Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming
4.0Overall Score

The Spider-Man film we have been waiting for.

Starring: Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr.

Plot: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Remarks: We’ve been waiting patiently to see Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and after his brief appearance, the franchise officially gets a makeover in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the new adaption of the popular comic hero, we take it back to the start when Peter Parker is a young teenager figuring out his new powers.

After his massive first fight in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker anxiously awaits the next step after Tony Stark gave him his epic Spider-Man suit, however, Tony knows Peter isn’t ready for the big time just yet. So, he tells him to lay low and fight petty crime around the city. That is until Peter discovers a group of men creating weapons using alien parts – weapons that could destroy the city he doesn’t put a stop to it.

Tom Holland plays a fantastic Spider-Man – a massive improvement from Andrew Garfield. He’s full of charisma, boyish charm and is relatable to the thousands of young adults who will be watching this film. It’s something that sets this Spider-Man franchise apart from the others. In fact, it’s probably the direction closest to that of the comic books.

I liked the fact that Peter was a regular 15-year-old. He goes on school field trips, the prom and deals with generic teenage problems. But, he’s also trying to grab a hold of his new powers. In the film, being a superhero doesn’t come naturally to Peter. Sure, he’s dying to be like The Avengers, but he has a lot to learn. It’s something he deals with throughout the entire movie and it was quite refreshing to see that it isn’t as easy as other superheroes make it out to be. So, Tony saves his ass on more than one occasion. Now, as positive as this is, it is also the film’s major downfall.

Ultimately, Iron Man is the hero of this film. Sure, Spider-Man does his best but he would be toast without Tony’s guidance, money and interventions. There are often times when Spider-Man is shown being inadequate. This makes the film feel like an everyday action film, not a Marvel masterpiece.

However, I think this chapter was necessary. I really connected with Peter and I felt like I was a part of his journey. The film is instrumental in building up Spider-Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will make the next film in the franchise that much greater.

I also loved how diverse the cast was. Each member gave an immaculate performance. Michael Keaton plays Vulture so well while Zendaya gave a spot-on performance as the typical moody teenager Michelle. Peter’s love interest Liz, played by Laura Harrier, also gave quite a strong performance. Her chemistry with Tom was electrifying and translated beautifully on camera. And, the film is incredibly funny (which is always a plus)!

Ultimately, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is unlike any other superhero movie you’ve seen before. It’s full of heart and important lessons and takes the viewer on a journey of self-discovery, one I really enjoyed.

PS – there are two post-credit scenes. Make sure you stay for both.

Rating: 4/5

Spider-Man: Homecoming releases on the 7th of July 2017.

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