Monday, October 23, 2017

Movie Review: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" Now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD

Although "Spider-Man: Homecoming" will fulfill your immediate need for superhero fun, I wouldn't say it's the best example of a Marvel comic book movie or even Sony version of our friendly neighborhood webslinger. Instead of being a bit nerdy while still smart, Tom Holland's Peter Parker is a complete doofus who really has nothing going for him but his scientific smarts. He's almost completely incapable of helping himself, much less others. It really seems as if Tony Stark has to swoop down every time Spider-Man goes into battle and bail him out.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

The shining star and real saving grace of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is Michael Keaton. He does a great job in the role of a typical blue collar worker who becomes a masked villain by way of circumstance. Keaton makes the character both sympathetic and despicable.

As usual with most Marvel movies, the soundtrack for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is forgettable. Nothing stands out or remains in your memory past the end credits. It's bizarre that Michael Giachinno, who scored the exciting and inspired "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," scored this.

The CGI for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was a bit dodgy at times. There were moments when Spidey swinging or the Vulture landing looked out of place. They just didn't meld well with the natural elements surrounding them.

I was expecting more walking into "Spider-Man: Homecoming" than I got. The plot was simple enough and kept you invested in the film. Thankfully, we didn't have to sit through another origin story. I just want the Peter Parker in the next movie to be more self-reliant and not look to Iron Man or Tony Stark to pick up the pieces of a failed rescue attempt or crimefighting escapade. After all, the movie DOES hold a "Spider-Man" title.

Jon Watts ("Cop Car") directed "Spider-Man: Homecoming" from a script by Jonathan Goldstein ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"), John Francis Daley ("Horrible Bosses"), Jon Watts, Christopher Ford ("Robot & Frank"), Chris McKenna ("The LEGO Batman Movie"), and Erik Sommers ("The LEGO Batman Movie"). The movie stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, and Laura Harrier. The running time is 134 minutes.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is available now on Digital HD, 4K, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