Film: Spider-Man: Homecoming – (2/4)
First off, yes, you need to see “Captain America: Civil War” to get full enjoyment out of this film. I completely disagree with Disney’s approach to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but I can rant all day on that while they expect any and everyone to buy tickets to each Marvel film they make when half of America earns less than 30k a year…
This is one of the better installments they have. It’s still shot flat so it can fit in with the rest of the MCU and every single action scene is conventional and, at times, boring.
You can easily predict the outcome of the film from the get-go, however there are a few unpredictable plot points that may surprise you. One of which was truly surprising, though I found it entirely too convenient.
There is one moment of great filmmaking that takes place at the beginning of the third act of the film and takes place in a car with 3 characters. Those who have seen it know what I’m talking about. This is a great scene and great filmmaking to boot. The escalation of tension here is spot on.
Now, a part from the filmmaking what about the story? It’s alright and works most of the time.
Being a “Spider-Man” fan there are fundamental differences to the character arcs of this Peter Parker and the Peter Parker we’ve come to know and love from the source material and previous films.
Usually, it’s about responsibility. A young man is given great power and struggles with the weight of the responsibility and how it impacts his everyday life.
Let’s flip that concept on its head.
In “Homecoming” Parker wants nothing more than to live a life of constant heroism. He begs Tony Stark for more opportunities as well.
There is a solid character arc here – maturity. Parker must learn humility and that he can’t always be the guy to save the day. It’s classic coming-of-age.
Uncle Ben isn’t a character here. Presumably his story has already happened, but it still strains the idea that Peter’s sense of responsibility comes from him feeling responsible for his uncle’s death. None of this is explored here in fear of over-doing this plot, but it’s still a missed opportunity.
The character arc works, Holland is irresistibly comical, there are a few great moments, but all this is also weighed down by the MCU that Disney feels they must tie everything into.