The Oscar Project Reviews
In the only MCU film to date released by Sony Pictures, Spidey is back as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with your favorite billionaire playboy, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
The film opens with a documentary style movie made by Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to chronicle his trip to Germany as part of the "Stark Internship" he receives. Of course, we know that he was really part of Tony's team in the famous airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. I like the fact that the filmmakers made this connection and we get to see some of that action from a completely different perspective.
Despite numerous other Spider-Man films made over the last two decades, this offers a fresh take and this Peter Parker really feels like his in high school. He's building LEGOs with his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) after school. He's on the science Olympiad team with his crush Liz (Laura Harrier) and the burnout Michelle (Zendaya). He somehow gets the nerve to ask Liz to the homecoming dance, and she says yes! He tries to keep things from his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) for the main purpose of not letting her down. It all feels like it's a high school comedy film, with a side story of the main character being a superhero.
Things get hairy when Peter uncovers some incredible technology when he thwarts an ATM robbery near his home in Queens. He is convinced he can take on the criminals, but his naivety shows through every time he confronts a bad guy. His participation in the fight in Germany boosted his confidence too much, and he begins to realize that he has a lot to learn about being a superhero.
Spider-Man: Homecoming did not receive any Oscar nominations from the Academy.
Ultimately Spider-Man: Homecoming is one that can be skipped in the grand scheme of things in the MCU, but it does give some nice background on Peter Parker and who and what matters to him.
7 out of 10
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