Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing we had the chance to see Spider-Man: Homecoming before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, 15 year old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is dreaming of officially becoming an Avenger; especially after being giving a brand new suit by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter’s frustration grows as he waits for the next call from Stark and his assistant “Happy” (John Favreau) to get to action. Alas, no call; reason enough for him to investigate the source of new deadly weapons modified with alien technology from the wreckages of the Avenger’s battle of New York that are currently hitting the streets.
Peter soon enough unveils a major plot involving a greedy contractor (Michael Keaton) whose aim is to steal as much alien technology to make the biggest profit, all the while during Parker’s “Homecoming” school dance.
Director Jon Watts faced the biggest challenge of his career so far by taking over a reboot of the troubled Spider-Man franchise, preceded by disastrous reviews of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now with the support of Disney and Marvel studios, Spider-man once again features in the film the beloved character deserves. A more comic-book approach and a young leading cast capable of not overdoing the classic action and comedy bits sees the beloved arachnid hero represented as he should be.
Tom Holland is superb and he owns the Peter Parker character. He portrays him perfectly as a naïve, impatient teenager that struggles with his school life and powers; bringing extra charm as most viewers can relate to the “teen” hero issues. Moreover, Parker’s best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is good comedy relief to the teen angst.
Michael Keaton’s villainous take on The Vulture deserves special praise; the former Batman actor revisits the comic-book world superbly with a solid performance and supported by a clever and more realistic design of the Vulture outfit.
The action and special effects are impeccable and the film is a non-stop ride from beginning to end. It reminisces on the old-school spider-man cartoons we used to love and is packed with hints of the Marvel cinematic universe and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films; even Robert Downey, Jr.’s Ironman and Chris Evans’ Captain America make a few small appearances.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is fun, well-made and easy on the eye. It’s clearly targeted to a younger audience but also to all comic and Marvel fans who will certainly be delighted and watch it over and over again. “Homecoming” is the best Spider-man movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 2 (2014) and a new instant classic for the Marvel franchise. By the way…stay until the end of credits for a very fun clip!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hit cinemas on July 6, 2017