Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7, 2017

This was wonderful.

I’m having trouble figuring out what to say, because there’s so much I want to say, but I also don’t want to spoil a single thing because part of the joy of this is the ton of little easter eggs and jokes and just really nice moments through the whole thing. It’s clever, but doesn’t make a big deal about its own cleverness. It’s also really heartfelt. What is it like being a 15 year old kid with superpowers in the Marvel Universe? Here, this is what it’s like.  (In fact, the movie doesn’t stand alone. The plot’s deeply connected to what happens in Avengers and Civil War, and there are references to the whole MCU scattered around. But I have to say, at this point this is one of the things I love about the MCU:  they don’t spend any time trying to explain what happened before, they expect you to just know, and in the process have built up an entire world that doesn’t require any explanation, that acquires new layers with every outing.)

This is a superhero movie that’s also a nearly perfect teen comedy. That’s also an homage to teen comedies. But when the story of a teen comedy would go in one direction, this veers back into the superhero movie. So you think you know what’s going to happen, but then something else entirely happens.  We all stood outside the theater after asking each other, “Did you see THAT coming, at the start of the third act?”  “No I totally did not, did you?”  “Not even a little bit.”  We were all amazement.

And there’s the scene where Michelle is wearing a Sylvia Plath T-shirt.

Gah, I must stop now, before I start quoting lines. And stay all the way through the credits. Really really. I shouldn’t have to keep saying this…but just do it.



5 Responses to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

  1. All I can say is “Amen” to this. I’ve been a Spidey fan since kindergarten and this is the closest they’ve ever come to giving me the Spider-Man I have in my head.

    I’m ready for the next one.

  2. Haven’t seen it yet, but between it and War for the Planet of the Apes, I’ve almost finished my must-see summer movie list. ^_^

    Speaking of the MCU, though, was curious if you’d read this article. Granted, since it’s in all-caps (the author calls himself Film Crit Hulk, after all…), I find it a bit of a headache to read, but it makes an interesting argument about the MCU relying too heavily on “audience placation” to salve any shortcomings in their films.

  3. Michael Keaton and his character were wonderful. Probably my favorite villain since the Red Skull.

  4. carriev Says:

    Re: audience placation, I haven’t read the article yet, but I think there’s definitely an argument to be made there. These movies don’t stand on their own and rely on insider buy-in. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean they get judged on a different scale. Movies and pop culture are in such a weird place right now, where “fandom” has immense power and people are spending their money for an experience rather than for a piece of art, if that makes any sense. There’s lots of commentary being made this summer about whether that’s ruining Hollywood.

  5. A.M. Lynn Says:

    There’s a precedence for this. I’m fascinated (and a bit joyous) that Hollywood is picking up on Japanese trends. How I see it: Fans become even more a part of each work when a story that could stand on its own is enriched by the other stories connected to it.

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