Spider-Man: Homecoming

By on July 27, 2017

Clever, funny, and true to the Spider-Man spirit, this take on everyone’s favorite web-slinger is thoroughly entertaining. The world was understandably skeptical of yet another Spider reboot, but in this case, it was the right call. Even more than the Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield takes on the wall crawler — as good as those were . Spider-Man: Homecoming really captures the tone of the original comics. A large part of that is thanks to the fact that, for the first time on the big screen, Peter is being played by an actual teenager. Holland is believably eager, gawky, and geeky as Peter, who’s almost as excited to work on Ned’s Lego Death Star as he is to fight bad guys. Also, because it’s (mercifully) not an origin story, director Jon Watts can get right to the action.
It’s not a perfect film; the plot doesn’t always have a totally clear trajectory, and there’s no real fall-out (other than Tony Stark’s punishment) for the fact that half of the scrapes Peter/Spidey gets into are, frankly, his own fault. But it’s so fresh and relatable that it doesn’t matter. It’s great to see such a diverse group of teens playing Peter’s friends and classmates; in addition to Batalon, Laura Harrier and Zendaya are stand-outs as, respectively, Peter’s crush and a laconic, enigmatic classmate. And while Tony and Peter’s lack of communication/mutual frustration brings to mind Harry’s relationship with Professor Dumbledore during some of the Harry Potter saga, their dynamic brings something new and powerful to the Marvel-verse as well: true mentorship.

Age 10+ Out in theatres Aug 11

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