Flash Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

THE bus pulled up just as I said goodbye to my friends. They were hanging out together after school, but I had to go to work. The bus ride took around 25 minutes which gave me some time to study for an exam I was having the next day. Is this what I wanted to do after school? No, I would have preferred hanging out with my friends; studying for the exam could take place after dinner. My part-time job was at a camera store. Luckily I worked in the warehouse so I would not have to be out in front selling or ringing up sales. It was already bad enough that I was one of the few who had a job; but to have to wait on my friends or their parents would make things worse. Truthfully the job was not bad at all; since I was already into photography, I enjoyed being around the different film and camera products. I also would hear about new items before the general public, which I thought was cool.       MANAGING my time between school and work was a challenge. By the time my friends and I were seniors a majority of us had after school jobs. One of the perks for me was being able to drive the owner’s car to make special pickup orders or deliveries when the company van was out on the road. I was not comfortable driving the large van as I would have to maneuver several side streets on the route. As for the owner’s car, it was a luxury automobile with all the extra appointments; in other words, all the bells and whistles one could buy for it. Even though driving the car was a highlight, I still had the challenge of keeping my grades up while working. Going to school, work and be with my friends was always a give and take situation. There were times I would miss out doing fun stuff; but on the other hand, I always had money in my wallet. My challenges paled by comparison to the ones the main character in this action, adventure film had to endure.     AFTER helping out the Avengers the only thing Peter Parker/Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland (The Impossible, The Lost City of Z), wanted to do was to become a full time crime fighter. However he first had to finish high school. This reboot of the science fiction franchise had a well rounded cast that gave the story a good kick of fun excitement. Starring Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Michael Keaton (The Founder, Spotlight) as Adrian Toomes/Vulture and Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, The Lincoln Lawyer) as May Parker; each of them did a great job in their roles. I did wish Michael Keaton had more screen time. With his acting skills the writers could have made his character darker and more intense; I think this would have added more to the story. The thing I enjoyed about this film was having Peter struggle with his desire to be a superhero while trying to be a typical teenager. There were elements of wit and charm to many scenes due to Tony Stark’s presence and Peter’s puppy like eagerness. I felt the middle of the film slowed down with the story line about going out on a date; the intensity and action were weak. Though I found Tom’s whiny voice annoying at times, I felt he was the right choice to lead this reboot. There were extra scenes in the middle and at the end of the credits.


3 ¼ stars         




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 10, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Looking forward to this. You know the hardest problem facing any writer/director is the middle. For some reason that is where most people get bogged down. However, the fact that you gave it 3 1/4 tells me it wasn’t too bad. Thanks for the review.

  2. My husband and three of the kids saw this a few days ago. My middle two sons predictably loved it because they are big comic book nuts and love the Marvel Cinematic Universe in all its manifestations. My husband and oldest son thought it was entertaining but didn’t really manage to engage them beyond being a popcorn blockbuster movie. My husband also felt that the action of this movie did not particularly propel the over-arching Marvel universe plot much further forward so seemed like it was set to the side rather than being part of the overall arc. They all agreed that Michael Keaton was completely superb and that any scene with him in it was massively better than all other scenes. My two little Spidey experts feel that Tom Holland is their favourite movie Spiderman but that they preferred Toby McGuire as Peter Parker.

    • Great for the family review Laura; I appreciate you telling us. Also, I find it so cool that the family members, based on your writings, are comfortable being individuals who share their feelings on a film. Thanks again.

  3. Absolutely loved this film! Ever since my Dad introduced me to the animated series when I was a kid, I was hooked. Spider-Man was my favorite comic book character from day one. It was wonderful seeing Peter Parker as a real high schooler with relationship problems, homework, but possessing unique gifts. I’m glad the writers didn’t waste time telling the character’s origin story again. Michael Keaton was impressive as the Vulture. Now my only question. Of the 16 (soon to be 17) films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is this one better than Captain America: Winter Soldier? Spider-Man: Homecoming is either one or two on that list.

    • Thank you for such a wonderful family story and coming of age tale in a way about your relationship with Spider-Man. I agree that it was a good idea not to rehash the origin; instead to deal with real life issues for a high schooler. Thanks again.

  4. First off I really like how you do your reviews, very original. As far as this movie I will definitely be seeing it soon as I have heard some good things about it. Great review! You’ve got my follow. Check out my comedy blog and give it a follow if you like it!

    • Hi, it is great to meet you and thank you for stopping by to leave your comments and kind words. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts after you see this film. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing on your site.

  5. Thanks for the review. I too, enjoyed the movie. I do agree with your assessment, I would love to have seen of Michael Keaton.

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