This movie, the director’s first major one, proves that it’s a worthy effort. Whenever our hero takes off his mask, we are reminded that he’s just a teenager, just one with awesome power and gadgets at his disposal. Herewith, are seven reasons why you should go see ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ as soon as you can.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu @KareemReal
Being the reboot of a reboot within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ picks up right after ‘Captain America: Civil War’ as we find out via snippets of Peter Parker’s Berlin airport antics through a video diary. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is still high from that heroic adventure, so he fancies that he’s ready to become an Avenger. But mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) feels the opposite. Our young hero shrugs it all off, though, sneaking away to carry out minor league good deeds, like seeing old ladies across the street, and so on. However, a fateful ATM robbery sees him cross paths with New York’s main dealer in Chitauri weapons, who happens to be major Spidey baddie The Vulture (Michael Keaton).
If these all sound like surefire reasons why the movie will be a fun romp, read on for 7 more reasons why you should go see ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ as soon as you can.
- Tom Holland
The young actor is quite likeable, with exactly the sort of presence which a character like Peter Parker needs to exude, and the sort alter-ego Spider-Man has simply got to have. High school best buddy? Check. Hot crush? Check. I could go on, but I’ll just say Holland has all the elements to knock his performance out of the park, and does, both as Parker and Spidey. Holland’s performance conveys that he isn’t a superhero, but just like the next kid on the street. Though it’s regularly done that way, it’s refreshing to see a character like Spider-Man portrayed in such an accessible, (dare I say it?) believable way.
- YA Vibe
Masterfully telling Spider-Man’s story, dipped in teen angst and newbie superhero woes, Director Jon Watts succeeds in projecting a tone that’s Young Adult (YA) and deeply dramatic all at once. Because of that genuine, down-to-earth feel, you’ll find your hearts going out to Spider-Man, and your pulses racing every time Keaton’s Vulture closes in for the kill. Balancing Peter’s self-discovery with colorful superheroics would have been tricky, but the helmsman pulls it off deftly.
- Special Effects
One of the best parts of many a Spider-Man movie involve the character bits. But hey, we did pay to see our favorite web-slinger sling webs, right? And ‘Homecoming’ delivers in spades, dishing out sequence after sequence with our hero doing his thing, and dazzlingly. Just take a seat and prepare to be entertained like no other Spider-Man movie has before, as the FX team show us our hero transition from amazing spectacle to everyday teen seamlessly.
- Supporting Cast
The supporting cast deserves a standing ovation. No, really. They bring such charisma and energy that they truly deserve the ‘supporting’ tag. Marisa Tomei is pitch-perfect as Aunt May, just as Downey Jr’s Tony Stark is, well, starkly paternal, even if freshly awkward. The cynical Michelle (Zendaya) and the reality checks she dishes out, need to be seen to be believed. Then Donald Glover positively shines in his own role, a character whose identity would scream ‘spoiler!’ I could go on, really. But the best part? Every one of the supporting characters plays an important role. Nifty!
- The Vulture
As anyone could guess, the epic throwdown is Spider-Man versus Vulture. And boy, are all their encounters epic. Granted, elements of the villain’s suit rubbed me the wrong way, like the massive fans which I’m not a fan of. But after a while, I got used to it. Keaton’s performance as Adrian Toomes is intense, and actually left me wondering why we didn’t get more of him. But rest assured that what you’ll get is good enough. The villain, played by Michael Keaton, is adequately sinister, plus he’s involved in one good twist that fans should very much enjoy.
- The Soundtrack
The original soundtrack is a character all it s own, and should get Oscar attention if freshness is a watchword for the Academy come awards season. It makes everyone — positively everyone — in the movie look like they’re having a great time. I daresay this is an even more fun tracklist than that other fun Marvel movie tracklist. I’m still humming a trio of tunes after the film. Of course, what did you expect from Michael Giacchino (who stole my heart way back with TV’s ‘Lost’)? I left the screening feeling like I just stepped out of a Marvel comic. It’s that good.
- It’s Spider-Man’s Actual ‘Homecoming’
Even the casual fan is aware of the legal drama that saw everyone’s favorite web-slinger stay away from fellow Marvel characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But a deal between Sony and Marvel made it possible for Marvel to oversee this version of Spidey, in exchange for being able to use the character in other MCU films. So, like I said earlier, this is a homecoming of sorts for the character, and fans couldn’t be happier. You loved seeing Web-Head in ‘Captain America: Civil War’? You’ll love him here, in his very own film.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ will be released July 7.