I watched ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ at our block screening with PMCM Management at Resorts World last week, and while I was initially super excited for the movie, I found myself leaving the cinemas more disappointed than ecstatic – which was sad because I watched the movie while wearing a Spider-Man mask (not kidding!) and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a whopping 93%, which is even higher than ‘Wonder Woman’ – which I absolutely LOVED.
Before we get to my disappointment, though, let’s start with the stuff that I loved:
Ned rocked. I love Ned. Most of the comic relief came from Ned. Like Rupert Grint to Daniel Radcliffe, though, this also meant that some of the attention was taken away from who was supposed to be the star of the movie.
Another one of the movie highlights, Michael Keaton rocked even more. He was the perfect choice for Vulture, playing the good guy and the bad guy at the same time.
Spidey’s new suit is so cool, I wanted to get one myself. I also love that Karen was voiced by Jennifer Connelly, who happens to be married to Paul Bettany in real life (Paul Bettany voices Jarvis, Iron Man’s suit). How cute is that?
A lot of people thought that Iron Man would steal the show because of the amount of times he was shown in the trailers and the posters, but I was happy to see that he didn’t. He was in the movie for just the right amount of time, even serving as a kind of father figure for Peter Parker in place of Uncle Ben (who, you must admit, we are now sick of watching).
A lot of people also thought that Marisa Tomei would ruin the movie because she’s ‘too young’ to be playing Aunt May. However, while she may be much younger than the comic book Aunt May, she surprisingly fits the role well. Besides, she’s 52. My mom was already a grandma when she was 52. Some people, like Marisa Tomei, just age beautifully.
Unfortunately, there were also some things that I didn’t enjoy as much:
For starters, the first part of the movie was kind of dragging for me. A lot of the time, I felt like I might fall asleep at any moment. I actually had to repeatedly tell myself in my head not to fall asleep to stop myself from falling asleep. The movie doesn’t really pick up much, either. Aside from one surprising twist, other things fall kind of short for me, like…
I didn’t get the feel that Peter Parker was super smart. I think he answered one question in class right and yes, he’s part of the decathlon, but he never felt nerdy the way that Tobey Maguire felt super nerdy. I also didn’t care very much about his love interest Liz. There was no chemistry there, so I felt no kilig. I didn’t even care for her that much in the elevator scene or near the end. In fact, I didn’t care very much about Peter, in general. I found myself more interested in Vulture’s storyline and even cared more about the guy who owned the sandwich shop more than I cared about him.
This is funny because so many people are sharing memes saying that Tobey was the only Spider-Man who sucked, but in my head, Tobey is still the best Spider-Man out there. Is that just me? I mean, sure, Tom Holland did a great job as Spider-Man, but he wasn’t a believable Peter Parker for me. Tobey was both – and his movies simply resonated better with me than this one did.
I wanted to love this movie. I really did. And while it is entertaining and funny at times, I’d still much rather re-watch ‘Spider-Man 2’ than this one. But maybe that’s just me.
What did you think of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?