Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marissa Tomei, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon
July 7, 2017 (US Premiere)
Summary for Moms:
After stepping up to the plate in Captain America: Civil War, dorky Queens teenager Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns to his responsibilities he has a high-performing high school student, while trying to balance them with the great power he has as the Amazing Spider-Man. In his escapades, he stumbles across Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a disgruntled ex-salvage worker who has been hijacking advanced weaponry from superhero battles and using them for criminal purposes. Disregarding the advice and restrictions placed on him by his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter goes after Toomes and gets himself in a whole lot of trouble. Not to mention the perils of day-to-day high school life!
My mom and I are two different people (thank god). Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree. This is one of the latter times. I thought Spider-Man: Homecoming was a light, fun, down-to-earth movie that really captured the essence of a teenage superhero, and gave us the best representations of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man that we’ve seen in recent years. My mom hated it.
Oh, boy. She did not like this movie. I had high hopes for it at the beginning, though, as she was surprised that Michael Keaton was in this, and more so that he was playing the bad guy. And Keaton does give a great performance as a re-imagined Vulture that goes with the grain and ethos of the MCU. He’s an interesting villain with an understandable premise, and can sometimes be absolutely terrifying.
But even Keaton’s turn as the villain couldn’t hold my mom’s attention. After the first few scenes of Peter and Ned palling around in high school, she immediately wrote the movie off as ‘childish’ and goofy and nothing really ever managed to pull her back in. The lone few times she did pay attention can be attributed to the fact that she was interested where in Queens the movie was being set and filmed.
And, no, the big ‘twist’ of the movie where Toomes is revealed to be Liz’s father didn’t faze her one bit. Her single comment was: “Oh, so that’s the surprise.” This was a comment she made after sleeping through most of the rest of the movie. Then she went back to sleep and didn’t get up.
While I really liked the movie, I suppose my mom’s prejudices against what she considers ‘kid’s movies’, really colored her view. I did note to her that her criticism of the movie’s ‘kiddy-ness’ was partly due to the fact that the Spider-Man is, well, a kid, but she wasn’t having it. At the end of the day, I admit that she probably didn’t give Homecoming the fair shake it deserves, but hey, I’m just the messenger.
Mom Rating (Out of Five):
- It makes me feel bad to give this a zero. But, on the other hand, I didn’t have to photoshop a rating graphic.
- She called it a “Pikachu movie” and said Tom Holland talked like he was Pikachu. I have absolutely no idea what she means by that, so please, no letters.
- She really hated Pokemon when I was growing up, so that might be a clue.
- I wish I had more to report to you on this movie. I really do.
- Wait… so is Liz Allen’s last name Toomes? Is she Liz Toomes?
Post Credit Sequences:
- She slept through both of these.