Spider-Man: Homecoming - 4 Stars
One of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Marvel is often criticised for the terrible villains the series features. With the exception of Loki and Ultron I couldn’t name any of them (and this is around the 16th film). However, Michael Keaton’s Vulture is a well-written, well-developed nemesis, with actual motivation and means for villainy. He’s a more interesting character than Spider-Man. In face the movie actually opens on him, as opposed to the titular hero. Keaton’s performance is exceptional and is most certainly the stand-out in this film.
That said Tom Holland’s Spidey is fantastic, the closest to the comics to grace cinematic screens. Holland’s mix of charisma, excitement and awkwardness makes for a delightful character, which the audience can easily empathise and relate to. Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. return to their Iron Man roles with ease and authority (they’re Marvel’s too oldest recruits). Zendaya presents an exciting reimagining of “MJ,” which delighted me, but I’m sure will upset comic fans.
The CGI was sub-par for a film of this budget, especially the transition from physical to digital Spider-Man. The script was dynamic, funny and action-packed - a strong combination.
Overall a really enjoyable, fun, action-packed adventure with one of Marvel’s best villains and some memorable performances.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas