Monday, 4 December 2017

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING (film) is fantastic entertainment

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING - 2017
Cast: Tom Holland / Robert Downey Jr. / Zendaya / Michael Keaton / Marisa Tomei / Jon Favreau
Director: Jon Watts.
Content Advisory: PG 13 for violence and some language.
Source: Rented.

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.






I've been a big fan of Spidey ever since I saw Andrew Garfield in the role - and with him Emma Stone as Gwen. Those two just won my heart so absolutely that I've adored their characters ever since.
But I also love Tom Holland.


The story is great. The plot's packed with fun and excitement and every action scene is fantastic and well-choregraphed. The quieter moments are beautifully written, too, and the whole story comes as a lighter, refreshing breather in the midst of Marvel's usually catastrophically, universally high stake, dark stories.

The humour is amazing. More than anything, I think this film is just pure fun. It's endlessly entertaining with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and the actors' comic timing is genius. I laughed so much. The dialogue is strong, but it's totally made by the humour.

The direction is excellent. There are a number of perfect touches which add so much depth to the characters and the story and are constantly popping up. For example, I particularly adore that scene where Peter helps the shop keeper out of his store when it explodes and carries the cat out, too. That's just so Peter - of course he would save the cat as well - and I love it for its subtle but honest reflection of character.





The cast is brilliant, diverse, and incredibly effortless in their roles. Tom Holland is so natural and lovable (and hot...) as Spidey, and he highlights Peter's human side with relatability and vulnerability. I just love how he portrays the character
Jacob Batalon as Ned and Laura Harrier as Liz are equally strong in their roles, and I love Ned's friendship with Peter. I also adore how Liz is intelligent, driven, and the popular girl but not mean. How unusual is that?!
And then there's Zendaya. She's incredible. Her chemistry with Tom is stunningly genuine, but unfortunately they get very little screen time together. Still, her role as MJ is refreshing, and her acting is superb.  She steals every scene she's in.

RDJ and Jon Favreau are as brilliant as always, and I love the surprise appearance of a certain character at the end. That made an amazing movie even more perfect.
This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I don't like Tomei's take on Aunt May. I know they gave Tomei a blank slate to take on the role, but I don't think she's well cast or fully realised as Peter's slightly wacky but well-meaning Aunt. It doesn't quite work.

Michael Keaton is exceptional as the villain. He's perfectly cast. But as a villain, I don't think his character was the strongest it could've been. I would've liked to have seen his motivations fleshed out a lot more.




Spiderman: Homecoming is pure entertainment. The characters are a delight, the actors become their roles, and the humour is on point. I only wish the villain had been more fleshed out.
The film is energetic, vibrant, and one of the best to come from the MCU. 


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