After a string of mediocre to the utterly ridiculous Spiderman films the audiences have been subjected to over the years – not to forget a whole lot of TV series and spin-offs – Spiderman: Homecoming is refreshingly and welcomingly different from the mundane B.S. we have been exposed to all this while.
It is not only about special effects and swinging and web-slinging through the city skyline doing away with the bad guys. Well, while it does have all of that, it is more about the heart and soul of a teenage boy who is going through a tough transition to adulthood – he’s stubborn; he cries; and there’s an endearing vulnerability about the character that makes it so realistic and acceptable – he’s, after all, a human – a kid really – who happens to possess superhero powers, not by his own doing.
Peter Parker’s is seen soaring and swinging in his new suit equipped with all these super hi-tech gizmos – which we got a glimpse of in Captain America: Civil War – and then completely making a mess of the landing – like any other overly enthusiastic clumsy teenager would do in real life situations.
He averts disasters in spectacular and thrilling displays of his superhero skills but, more often than not, the situation he’s trying to correct is the result of his own doing – certainly, the director has put his mark on the film with these masterful touches– great job Mr. Watts!
Meanwhile, Tom Holland has done full justice, as much to Peter Parker, the confused teenager, as to his alter ego Spidey the Spiderman. As young as he is, Holland has handled the demands of the role, or should we say roles, with great maturity and quite masterfully. His portrayal of a teenager with his joys and anxieties and apprehensions is near perfect without being melodramatic.
He is by far the best Spiderman we have seen on screen, big or small, to date. In all likelihood, Spiderman: Homecoming is going to be Holland’s stepping stone into the big league.
As of Friday, Spiderman: Homecoming showed box office collections somewhere near the 120 million mark, expected to become the second-highest domestic opening ever for Sony.
While the overall reviews and critiques have been generally positive – and deservingly so – there are some who do not agree in totality. Here they are:
Rotten Tomatoes – Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator website, has given the film an approval rating of 93% based on 166 reviews with an average rating of 7.6/10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building” reads the site’s critical consensus.
Metacritic – According to Metacritic’s weighted average rating, the film has scored 73 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Uproxx – Mike Ryan of Uproxx has given Homecoming a favorable review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best Spider-Man movie to date. That does come with a caveat that Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man 2 are going for different things and both are great. But, tonally, I just love this incarnation of a Peter Parker who just loves being Spider-Man.”
The New York Times – Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said, “Mr. Holland looks and sounds more like a teen than the actors who’ve previously suited up for this series, and he has fine support from a cast that includes Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend. Other good company includes Donald Glover, as a wrong time, wrong-place criminal, and Martin Starr, who plays his teacher role with perfect deadpan timing.”
The Hollywood Reporter – John DeFore of the Hollywood Reporter observes that the film is “occasionally exciting but often frustrating” and hinted it might have turned out better “had Marvel Studios execs and a half-dozen screenwriters not worked so hard to integrate Peter Parker into their money-minting world.”
The San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle feels Homecoming “breaks no new ground, and action sequences that were intended to be thrilling – such as an epic battle on the Staten Island Ferry – just sit there on the screen, incapable of stirring a single pulse, but content in their competence.”
- Produced by – Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures
- Directed by – Jon Watts
- Distributed by – Sony Pictures Releasing
- Genre – Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Based on – Spiderman Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
- Story by – Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley
- Rating – PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments)
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
- Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture
- Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan
- Zendaya as Michelle “MJ” Jones
- Donald Glover as Aaron Davis
- Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag
- Marisa Tomei as May Parker