Spider-Man: Homecoming – Film Review

Title: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Age: 12A

Released: 5th July 2017

Director: Jon Watts

Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: **** (4/5 stars)

About: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Review: So guys, I’m back. I mean I wasn’t officially gone (as you know I gave no formal notice), but I did just kind of take a long break away from like everything. . .  Except for my job, since you know, I got bills to pay (why do I live in London??).

Anyway, I just had a lovely weekend spending time with my family and what better way to feel summery than having a family bbq.

And with typical British weather, it rained. Actually, that’s a lie (sort of), it did rain in the morning, so we were all prepared to take the bbq inside. But then the heavens cleared and we had glorious sunshine (we even managed a game of croquet, yes very stereotypical, but it was actually quite good fun. . . particularly as I won two games).

But with a typical family weekend home, it wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the cinema and so here we are. A cinema trip to go see this film (and can I just add that I was so pleasantly surprised by the cinema tickets because for a ticket, drink and a pack of sweets, it cost me the same amount as just one ticket would in London. When the girl gave me the ticket I kind of looked at the receipt and was like ‘is this real?’. Obviously, I’m not complaining.

Anyway, considering how I went to see this really late at the cinema on a Sunday night, it was still fairly busy and by the end of the film, you could definitely tell that people really had enjoyed themselves.

I know this is a marvel film, but even having said that, you don’t really need to watch the films before it to understand what goes on (although, of course, you really should watch them you know and I’m not saying this just because I’m a fan).

Anyway, what I liked with this is that you don’t get the typical backstory of him getting bit by a spider (I know he was introduced in previous films). You kind of just get straight in to it.

There was a lot of humorous moments in this as well. I particularly liked the relationship between Tom Holland (Spiderman) and his best friend (Jacob Batalon). There was just a load of silly moments, like typical high school moments, but they really worked well.

Robert Downey Jr. was brilliant. As always. Same for Michael Keaton who I sometimes feel like doesn’t get enough credit for his work.

What I really liked, even though at the same time it kind of annoyed me, was that they played the whole idea of him still being a kid to the extreme. I get it, he’s a kid who wants to be taken seriously and like every kid he still makes mistakes.

In real life, I think if you actually did meet someone with spidery powers, you might give them a bit more support. For two reasons, one is so that they don’t actually turn evil and the second is because it’s natural (if they are going to be good) to want to help others, which ultimately might get them in trouble, as this film proves (so basically moral of the story, make sure you are actually there for your kids).

I do have one quick question and that is who styled Marisa Tomei (Mary Parker). I thought she looked stunning, but I just found the high waisted trousers a bit aging or something? It kind of worked, but it kind of irritated me. I mean it’s not the end of the world because it hardly affects the film at all. But I’m just curious at the styling process the people went through.

Lastly, I really liked the ending.

But I feel that I must tell people of an incredibly bright and flashy scene with an airplane. It made me feel a bit sick, so if you have epilepsy (or something else that might affect you) this certain scene might not work well with you. I mean it’s up to you since it’s your decision.

The actual homecoming was kind of dire, but the awkward father of the daughter talk was funny (more so because of the real reason behind it). Oh, I really didn’t see that much of a chemistry between Tom Holland and Laura Harrier? They just kind of got hoisted upon each other. Now if you were going to say Tom Holland and Zendaya, that I could see. . .  perhaps these rumors are actually true of them dating in real life (please please please).

And of course, don’t forget that with any marvel film you always wait a bit after for the credits to roll by. This scene, although short is a must to see. The tension and whole behavior in it were rather brilliant. It may seem insignificant and to be honest, you probably wouldn’t even miss anything if you didn’t see it. But it kind of completed the film.

Definitely, a must watch. Preferably, as soon as possible if you’ve got the time.

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