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Movie Review: Spiderman: Homecoming

Spiderman

By: Anton Massopust III

“Peter, you know what I’m talking about! You back off or I’ll kill you and everyone else you love”

– the Vulture

Spider-Man takes on his arch enemy the vulture and another crew of bad guys. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” takes place after the events of Captain America Civil War.

Spider-Man returns home with the costume that Tony Stark made him and Iron Man tells him that he is not an Avenger yet, but he should stick close to the ground and be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Peter must deal with regular life as well as balancing being a superhero. When his best friend, Ned finds out that Peter is Spider-Man, they team up to work on things together. Peter finds out that a group of bad guys are using high-tech weapons that have been pillaged from Avengers battles, but no one seems to believe him. Peter sacrifices attending regular social engagements in high school to track down the leader of this group.

Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture is using all this high-tech weaponry to steal so that his family can have everything they want. The Vulture believes that the rich and powerful do not care about the little guy. Spider-Man takes on the Vulture and gets beaten up. Spiderman must rescue people, but eventually with the help of Iron Man, he was able to fight the forces of evil without his high-tech suit. Tony Stark eventually takes the suit away from Spiderman who must learn to be a hero without it.

I would have to take apart this movie into several pieces. If you are a big Spider-Man fan like I am, you’ll pull it apart and nitpick through it. If you’re just the average moviegoer, you will enjoy the action adventure part, but you might feel like you’re in the middle of the kid’s movie. Disney and Sony have made this movie geared up for younger viewers.

The acting is superb and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is great. He captures the younger Spider-Man’s problems including going out with girls that are out of his league. When Peter Parker should really be concentrating on his studies, he chooses to work on his superhero skills. Michael Keaton is terrific as Adrian Toomes (the Vulture) who gives more depth to the Vulture than the comics. In the comics, the Vulture is an old man obsessed with youth and stealing from the young. Keaton’s portrayal is more interested in trying to provide for his family and make him more of a down-to-earth villain so the audience can sympathize with the Vulture. We also get appearances by the Shocker and the Tinkerer, one of the Vultures minions.

The special effects are great. Spider-Man leaps from tall buildings including the Washington Monument. We see what Spiderman does when there are no tall buildings around such as in the suburbs. This movie has a lot of good stuff and some stuff that Spider-Man fans may not like. The filmmakers are more inspired by the Ultimate Spider-Man Series which concentrated on a young Spiderman.

The movie moves fast and there are plenty of swift moving action. Take the kids and enjoy the Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. It’s one of the better Spider-Man movies, but it’s a good introduction to this new Marvel Universe, a new Spiderman for a new generation.

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