Movie Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Theatrical release poster


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Hunter Brown

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Grade: 8.5 / 10

Mild-mannered Peter Parker, like most teenage boys, just wants to be one of the “cool kids.” Peter isn’t your average teenage boy, though, so his “cool kids” consist of a passive aggressive, iron-suit wearing, multi-billionaire; a sensitive American-hero; a giant green-turning scientist; and a hammer-wielding Norse god.

Peter Parker returns to the big screen in this highly-anticipated Marvel classic of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and he does it in a gigantic way.

This Spidey movie is less about why and how Spider-Man is Spider-Man and more about who Spider-man is. “Homecoming” fulfills every teenager’s dream and ruins adults dream by milking the idea of staying young forever. What gives Spider-man his attraction is not his ability to shoot webs for hundreds of yards or his knack for stopping large things from killing a bunch of people. It’s that he is doing it at the age of 15 while balancing school, girls and basic teenage life on his sticky fingers.

“Homecoming” also ponders the idea of life insecurities in that Spider-Man just isn’t that big of a person. Peter constantly finds himself trying to stick his chin up and puff his chest out to make himself look bigger than usual for his superiors in this movie. This is why so many people have attached themselves to this Spider-Man, because like no other Spider-Man before, we can somewhat relate ourselves to what is like in Peter’s shoes. We all have our insecurities we battle every and it comforts us to know that even superheroes have those too.

For the first hour or so, the movie attempts to put us into Peter’s shoes and let us grasp exactly how his home and school life is to set us up for the second part of the movie. Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, feels more like a true teenager than any of the actors who played his role before him. The way he walks, speaks and lives, it is as if it was actually Tom himself that was Spider-Man, which is incredible and extremely appealing to viewers. Like no other actor, Tom succeeds in playing a double life in this Marvel film.

The second part of the movie shows us the Spider-Man part of Peter like no other. The action in the movie is breathtaking as Peter continues to show why he shouldn’t be looked down on by the other Avengers by completing tasks that would be tough for an immortal, much less a mortal teenage boy with web-shooters. All the way until the end of the movie, Peter remains himself and nothing more by making huge decisions that will shape this future. We can all hope to take a piece of “Homecoming” out into the real world with us everyday.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” includes roles from Michael Keaton, Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow and Donald Glover to make this new era of Spider-Man movies an exciting start. We all can’t wait to see what Peter Parker has in store for us next on the big screen.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was released on July 7, 2017, in a wide-release and made an estimated  $117 million in its opening weekend.