Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming

For many people who care about movies more than the comics, this 3rd rendition of Spider-Man seems unnecessary and senseless. However, for those of us who are avid comic lovers, the arrival of a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is everything we could have hoped for and more.

On June 6, clad in my Spider-Man tank top, I walked into the theater to welcome this teenaged superhero home. I could not have been more ecstatic, and let me tell you, I did not leave that movie disappointed. I will be getting into *spoilers* here. So, if you have not seen the new Spider-Man yet, then go do that now.

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Plot

The story of Spider-Man: Homecoming was, I think, one of the better of the previous movies. The first two Spider-Man movies will always be classic, and I actually kind of enjoyed Andrew Garfield’s. But, Homecoming just seemed more real, in a way. Peter Parker was just a kid, an actual 15-year-old kid, who wanted to do more to help people but couldn’t accept the fact that he wasn’t old enough. I’ve been 15, I know what it’s like to be looked over and pushed aside. Sometimes it’s been for the best, other times it’s been for different reasons.

He was looking for ways to prove himself, but this, of course, led to more conflict. This was a true coming of age story that I don’t think Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield was able to pull off.

They all start to blend together, making those who have gone through this feel that every time they’re overlooked, it’s out of mistrust. So, I understand why Peter felt the way he did and therefore did things such as hacking his suit to get rid of the training wheels protocol, or how he lied to Tony about being in school when he was really trying to disrupt an illegal arms deal on the Staten Island Ferry.

He was looking for ways to prove himself, but this, of course, led to more conflict. This was a true coming of age story that I don’t think Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield was able to pull off.

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Characters

Marvel does a really good job at making their characters real. So it was no surprise to me that I really liked the characters. They were relatable, especially Michelle. Ultimately I was very pleased with the development of each role.

Mentioning Michelle, however, I’m still on the line about how I feel with her being M.J. Of course, we didn’t see a whole lot of her in the movie, so I’m hoping that we’ll get to know her more in future movies to come.

I won’t pass any final judgments until I see her’s and Peter’s relationship. I’m a hopeless romantic, so if they have a cute love story, but it’s not forced, then I’ll probably be sold on Zendaya’s portrayal of the usual redhead.

Symbolism

As a write this blog I’ve only seen the movie once. I, of course, wasn’t going to take my phone out in the middle of the dark movie theater either to take any notes. So when it comes to symbolism, I don’t remember much. I’m sure there’s a lot, and once I watch it for the 2nd, 3rd, 20th time, I’ll probably be well versed in the different symbolic messages strewn throughout.

But, there is one moment in particular that I remember.

But, there is one moment in particular that I remember. Towards the end of the movie, as Adrian Toomes (aka Vulture) is driving his daughter and Peter to Homecoming, Liz is stating how Peter disappeared both the night of her party, then again in Washington. Both nights when Vulture encountered Spider-Man. When they reach the stop light, the light is shining red on Adrian’s face as he is putting all the pieces together.

Essentially, his mind has stopped and is focusing on one thing. Is Peter Parker Spider-Man? Then, once the light turns green, you see his face shift into a grin, showing that he finished the puzzle and his brain is ready to go on what to do next. This was a great way of showing what was going on inside his head without it being some kind of monologue or something. It was perfect.

This was a great way of showing what was going on inside his head without it being some kind of monologue or something. It was perfect.

Overall, I give this movie a 9.8 out of 10. I loved it and was absolutely overjoyed with what was done with my favorite web slinger. I cannot wait for Infinity War when we get to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. In the meantime, I’ll have to get by with Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok. Which really isn’t that bad. But May 4th, please get here soon.


 

Julia Kelso, 18, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She’s an aspiring producer, writer, director who grew up involved in theatre and now attends Center For Creative Media, a Christian Film School. In addition to being a strong supporter of the arts, Julia is a left-handed, right-minded, introvert living in a right-handed, left-minded, extroverted world.

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