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Movie Review: Holland, Marvel Studios Deliver in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

by Todd A. Smith

 

Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Holland (L-R) star in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Photo Credit: 2017 CTMG, Inc./Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.).

 

 

Marvel Still Reigns Supreme with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ 

 

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Come one, come all, comic book geeks and comic book haters because “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is marvelous for old fans and new fans to this superhero series.


And although DC Comics is making up ground with the phenomenal “Wonder Woman,” Marvel Studios still reigns supreme with a new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) taking over for the older Andrew Garfield.


“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is magnificent not just because of the charisma of Holland or the awesome action sequences, but because the film also has plot twists that no one will see coming, which is a welcome respite from the typical predictable Hollywood film.


In “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Peter Parker has been accepted as an intern with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and the Avengers.


Because of Peter’s exploits in his hometown of New York City, Spider-Man has become sort of a mythical and elusive figure in the “Big Apple.”


New Yorkers love Spider-Man’s commitment to justice and his desire for a crime-free New York, but Mr. Stark still does not think his young protégé is ready for the responsibility of being a real Avenger.


Tony and his assistant Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) want Peter to just focus on his academic pursuits and remain on call-by just in case the Avengers need his superhero services.


Unfortunately, a group of thugs led by Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine) and others, get their hands on weapons and other exotic materials left by aliens.


Such weaponry in the wrong hands could lead to catastrophic disaster in New York and beyond.


And when Peter begins to see very suspicious activity by New York City criminals, will he be mature enough to wait on Tony’s approval or will he jump the gun and try to prevent catastrophe without the help from his Avenger counterparts?


While Garfield is one of the most talented thespians of his generation, seeing Holland take on the role of Peter Parker is refreshing because his innocence and naiveté.


It is almost impossible to focus on normal high school shenanigans like house parties and homecoming dances when he believes that his gifts are being underutilized.


Holland’s performance as Spider-Man seems effortless and boyishly charismatic.


Furthermore, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is blessed with other great performances, some heroic and some un-heroic.


As Toomes, Keaton is the biggest butthole in New York City.


Woodbine is good too in his stereotypical streetwise role.


And Donald Clover (aka Childish Gambino) brings a lot of comic relief in his brief appearance in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”


Additionally, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei still looks great as the matured Aunt May.


However, the spotlight deservedly belongs to Holland.


Furthermore, it would behoove comic book fans to stay until the very end of the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” closing credits, because there are two hidden bonus scenes during the credits of the movie.


Homecomings are designed for alumni and fans (young and old) to gather and reminisce about the good ole days.


While some comic fans hate DC comics, with a few exceptions, many remain loyal to Marvel Comics.

 

Luckily for them, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a great reason for all to come and gather and experience the greatness of a super performance by a young superhero.


REGAL RATINGS

FOUR CROWNS=EXCELLENT

THREE CROWNS=GOOD

TWO CROWNS=AVERAGE

ONE CROWN=POOR



This article was published on Friday 07 July, 2017.
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