Spider-Man is back, again. For me this was too soon to the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, which was too soon after the Toby Maguire Spider-Man, but I guess it's never too soon to make several hundred million more dollars if you're Sony. I definitely enjoyed the way this story was laid out compared to the other ones. This film tremendously benefited from learning the failures of the other Spider-Man takes, and took notes on the fun-nature that superhero movies have recently fully embraced. I personally like how we skipped the setup and just jumped right into the story. I also liked how Spider-Man has to "earn his stripes" and awkwardly works to establish himself in this film. There are times where the fun-nature of the film simply doesn't work and feels overdone, but overall I enjoyed the film.
A franchise that is perfecting its mistakes
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
DVD or Streaming >27in
Tom Holland is a great actor. I just hope this series doesn't ruin him or keep him from pursuing other unique projects. Although I don't like A-list actors like Michael Keaton involving themselves in the superhero spiral, I felt like he did a really good job of being the bad guy. He wasn't over-the-top, and usually helped the dynamic between he and Spidey/Peter be somewhat tensious. The film tries to add a lot of fun, and usually does a good job of that, but other times you can easily recognize the very scripted lines. I would say this is partly a script problem and then partly a first-time actor problem. You can almost see the moments of genius and one-take wonder that happened on set, and similarly, you can nearly see the scripted or forced chemistry between two young actors.
For someone who's supposed to be 15 and an integrous superhero I felt like we got more cursing than was necessary, as so many superhero films are trying to replicate Ryan Reynold's Deadpool. Other than that, a guy is senselessly vaporized and there's a good amount of destrution. However, the film is much milder in its villain and destruction of the universe than other superhero movies. Good job there.
It's interesting to me that this film never went into montage (that I can remember) and didn't use famous/licensed music to its advantage. It felt inconsistent for the film to be trying to be fun and funny, which it usually was, but then didn't go the distance to bring in an upbeat and recogizeable track.
This story was enjoyable for me to watch. I particuarly liked how Michael Keaton's "Vulture" character isn't so evil that the human race is on the verge of extinction. I liked how they kept things more mild and almost believeable. As the story closes out they throw a lot at you. It was like the execs saying, "okay, wait, make sure we do this, that, and this so that we can make like 100 more of these movies."
It's obviously well done based on the sheer size and budget of the film. This movie is made to be watched in theaters, so my 27in "experience" didn't carry the beauty of the film on the big screen.
The "twist" in this film was very well done. I wish films like this could be more one-off in nature, similar to Star Wars' stories, but keeping up with this entire universe is beyond my understanding or time commitment.