“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Movie Review

Funny, relatable and bursting with action and adventure, this Avenger-in-training saga balances superhero skills with high school drama and brings the fun back to the Marvel universe. Part superhero saga, part homage to the John Hughes teen movies of the 80s, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a great antidote for midsummer blahs. 4.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

After the Avenger vs. Avenger battles of Captain America: Civil War the superheroes all went their separate ways—which for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) meant heading back to high school. But once you’ve had a taste of saving the world it’s awfully hard to concentrate on homework. Fighting crime as best he can—after school, of course—Peter tries to prove to his new mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), that he’s ready for the big leagues. It’s not easy; Peter is still learning how to harness his power, cope with a crush, and keep his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) from spilling his secret. When Peter stumbles on a bunch of bad guys selling alien tech-enhanced weapons on the black market, he has to decide if he’s going to be a real hero or just a web-slinging guy in a onesie.

What Works?

There’s no time wasted on Spider-Man’s origin story; it’s not necessary after we already met him in Civil War. The basic facts are relayed in a quick conversation so we can get on with the story, which begins with a hilarious home movie recap of Spider-Man’s intro to the MCU.

Peter is adorably awkward and completely relatable… except for that whole web-slinging thing, of course. He’s an overeager puppy trying to run with the big dogs, trying to figure out who he is, and trying too hard at everything. Meanwhile Tony Stark is trying his best to be a responsible father figure to young Peter. It doesn’t come naturally, but bless him, he tries.

Peter’s nerdy friend Ned is the best sidekick in the Marvel Universe. He asks all the questions we would in his place (“Can I try on the suit?”), prefers a role behind the scenes, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help his buddy—even if it gets him detention for life. Their scenes together are some of the best in the film. Actually, most of the movie is better when adults are not around.

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SOURCE: Crosswalk – Susan Ellingburg

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