You know, when my brother asked me if I was going to see this film, long before it came out, I honestly wasn’t excited about it. I thought, “Gee, yet another Peter Parker…seriously, it’s too soon and I don’t care.” But I’m thrilled to say I was so wrong. Like, I, a grown woman, would totally go and see this film, yet again, just for the hell of it.
It must be noted that the pre-cursor of this film was the trailer to “Black Panther,” which got me so pumped. It was unexpected. Yeah, I saw the trailer online, but seeing it on the big screen? I was on the edge of my seat, and, not ashamed to say, that I fucking clapped my hands when I saw it. I am so excited about this next stretch of MCU films. They are doing it up way big, and I will be there opening day in some kind of fabulous cosplay. Also, it said “Coming Soon” and not an actual date, so I hope that means it’s a summer release…points I’ll address in a later article.
Anyway, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” shocked the eff outta me. It was seamless in its callback to “Captain America: Civil War” by showing Peter’s trip to Berlin, via a camera phone movie, through the eyes of an overly excited teen who had never been on a plane, let alone a private jet.
You know, I’m still adjusting to actors who actually look like high school students, and the now 20-year-old Tom Holland certainly fits the look of a fifteen-year-old boy. In fact, as the movie progressed, I tried to put my finger on what it was about him on screen that made him so likable, and then about a third of the way through I realized:
He’s very reminiscent of Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future,” which is why this version of Spidey is ever so charming (er, not that I didn’t like Andrew Garfield–I actually really did. Even though that sequel sucked so hard…but I digress).
This movie alternatively could have been called “Spider-Man Gets Grounded,” as Tony Stark does a shockingly good job (true to Tony fashion) as a father figure. Not an Uncle Ben replacement, but an actual father figure.
This movie has not one, but two (half) black love interests (Zendaya, who is an offbeat version of MJ, and Laura Harrier, who is about to star in a remake of one of my favorite novels Fahrenheit 451). They are also both on the Decathlon team, along with Peter’s (Filipino) BFF and “chair guy,” Ned (Jacob Batalon). There are a plethora of students representing diversity, including a lesbian [who’s in Liz’s clique of senior popularity]. Peter’s high school looks like any regular high school. Hell, it reminds me of my high school, which had a near equal representation of students from different ethnic backgrounds. Seems like a small thing, but I’m not gonna lie, it was a pleasure to see.
This is also the first MCU film, I believe, to use a curse word (bullshit, and the beginning of a “fuck”) as well as rude hand gestures, taking it back to the days of yore when you could find such things in PG and PG-13 rated films in the 80s and early 90s, so I give huge props for that.
And oh my god, so many familiar faces! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just talk about one, who is also one of the lead characters in the film: Michael Keaton. Maybe I was under a rock, but I didn’t know he was in this film. Anyway, Michael Keaton is perfect pitch in this film. Perfect pitch in this! I understand this character and why he does what he does. Mild spoiler, maybe, but he plays yet another guy who flies around…and he is a villain that isn’t motivated by revenge or a hatred of anybody—he’s going for the money. It’s so pure and easy to understand. And I say this because, well, you’ve seen some of the previous villains in varying Spidey films, right? They were mostly ridiculous. Seriously.
All in all, I truly adored this film. Truly. It was fun, and heartwarming, and all of the things that make a film awesome.
Go. See it. Take the kiddies, too.