Year of Release: 2017
Genre: Comic Book
Directed By: Jon Watts
Music By: Michael Giacchino
Starring: Tom Holland (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Michael Keaton (as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture), Jacob Batalon (as Ned), Laura Harrier (as Liz), Robert Downey, Jr. (as Tony Stark/Iron Man), Jon Favreau (as Happy Hogan), Zendaya (as Michelle Jones), Marissa Tomei (as May Parker), Tony Revelori (as Eugene “Flash” Thompson), Donald Glover (as Aaron Davis), and Bokeem Woodbine (as Herman Schultz/Shocker)
Basic Plot: Fifteen year old Peter Parker, fresh off of his involvement in the face-off with Captain America and Co. shown in Captain America: Civil War, struggles to deal with his dual role of normal high school student and web-slinging crime fighter. Meanwhile, a former salvage team foreman who had his livelihood ruined due to a decision made by Tony Stark following the events depicted in Marvel’s The Avengers decides to turn to a life of crime in order to support his family, as well as enact some revenge on Stark.
Rating (Out of 4): 4
Pros: Chooses to forgo the typical origin story generally used in the comic book hero reboot formula, and instead treats the audience as though they already know all of that stuff already: huge bonus points to the filmmakers/scriptwriters for that decision. An extremely likeable cast from top to bottom. The decision to choose an actor that can easily pass off as a fifteen year old does wonders for the credibility of the movie, and star Tom Holland turns in the best interpretation of the famous web-slinger yet. Lots of lighthearted moments, as well as truly exciting and thrilling ones. A great turn by Michael Keaton as the somewhat sympathetic bad guy.
Cons: Not much to complain about here. Some may quibble about changes that were made to comic book characters that may not be viewed as “canon”. Keaton’s character could have been developed a bit more.