Spider-Man: Homecoming

It’s only been 15 years since the first Spider-Man film swung into theaters and we are already on our second reboot and third Spider-Man. This time they really got it right. Finally, Spider-Man feels like the kid he’s supposed to be, a fifteen year old Peter Parker played by the petite and spry Tom Holland. Peter’s just returned from a little training camp with the Avengers (see Captain America: Civil War) and he’s ready to help save the world (or at least he thinks he is). Don’t worry though, Iron Man/Tony Stark is around to remind him he’s still too young and should remain a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” – for now. With his Stark designed spider suit, Peter continues his training for Avenger status by performing his “internship” (as he calls it) duties of patrolling the neighborhood. It doesn’t take long before he finds exactly what he’s looking for…trouble.

Yes, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an action movie, but it’s also a fantastic teen comedy with some super talented young actors. Ned (Jacob Batalon) brings the funny as the nerdy best friend whose idea of a good time is building a lego model of the Death Star. Zendaya proves she’s a master of sarcasm and dry wit as Peter and Ned’s smart, made-down, but like still beautiful Academic Decathlon teammate Michelle. There are so many terrifically funny bit parts that I could be here all day talking about them. The entire cast of Spider-Man:Homecoming is diverse and wonderful and a great example of the direction in which Hollywood needs to shift.

Tom Holland is the absolute best Peter Parker that has graced the silver screen. He’s likable, awkward, handsome, and – most importantly – believable! We were introduced to Holland’s Spider-Man in the most anticipated scene from last summer’s Captain America: Civil War. They promised us Spider-Man and they delivered. To be quite honest, I was not looking forward to another retelling of Spider-Man, but gracefully the filmmakers skipped over Peter’s well-documented backstory and threw us right in to all the Spidey goodness.

Famous for playing the caped crusader, Michael Keaton steps over to the dark side to take on the role of Adrain Toomes, a.k.a. Vulture. Keaton is fantastic as the engineer/illegal arms dealer who’s not about to let some silly Spider-Man get in his way. I am absolutely here for the renaissance of Michael Keaton. The phrase “never meet your heroes” feels like a good suggestion when I see him deliver that unmatched intensity that has the DC and Marvel worlds shaking in their boots.

This is the Spider-Man we didn’t know we needed. I enjoyed the previous films, but I loved this one. The Spider-Man films of the past focused on the deaths that surrounded Peter, forcing him to grow up too fast. Homecoming pumps the brakes and allows Peter to be the adolescent that he is. The wonder of youth is a central theme in this film and it’s a joy to watch and let yourself swing along for the ride. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a refreshing entry in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a star-making performance from Tom Holland who I hope suits up for years to come.

Film: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marissa Tomei
Director: Jon Watts
Runtime: 2h 13min
Rating: PG-13
Ry View: RYcommended

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