REVIEW: Tom Holland proves Spider-Man is worth re-booting in compelling, confident ‘Homecoming’
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‘Homecoming’ is the best Spider-Man movie to date, largely because of its compelling story, believable characters and well-developed plot.
Having debuted in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland makes an excellent Spidey; shy and nerdy as Peter Parker but confident, strong and - most importantly - funny, when he puts on the trademark mask and web-slinging suit.
Despite wanting to embrace his newfound identity, Parker somehow manages to keep it a secret. But all he wants is to be taken seriously - by his classmates, and even more so, his mentor Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.).
With a goal of joining the Avengers firmly in his sights, Parker is fed up of being treated like a child and told to just be a ‘friendly neighbourhood Spidey’.
But what’s most convincing and endearing about the latest reboot in the franchise is that despite being 21-years-old in real life Tom Holland actually behaves like a teenager going through high school.
His friendship with nerdy superhero fanatic Ned (upcoming actor Jacob Balaton) is touching; especially how he becomes a sort of sidekick to Spidey.
Another developing sub-plot is the love story: Parker’s crush on senior student Liz (Laura Harrier) is cute and relatable - but watch out for the massive plot twist in the final act...
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The villain this time round is expertly casted, too, with Michael Keaton delivering an unnerving performance as Vulture, a chilling psychopath with massive high-tech wings that are capable of wide destruction.
Cinematically, the action scenes look amazing on the big screen and, unlike previous Spider-Man offerings, the witty one-liners from multiple characters help make it a Homecoming to remember.
Ultimately, this is a reboot that’s worthy of a sequel or two.
‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ is now showing at The Light Cinema, Wisbech. For full listings visit https://wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk