Spiderman homecoming starts with a sweet premise of a teenager Spiderman going through all cliché problems of a teenager and his urge to become “the friendly neighborhood Spiderman”. The intention of the writers was to make it as palatable as possible for families to come and see the film and they may have succeeded in that. The production design seemed real as opposed to comic book-ish which was quite new to see.
Despite my love for Spiderman 2, I kept open mind to take this film as it was intended.
Here are some of my observations:
The story revolved around his crush on a beautiful girl in his class and maintaining his focus on catching criminals who are making “weapons of mass destruction”, Mr. Tony Stark was seen helping Spiderman more often than not and made Spiderman looked as if he is completely dependent on Mr. Stark. Spiderman Homecoming felt like it was stuck between either making it a “real” story with “real” environment rather than going either full on the drama genre or comic book feel. This convolution was too apparent in the first half of the film and made the viewing experience a bit jarring. It had all the potential to be the next perks of being a wallflower but writers chose extremely safe way to tell the story which had absolutely no emotional resonance.
Most people have been saying on the internet hemisphere that Tom Holland is the best Spiderman, I would heartily disagree, I did not think the same way, however he gave all his best. My biggest issue was with Michael Keaton, he was neither menacing nor unpredictable, he was just there to serve a purpose and it felt really flat throughout. The biggest character flaw was that he was nothing without his eagle suit, absolutely no charisma whatsoever. Aunt May played by extremely capable Marisa Tomei was not used properly. She was just there to exist.
The absolute best thing, which is true for almost all marvel movies, was the pacing of the film. It flew effortlessly which is an extremely positive thing for any film. Neither Pakistani nor any Indian films being released recently are capable in this regard except for few like Kapoor and sons. Iranian films specially by Asghar Farhadi come close to being on par. I am however not in favor of Mr. Jon Watts safe choices which is a bit of let down.
Overall, the game of safe play throughout the runtime of the film was not in its favor but it doesn’t mean that families won’t be enjoying this film. I encourage families to go see this film. I will give this a B-
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