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Summary: Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Year: 2017

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th July 2017

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th October 2017

Country: United States

Director: Jon Watts

Screenwriter: John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Jonathan Goldstein, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jon Watts, Steve Ditko (original comic book), Jack Kirby (original comic book), Stan Lee (original comic book), Joe Simon (original comic book)

Cast: Isabella Amara (Sally), Tunde Adebimpe (Mr. Cobbwell), Abraham Attah (Abe), Michael Barbieri (Charles), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Garcelle Beauvais (Doris Toomes), Christopher Berry (Randy), Hannibal Buress (Coach Wilson), Michael Chernus (Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer), Kenneth Choi (Principal Morita), Kerry Condon (Friday (voice)), Jennifer Connolly (Karen/Suit Lady (voice)), Tyne Daley (Anne Marie Hoag), Ethan Dizon (Tiny), Robert Downey Jnr. (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Tiffany Espensen (Cindy), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Donald Glover (Aaron Davis), Laura Harrier (Liz), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/Vulture), Stan Lee (Gary), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason), Selenis Leyva (Ms. Warren), Hemke Madera (Mr. Delmar), Michael Mando (Mac Gargan), Logan Marshall-Green (Jackson Brice/Shocker #1),Nitin Nohria (Dean Crimson), Gwenyth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), John Penick (Mr. Hapgood), Tony Revolori (Flash), Angourie Rice (Betty), Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), J.J. Totah (Seymour), Gary Weeks (Agent Foster), Bokeem Woodbine (Herman Schultz/Shocker #2), Zendaya (Michelle)

Runtime: 133 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Kyle McGrath’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Review:

Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the title character and his alter ego Peter Parker on his early steps of becoming the hero he yearns to be.  After being enlisted by Tony Stark/Iron Man to assist in Captain America: Civil War (2016) Peter Parker is dropped off home, given a shiny new Spider-Man costume and pretty much told “don’t call us, we’ll call you”. Ambitious to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger he sets out to fight crime wherever he can while also struggling with the pitfalls of being an otherwise normal high school kid. His enthusiasm may soon gets the better of him when he discovers an underground operation in dealing weapons made from the stolen technology leftover from previous Avengers battles.

The elephant in the room with Spider-Man Homecoming is that this is the 3rd big screen incarnation of Spider-Man since 2002. This time the web crawler officially being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The previous films each had their ups and downs but the general consensus seems to be that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were better with Tobey Maguire making a better Peter Parker whereas The Amazing Spider-Man films found a better Spider-Man performance in Andrew Garfield with some other fan preferences such as Gwen Stacy as a love interest rather than skipping straight to Mary Jane Watson and mechanical web-shooters rather than organic (a distinction I never cared about).

Spider-Man Homecoming brings some new interesting things to the table while some others feel weaker. I believe Tom Holland walks the line quite well and works quite well as the younger less experienced and still in high school Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Otherwise the films visuals and musical score felt a little generic never coming close to standing out as well as Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman did all the way back in 2002. Speaking of which the CGI of Homecoming itself looks not much better after 15 years of technological progress, often characters looking like something from a computer game or the transition between CGI to live action, such as Michael Keaton’s character leaving his “Vulture” wingsuit, appears quite jarring. Most of these large CGI sequences seem to take place at night too, it could have just been poor lighting in my cinema but it was extremely dark and felt like a possible shortcut with CGI usually looking more real with less lighting.

The film’s story itself reminded me of Kick-Ass be it without the style or comedy of Matthew Vaughn & Mark Millar with Peter trying to be a “friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man”. I found this to be an interesting new take on the character and something we’ve not yet seen in the MCU: a small time loser hero trying to do his thing in the shadow of giants like Thor, The Hulk or Captain America.

With any reboot certain changes had to be made so that the filmmakers aren’t just making the same film again. Flash Thompson Esther than being a stereotypical jock bully and symbol of everything Peter wished he could be is now a weedy little prick. The once elderly aunt May is now “hot aunt May” as the characters like to remind us and the less said about the new “MJ” the better.

