Sunday, July 9, 2017

Movie Review … Spider-Man: Homecoming

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ is proof of the old saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try again’.  Featuring the third actor to portray Peter Parker/Spider-man in three separate film series, audiences could be excused for feeling confused.  After the artistic failure of the Andrew Garfield Spider-man movies, film company Sony have re-booted the series yet again.  Although that may reek of desperation, they needn’t worry this time as ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ restores the fun and energy previously missing. 

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is a teenager attending high school.  Cared by his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), he holds a secret.  In between hitting the school-books he hits the streets as costumed hero Spider-man.  Having spider-like abilities, he uses it to right wrongs.  With the help of mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), Peter needs all the help he can get when facing the Vulture (Michael Keaton).  Using his wing-tipped arsenal for evil, the Vulture presents a new challenge for Spider-man to prove why he is the hero the world needs.

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ is the best Spider-man movie since 2004’s ‘Spider-man 2’.  That isn’t to say it’s totally fantastic but it achieves to stand alone as its own movie than existing as an excuse to set up further sequels.  We all know sequels will surface anyway but ‘Homecoming’ remembers to provide a joyful, thrill-packed ride full of youthful exuberance.  Although sluggish in its pacing, it achieves high points due to the strong cast and Jon Watts’ direction who handles the myriad of characters well.

‘Homecoming’s second half is much better than its first.  To get there we see a litany of scenes that wouldn’t feel out of place in an 80’s teen movie.  Holland performs well as Parker in these sequences, having a goofy charm capturing the early comic-books well.  It’s not until the story gets going with the Vulture that his and Keaton’s performances really hit their stride.  The action is nicely realised, the humour is amusing and there are few dull spots preventing the ‘is it over yet?’ question from appearing.

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ isn’t perfect and nor does it have much genuine depth.  But as a more enjoyable and watchable film than previous entries, it admirably succeeds.  It’s gratifying Sony finally got it right with Stan Lee’s and Steve Ditko’s creation sure to spin more silver screen webs in years to come.

Movie Review Rating out of 10:  7

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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