Peter Parker has hit our screens yet again, this time in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), directed by Jon Watts who brought to you Cop Car (2015), and Clown (2014). Two highly recommended films.
Already we have had Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire in 2002 directed by Sam Raimi, closely followed by the sequels in 2004, and 2007. Soon after, Marc Webb directed The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, with its sequel 2 years later co-starring Jamie Foxx as Electro. Marc Webb’s version was the best depiction at the time although I wasn’t fulfilled, nor satisfied with Electro; his performance wouldn’t have been missed had the film taken an alternate narrative path. Jon Watts brings an ominous mood to today’s version – very dark, and mysterious, yet he manages to give the audience lots of laughter striking a good balance which is certainly enjoyable. However, he doesn’t give the viewers the usual backstory that we are spoiled with. This is usually Aunt May, and Uncle Ben’s story, along with Uncle Ben’s demise. Alternatively, he relies on the knowledge of the viewer, and how well they know the superhero. This was a conscious decision made by the executives to allow more time in the film to tell different parts of the story, instead of rehashing something that most, if not all, are already familiar with.
Spider-Man: Homecoming currently grossed at $117 million in its opening week worldwide, whereas Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man took $114 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), just $62 million. In the 2017 version, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) teams up with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Vulture (Michael Keaton) to bring another narrative strand to the Marvel story. Although this is ‘another Spider-Man film’, it gives the newer audience members a chance to experience the comic book hero in motion picture. Seeing as Spider-Man: Homecoming is certified 12A, said 12 year old that would watch the 2017 version, wouldn’t have been able to enter the cinema to see any other Spider-Man movies previously made. So even though, the films are made every 4 to 5 years and seems repetitive, this is to not only to keep money churning in in Hollywood, but to give the ‘younger’ cinema goer a chance to relive what the ‘older’ cinema goer experienced. It’s a must watch version, and I highly recommend it!
In true Stan Lee style, this ‘MARVEL-lous Mastermind’ makes a cameo appearance so, be sure to stay until the very end of the film for more laughter. This is until the LAST credit rolls on the screen; do NOT move!
Deanna Russell –