Ok, by the title of this review you probably think I’m going to bash the latest Spidey film but I am just going to do what any critic would do when reviewing a film… be critical. I’ll first start by praising Marvel for this awesome shared universe they’ve created over the last decade. Never before on film have we seen so many different characters who’s stories intertwine and it is fascinating! Spider-Man does much of the same and introduces us to a few new characters comic book fans will recognize.
This section will contain two minor spoilers so if you want to go into the movie blind skip this paragraph. First, I was disappointed in the last two Spidey flicks not introducing a new Mary Jane Watson. Kristen Dunst has carried that title for far too long until now! Though is never officially confirmed there is a subtle line used by one of the main characters towards the end of the film that suggests “MJ” has been staring at us the entire movie! Second, I really don’t think this was much of a surprise but we do get a glimpse of the “IronSpider” suite and it is EPIC. With Stark designing the suit originally I figured we’d see an alternate and it doesn’t disappoint.
Cast: Tom Holland is by far the best Peter Parker of the three on-screen actors to portray the teen, however, I believe Andrew Garfield is the better Spider-Man. Holland acts and looks exactly how a typical 15-year-old high school boy would and does it flawlessly. As Spider-Man he behaves very similarly; clumsy, awkward, and even when using his super strength it’s completely unconvincing. Michael Keaton continues to prove he is still one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. The man’s performance makes me believe he could still play the Dark Knight. His combination of malice and dark humor makes him the perfect villain for this film. The rest of the cast is pretty unmemorable except for of course Ironman who is his typical smart ass self, I honestly believe Downey Jr. and Tony Stark are one and the same.
Overall the film lacks drama, at no point do you feel like Spider-Man is in imminent danger which seems to be a theme with Marvel heroes. The movie is entirely too long especially for a movie without a backstory (which I’m fine with by the way) no Uncle Ben “with great power comes great responsibility” speech. Marvel faithful will enjoy this movie. I simply give it 3/5 not great, not bad.