Other major changes are that this is not another origin story. Rather picking up in the middle of Peter’s journey of self discovery as a super hero. An issue here is that while films like Tim Burton’s Batman or even the MCU’s The Incredible Hulk showed you don’t NEED to do an origin story to introduce your hero, you still do need to introduce them and Homecoming really does not. The feeling is that Spider-Man’s powers and back story don’t need to be given much thought because they’ve been done to death already. Well too bad. This is potentially people’s FIRST Spider-Man film and outside influences shouldn’t play any part in it. Not giving a proper set up because everyone should already know is like not introducing Harry Potter correctly in the film adaptation of Philosophers Stone because “well everyone’s read the book right?”

Peter’s character development this time comes more from his desire to prove himself than his feelings of guilt over his indirect involvement in his uncle’s death like before. This was an interesting change but to be honest the time Peter spends in this naive phase goes on way too long and most of the film seems to be him rescuing people from disasters he himself caused or his selfishly helping people in the first place only because he seeks glory and to be considered one of The Avengers. This would be like if Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins stayed in “scared angry man with a gun mode” until nearly the end of the film.

I think Peter himself is obsessed so much with the Avengers as a symptom of this film being obsessed with being considered part of the MCU. Again it’s an interesting way to approach at first but the Avengers just overshadow EVERYTHING in this film. Even the film’s title itself seems to more reference a “return home to the MCU” than anything in the film itself. The very first thing you see is a child’s drawing of them and the very last thing you’ll see is a post credits cameo from one of them and rarely 10 minutes will go by without some reference to them. Spider-Man’s motivation revolves around them, the film’s antagonist revolves around them and Tony Stark while barely making much of an appearance in the film is still focused on more than Michael Keaton as The Vulture leading to him feeling like a lackluster villain. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad he didn’t just want to turn the whole city into birds using a gas or something but when his entire scheme is spending 8 years stealing Avengers related tech, turning it into odd weapons and selling it out of the back of a van to random street thugs under bridges I have to ask “who cares?”.

The worst part of this is that the movie barely feels like it stars Spider-Man at all. Even his suit is some sort of Tony Stark designed super tech nonsense which only manages to downplay the ACTUAL superpowers Peter is supposed to have. Effectively he’s a super strong, super agile kid in a suit with a bunch of gadgets. It may as well also be what allows him to walk up walls as it does everything else for him!

If the film can’t go 10 minutes without an Avengers reference it also can’t seem to go 30 seconds without making a funny. In some kind of spray ‘n pray approach to comedy Homecoming is so afraid of being seen as taking itself too seriously that it hardly ever allows a scene to end without some gag tacked on just for the sake of it. Comedy relief only really works if you allow tension to build in the first place and when there are multiple gags happening it just drives a truck through the middle of a scene that’s designed to have you on the edge of your seat. Then when the big heavy scenes come along such as Michael Keaton trying to be intimidating they just don’t work. The film hasn’t earned that response from the audience because any other time it came close to a similar tone someone immediately then had to slip on a banana peel.

Spider-Man Homecoming unfortunately doesn’t hold a candle to Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. It’s lacking as an introduction to this new Spider-Man and feels too focused on latching on to the hugely popular MCU films to be comfortable in telling its own story and too eager to make its audience laugh to build any drama for its underdeveloped characters. As an addition to the mountain of superhero films it’s entertaining enough and different enough to warrant a viewing but not interesting enough to be very memorable.

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:  

 

 

IMDB Rating:  Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Spider-Man: Homecoming Reviews: N/A

 

Trailer:

Monster Fest 2014b

The films showing at Monster Fest 2014 are listed below. As our reviewers review each film their reviews will appear right here. Each day we will also take a look at what is screening for that day so stay tuned.

THE ABCS OF DEATH 2

The ABCs Of Death 2

2014 | 123 mins | D: Jen & Sylvia Soska, Steven Kostamski, Kristina Buozyte, E.L Katz, Julien Maury, Vincenzo Natali | S: Tristan Risk, Connor Sweeney, Julian Barrett

 

BIRDEMIC

Birdemic

2010 | 105 mins | D: James Nguyen | S: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore

 

CHARLIE’S FARM

Charlie's Farm

2014 | 88 mins | D: Chris Sun | S: Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder

 

CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH

Class Of Nuke 'Em High

1986 | 85 mins | D: Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz | S: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard

 

DEAD SNOW 2

Dead Snow 2

2014 | 100 mins | D: Tommy Wirkola | S: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr

 

