Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A)

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t totally suck! I know it came as a shock to me too. I went along expecting to see the same old nonsense we’ve been spoon-fed before and was pleasantly surprised.

When people ask me which movie got the harshest review on Ruthless On Film I always say The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which was 100% garbage. It was so bad that I broke the one rule of ROF and included spoilers in the review.

But I digress, back to the new shiny Spider-Man.  Our new spidey is played by the rather baby-faced Tom Holland. However, what he lacks in years Holland more than makes up for in charisma and comic timing.

We first met Holland in Captain America: Civil War and despite his relatively short sequence, he didn’t disappoint.

Spurred on by his previous run in with the Avengers young Peter Parker practices his superhero antics every night after school. Under the watchful eye of his mentor Tony Stark, Parker gets braver by the minute, ready to take on the bad guys. Can Spider-Man balance schoolwork and superhero heroics?

Desperate to prove that he’s more than a neighbourhood superhero Parkers on a solo mission to take down an evil villain named Vulture that threatens destroy everything he holds dear. Soon enough Parker unleashing his newfound powers to defeat the madman, but at what cost?

Just as Spider-Man isn’t quite a fully-fledged Avenger, Vulture isn’t the kind of villain to show up on Iron Man’s radar, which makes him the perfect assignment for young Parker.

Jon Watt’s coming-of-age Spider-Man leaves plenty of room for sequels. His version of Peter Parker is less nerdy and more typical teen. In fact at times he’s more Spider-Boy than Spider-Man but his self-deprecating humour makes you forgive that. In truth Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the best superhero movies we’ve seen in years.

I would be amiss if I didn’t give Michael Keaton a shout out. He plays the role of the maniacal Vulture to perfection. His recent movies have really impressed me. If you haven’t see Spotlight or The Founder then you should definitely check them out.

Spider-Man: Homecoming puts the super back in the hero franchise.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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