Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming: Doesn’t Do Justice to Our Web-Slinging Friend

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Doesn’t Do Justice to Our Web-Slinging Friend

The appearance of Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the most recent Captain America film had left me less than enthused about this upcoming adaptation. I walked into the theater hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but my worst fears were imagined. The film is dull, formulaic, predictable and lacks the enthusiasm and excitement all the other Marvel films have had. Tom Holland plays Peter Parker, the young Spider-Man after his encounter in the Captain America: Civil War film. We learn about him adapting to being Spider-Man and trying desperately to prove himself to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Alongside Holland, we have a few minor characters. His best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), and others including Michelle (Zendaya). As Peter navigates his complicated life, he comes across some bad guys selling dangerous weapons. This group is headed by Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). Between balancing his life and schoolwork, Spider-Man tries to keep an eye on the city and work to impress his father figure boss, Tony Stark.

Where Spider-Man: Homecoming falls apart is that the film is so generic, uninspired, dull, and repetitive. The film has no oomph to it and falls flat from start to finish. The sophomoric humor and awkward teen humor can only carry a scene or so, but try stretching it into a full film, and it becomes tired, lazy and just plain stupid. Captain America makes a few video cameos as a PSA announcer telling kids not to do drugs and stay in school, which isn’t funny the first time, or the multiple times that it occurs after that. They were going for an 80s film vibe, but it falls very short.

The performance from Tom Holland is decent, but given the material, he didn’t have much to work with. The jokes and themes are one-note, tired, and have been done before. His friend Ned is so generic and unfunny; it becomes almost unbearable. His love interest played by Laura Harrier gives a stoic performance, and they suffer from a severe lack of chemistry. Zendaya doesn’t really do much in the film, but what she does do is pretty good. The stand out all-star of the film is Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture. It is almost as if he is on a level of his own and in an entirely different film. His performance, skills, and enthusiasm for his role far surpass his co-stars. 

The action in the film is subpar, especially compared to the other incredible superhero action films we have seen in the past. It is almost as if Spider-Man should’ve been left in the early 2000s because it feels old and boring compared to the caliber superhero films we’ve seen. The action scenes are just mediocre, and the fight scenes are so all over the place that it is hard to feel invested. There are some great scenes balanced out with some pretty boring scenes, which make the whole film feel dated and dull.

Lackluster action, predictable storylines, mediocre characters, and juvenile humor make Spider-Man: Homecoming a total bore. Tom Holland certainly has the chops to pull off Spider-Man but needs better writing and action scenes to back him up. We saw potential in Captain America: Civil War, but it all falls apart here. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a lifeless, sophomoric film, that could stand an update.

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Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, iZombie, and Grimm.

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