Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming ★★★

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)
"Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City."

I'm a big Spider-Man comic character fan; in my top ten favorite superheros list, Hell maybe even my top five, Spider-Man makes his mark well known. So Spider-Man: Homecoming, the MCU's (Marvel Cinematic Universe) take on the character should be a faithful yet modern adaptation of Spider-Man, right? Wrong; while I was under the impression of the former, watching this film we get a reimagined Spider-Man with reimagined lore. And that works for a movie or comic book adaptation most times and could've worked for Spider-Man here, but personally I think this film missed the mark immensely.
First some positives: I really loved Michael Keaton as The Vulture. His casting for the character was spot-on and The Vulture in this film is a major threat for Spider-Man (portrayed by Tom Holland) to take on; plus, in-suit he looks badass. I even liked the inclusion of The Tinkerer and the two Shocker henchmen as side antagonists (although I wished one of the Shockers had the actual suit from the comics), and even dug the minor character references made to comic book villains like The Prowler and The Scorpion. Also, standard for most MCU films, I loved the special effects, cinematography, music, and grand-scale action sequences. The ferry scene is an awesome moment midway through the film and the final confrontation between Spider-Man and Vulture rocked. Some of the comedic dialogue was effectively funny. And Iron Man/Tony Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.) was great to see here, although I would've enjoyed if they scaled his role down a bit more.
Now this might be some controversial negatives, but I don't care: all the side characters, mainly Peter Parker's side friends and classmates at high school SUCK!!! I wasn't a fan of Ned (portrayed by Jacob Batalon) as Parker's best friend. I didn't care for Michelle Jones aka "MJ" (portrayed by Zendaya), not because she contrasts drastically from Mary Jane Watson, but because there's no real love connection or chemistry that seems even possible to develop between Peter and her; she barely does or says anything in the context of this film. And this movie's interpretation of Flash Thompson (portrayed by Tony Revolori)- highly unrealistic, pathetic, forced, and unlikeable (not in the way we're supposed to not like him either).
I wasn't a fan of Spider-Man relying on technology so much to help him with situations; Peter Parker is supposed to be the amazing Spider-Man who learns through trial and error that with great power comes great responsibility, not be handed tech to help him on his journey. Iron Man's constant mentoring hinders any potential for character growth or depth here. I also wasn't a fan of the movies high school setting mainly because I think Peter's a freshman here, indicating we have to go through his whole high school career now. When people mention "Oh, but he was always a teenager in the comics"- kindly shut the fuck up because if you actually picked up an older comic, you'd see he's Spider-MAN for a reason. Most of his time as Spidey is as a young twentysomething year old adult living in New York City, struggling as a photographer for the Daily Bugle. And my last negative is there are some dry patches within the movie. A few times I was bored. Which is never a good thing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming isn't the greatest Spider-Man flick in the world nor the worst. It's moderately tolerable and has some enjoyable aspects to it, but it's one I revisit less often since its release in theaters.

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