Peter Parker’s Day Off
How many times are we going to do this? How many time are we going to reboot Spider-Man? When we will learn, no matter how much we want it, sometimes something’s just don’t work. Originally we had Spider-Man (With Tobey Maguire). Then, after the catastrophic failure that was Spider-Man 3 we were given The Amazing Spider-Man (with Andrew Garfield). Now, we have a new Spider-Man (In Tom Holland), so the reel question is can Tom Holland spin a new web or just get tangled in the same mistakes?
Something tells me that secretly they always wanted Jamie Bell to be Spider-Man, if you look at all three incarnations you can see my point, Jamie Bell would be a perfect mix of all three, but alas we have to make do with Tom Holland, and for some reason a lot of Jon Favreau, dashes of Robert Downey Jr. and even a little bit of Chris Evans. Which for three cast members are hardly a bad pick. Of course, the entire film revolves around Tom Holland, no matter how much Robert Downey Jr. wants to try and steal the film, this is Tom Holland’s movie.
This is a shame because no one bothered to tell Tom that, and while his dorky, nerdy, teen shtick can be adorable, it frequently descends into far too familiar tropes. Do you know what was awesome about Andrew Garfield? He took the news of his uncle passing VERY badly and was a Spider-Man to fit that. Tom Holland’s rift on this is just a likable, bumbling nerd.
Then there is Michael Keaton, I’m unsure when Keaton was diagnosed as a sociopath or if he’s just developed it over time, but this man is the living embodiment of insanity. In every scene he is graceful and rescored in his crazy. The problem is that he’s never given the space to really expand his story, he’s a bad guy, steals weapons to make other weapons and has a moral code.
That’s the problem with Spider-Man: Homecoming the entire movie moves at such an accelerated rate that you never really had enough time to stop and enjoy any one part of it. It’s as if, the screen writers read Spider-Man: Homecoming, took all the awesome and standard elements to a Spider-Man movie and put them in a blender. It’s a shame because there are sequences of Homecoming that are truly breathe taking.
Ironically Homecoming works best when Peter Parker is just being a normal kid, I liked watching his relationships develop among his classmates, I wanted to see how it all played out, but far too quickly we have to get to our big show down, which means everyone gets a rough deal. Most of all Shocker. I agree even in the comics Shocker is a throw away character but don’t build him up for a film and then degrade him down to nothing in the preamble to the finale, that’s some Batman And Robin, Bane treatment right there.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is so very almost one of the top 2 Spider-Man films but it’s falls prey to the same problems as before, to many ideas, not enough time.