Beware. Spoilers Ahead.
Well then. I finally saw the new Spider-Man.
Wasn’t sure if I would review this, but why not?
This was a great movie. And, having seen the five previous Spider-Man movies, in my honest opinion, this was the best Spider-Man film. I’m being serious.
First of all, it’s because they get Spider-Man right this time.
He’s a sophomore in high school, and his superhero journey is one of battling between his school life and superhero life, whereas the previous films hardly show him in public school, mostly because he’s in college or he’s a senior in high school. So not even the right age.
Tom Holland fits the role of Peter Parker perfectly. Peter is awkward, ambitious, and he wants to aspire to being an Avenger (sorry, can’t help the alliteration).
The other versions of Spider-Man showcase Peter’s origin story and also make it seem like he’s mastered his powers almost instantly. This movie, however, makes it seem like a better origin story even without Uncle Ben’s death and the many different ways Sony can phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility”. Even with Tony Stark’s Spidey suit, Peter still struggles to learn how to best use his powers. Donald Glover tells Peter in a later scene that he needs to be a lot better at being a superhero, and it’s clear how awkward Peter is in the role of Spider-Man. When he’s in the suburbs, he can hardly ever use his powers because there are no tall skyscrapers to swing by. Powers aside, when he has to get somewhere fast, he hijacks a car, but chaos ensues because he’s hardly driven a car. Doesn’t even know how to turn the headlights on.
This movie, while on the one hand seems like Marvel saying “Look what we got! We got Spider-Man! Finally!”, also just makes a lot of sense as a necessary film. Post Civil War, Spider-Man is excited about working with the Avengers and wants to prove himself to Tony. His journey to show himself, thinking he can take down the Vulture and his baddies with their alien tech, shows Peter’s naive nature and how much growing up he has to do before he can be like Tony or Cap. It’s a very good origin story while not seeming like an unnecessary reboot. It’s a logical movie in which Marvel just introduced Spider-Man in Civil War, and now Marvel shows him struggling to find his place in the superhero universe.
The villain, the Vulture, was great. While not the first Marvel film with a good villain… well…. wait…. I’ll think about that.
It’s one of the few Marvel films with a good villain. The Vulture isn’t a guy seeking world domination. He isn’t a guy wanting ultimate power. He’s one of the little guys, like Spider-Man, who the big, rich guys up in the sky forget all too often. While his actions are not the greatest, his intentions are good and easy to relate to. He has a family to provide for. He tries to make a living off of stealing and salvaging alien tech (also, it shows yet again the collateral damage the Avengers cause, in this case, it answers the question of what was done with all of that alien tech from the first Avengers.)
The main downside to the film was the language. There’s a bit of that. Other than that, the movie is great.
I’ve heard some people, not crazy Spider-Man fans like me, complain about the film, saying it’s awkward. Well yeah. Peter’s awkward. He’s a teenager.
It’s cliche. Yeah it’s got some of that. Which brings me to my next points.
This movie reminded me a lot of Tobey Maguire’s first Spider-Man (not a bad thing. Wonder Woman did the same thing, some scenes being Easter eggs referencing the original Superman movie).
One, it turns out the villain is the parent of one of Peter’s friends.
And I’ll say, even though I can see why some people would be turned off seeing that the Vulture is actually Liz’s dad, I loved that twist so much. Any other movie it’d be a really stupid twist. In this movie, it works a lot. In a major, larger scale movie like a Captain America movie, it’d be stupid. It’d be way too coincidental. In a smaller scale movie where the villain has a daughter and tries to provide for his family and he lives close to Peter, it’s only surprising and hilarious the coincidence.
There’s Peter’s awkward, all too revealing reaction when he’s standing in Liz’s kitchen with the Vulture. And wow, all of that intensity in the scene where the Vulture is talking to Peter in the car, so good.
Two, the scene where Peter faces the Vulture in his abandoned lair, and the Vulture gives his monologue about being one of the little guys and getting the table scraps from the rich guys. Also, that was villain monologuing at it’s best (Vulture was only talking because he had to wait for the Vulture wings to get airborne). Reminded me a lot of Green Goblin’s rider thingy… *looks up* Oh it’s called the Goblin Glider. Reminded me a lot of Green Goblin’s Glider during the third act of Spider-Man when he tries to kill Peter with the flying Glider.
Three, as usual, Spider-Man is faced with a big decision. In the original Spider-Man film, Peter has to decide whether to save the bus full of kids or MJ as Green Goblin is dangling both choices over a bridge.
In the first Spider-Man, Peter saves both MJ and the bus of kids. Yes, might have been morbid, having MJ die (would he really choose her over the bus of kids in the end? I guess that’s up for debate), but you’re forgetting the ending to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Okay, yes, maybe morbid, but Gwen does die in the comics).
In this Spider-Man film, Peter has to decide whether to disappoint Liz again and leave the dance or stop Vulture from going about his final heist.
I believe this recent Spider-Man was much better as Peter had to face the consequences of leaving the dance. He disappoints Liz and catches the Vulture. Which causes the Vulture to go to prison. Which causes Liz to move. Consequences.
This movie had some really great moments. Captain America’s videos; hilarious (especially the after credits scene). When Peter turns off the Training Wheel Protocol and tries out his new abilities. The minute Peter finds out the glowing alien thing is actually a bomb and tries to alert Ned. The scene where he finds out how scared of heights he is on the Monument. When Peter was hanging upside-down after having saved Liz, and Karen tells Peter to kiss her (Another callback to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man).
The scene where Peter is crushed by the concrete and realizes he can be powerful without the suit. Let’s explore that moment for a second. That scene really scared me. It was so raw and realistic.
Previously, Peter had been excited to be an Avenger. Superpowers are awesome! You get to fight next to Iron Man and Captain America! You’re invincible! No more training wheels when you can shoot web grenades and can have a surveillance drone that pops right off your chest. You even get your own personal Jarvis to tell you how to best approach a scary situation.
The moment he’s crushed he starts freaking out. It was scary. He was trapped. He probably had felt pain before, but not like this. He wasn’t invincible without his suit. He tries to call for help but knows that no one is there. He doesn’t know what to do. He’s trapped and in a lot of pain.
However, he realizes he can be something without the suit, he can be powerful. He can save himself if he can be strong enough. And he is, he saves himself.
One thing that shocked me was when he turned down Tony’s offer to become an Avenger at the end, but it made sense. He wasn’t ready. He had a lot of growing up to do. The superhero world is a lot bigger, scarier, and more painful than he thought.
So yeah. This was a great movie. Ned was hilarious. I could care less about the drama over a younger Aunt May; Marisa Tomei was great. The soundtrack was great. The cinematography was amazing and colorful. I loved the callbacks to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. Tom Holland was spectacular as Peter Parker and Spider-Man (see what I did there? Spectacular? Eh? Oh well.).
Well then. Honestly I can’t think of anything else to say except I cannot wait to see the next movies with Spider-Man in them (apparently this will be a trilogy thing, so that means two more feature-length Spidey goodness).
Oh Spidey sense, was this supposed to be related to INFP stuff? (And yes I regret saying “Oh Spidey sense”.)
Um… Peter is naive, idealistic, and when confronted with the real world he learns how to cope and still be his true self.
Didn’t I already talk about idealism in the past two weeks?
Um… INFPs love a good story. This is a good story. If you’ve read this far and haven’t seen the movie (an unforgivable crime, knowing about the spoilers and still reading), that should be incentive enough to go see it.