Following a brief break, Marvel is back with another blockbuster, a film that has been greatly anticipated – Spiderman: Homecoming. Being a character that many are mostly familiar with, Spiderman is one of the most recognisable superheroes around. The character has been brought to life a couple of times by the likes of Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield. A likeable and fresh-face Tom Holland steps into the role this time around.
When you look at it from the onset you immediately understand why this role is perfect for Holland – his childish looks, squeaky voice, excitable demeanor and overall frame/appearance scream out Spiderman. This was made more apparent when we were officially introduced to him (the new Spiderman) in the epic Captain America: Civil War movie. Judging by the feedback and overall views from people who have already seen the movie, Spiderman: Homecoming sounds like a proper and overall good superhero movie. Adding my name to that list now, do I agree?
Cast – Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei & Robert Downey Jr.
Director – Jon Watts
Genre – Fantasy/Science fiction
Running Time – 2h13m
Before we get into it, let’s take a general look at the overall plot:
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.
Now that’s out of the way, I can now answer the question posed. Do I agree that this Spiderman is an overall good movie? Well, I’ve put both my hands up and I second what everyone is saying. I declare that I really liked the movie, a lot. It’s what a classic Spiderman movie should be and more. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy the previous ones, but this one is different. Spiderman: Homecoming is an overall feel good movie packed with lots for everyone to enjoy, from cool action sequences, to silly and funny moments sprinkled across perfectly. There’s a certain charm and innocence to it that will no doubt endear it to many.
The cast is also perfectly assembled with Tom Holland playing a key role in making the movie what it is, another case for the perfect person cast in a role. Veterans, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jnr, also do what they do best and that is to deliver. The Marvel Universe is fantastic and filled with many possibilities, Spiderman: Homecoming adds to that perfectly and offers something different and lighthearted to its whole set up.
Marvel have pulled off another peach of a movie here, one can only wonder how they do it. The consistency is mind-blowing and unrivaled. Spiderman: Homecoming is a great movie, one that I can safely declare as being the best superhero movie this year so far. Perfect for the whole family and die hard superhero movie junkies, Spiderman: Homecoming gets a well-deserved 4.3 out of 5 rating from me.
Special thanks to MNet Movies (in conjunction with Ster-Kinekor) for a great evening and an even better screening!