“I am Spider-Man. With great power comes great responsibility”.
An earlier film where Tobey Maguire played Spider-Man ended that way. This time, with the new Marvel film “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), directed by Jon Watts and written by Jonathan Goldstein et al, the franchise presents a teen super-hero who might be comparable to Clark Kent in the WB “Smallville Series”.
Peter Parker is played by young British actor Tom Holland, now 21 but probably 19 when the film was shot. We get to see his ultra-lean body a couple times when he changes into the spider suit (I though about Milo Yiannopoulos saying fat people hate thin people like Milo). His best friend in his nerdy hdgh school science crowd is Ned (Jacob Batalon), the same age as an actor, but rather pudgy. Ned does all the computer hacking and shell-scripting.
The film opens with its own embedded short film, as “A Film by Peter Parker”, in the old 1.37:1 aspect projected onto the much wider screen, of Peter’s boyhood. Then we see Peter living in Queens with his Aunt May (Marissa Tomei) playing with his superpowers and accompanying his classmates on a trip to a Washington DC hotel for an academic decathlon. The physics an calcolus teacher (Tony Revolori, as if right out the “Art of Problem Solving” videos) seems to be their mentor up to a point. When the vulture (Michael Keaton) threatens terror on New York and Washington (a not so subtle political hint) Peter spins his web into action (sometimes recalling Captain America), rescuing his classmates from the Washington Monument (remember the 2011 earthquake), and then from the Staten Island Ferry when the boat breaks in half. There is a closing climax over Coney Island, perhaps near the old Seaside Courts on the boardwalk.
Peter turns to the Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr) as a kind of “mentor”, despite multiple detentions from school system that doesn’t understand he Peter can save everybody.
Holland seems to be creating a combined persona of some clean-cut youthful science heroes now in their early twenties, such as Stanford undergraduate Jack Andraka (who has been called “nano-man” in a little comics series on Twitter), and Taylor Wilson, who invented a fusion reactor at age 14. (Peter says he is 15.) The body language and speech similarity of Holland’s character and Andraka is quite striking. Jack wants everybody to have nanobots in their bloodstreams to detect and knock cancer before it can start. Is that the premise of another Marvel movie? (Echoes of “Fantastic Voyage”).
|Director, writer:||Jon Watts|
|Format:||2.35:1, 3-D, Imax-compatible, prologue is 1.37:1|
|When and how viewed:||Tyson’s AMC, 2017/8/16 late fair crowd|
|Companies:||Marvel, Columbia Pictures (Spider-Man Marvel productions are distributed by Sony)|
(Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM)