Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr
Director: Jon Watts
IMBd Rating – 9
After two terrible films, ironically named ‘Amazing’, it seemed like another bad idea when I got to know that Spider-Man was being rebooted again.But boy, was I proved wrong. Spidey’s appearance in Civil War showed signs of fun, but now his standalone film, titled Spider-Man Homecoming has turned out to be the most enjoyable Marvel movie since The Avengers.Marvel once again showcases a solid eye for talent by putting another indie filmmaker in the director’s chair. Jon Watts, who has made the brilliant horror comedy Clown, and the comedy thriller Cop Car flexes his flair for both comedy and big thrills in Homecoming. The
Marvel once again showcases a solid eye for talent by putting another indie filmmaker in the director’s chair. Jon Watts, who has made the brilliant horror comedy Clown, and the comedy thriller Cop Car flexes his flair for both comedy and big thrills in Homecoming. The film, in fact, plays out like a superhero film made by John Hughes.
Luckily this reboot doesn’t bother telling us about the origins of Spidey and the sad demise of Uncle Ben. The entertainment factor is dialed up to ten the moment the film opens with the super ‘A film by Peter Parker’, and fades into a badly made home movie by the kid, who has recorded his meet with Tony Stark and the airport showdown with the Avengers in Civil War.
From then onwards it’s a blast of fun as Peter awkwardly tries to become a superhero, and often hilariously fails at things.But there’s another surprise that the film offers – Michael Keaton’s Vulture, is finally a great villain in the MCU (Loki doesn’t count anymore).
It’s cool meta casting that Keaton went from Batman to Birdman and now Vulture, and he’s a complete package – tremendous screen presence, amazing special effects to make his ‘bad guy suit’ threatening, a surprisingly solid character arc to make you empathise with him, and the best possible resolution during the climax.
If you think about it, it’s the same package combo with Holland as Spider-Man, which is how they work so well as hero and villain in the film.
Stark has become Peter’s surrogate dad, and the relationship they share is a lot of fun. This film is still an origin story, and it’s safe to assume that Spidey will become stronger with subsequent films, and would probably even go on to take Stark’s place and lead the Avengers after the Infinity Wars films.