Spider-Man: Homecoming – Film Review

I must admit I wasn’t remotely excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming because it didn’t feel necessary, I had enjoyed both previous iterations and I also had superhero fatigue. The only reason I checked it out while on holiday was because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews and I’m glad I did because it’s a total delight.

Thankfully, this one skips the usual origins story and fills in some gaps around the Avengers movies and Captain America: Civil War before launching into the story two months later. After being enlisted by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) for Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is waiting around for a call for the next mission and when he will become a bonafide Avenger. Meanwhile, he occupies his time with high school and fighting small time crime around his neighbourhood to prove himself. That is until he comes across a major threat – the Vulture (Michael Keaton), who is combining leftover alien tech with human tech to create weapons, and he isn’t happy about Peter being on his case.

The best thing about this is the tone. It feels so very different from the other superhero movies and other Spider-Man outings. It is very much a high school comedy-drama with superhero bits thrown in. It felt light-hearted and smaller in scale and I enjoyed its sense of humour so much. I laughed out loud a ton. It also didn’t feel like a reboot because it’s not going over old ground, this is all new stuff for us but his backstory is mentioned cleverly in casual conversation to help the uninitiated.

Holland was a great choice and it was refreshing to see an actual young person playing him. Some have said he’s the best Spidey yet but I wouldn’t quite go that far. I loved both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. I also enjoyed the cast of relative newcomers especially Peter’s best pal Ned (Jacob Batalon). I was frustrated by how little Zendaya was given – she had done so much press I thought she was a major character but I was wrong! She’s barely in it and although she’s funny, her character doesn’t really do anything.

I read a lot of people calling it perfect and it definitely isn’t flawless – the main battle is largely an effects-laden mess – but it is very, very good and I was so impressed. We finally get a decent villain after numerous disappointments and I absolutely loved all the moments with Tony Stark and Happy (Jon Favreau) as well as the cameos from Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Captain America (Chris Evans) – stay til the end of the credits, you won’t be disappointed – and so many other delightful moments. I genuinely want to watch it again.

In cinemas now 

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