SPIDER-MAN : HOMECOMING (2017) 3D

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a reboot to the Spider-Man franchise that sort of took a dump with the two Amazing Spider-Man movies. While the first of them was somewhat ok! The second was atrocious. A lot was riding on this film after the cameo of Spider-Man in Captain America Civil War that was loved by one and all.

Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place 8 years after the events of Civil War. Peter Parker aka Spider-Man is waiting for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to call him on the next mission but that is just not happening. He is advised to look into his neighborhood issues which Stark believes are more pressing than him joining the Avengers. As Peter goes through the motions, he has to juggle between life in school, his crush for a fellow student and a new super villain in town who is scavenging the weaponry left behind by the Chitauri during the invasion of the first Avenger movie and selling them to the local mob.

The first half of the film is more of a teen comedy with sprinkled action here and there to keep you interested. Primarily it’s about a youngster coming to terms with his newfound power, his crush on a girl and his effort to track down a major criminal and get in the favors of his mentor. While doing that, he lands up in some strange situations that have far-reaching effects on his life ahead.

While this part may feel a bit slow for the average action lover, it is in no ways boring. There are brief spats of actions here and there that keep the ball rolling which by the way are insanely cool. I really liked the sequence where Parker, for the first time, comes up against the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his sidekicks. That was a superbly done sequence. By the interval point, the film reaches a point from where the action is slated to take the center stage and it does.

The film boasts of some terrific set pieces. The one where Spidey saves his school mates from a collapsing lift, the fight on the ferry and the breathtaking finale atop a plane and then on the grounds are worth the price of admission. The sequences are not only well done but also well lit; especially the ones that happen in the night.

The fight choreography is done so well that you will not miss anything. There are hardly any jump cuts (which was my major issue with the action sequences of the latest Transformers film). Another big plus for the film speaking in terms of visuals is the color. While most of the Marvel films have a washed up feel to them which I cannot possibly understand why they go for, Spider-Man Homecoming is lushly colored.

The film has a vibgyor of shades and colors to play with and it does so extremely well. There is a brief sequence where Spidey wears a yellow jacket over his superhero uniform. This sequence just underlines the kind of color tones that the director was going for. It’s very hip and it’s very 2017. The background score, on the other hand, is a letdown. Neither does it get your blood pumping nor does it come anyway close to the soundtrack of the first three films.

Tom Holland is an endearing Spidey. He does more as Peter than he does as Spiderman which was extremely important for this film. I loved his innocence and the fact that he is physically right up there only makes his character that much more believable. There is a sense of urgency in his character and the manner in which he essays it will really go down well with the viewers. His chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau are great but they are nothing in comparison to his camaraderie with Jacob Batalon who plays his best friend Ned.

Michael Keaton plays the Vulture with indomitable charm. Seriously! His performance is much more than what the role deserved. He doesn’t have too long of a role but everytime he appears on screen, the show just lights up. There is one prolonged discussion between him and Peter Parker and this discussion is easily the funniest and most intriguing sequence of the film. Just look out for the mood shifts in this conversation. Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei have smallish roles but they will bring a smile or two on your face through their portrayals.

On the flipside, the film lacks a dramatic punch. From the start to finish, the characters you care about are never really threatened or come face to face with what can be called “end”. There is also a lack of seriousness and Peter for once is not a troubled and lonely kid. His personal tragedy is also kept out of the picture. Thus there is very little to have a dramatic impact apart from the action sequences which are not that many. This can become a boring film for the adults who might be looking for some raw action and a little more drama. Also, the first half isn’t what can be called rip-roaring.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is an improvement over the Amazing Spider-Man series and Spiderman 3 but it doesn’t rise above being just a harmless entertainer. This film sets a lot of things right but in doing so forgets to find a dramatic story to tell. It’s a simplistic escapist entertainment that you can watch for a date or take your kids to. More than that, it is sparingly entertaining for the ones who are ready to invest into the characters. If you connect with the characters, you will have a good time. For those who are going in with expectations of it being in lines of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 will be disappointed.

Rating : 3/5 (3 out of 5 Stars)  

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