Directed by Jon Watts | Produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal | Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers | Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. | Production Company Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studio, Pascal Pictures | Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing | Official Website
I spent my latest 15 years watching three different Spideys: Maguire, Garfield, and now Holland. I tried to look at each reboot like I look at James Bond movies every time they change the actors, but I can’t. Every reboot is like being in the different timeline from the others, and this movie is no exception to that rules. Every time they reboot the franchise, they got a new actor, with different character of the (should be) same Peter Parker and different love interest. There’s no longer radioactive spider bites nor Uncle Ben’s death to that legendary “with great power comes great responsibility” scenes. So yes, the lack of these scenes give us a brand new Spiderman.
Begins with the event after Loki summoned the Chitauri to New York on The Avengers (2012), Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is running salvaging business on the remains of Chirauri’s high-tech weapons. Soon, Department of Damage Control took over the cleanse up and gave Toomes reasoning to build his own underground factory of illegal weapons. Then we are brought to eight years later where we meet teenage Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after he joins up team Ironman on Captain America: Civil War (2016). Peter Parker in this movie is a 15-years-old high school student from Queens, Brooklyn, who lives with his aunt May (Marisa Tomei). There will be no explanation what happened to Uncle Ben, but Parker refers it as “after what has happened to her”. A new love interest is introduced too, a girl named Liz (Laura Harrier), instead of a girl named Michelle, or the new MJ (Zendaya).
Clumpsy and awkward, Parker is trying hard to prove his worth to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), while he ends up being reckless and irresponsible to his own harm. When he tries to convince Stark that Toomes has turned into a man with metal wings called The Vulture, and he’s up to no good, Parker realizes he’s on his own, saving the world at his school’s Homecoming night.
Holland’s Parker is, as I said before, clumpsy and awkward, and looks like a crybaby who tries so hard to get the attention of his parents, or in this case, Tony Stark. The lack of reasoning why he becomes a hero, like the death of Uncle Ben or so, has influenced this too. He also lacks of the greater reason why he must save the world, other than prove himself worthy by restraining The Vulture hijack Stark’s stealthy jet. However, the script makes Parker loveable, and gives us a character we can laugh at.
The actual star of this movie is The Vulture. Plays by the man who plays Birdman himself Michael Keaton, he looks both terrifying and intimidating with or without his metal wings. Keaton also gives us glimpse of his peculiar Bruce Wayne from Batman 1989. The Vulture, or Adrian Toomes, is a good villain who has brain and backgrounds, reasons and motives, make the character believable and understandable for every single thing he did.
Finally, don’t leave your seat too early. There are two post-credit scenes you can enjoy the most.