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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Published November 22, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Film info

  • Title Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Director Jon Watts
  • Year 2017
  • Run time 2hrs 13m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Science Fiction, Drama
  • Tagline Homework can wait. The city can't

Spider-Man [Tom Holland] begins to navigate his new identity as the web-slinging super hero under the watchful eye of his mentor Tony Stark.

Live Blog

TimeComment
1:34Ooh, the first time we’ve seen rebuilding AFTER the mess superheroes make.
3:24The Department of Damage Control! My god we need one of those!
4:53He’s an actual birdman now.. crossing the streams.
7:37Love the video diary concept.
11:47LEGO Death Star.
14:08“I’m not obsessed with him, just very observant.”
15:18No cats in the food establishment please.
26:04Loving zero origin story.
37:33WiFi Iron Man is mega!
42:36Hmm, strange alien technology? I’ll just bash it with a hammer.
44:38I like ‘chess’ as the answer to random questions.
48:06“So you’re lying to Iron Man now?'
51:37Suit lady.
53:05Taser webs, though.
58:19Don’t think much of their maximum security.
1:04:19Tense! That had a touch of the Speed elevator sequence in it.
1:08:30Captain America’s school videos - always knew he was a square.
1:21:40“I just wanted to be like you.” “And I wanted you to be better.” Oof.
1:27:35GASP!
1:32:04The traffic light changing to green is some kind of filmmaking magic. Green Goblin.
1:44:54I have questions about the bus parking on a skyscraper.
1:56:23“My friends call me MJ.” WHAT!????
1:59:31Bloggers burn!

Thoughts

Really, properly loved this film. After the ringer Spider-Man has been put through (as a concept, not the character himself), I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but it worked on every level.

I tweeted immediately afterwards, which sums up my feelings:

Was not expecting the new Spider-Man to be any good but I’ve just watched it and I, for want of a better phrase, can’t even.

My objections are that it’s the third go around for spidey plus the marvel universe is increasingly hard to keep on top of. This one crushed all objections completely.

Just great times. Fun characters, good story. Nice to see spidey part of the bigger picture. Also love a bad guy that’s not a supervillain, but normal guy making bad choices. Plus plenty of references to old and new films and tv.

Tom Holland was great, loved his interactions with Happy and with Stark, loved the bonus characters and references popping up here and there. It was all wonderful.

Revisited May 21

What I’m finding with this Marvel rewatch is that there are some films that were just outstanding first time round and nothing changes on the second viewing, and there are others where I have completely flipped my opinion on this later watch.

Spider-Man is one of the first batch, a brilliant movie that stands up and only gets better on the second time round.

Three things I particularly enjoyed:

  • As mentioned in the live blog notes, the fact that there are finally some repercussions to the vast amounts of damage done to the various cities. Obviously the Sokovia Accords are a big result of the endless fighting our Avengers have to do, but on a smaller level, the rebuilding of people’s lives after aliens and superheroes swing through, it’s good to see.
  • The video diary concept is such a great way to introduce this character, having previously popped up sort of inexplicably in the previous movie. Here we get to see how and why, but also understand the peppy nature and undeniable enthusiasm of the youngest member of the group.
  • The juxtaposition of Tony Stark’s billionaire world alongside the more normal existence of Peter Parker and his Aunt. At the end, with the press conference, good times.

Rating: 5 / 5

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