Spider-Man: Homecoming hit the cinemas with a bold statement as it immediately went to the top of the box office by grossing million dollars. We saw a little bit of the new Spider-man in Captain America: Civil War last year but much of him went no where in Spider-Man: Homecoming with the slack solo escapade.
It appears the big idea behind the movie is that Peter Parker who is now played by young British actor Tom Holland is a 15-year-old high school pupil who has to balance his super-heroic duties with traumas of being a teenager. everyday teenage life.
Director Jon Watts is behind Spider-Man: Homecoming and if the film is anything to go by, it appears he has been given a stern warning from the owners of the movie to turn it into a blockbuster. The problem however is that the focus group of the movie is for the young and anyone above 30 will most likely find the appealing, which is a failing on the part of the movie runners for a high-school film.
Tom Holland is the youngest Spider-Man in history and he brings his youthfulness to bear on the movie alongside Veterans like Robert Downey Jr. Who reprises the role of Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man in the movie, bringing a similar collaboration between Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, akin to that of the Avengers.
The charming sequence of events sets the tone for what follows – as a blue-collar entrepreneur who turns into an arms dealer in person of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), who is soon revealed as The Vulture. The thrust of the movie however turns out to be a series of superhero-themed variations based on same stories of countless high-school movies of the past, in which something similar to a dance contest and exams seem to clash.
This puts Peter Parker in a situation where he keeps bailing out of house parties, inter-school competitions, and even a late-night swim with his classroom crush Liz (Laura Harrier), in order to stop whatever villainous scheme the Vulture is plotting. Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and his sardonic classmate Michelle who would have given the movie more life were for most part, sidelined.
Instead of developing a close relationship with Michelle, Peter becomes close with “Karen” (Jennifer Connelly), the on-board computer in his high-tech new Spider-suit that was given to him courtesy of Stark Industries. One thing that however appears to kill the movie is the over reliance on technology, ranging from gizmos to built-in satellite navigation in the spiderman suit which serves to undermine the attraction to the Spider-Man movie.
Indelible moments from the Spider-Man trilogy such as when like Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s had the upside-down kiss is mostly absent in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This basically smashes both Peter’s worlds together, instead of creating an alternating balance between the two.
The clash between both worlds can be seen in the plain-clothes encounter between Peter and Toomes, where they were having some sorts of teenage rite of passage which have been incredibly fascinating even if a supervillain wasn’t available.
Most of the behaviour you will expect from teenagers revolved around Peter and the only friend he seemed to have in person of Ned (Jacob Batalon), and their friendship could have been expanded to a level that will make Peter’s childhood adventures without the spider powers more believable.
While the movie attempted to pay homage to the new teenage Spider-Man, it sometimes feels too spidey for comfort.