I’m looking at porn: Spider-Man: Homecoming film review

2017’s summer movies have been looking up! Besides Baby Driver and War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the movies I looked forward to catching as well. And it didn’t disappoint. spiderman_homecomingSpider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr., and now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s focus on the important things.

Unlike the previous two installations of Spider-Man which all began with a standard origin story, I enjoyed how Spider-Man: Homecoming was an origin story, but not really. You don’t know how much I appreciate not having to go through watching Peter Parker getting bitten by a spider for the third time.

Nevertheless, Peter Parker is still naive and learning about himself and his abilities. And that is important. Peter Parker, at age 14 15, is young, which affords us as viewers a sense of trepidation, at times exasperation, and most of all, worry and anxiety when Peter gets into danger. I always believe it’s necessary to care for characters, and you do care for Peter. All in all, the character development of Peter Parker was pretty solid, and it sets up high expectations for the next Spider-Man movie.

But I think what the movie really excelled in is its tone. In trying to be funny, it succeeds. I admittedly had a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film. In drawing tension, it succeeds too. The action sequences were energetic and thrilling, basically what you’d expect from an action/superhero movie.

I also want to commend the character of the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. Vulture is not a caricature of a villain. Layers of his personality are peeled back bit by bit throughout the movie. He is multi-faceted, and I really enjoy him as an antagonist. Also, isn’t it hilarious that Michael Keaton, who played Birdman, is now a literal bird man in another movie? No? Just me? … Okay.

With all that said, I must admit that I’m not a big watcher of the MCU. However, I grew up with Spider-Man, have watched the previous two installments of Spider-Man films multiple times, and will proudly exclaim that I am definitely impressed and excited for this newest reboot of Spider-Man. Hence, simply as a plain ol’ movie-goer, I highly recommend catching Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Have you watched Spider-Man: Homecoming? What other summer movies are on your radar?

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