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Film Review: ’Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Author: Luqman Ahmed Updated: 01:15 17-07-2017

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Jacob Batalon   

Age Restriction: 10–12PG L V

Genre: Superhero, Comic Book, Action

Runtime: 2hrs 14min  

Release Date: 07 July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming scores 4/5

For years people have been clamouring for the Spider-Man film rights to revert to Marvel Studios after Sony Pictures sent the once prevalent superhero into the abyss with two not-so-great movies starring Andrew Garfield.

While the web-slinger's rights remain intact at Sony until this day, fans still had their wishes granted when the former studio decided to collaborate with Marvel in a deal that would benefit both parties.

The deal, announced in early 2015, allows Marvel to utilise the web-head in their cinematic universe in exchange for helping Sony to produce a trilogy of solo Spider-Man films starting with Homecoming.

Marvel quickly scrambled to find a new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, casting British actor Tom Holland in the process. Holland then made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, and blew both audiences and critics away despite a limited amount of screen time.

Homecoming takes place a few months after Civil War with Peter continuing his war on crime in New York City, whilst awaiting an important call from his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). Peter is hopeful that Mr Stark's long-awaited call is an invitation to join The Avengers.

After stumbling upon a group of criminals with advanced weaponry and some extensive investigating, Peter learns that it all leads to the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton).

Trying his utmost to alert Iron Man who fails to believe him, Peter takes matters into his own hands to stop The Vulture and his dastardly plans.

Unlike Marvel's other superhero productions, Spider-Man: Homecoming ditches the high-stakes story and opts instead to go smaller. The result is a character-driven high school comedy in-line with the comic books.

The plot remains focused throughout; along with hysterical humour and charismatic characters – factors which keep the film compelling from start to finish.

Unlike the webslinger's previous adventures which relied on CGI-heavy set pieces; Homecoming takes a different approach, delivering less explosions and more well-thought out action.

Homecoming gives audiences the opportunity to spend ample time with Holland's web-head – who quite possibly delivers the best cinematic portrayal of Spider-Man to date.

Keaton is also impressive as the winged antagonist; while Downey Jr's wisecracking Tony Stark is a fun on-screen presence that never gets old.

However; the supporting standout no doubt belongs to Jacob Batalon who plays Peter's excitable (and scene-stealing) pal, Ned.

The only issue with Homecoming is the main villain's lack of screen-time, and the film's simplicity when compared to the thought-provoking Toby Maguire films.

Verdict: Spider-Man is finally home! Homecoming is proof of why the webslinger needed Marvel to become relevant entertainment once again.

Published: 14:45 13-07-2017

Posted by on July 13, 2017.

Categories: Movies

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