieces are great and the filmmakers do a great job of mixing the action with the comedy. However, they do know when to kill the comedy to show a tense scene. Speaking of tense, Michael Keaton is awesome as Adrian Toomes, the Vulture. As far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes he is the best villain that they have at this point. They way they have tweaked his story for the movie works as well as it makes him a believable and sympathetic villain. You understand why he is the way he is and why he is doing what he is doing. There are also a lot of other characters in the movie that may or may not be used as villains in the future. Mac Gargon, the Scorpion, is in the movie as well as the Prowler. There is also an easter egg for Miles Morales, so who knows what will happen with that. Flash Thompson is also in the movie but he isn't a jock but still a bully for Peter. I actually like what they did with Flash in this movie as opposed to the Amazing Spider-Man films. For those of you that like easter eggs in movies there are a lot, especially if you are a fan of the comics. All in all, I think that there is a lot to like in this movie and enough that makes it different from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I don't have any dislikes that don't sound like nitpicks but I will give one that had me scratching my head a little. I think the action in here is great but during the climactic fight with the Vulture, there were parts of it that were hard to see. You will have seen this one from the trailer but when they are on the cargo plane it gets really hard to see what's going on at points. Also, there were a couple of points in the movie that had some odd editing choices. I can't say them as they will spoil some of the story plot but it was just that I noticed it and it seemed odd.
This movie is rated PG-13. It is an awesome movie that kids can see as well. There is only one real death in the movie and that guy kinda had it coming. You don't see any blood or gore but it is pretty funny. There is a lot of action and fighting in the movie. Your standard for superhero movies but I think that children can handle this one. The movie runs at about two hours and fifteen minutes and is paced well. There are no slow parts in the movie. Also, there are two after credits scenes but you only need to stay for the first one as it sets up where the sequel may be going.
This is getting a FULL PRICE/BLU-RAY BUY, from me. This movie is great and I can't wait to see what they have in store moving forward. If Marvel can do this with Spider-Man I would love to see what they would do with my favorite comic team, the X-Men. This has been a pretty good year for comic related properties so far and we still have two major ones left before the year is over. Have you seen Spider-Man Homecoming? What do you think? Let me know in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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