4/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers
Dir: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
A funny, action-fuelled remake, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a must-see flick which works on all levels – its a fresh take on our friendly neighbourhood superhero, a great contribution to the MCU and a comical teen movie.
While the characters and situations are familiar, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings original ideas to the table – Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is in contact with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and the Avengers who call on him to help them.
Different from the other films in tone, Holland’s Parker is an excitable 15-year-old and it really shows. The cover story for the time he spends away from home is that he’s completing a Stark ‘internship’.
Enthralled by his time with the Avengers, Parker spends his days waiting on a call from new mentor Stark while trying to get back into a routine.
With new characters including loner Michelle (Zendaya), Parker’s best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and new villain the Vulture (Michael Keaton), the film offers an interesting new take on life as a superhero.
Both Andrew Garfield and Tobey MacGuire were in their late 20s when they played the web-slinging hero so casting a young Spider-Man was a bold move, especially since Holland looks and acts younger, being 21 when the film was released.
Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is also considerably younger than predecessors in her role and interestingly, the film doesn’t show Parker gaining his powers – jumping straight to the action.
These differences don’t impact the film negatively though – change is good!
A fantastic reboot of what should be a boring, been-there-seen-it-done-it film, Spider-Man: Homecoming is funny, charming and entertaining.