OPPO presents Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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Spider-Man is a movie franchise started by Sony Pictures around the 2000s, spanning two reboots and a few sequels. The movies are a huge success despite a few weak ones (some of them meme worthy). The latest iteration of Spider-Man collaborated together with Marvel Entertainment for the rights to appear in Captain America: Civil War. Despite a few criticisms by fans, like how the spider suit looked and Tom Holland not fit for the role, his cameo received a warm reception in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fast forward to the present, Spider-Man: Homecoming was released in local  nationwide on July 6, 2017. Will the movie be another success, or will it bomb like Spider-Man 3? Let’s find out.

The story begins when a young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is reliving his glory days working together with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Civil War. Trying to prove his worth, he tries his best doing multiple heroic acts to get his attention and becoming an  Avenger.

from left to right: Happy Hogan(John Favreau), Tony Stark(Robert Downey Jr.) and Peter Parker( Tom Holland)
from left to right: Happy Hogan (John Favreau), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Peter Parker ( Tom Holland)
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Michael Keaton as Vulture

The movie as a whole is amazing. Marvel and Sony delivered a great interpretation on their latest reboot of Spider-Man. Jon Watts, the director and screenwriter, did a good job of showing a side of Peter Parker not present in the past films: his life and struggles as a fifteen year old boy juggling with his  studies and heroics.

The film not only shows how he grows as a hero, but also grows as a person. The action sequences are grounded but consistent; the way Spider-Man fights crime is both fast and inexperienced, which shows his age and how long he took the mantle. The characters are diverse, with different ethnicities and personalities, though some of the cast fall a bit flat. The movie has great practical and computer effects. The music fits with the tone and atmosphere of the film. Sadly the main villain Vulture barely has any screen time and a few of the villains are a bit one-dimensional. Surprisingly of all the Spider-Man films, this feels like a breath of fresh air. The drama feels deep enough to feel for the character and the action is exciting enough to root for him.

Despite a few minor setbacks, Spider-Man Homecoming is a must-watch film this July. This movie franchise is generally a success with Marvel and Sony’s collaboration. Thank you OPPO for this fantastic movie screening!

images from: sonypictures.com

Juan Paulo Pereña

Writer and game reviewer. Likes movies, a bit of comedy and a good show to binge on. A fan of video games and video game culture in general.