EAT

A006_C017_0319YS

2013 | 92 mins | D: Jimmy Weber | S: Meggie Maddock, Dakota Pike, Jeremy Make

 

THE EDITOR

The Editor

2014 | 99 mins | D: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy | S: Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney, Matthew Kennedy, Laurence Harvey, Tristan Risk, Udo Kier

 

FURY: THE TALES OF RONAN PIERCE

Fury; The Tales

2014 | 114 mins | D: Kevin McCarthy | S: Michael McCarthy, Jordan Elizabeth, Kane Hodder

 

THE GREEN INFERNO

The Green Inferno

2014 | 100 mins | D: Eli Roth | S: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns

 

HONEYMOON

Honeymoon

2014 | 87 mins | D: Leigh Janiak | S: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber

 

HOW TO SAVE US

How To Save Us Still

2014 | 0 mins | D: Jason Trost | S: Jason Trost, Tallay Wickham, Coy Jandreau

 

INNER DEMONS

Inner Demons

2014 | 84 mins | D: Ursula Dabrowsky | S: Sarah Jeavons, Andreas Sobik, Kerry Reid

 

JULIA

Julia Still

2014 | 95 mins | D: Matthew Brown | S: Ashley C. Willams,Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy

 

LET US PREY

Let us Prey

2014 | 88 mins | D: Brian O’Malley | S: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin

 

LOST SOUL

Lost SOul

2014 | 97 mins | D: David Gregory | S: Richard Stanley, Fairuza Bulk, Rob Morrow

 

THE MIRROR

The Mirror

2014 | 88 mins | D: Edward Boase | S: Jemma Dallender, Joshua Dickinson, Nate Fallows

 

PERNICIOUS

Pernicious

2014 | 90 mins | D: James Cullen Bressack | S: Ciara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore

 

PLAGUE

Plague

2014 | 86 mins | D: Nick Kozakis & Kosta Ouzas | S: Scott Marcus, Steven Jianai

 

RAMPAGE 2: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Rampage; Capital Punishment

2014 | 93 mins | D: Dr. Uwe Boll | S: Brendan Fletcher, Lochlyn Munro, Mike Dopud

 

SAVAGED

Savaged

2013 | 95 mins | D: Michael S. Ojeda | S: Amanda Adrienne, Tom Ardavany, Ronnie Gene Blevins

 

THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG

The Search For Weng Weng

2014 | 92 mins | D: Andrew Leavold | S: Andrew Leavold, Weng Weng, Imelda Marcos

 

SEE NO EVIL 2

See No Evil 2

2014 | 90 mins | D: Jen & Sylvia Soska | S: Glenn Jacobs (Kane), Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle

 

STARRY EYES

Starry Eyes

2014 | 98 mins | D: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer | S: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan

 

SUMMER OF BLOOD

Summer OF Blood

2014 | 86 mins | D: Onur Tukel | S: Jonathan Caouette, Zach Clark

 

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE PILLAGA

There's Something InThe Pillaga

2014 | 83 mins | D: Dane Millerd | S: Brendan Byrne, Leoni Leaver, Rebecca Callander

 

THROWBACK

Throwback

2014 | 90 mins | D: Travis Bain | S: Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells

 

THE TOXIC AVENGER

The Toxic Avenger

1984 | 86 mins | D: Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz | S: Mitch Cohen, Mark Torgl, Jennifer Babtist

 

TROMEO AND JULIET

Tromeo And Juliet

1996 | 108 mins | D: Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz | S: Jane Jensen, Will Kennan, Lemmy, Debbie Rochon

 

TRUTH OR DARE

Truth Or Dare

2013 | 89 mins | D: Jessica Cameron | S: Jessica Cameron, Ryan Kiser, Heather Dorff

 

TURKET SHOOT RELOADED

The Time Of Our Lives Series 2

2014 | 90 mins | D: Jon Hewitt | S: Dominic Pucell, Viva Bianca, Belinda McClory, Robert Taylor

 

UNDER A KALEIDOSCOPE

Under A Kaleidoscope

2014 | 75 mins | D: Addison Heath | S: Kenji Shimada, Kisten Condon, Aston Elliot

WOLFCOP

WolfCop

2013 | 79 mins | D: Lowell Dean | S: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry

 

WOLVES

Wolves

2014 | 87 mins | D: David Hayter | S: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie