Viewed – 05 December 2017 Online-rental
Of all the super-heroes, ol’ Spidy has had some trouble finding sure footing in recent years and for me, there hasn’t been a decent Spidy movie since the second Toby Maguire entry. However after an enjoyable (if unnecessary) cameo in Captain America: Civil War, the web-slinger has returned in probably one his best received movies since the Sam Raimi directed original.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is under the watchful eye of billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) aka Iron-Man and so wants to be an official part of The Avengers, not just someone you call on when you’re in a bit of a fix. So he’s out to prove himself after he witnesses some advanced, out of this world (literally) weapon technology being used by petty thugs. Turns out there’s a ruthless arms dealer in town who dresses like a robotic vulture.
There’s several things that don’t sit right with me here. Firstly the constant bumbling, representation of such a beloved character grates after a while, and then his characterisation, without an origin tale or any personal tragedy, is wafer-thin and not something to get all-that caught up in. Same goes for Michael Keaton’s Vulture, a rather pathetic former salvage worker annoyed by being put out of work by Tony Stark’s bank-rolled clean-up crew following the events of the first Avengers movie, who decides to steal alien technology so to become an arms dealer. There’s no personal tragedy other than the inconvenience of having to find work elsewhere, and therefore little reason behind what he’s doing other than greed and being a bit of a psychopath. So what else do we get? Holland is likeable and well cast as Parker/Spidy, and Keaton is also good despite limited material. We also get some decent action, including a great sequence at the Washington Monument, and some support characters are fun. Yet overall this greatly lacks depth and feels like a pilot for a TV show or the opening chapter of a bigger, better story. I’m guessing that’s the idea … so bring on the inevitable, superior sequel! After two reboots of ‘meh’ quality however, it’d take something special to get me back on-board.
Verdict: 2.5 /5