See It / Don’t See It If…Spider-Man: Homecoming



Advanced Screening Ticket + Freebies Courtesy of NY Comic-Con

Last night, I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming after winning a lottery hosted by New York Comic-Con (if you’re wondering about all the free movie tickets, I promise that a #TuesdayTip is coming soon), and not only was it at the trendy Alamo Draft House in BK, but it also included freebies.  Free Movie + Free Stuff = some of my favorite things.

I enjoy superhero movies.  We often go opening weekend, and if this awesome advanced screening ticket wouldn’t have fallen into my lap, I would have purchased tickets to go tomorrow or Saturday.  Now that I have seen Spider-Man, I probably won’t purchase those tickets…until next weekend. 😉  Yes, I plan on seeing it again.  I enjoyed it that much.

For those wondering, this film takes place after Captain America: Civil War.  I loved that this was true because it meant that the audience was not subjected to Peter’s (Tom Holland) origin story for the 3rd time. And although I don’t mind origin stories, I often feel like the film moves so much more slowly because of all the exposition they need to cover.  Spider-Man: Homecoming jumps right into the story, which makes me very, very happy.  We also meet a brand-new villain, Vulture (Michael Keaton), who is making & selling very dangerous weapons to dangerous people.  Peter, while trying to adjust to his life as Spider-Man (he is completing the “Stark Internship” & is currently on “Training Wheels Protocol”), tries looking out for the little guy, but keeps waiting to get the call from Tony Stark (the fantastic RDJ) to be a part of something bigger.  When he discovers Vulture and his ridiculous weapons, he can’t resist getting involved, causing a little trouble, but most importantly, learning more about who he is in his new role.

See It If/For…

  1. You love Marvel films.  This is definitely on-par with all of the films Marvel has released in recent years.  The effects and action sequences are great, we get a new, super fun villain, and the Spider-Man suit continues to get upgraded (thank you, Tony Stark).  I saw it in Standard 2D, but I bet it looks incredible in IMAX or 3D.
  2. The Cast.  Tom Holland is a great fit as Spider-Man.  Nothing against Maguire or Garfield, but Holland, to me, is more how I envision Peter Parker: as an angsty teenage boy.  When he says he’s 15, I believe it (although I know Holland is older than that).  Also, Michael Keaton makes a spectacular villain.  I’ve always thought of him as Batman (ok, and Beetlejuice), but I liked him as Vulture.  He’s also one of the few villains that I’ve felt empathy for (although the more I think about it, most of the villains in the Spider-Man films have been well-developed). Also, Peter’s friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) was a terrific surprise & cracked me up.  Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, and Laura Harrier were also great additions to the cast, and I wanted more of them.  Finally, I would see RDJ as Tony Stark anytime.
  3. The Cameos.  You could check IMDB, but there are obviously a few nice cameos from the MCU.
  4. The Humor.  Not all super hero films have a ton of it, but there are quite a few funny moments in this film.  I like a movie that can be intense and funny at the same time.

Don’t See It If...

1. I…don’t have a reason.  But I am also all about superhero films.  Although most films, when introducing (or in this case, re-introducing) a character focus on origin, I appreciated that it got right into the action.  There are definitely some moments when Peter is figuring things out, but the story moves along smoothly.

To finish, there was at least one thing I missed the first time (I’ll need to be a diligent re-watcher), and, as always with these, stay until the end of the credits! 🙂  There is an additional scene early in the credits, but that isn’t the only one.  The second scene (@ the v. end) made me laugh out loud.

Will you see Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend?  Have you seen it?  What did you think?