Release Date: July 7, 2017
Run Time: 2 hour 13 minutes
After Credit Scene: YES (and during credits)
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 9 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
Spider-Man Homecoming is the movie of the summer and my favorite film of the year. It will take a lot to knock this one from the top of my list. If you saw Captain America: Civil War then you already have an introduction into who Peter Parker and Spider-Man is. Every actor pulls his or her weight in this film. Ver pleasantly surprised how characters were used and few I wasn’t expecting were revealed. Tom Holland and Michael Keaton had such great chemistry with their characters. Holland is Parker and Keaton is Vulture. It all works and works well. Marvel Studios has done it again!
What works: We didn’t need an origin story and we didn’t get one. EXCELLENT! The movie is very well written and met all my expectations of the film. It is funny where you expect it to be without going overboard. There is enough action to see Spider-Man spinning webs and jumping around. The casting was excellent. Even the supporting cast is loaded with names/faces we know and what a great job they did. The story takes some unexpected chances that I’m not certain how people will feel, but I like their decisions because they are trying to make Parker/Spider-Man relevant in 2017. Although the movie felt a little long, I’m fine with it because they gave us a very good Parker.
What doesn’t work: I’m not so certain that kids today in high school are listening to 80’s bands. I was expecting a bit more contemporary music; however, I’ll take my 80’s where I can get it. Although I listed this as a “what works,” taking chances on some of who the characters are is so risky. I may not mind, but purists may take a step back. Without spoiling anything, there are a few moments in the trailers that would have been better if kept for the movie only. It would have had a better impact.
I think most people who see this film will leave feeling happy with what they saw. Be sure to stay to the end of the credits as there is an after-credit scene worth seeing. Small little spoiler here, there is no Venom and no mention of Venom in the film. Good, no need for us to rush things with Spider-Man even though I’m aware that Venom is a Sony property, not Marvel.
My viewing was not in 3D nor IMAX, but I can only imagine how spectacular and amazing it must be (ya, I couldn’t resist).
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 9. It is worth seeing in the theater and a popcorn combo. I look forward to seeing it again very soon.
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