Any frequent RG reader knows that I’m kinda sick of writing about superhero movies and what they mean for the business. Thus for Spiderman: Homecoming, I’m going to take a page from prolific NBA writer Zach Lowe and just write 10 things I liked or didn’t like about the movie and leave it at that.
1 – I really liked the high school aspects of this movie. The John Hughes coming of age catalog was apparently an inspiration to director Jon Watts and he did a great job recreating that environment. If you stripped away the superhero threads this would have been a comparable PG version of last year’s terrific Edge of Seventeen.
2 – I briefly dozed off during not one but two different action sequences (Wait. What’s happening at the Washington Monument?). The set pieces aren’t necessarily poorly executed, I just find most superhero action boring at this point.
3 – Michael Keaton plays a fantastic villain, definitely the best of the Marvel movies. He’s also the most grounded which isn’t a coincidence. Keaton chews up every actor in his periphery during his screen time.
4 – I didn’t like that Ironman and his chauffeur kept popping up. I can’t fault Robert Downey Jr and Jon Favreau to “keep getting dem checks,” but their shtick after a decade is no longer getting played out, it is played out.
5 – I liked the murderer’s row of very funny actors enlisted in the margins of the movie. Donald Glover (Atlanta). Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo). Tony Revolori (Dope). Hannibal Buress (Broad City). Martin Starr (Silicon Valley). Marisa Tomei (my dreams). And the funniest of them all, Zendaya (I don’t know what else she’s from but apparently she’s famous enough to have no last name).
6 – I didn’t like that Donald Glover only has two scenes. He seems far too famous and talented to get so little screentime, but he probably signed onto this prior to Atlanta’s debut so that may have something to do with it. Also, it’s not like this is a standalone film so I have a feeling this will correct itself and his name will be third on the poster for the inevitable sequel.
7 – Tom Holland seems to be channeling Marty McFly as Peter Parker and it translates perfectly to the tone of the movie. He’s significantly more likable than the previous iterations of Spidey (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield).
8 – The climactic battle between Spiderman and Vulture reminded me of a certain scene in Con Air. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s most certainly something.
9 – There’s a recurring bit about high school morning announcements that’s among the funniest things I’ve seen all year.
10 – I don’t like having to sit through the credits at Marvel movies.
Grade: B+ or a B- …… idk it’s a very solid B