Film review: Spider-Man – Homecoming starring Tom Holland


  Spider-Man - Homecoming is the superhero film of the year and the perfect family film for this Summer. Read why it gets full rating from London Mums' and kids. Don't miss it! It's released in cinemas on 5 July  2017.  


The story

  An excitable 15-year-old Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero.The movie starts with a cleverly made smartphone recordings of Peter's own recruitment by Stark and his first actions with the Avengers in Civil War (re-shown from this perspective). Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

  Parker must settle for a Stark “internship” but he's keen to work as a superhero and is waiting for that all-important call. His high school life is far less exciting than his late-night adventures in his upgraded Spiderman outfit. Peter and his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) are quite unpopular and isolated as geeks. When the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain selling modified tech weapons recovered from the Avengers' battles on the black market, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


The trailer



The verdict

  Spiderman is by far my favourite superhero because he is the star of comic books created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sold when I was a young reader in the Seventies and Eighties as well as a big fan of the animated series on TV. Back then there weren't as many series and Spiderman was probably the most popular superhero among kids and teenagers. Naturally I have been a fan of the last five of the nine live-action Spiderman films produced since his inception. It's well known that Spider-Man is the alter-ego of Peter Parker, a talented young freelance photographer and aspiring scientist with superhuman abilities after being bitten by a radioactive genetically-altered spider.

  The first three movies that made an impact on my Spiderman imagination were those starring Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Then British actor Andrew Garfield took over the role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Both were excellent Spidermen and somehow sadder and darker than the original character from the comic books and TV series.

  The new Spiderman is a younger and cheekier version of Peter Parker and is played by British actor Tom Holland.

  For me personally he is much closer to the original superhero as featured in the comics. Since his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War (2016) (distributed by Disney), I knew that this new funny Spiderman would bring back the superhero from my childhood. And he has proven to be back for good.

Spider-Man - Homecoming is not just the superhero film of the year but I'd dare say that it's Marvel at its best! It has all essential ingredient for a great movie: Humour, action and a great cast.

  21-year-old Tom Holland certainly made a great impression on the Avengers' fans when he first appeared in  Captain America: Civil War  last year for his wit, energy refreshing joie de vivre, vulnerability (that makes him human) and charismatic personality despite his young age. He looks younger than his age and is perfect to portrait the energetic and cheeky high-schooler.

  Iron Man's star Robert Downey Junior’s role is more of a cameo than a full role in this movie but still important to create some funny gags and situations.  Michael Keaton as Spiderman's nemesis Vulture is excellent. He’s the perfect villain who shows some humanity as a father or a teenage daughter (and Spidey love interest), lack morality and the anti-Tony Stark figure.
Michael Keaton as Spider-Man’s nemesis - Photograph: Allstar/Columbia Pictures

Michael Keaton as Spider-Man’s nemesis - Photograph: Allstar/Columbia Pictures

  Spider-Man: Homecoming is a very entertaining teen movie and has no real hard violence so it is suitable for young children. It's the perfect family movie for this Summer. There are plenty of witty gags, jokes and Marvel self-irony (with Captain America appearing in video tutorial in secondary schools) that will create a whole new fan base for Marvel, even those who are not into superhero movies.

  Spiderman fans - old and new who enjoyed this film - don't despair! He will be back in Avengers: Infinity War (distributed by Disney) in 2018 and in a sequel to Homecoming in 2019. Meantime I cannot wait for the Spider-Man - Homecoming DVD to be released and watch it again a few times before Spidey's next appearance in the Avengers's movie.  

London Mums' rating: 8/10

Kids' Club's rating: 9/10

My own personal rating: 10/10

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