Spider-Man: Homecoming, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

(2017) 2h13min/Action, adventure, sci-fi


Peter Parker: Spider-Man is not a party trick!

IMDB describes this movie as Peter Parker trying to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man and must confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. With a budget of $175 million, this movie made over $870 million at the box office. This is Chapter Four of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is the first Spider-Man film where the special effects for the characters are not being produced by another company affiliated with Sony, the rights holder to Spider-Man. Industrial Light & Magic, which handles much of the special effects for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series, produced the special effects. The first Spider-Man film where Spider-Man has his iconic web wings from the comics.

Michael Keaton plays a character called the Vulture, which is a man in a bird costume. Coincidentally, Michael Keaton starred in the Best Picture-winning film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2014, and that character is based on Batman, which Keaton played in 1989 and 1992. Michael Keaton describes Adrian Toomes as a resentful character: “Some people see themselves as victims. He sees himself like that. He has a probably strong argument that he never got a fair shot. A lot of ‘Why not me?’, ‘Where’s mine?’”

It is the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First solo Spider-Man film to not mention or feature Uncle Ben in any way. The movie did not start out with the origin story, it began with Peter Parker already being Spider-Man for quite a while. Matthew McConaughey expressed interest in the role of Norman Osborn, a.k.a. The Green Goblin, Spider-Man’s archenemy.

This is the second time Robert Downey, Jr. makes a credited appearance in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film without receiving top billing. You can say that this movie is very different from any live-action Spider-Man movie been made. It goes in a different direction. Saying that that story for me was not consistent and whenever he puts on the suit, he becomes more like Deadpool than Peter Parker. It also had some interesting scenes and connections to the Avengers. The ending has an average action scene with a predictable ending. I recommend this movie to fans of Spider-Man and all the variations of movies.


Peter Parker: So, to become an Avenger, are there like trials, or an interview.

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