Spider-man Homecoming Review – SPOILERS

From the beginning scene, which was a Spider-man video of his experiences during the airport scene in Captain America Civil War, to the last scene, Aunt May walking in on Peter while he is in costume, this is an enjoyable adventure of a movie.

Peter Parker is a teenager
If you are a comic book reader this has always been one of the main characteristics of Spider-man.  From the inception of Spider-man in 1963 to the Ultimate version of Spider-man which started in 2000, Peter Parker is an awkward teenager.  This is the part that they really excelled at creating, a movie built around a teenage superhero.  Throughout the movie there are countless indications of Peter’s age.  Flash being a jerk to Peter and frequently changing his name to something less than appropriate.  Peter and his buddy, Ned, staring at and talking about girls.  Peter spamming Happy with text messages to try to get more involved in big superhero stuff.  Ned peppering Peter with weird and unusual questions when he finds out that he is Spider-Man.  “Can you summon spiders?”  Peter arguing with a guy that he is interrogating that he really is a man and not a woman.  The quirky things he does when he is trapped in the Damage Control Bunker. 
“How long have I been here?” 
“37 minutes”
Tony Stark constantly treating Peter like he is a kid.  He understands that Peter is a 14 (“I’m 15!”) year old teenager who has more to learn than he can even imagine.  This is a vast departure from some superhero movies who act like kids or teenagers should immediately be put in life or death situation.

Peter Parker is a talker
In the comic book world of Spider-man it isn’t uncommon for him to swing around the city talking to himself, talking to people he passes or shaded by speech bubbles.  He is a person who likes to verbally work things out.  This fantastic movie is filled with him trying to talk things through.  He talks to himself about being used as a superhero up to his potential.  He talks to himself and others as he is swinging through the suburbs.  My personal favorite is when he has to run through a park/golf course and says, “this sucks”. 

Peter Parker is heroic
You might think that all superheroes are heroic but they aren’t.  A hero saves people who don’t deserve to be saved.  Peter literally runs through fire to save someone who tried to kill him 30 seconds earlier.  Spider-man is awkward and human but in special circumstances he becomes more, he becomes greater, above the trivial.  There is a scene where Spider-man is trapped under concrete and debris.  He cries and screams for help like anyone would in a similar circumstance.  Then he sees a reflection of himself, half Peter and half Spider-man, and in that moment he becomes greater.

Peter Parker is shocked
Peter is going to pick up his gorgeous date (Liz played by Laura Harrier) to Homecoming, takes some motherly advice and walks to the door.  What you expect is an awkward juvenile scene with Peter and his love interest and her parents.  But what you get is like a bare knuckle punch to the throat.  The primary villain of the movie, Vulture, opens the door because HE IS LIZ’S FATHER.  Every theater goer in the world has one of two responses, dead silence or a gasp.  Peter is enamored with this girl but he can’t remove his gaze from her beast of a father.  He tentatively forces a smile for a picture and goes back to internal shock.

Spider-man Homecoming is a movie well worth some expensive popcorn and sitting next to a guy who steals your armrest.  Hopefully you are sitting near someone who loves the web slinger as much as you do.  I give it an A!



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