GoBear Compares - Spider-Man: Homecoming
GoBear Compares Spider-Man: Homecoming with Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man.
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios released a new Spider-Man movie this week called Spider-Man: Homecoming which stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton and directed by Jon Watts. It centers on a 15-year old Spider-Man as he deals with high school life, home life, a new villain and the respect of his mentor, Iron Man.
The movie opened this week in Philippine cinemas with rave reviews and great ratings online. Many viewers say that this is one of the best Spider-Man films in this decade, possibly toppling the classic "Spider-Man" film directed by Sam Raimi which starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
We here at GoBear love to make unbiased comparisons and so we take a swing at this new movie and compare it with the other Spider-Man films namely the very first Spider-Man film starring Tobey Maguire and the first Amazing Spider-Man movie starring Andrew Garfield.
Homecoming takes a different approach in terms of plot. Unlike both Amazing and 'Spider-Man', 'Homecoming' skips the origins of Spidey and instead gives us a look at the life of a real high school Peter Parker. So we don't see the bite from the spider or the death of Uncle Ben. Its partly because we are all sick of the same story all over again and we want to see him live. Director Jon Watts has delivered on his promise of giving us a different Spider-Man while at the same time being the same character we all know and love.
This version of Spider-Man feels like he's driven by the whole "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" but he never says it out loud. That's because we're already in the thick of things. This actually works well for the MCU version of Peter.
The first two movies had generic bad guys. Green Goblin was a great villain that looked silly with the technology they had back then. But he was terrifying. Amazing Spider-Man had The Lizard played by Rhys Ifans. This villain was OK with a decent backstory and a so-so villainous plot. The Lizard did look great thanks to the CGI. The Vulture played by former Batman star Michael Keaton excels at both. He looks great as a villain and his motivations doing what he does is a little more understandable.
He also plays a great anti-Iron Man, a first in the MCU. He's intelligent AND smart. He also has a grounded way of seeing things. So we definitely want to see more of this quality of villain.
The first two versions of Spider-Man had OK music. As each movie spawned sequels, they started adding in more musical elements. Spider-Man: Homecoming takes a different approach with the use of music. First they introduced actual familiar songs like the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop", a great punk rock anthem for teenagers which has seen its fair share of use in other movies. Still, its fresh considering the other Spider-Man movies didn't use that many pop songs. Secondly the musical scoring they slapped into the film is quite amazing. It actually tells a story using music. Anything related to the Avengers, you'll hear their theme music. Even the classic Spider-Man theme gets reworked and fitted into this new film starring Tom Holland.
The visuals here in 'Homecoming' is incredible. Those big effects are definitely worth the ticket prices. That big ferry scene also plays as a smart easter egg and reference to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. While it was awesome, nothing can top the emotions that Tobey Maguire offered in that runaway train scene.
Winner: Spider-Man 2
Verdict: Spider-Man: Homecoming definitely hit a home run among critics, fans and casual moviegoers. It's respecting everything about the past movies but is also brave enough to go and do its own thing, take its own path in the world of superhero movies.
Definitely a must-watch movie this weekend.