Google Play offered me a $1.99 rental and this weekend the wife and I watched the latest spider-man movie. I was a little surprised, after all the talk about it being “the greatest superhero movie of all time, ever. So good. Great, really.” Or whatever it is that Trump had to say about it. I was a little let down by the whole thing. I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty good, but I’m not convinced it should have gotten so much rah-rah hype.
First, let’s establish where I’m at and where I’m coming from. The last spider-man film I saw was Spider-Man 2, back in 2004. I liked the first two Tobey Maguire quite a bit. I never saw the third movie in that series, and I never saw either of the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. So I cannot compare this to those three films. I did see the 1967 cartoon reruns throughout my childhood and watched 1977 live action TV series as a kid when it came out. Also, I looked forward to seeing Spider-Man on the Electric Company. So, I think it’s fair to say that, I’m not completely out of the Spider-Man loop.
Second, I was not one who was waiting for Spider-Man to come back into the Marvel fold. I didn’t care if Spider-Man, Ironman, the Hulk, Captain America, and Namor ever got together in some sort of live action Marvel cartoon class of ’66 reunion. I admit that Marvel has done well with their characters in their movies, and I think they should, what with all the “theirs” I’m throwing around in that sentence. But I don’t think Marvel has a monopoly on making super hero movies… despite the box office evidence to the contrary.
So, Spider-Man Homecoming. Let me say that I think the new costume is passable, but that I’m not a fan. I don’t like all the little black stripes on the costume, the eyes are neat (in an unnecessary way), and all the electric gizmos and gadgets built in make it feel more Iron-Spider (yes, I know that’s a real thing. Not what I mean, but I’m aware) than Spider-Man. I liked all the tie-ins with the previous movies and the way the villain was using those events to create his stuff. I get that this was a HUGE deal for Marvel to get to make a Spider-Man movie, and so they threw the bank at the movie. But I didn’t really need quite so much of the Ironman/Robert Downey Jr stuff, how many times can we check in with Happy, and even the Penny Potts ending added nothing. Perhaps they should have spent a little more money and made it into a buddy movie with our two heroes. It was a little bit like getting his iron chocolate in Spider-Man’s gooey, webby peanut butter. I guess that’s why it’s a universe of films, because you can’t find the boundaries for any one of them, they all blend together.
Michael Keaton was good. Nice take on the Vulture. The shocker… garbage. Both times. Garbage.
Peter Parker was good. The high school stuff was mostly good. The best friend was good. The girlfriend was kind of a throwaway, so we can get to MJ or Gwen in upcoming films. Was there really nothing between the red hoodie and goggles and the super tech Stark spider virtual pajamas. Hasn’t every version of Spider-Man ever made his own suit?
Nice tie-in with the title and I like the Vulture being a vulture. Good work there. So mostly good. Very good even. But in some ways it felt too Marvel, and not enough Spider, for my tastes and expectations. I don’t understand the fever of hype and all the raving about this movie, but I did enjoy it and I’m comfortable giving it four out of five stars.