Director: Jon Watts
Studio: Columbia/Marvel Studios
Spider-Man have sprung into action!
It’s not Andrew Garfield this time, it’s Tom Holland becoming the new Spider-Man in this film after his previous debut in “Captain America: Civil War.” This film focuses on Peter Parker who was willing to balance his life between high school and his time working as a Stark intern, under the disguise of Spider-Man, that Tony Stark/Iron Man have offered to him from the previous Captain America film. Meanwhile, a criminal named Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), later called “the Vulture,” is building a new suit with powerful gadgets and brings threat to the world and to the Avengers tower. Later, he has crushed his girlfriend, Liz (Laura Harrier), the smartest girl in his life.
I like how Tom Holland provided a young-generating performance as Spider-Man as he was able to produce more comedy than the previous “Spider-Man” films as well as he is able to join Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in The Avengers team like before. Coincidentally, this film and the future “Spider-Man” sequels, starting with Holland, will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is very interesting to see how Parker’s reaction according to the audience. Also, it was funnier when Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) showed up to him in the bathroom when he wants to talk to him at the end.
The plot of this film was amazing compared to “Civil War” as this film made several action sequences and familiar fighting styles, back in the previous films, while Parker had snuck out from school events and home to find some awesome missions to do like Tony Stark. It’s like James Bond or maybe Perry the Platypus due to his secret of playing Spider-Man while working for Stark. I love how Parker broke the fourth wall by using a video camera to record himself in the event of “Captain America: Civil War” as if he was ready to fight against Captain America’s team or just acting in the scene with the film crew. The music, the cast, and the direction seems lovely and funny. I love the cameos from Chris Evans, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Stan Lee.
However, I did not like the scene involving The Vulture, being a father of Parker’s girlfriend, Liz. Sounds like he is the main root of chaos throughout the city. I find that surprising to see this but highly shocking. I also don’t like the script writing somewhat and the lack a post-credit scene unlike the previous MCU films. The post-credit scene fits the Marvel tradition.
Overall, this film was outstanding with several improvements than “The Amazing Spider-Man” films. This film put a lot of good work and storytelling to this film and I’m pretty sure this film was worth to watch rather than “The Amazing Spider-Man” films. You should also watch the original “Spider-Man” trilogy and “Captain America: Civil War” before watching this. You’ll find it very interesting. Seen it twice already.
(Review by Henry Pham