Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming — The most hilarious adaptation of the superhero

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Movie review

Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown) who also co-written it with five other screenwriters, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a reboot to the Marvel comic superhero’s live action film franchise and is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The main story is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) where 15-year-old Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland) was involved in helping Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers’ internal conflict and is now reluctantly settling back to high school activities and smaller, friendly-neighbourhood superhero stuff.

As a fan of Spider-Man from the comics, I was very excited to see what Marvel can do with the rights shared by Sony and I’m pleased to say that it went beyond my expectation. The film is packed with non-stop, good humour and a lot of action with some very acceptable changes from the origin story to fit in today’s generation in the social media era while keeping Peter Parker the awkward school nerd that he is and a fun, wise-cracker when he’s suited up shooting webs and swinging around with it. And we don’t have to go through the whole Uncle Ben drama and his quote again which has already been done in the last two adaptations. This Peter Parker is simply a kid who wants so desperately to impress Tony Stark and be an Avenger to do more with his super strength and spider-like abilities.

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The performance by Tom Holland (A Monster Calls, The Impossible) is perfect for the titular role for this humourous, teenage tone of the superhero. Not to mention about the impressive stunts and tricks that Holland pulled off by himself. Not only we get to see him fight the bad guys, save lives and messing around with his awesome high-tech suit (its A.I. voice Karen is voiced by Jennifer Connelly) but also a lot of his high school and teenage life dramas (hence the title “Homecoming” which is the name of his school’s prom) with his close friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). The fun-filled action sequences are backed with special and CG effects that I’ve no complaints about.

The main antagonist of the plot is Adrian Toomes / Vulture played by Michael Keaton (Birdman, Batman) provides a twist that most of the people I know and myself didn’t see coming. Although it is quite the typically not-so-developed, smaller, one-time villain who somehow goes from a salvage company owner to an alien tech expert, it is better than most in the MCU. Unlike those villains who simply want to rule the world or get rich, he has somewhat valid reasons for being a bad guy and his ability to use alien technology to fly and for offence make his a convincingly worthy opponent for Spidey.

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Sure, there are two or three glaring flaws and it also lacks of the artistic touch and emotional depth of Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films (2002, 2004) but to date, although it’s unfair to compare due to the presence of other MCU characters and lore in this film, I personally feel that Homecoming is the most entertaining Spider-Man live action film thus far and also, probably the most hilarious non-parody superhero film. Sorry, Andrew Garfield.

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Post-credit scene: As usual like most MCU films, there’s a mid-credit and a post-credit scene. I think fans should wait for the post-credit scene if they have the patience.

Malaysian censorship: Although this is probably the most profane film in the MCU, I doubt anything was required to be cut.

Second opinion: My girlfriend absolutely loved it as well — saying that it’s relatable, never boring and the superhero’s now her new favourite.

Verdict: Definitely one of the most entertaining instalments in the MCU and the best Spider-Man live action film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004).

Rating: 4.5 / 5

spiderman homecoming malaysia posterBased on: Marvel’s “Spider-Man” comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Genre: Superhero
Running Time: 134 minutes
Director: Jon Watts
Screenwriters: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zenday, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton

Malaysia Release Date: 6 July 2017
Rated: P13
Local Distributor: (no info)
Production: Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures

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