Spiderman, Spiderman…Does Whatever A Spider Can…
Or Finally A Spiderman Movie That Understands Who Spiderman Is
Or Okay, I Freaking Loved Spiderman: Homecoming
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a HUGE Marvel girl. Huge. I should also point out, Spiderman was MY comic and cartoon when I was a kid. I loved it. Still do. The first time I heard about the Toby Maguire Spiderman movie I was ridiculously excited.
And then I saw it.
And I was shattered.
Where was Spidey’s snarky cheeky playfulness? Too much angst. And MJ just wasn’t right.
I gave the next two movies a chance because Spiderman. I came away lacking.
Then the Andrew Garfield version was announced. I was hesitantly excited. I saw the first one on opening weekend, and while I enjoyed it (IMO it’s a vast improvement over the Maguire films) its still was too angsty and broody for Spidey. The next one…well, the less said about that the better.
Which brings me to the NEW Spiderman movie. Or should that be the MARVEL Spiderman movie. When Spidey appeared in the Captain America: Civil War movie I was beside myself. Spidey was funny, and flippant, and excited about being in the action, and very clearly still a teenage kid. FINALLY, this was MY Spiderman, on the screen. Wow.
So I finally saw Spiderman: Homecoming last weekend (thank you Husband for being out of state working on release day), and as you could probably tell by the heading of this post, I freaking loved it. Gave it 10/10. This IS Spiderman. He is a teenager, dealing with teenager stuff. He’s smart (Spidey has always been smart, something less emphasised in the Maguire films and only kinda sort of mentioned in the Garfield films). He is quick witted when he’s Spidey, and a socially awkward teen when not. Thankfully, we don’t have to go through the whole origin story again (we know how Peter got his powers), but we get to see the deep love he has with Aunt May without being hit over the head time and again about Uncle Ben’s death.
Yes, it also have referenced to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they are a delicious icing on an amazing cake. And let’s be serious here, RDJ can pop up as Iron Man in any Marvel movie as far as I’m concerned. But even his appearance (as brief as it is) doesn’t detract from the fact this is Spiderman’s film. Sure, some of the CGI is a little…wonky…but only occasionally, and never enough to rip you out of the moment.
Oh oh oh…and Michael Keaton’s villain is very intimidating. Marvel is known for having a villain problem (none ever come off as threatening as they should) but the Vulture (and Keaton’s portray of him) is a legitimate threat to our web-slinging hero.
If you’ve been hesitant to check out this new Spiderman film due to superhero fatigue (or Spidey fatigue), do give it a go. I promise, if you love Spiderman as much as I did as a kid you won’t be disappointed.
**Thank you Hoyts Charlestown for the movie. Oh, and the Flat White coffee was close to perfect***