Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon
Spider-Man: Homecoming is watchable but not completely entertaining. The constant interruptions from Tony Stark and Happy Hogan about Spidey’s activities pretty easily state that this is just a buffer film in the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So, one of the most loved superheroes since so many decades again gets a reboot. After those disappointing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ films, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a refreshing relief and Tom Holland is the guy who needs to be applauded for his sheer confidence on screen with a likable innocence.
After the famous heroic entry in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker is now getting a guidance from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Peter tells his schoolmates that he is doing an internship with Stark Industries. This is a story of Peter as a teenager and his other version that is Spider-Man and his adventures in the city to fight crimes.
The story of Peter, Spider-Man and the enemy is overall fine but it’s the screenplay which ends up becoming too shallow. You expect a lot of sharp and funny punchlines from a Marvel film which are not evident in this one. The first half is chaotic with Jon Watts seeming highly confused. As a fresh start for Spider-Man’s film, I wanted to see focussed scenes of Peter Parker, his life as a normal person and initially, there are scenes which try to cover that but they lack stability. Half of the time, Peter running away from all the school activities to catch the bad guys and then unsuccessfully trying to get attention from Tony is tiring. His romantic interest is avoidable. Many scenes of first half are closed without a proper closure.
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The fun actually starts in the latter phase. The face-off between Spidey and Vulture (Michael Keaton), their intense conversation and Spidey’s bravery on the ship finally make you believe this is a Marvel film. Watts succeeds in showing ultra-fast action on ship and during the long fight sequence in the end. Some scenes between Peter and his buddy Ned (Jacob Batalon) keep the much needed humor alive in the story.
Just like Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming has also done a good job in keeping the destruction level in control so that logically, other Avengers are not much aware of these things. Also, the self-discovery aspect of Spider-Man as mentored by Tony, has a good vitality in the film.
Tom Holland has proved that he can carry a film successfully and entertain the audience smoothly. He has an innocent as well curious face which works in the favour of his character. He speaks fast and has a good comic timing. His expressions when he sees his crush and the desperation to fight the bad guys, are worth witnessing.
Michael Keaton is as bad-ass as he was in ‘The Founder’. There was never a doubt about his ability to carry the role of a Vulture and he excels in it. He looked cunning and determined to fulfil his evil goals. Jacob Batalon was a fine addition as a Peter’s friend. Together, they have some funny situations, even during the most action packed scenes.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is enjoyable in parts. You won’t be dissatisfied but it doesn’t have a long memorable value. The story is average. Tom Holland keeps it alive with his brilliant acting and presence.