What does an idle teenage superhero do without a mission? He finds one. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a hit set to thrill and inspire!

Since his initiation into the superhero world in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is keen to take on his next mission and is so bored that he is literally climbing the walls. Living with his Aunt May (Merisa Tomei), Parker uses his time away from the action to practice his newly found wall-climbing, web-slinging super powers.

As the months tick by without word from mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) for his next mission, Parker takes things into his own hands and seeks out criminals in his local community. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always get it right, and the destruction is often somewhat worse than the crime.

Parker’s assigned handler, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), all but shuts him out and Parker is frustrated with his dreary high-school life in comparison to his experience working with the Avengers. For Parker, high school consists of the academic club, lego building and being ignored and bullied by the older kids. The only thing interesting at school for Parker is the beautiful and intelligent captain of the academic club, Liz (Laura Harrier), but she is older and apparently way out of his league.

While trying to impress her, Parker finds himself hot on the tale of an underground group of criminals lead by an emerging new villain named Vulture (Michael Keaton). Vulture has retrieved alien weapons from a post battle clean-up and these weapons are unusually powerful. Parker has a lead he is all too keen to follow in order to deal with these criminals once and for all. Unfortunately, he still has a lot to learn.

Out to prove he is as capable as any other superhero, Parker takes this mission upon himself, cutting Tony Stark and Happy out of the loop.Things get really crazy here, and you’ll need to hold onto your seats! With so much action you may forget to breathe, just when you think the story is about to settle, along comes another twist and turn. This film has more flips than Spider-man could do down the main street of Brooklyn!

When the situation comes to a head, Parker is reprimanded by Stark, and his suit is taken from him as punishment. “If you’re nothing without the suit,” says Stark, “then you shouldn’t have it”.

Settling into his teenage life again, Parker seems more content. As his high school homecoming night approaches, things are getting back to normal…but look out! Once again face to face with his nemesis, a visually stunning mid-air battle with reflective plane mirrors and gripping effects sets the scene for what might be one of the best action climaxes I’ve seen. With the opportunity to be rid of his enemy once and for all, these are the moments where the real hero is made.This movie is set to take you on a ride like you’ve just been to an amusement park.

Full of action but taking a step deeper, we see a young man travel a rollercoaster journey from boyhood to manhood. Parker is required to step up in the most challenging of circumstances, and learns what it is to be a man of justice, mercy and humility. This is heartwarming but certainly not soppy. It is strong and heroic putting even Tony Stark to shame.The humour weaved into the picture creates an entertaining film in more ways than one, and there are a few humorous surprise cameo appearances along the way.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a plethora of entertainment suitable for teenagers upwards. It has very limited coarse language (though one alluded stand-out phrase towards the end), some mild mature themes, a lot of action violence—no blood, but plenty of fire, lasers, crashes and a scene where a man is pulverised by a weapon. Not for the faint hearted, but overall, as far as action movies go, this one has it all.


Last modified: May 31, 2018



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