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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Movie Review: Peter Parker’s cute teen quirkiness

Spider-Man Homecoming movie poster
Spider-Man Homecoming movie poster

After helping The Avengers destroy the bad guys in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker returns home to Queens New York, a dejected teenager longing to be an Avenger. Tony Stark/Iron Man cautions Peter not to live life as a glorified superhero, as he could focus on just being a normal teenager.

Iron Man tells his head of security Happy to look after Peter. But since Iron Man and Happy are too busy to pay any attention to him, Peter decides to go after a group of villains he believes are recreating weapons from salvaged alien technology. Peter tries to juggle his time between catching the bad guys, school work, Academic Decathlon, keeping his secret from Aunt May and hiding his huge crush on Liz, the captain of the Decathlon team. It’s no wonder that Peter’s nerdy friend Ned discovers his identity. Peter — with the help of Ned — goes after the Vulture alone.

The film is one of the best Spider-Man films we have seen in a long time. At least after the catastrophe that was Andrew Garfield as the Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The film stayed away from the overly technical terms and complex plots. This one is just the story of a 15-year-old boy wanting to grow up faster than he should but ends up making a bigger mess at times. However, thanks to the addition of Iron Man as Peter Parker’s godfather-like mentor, most catastrophes are avoided. In the end, Peter realises he’s just a kid under the tight blue and red suit. This film is a great watch because it’s simple; it’s fun with an added hint of teen quirkiness that is just ‘cute’.

This film maintains its millennial reach as it incorporates things like vlogging; where a section of the movie is recorded as though Peter Parker was recording his own social media videos. The casting of Marisa Tomei as a young Aunt May was highly criticised, but it works. Since the new Spider-Man is an actual teenager it does make a lot of sense that he has a young, attractive aunt whom he can relate to. Captain America also makes appearances as himself, and no Marvel film is ever complete without the cameo appearance of the grumpy Stan Lee.

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