Entertainment Hive 2020

Spider Man: Homecoming

Review by Honey B

Director: Jon Watts Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Robert Downey Jr. Plot: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Verdict: Spider-Man has gone through his fare share of reboots in the last 15 years and it looks like this latest incarnation of the web-slinger could well stick. Homecoming picks up after The Avenger’s Civil War in which the young Spider-Man/Peter Parker  (Tom Holland) fought against Captain America (Chris Evans) and with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Now taking his place in the Marvel Universe, this Spider-Man is more dorky teenager than superhero. Peter Parker is a typical teen going through all of the usual teen dramas and extra-curricular activities, while also coming to terms with his super spider powers and he’s also desperate to be part of The Avengers. This young hero-in-training is still hyped after such a big battle, however Stark thinks that Parker has a lot of learning and growing up to do. Stark keeps Parker at arm’s length and his right-hand man, Happy (Jon Favreau), takes his constant calls. Parker decides to go it alone and sneak out at night to patrol the streets as the friendly neighbourhood Spider- Man, which lead him to some very funny situations. This movie stacks up as it is an action-packed, quirky teen flick and when Parker’s best mate Ned (Jacob Batalon) finds out Parker’s Stark internship is actually a bit of vigilante work he’s so impressed he drops his Lego Death Star. While the lads are negotiating high school life, Parker comes across some villains making and selling alien technology. They are led by business owner Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture (Michael Keaton). Toomes’ company had been hired to clean-up after an Avengers/alien battle, however was told to get off site with the development of a new government body. Rather than have his business go under Toomes and his men learn to work with the alien tech and turn to the evil side. Keaton has had great success as winged-type characters from Batman to Birdman and now the Vulture. He’s superb as a bad guy, a working-class guy, who just wants to support his family rather than take over the world. There are some chilling scenes between Parker and Toomes and it will be interesting to see where these two characters end up in this new film franchise. Keaton is just as intense out of his mechanical-winged costume as he is in it. The rugged Keaton up against the fresh-faced, boyish Holland works a treat. It will be a pleasure to see Holland build this role. Spider-Man: Homecoming creates a welcome new spin on an old favourite. (Films are rated out of 5 stars)
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