Spider-Man: Homecoming Review – In Before Curfew

What’s better than Tobey Maguire upside-down kissing Kirsten Dunst? A lot of things, really. But in a Spider-Man movie, playing off the character’s rich cinematic and comic book history is hard to top. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” covers all the bases of the traditional story while offering many twists that keep the material interesting and relevant to the MCU.

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The story begins with our lead already in the role of superhero (more or less). Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is more of a Spider-pubescent, as he navigates sophomore year of high school while patrolling his neighborhood in his free time. The pressures of school, superherodom, love, extracurriculars, and a sweet New York accent wear on him, and this drives the action. This film captures a heartfelt teen angst that the other movie franchises never quite got, and does so without going emo (thank you for your time, “Spider-Man 3”).

The usual suspects all have a twist. Ned and Michelle and Liz and nerdy rival Flash Thompson give a much different take on traditional characters, but they all fit this story. Marvel took Spider-Man in a new direction to differentiate it from the previous origin story films, and the risk paid off well.

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Running from the previous reboot…

The characters outside of Peter Parker’s circle provide a contrast to the smaller world of high school, and show just how much our hero has to grow. Tony Stark takes on the role of mentor here, though a less-than-pleased Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) does most of the handling. Michael Keaton is a down-to-earth villain as Vulture. Even Donald Glover gets a nice part! Sorry they didn’t cast you as the lead …

The whole film is bright and filled with pop culture, but never loses sight of its focus on a young hero learning to be who he was meant to be. With a fun mix of villains and easter eggs, well-placed action scenes, some comedy, and a lot of love make this a rock solid entry.

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8.5/10 BroFists (Sinister 6 + web fluid + Marvel + spidey sense)

 

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