THE BEST SPIDER-MAN MOVIE EVER!!! Hollywood finally delivers on giving us the Spider-Man we have been waiting for. This action packed summer blockbuster has everything you crave and will leave you wanting more. From head-to-toe this movie has everything you need; comedy, drama, action, romance. Bravo to Director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland for creating such an accurate depiction of a modern New York high school teenager with Peter Parker’s abnormal abilities.
“This movie was so freaking sick. Tobey Maguire is the O.G., but Tom Holland is the G.O.A.T.!” -some guy at my theater
1. Story Arch
I’m so glad we don’t have to see Spider-Man’s origin story and watch Uncle Ben bite the dust again. I love it how the writers don’t treat the audience like idiots and they skip past the origin and show us the next chapter in Peter’s life. This film takes place immediately after the events of Captain America: Civil War and it shows us how any 15-year-old with special abilities would handle meeting and fighting against the people he read about in school. How can anyone go back to being a normal citizen after punching Captain America in the face and taking down a giant Ant Man? Peter wants to be an Avenger and answer the call, but Iron Man isn’t calling anymore. Peter did his job and now he must go back to school without being able to tell a single person about it.
Mr. Parker wants to be treated as an adult and an Avenger, but he isn’t ready. There is much for Peter to learn about the world around him. In this film, he goes through a search for his identity and the new role he will play in New York City and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This story was written so well and it made for an enjoyable and understandable story arch.
- Diversity & Realism of characters
The second thing I noticed and loved was the diversity of the cast. I’m not usually one to be bothered by a lack of diversity, but I certainly admired the effort in this film and the overall message it represents. Tom Holland is surrounded by such a stellar supporting cast and with their characters, they add to the realistic representation of our modern teenage society (minus fidget spinners).
Peter’s best friend is a funny fat Asian-American Star Wars loving 15-year-old and when he finds out about Peter’s secret, he cannot keep it together. Aunt May is a beautiful and caring guardian to Peter and it seems like everyone wants to hit on her now that Uncle Ben is out of the picture. And [**SPOILER ALERT**] …Peter Parker’s future wife, M.J. is a nerdy loner played by Zendaya. Each character behaves realistically and has relatable motives throughout the film.
- Relateability of Spider-Man & The Vulture
Going into this film I was very nervous about the choice to bring The Vulture up against Spidey. I didn’t know how well Michael Keaton would stack up, but he delivers. In the opening scene, we see Keaton heading up a team to clean up the leftover scraps from the battle in New York City from the first Avengers film. Him and his team are collecting the destroyed alien ships, weapons, and cargo as contracted by the city, when suddenly, they are replaced by men in suits. It seems like Tony Stark created a secure team to take over cleanup and collection of the alien technology across the city so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. This doesn’t pose well for Keaton or his team because they are instantly out of a job with no one to thank, except Tony Stark.
None-the-less, Keaton and his team take matters into their own hands and start robbing and scavenging whatever leftover scraps they can get their hands on. They experiment with the alien energy and they learn to harness it to create unique weapons and tech. A few years pass by and they have been selling these weapons to naughty buyers for a good price. Now these dangerous weapons are making their way onto the streets and into Peter Parker territory.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is escalating and Peter will now face the effects of these escalations. Now everyday criminals possess alien like weapons that can vaporize an entire convince store. Peter quickly sees something is going on, but Tony Stark is too busy to listen to him. Peter struggles to get in touch with Tony, so he tries to take matters into his own hands. That doesn’t pan out too well for him and the people who were trying to enjoy a nice ferry ride on the Hudson River.
Peter wants his voice to be heard by Tony Stark, but the billionaire, playboy, philanthropist doesn’t have time for a 15-year-old kid from Queens. Peter also battles his identity at school and with his academic decathlon teammates. Peter’s got 99 problems, and 50 of them revolve around being a teenage boy.
I wish they explored more of Spider-Man’s actual abilities. Like I thought he has “Spidey sense?”
I completely recommend this film to anyone and everyone and I give it a 8.0/10 ranking. I’m so excited to see Spider-Man’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m also very excited to see where Tom Holland will take his career from here. It is very difficult to diversify yourself as an actor once you have portrayed such an iconic character, but Tom is so talented and I can’t wait to see which roles he will take on in his future.