Monday, July 10, 2017
Finally a Good Spider-Man Movie
It's not that I didn't like the last two sets of Spider-man movies. But this time the actor playing Spider-man, Tom Holland, actually looks like he's in high school. The other two guys didn't look like that at all.
The movie is also on a smaller scale than the usual Marvel super hero movie. More of the neighborhood Spider-man (a line actually used by Tony Stark). No alien invasions. No massive destruction of cities.
Robert Downey shows up as Tony Stark. He puts his assistant Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau who directed the first Iron Man) in charge of keeping track of Peter Parker. Peter checks in on a regular basis to see if he's needed for anything. He leaves messages for Happy that are never returned. The chemistry between Downey and Holland are great. They have some really funny moments together.
Michael Keaton plays the bad guy, Adrian Toomes (Vulture). But he's bad but not all that bad. He's just a guy trying to provide for his family. He runs a salvage business. He got a contract from the city to clean up the mess left over the first Avengers movie. Well the feds come in and take over and put Keaton and his crew out of a job. Keaton decides not to get pushed aside. He starts stealing the alien technology and make weapons out of it. In doing so he becomes the Vulture.
A big part of the movie shows Peter navigating high school and being Spider-man at the same time. He's in a school for gifted science students and there he really doesn't fit in. There is his best friend, Ned, who finds out Peter is Spider-man in one of the very funny scenes between the two of them. Ned wants to tell everyone who Peter is and Peter is completely against it.
There's also comic relief when Peter finally gets his Spider-man suit, giving to him by Stark, to completely work for him. There is a computer assistant to help him navigate what to do. Like which of the over 500 different web choices there are. Taser is one of them.
There are some great action scenes but perhaps the best scene is between where Adrian and Peter finally figure out who each other are.
In all a really well done and fun movie.
Oh and make sure you stay until the very end of the credits. There is a must see little extra that everyone will enjoy.