Plot: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Review: Whenever I was a kid I used to love Spider-Man; I would always watch Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends and thought Fire Star was kind of hot. Then as I grew older there was little about the character that appealed and I became less interested, looking for darker heroes like Batman and The Punisher.

The live action Spidey movies so far all had their moments and Spider-Man 2 remains one of the best of the genre, despite the fact Tobey Maguire always looked too old. Spider-Man: Homecoming is yet another reboot for the character so soon after the failed Amazing Spider-Man movies but it’s the first one to actually be connected to The Avengers movies.

We were first introduced to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spidey in Captain America: Civil War and everyone was delighted as we finally got to see Spider-Man fight with The Avengers. Holland is easily the best Spider-Man yet capturing Parker’s awkwardness but also the humour of the character who is always wise cracking while fighting criminals. Homecoming feels like The Breakfast Club-meets-Superhero-origin-story as we see Peter juggling his school life and his newly found powers.

Thankfully, we don’t go through his being bitten by the spider story as we’ve all seen that a million times before. I really liked how in this movie he’s still a bit crap, not quite used to his powers yet and clumsily falling all over the place which worked in showing how inexperienced he is at this superhero game. Peter is mentored (mostly from a distance) by Tony Stark who feels responsible for him and wants him to remain low-key just taking on small-time criminals in New York. When Peter comes across an arms dealer known as The Vulture (Michael Keaton) he can’t remain idle and things go rapidly out of control.

Considering I actually don’t like the character of Tony Stark he is actually great in this and I liked the scenes where he is trying to convince Peter to act more responsibly.

Spider-Man: Homecoming has a sharp script and one of the best Marvel villains to date with Keaton stealing every scene he’s in as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. He isn’t a one note bad guy either but a human being trying to get by after Stark’s company rudely kicks his construction crew off their clean-up project in New York. You can totally see Toomes’ motivation and he doesn’t even have any super powers; he’s just trying to provide for his family and when he discovers some left over alien tech he uses it to become The Vulture. Keaton brings real intensity to the role and remains one of my favourite actors (and still one of the best Batmen). Every moment he is on screen is magnetic and there were a few twists to the character that I didn’t see coming.

The movie never stops being fun and Peter’s relationship with his best friend and classmates feels authentic. I really liked how the school scenes felt realistically awkward unlike so many Hollywood movies where you just get jocks vs. nerds but as we all know real life is more complex.

There are some great action scenes with the Staten Island Ferry sequence a definite highlight but I also really enjoyed the finale with Spidey facing off against the Vulture (who incidentally looks really cool).

I always wanted to see Shocker in a live-action Spider-Man movie and we finally get to see him in Homecoming; it’s just a shame he doesn’t wear the costume and it’s just a guy firing electric bolts from a machine on his arm so that was disappointing.

I also found (alongside every blockbuster today) that it was far too long; at 2 hours and 15 minutes a few minutes could have been trimmed. Seriously people, we need more 90 minute movies…

Although it is primarily a kid’s film there are a few scenes for the grown-ups to enjoy and I loved how everyone is hitting on Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) all the time which was a fresh angle for the character who is normally old and boring.

Michael Giachinno provides the score and despite the great modern update of the old Spider-Man theme from the 60’s at the start it is (as with most Marvel movies) a sadly forgettable score that I wouldn’t listen to outside of the movie.

Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to be stupidly successful at the box office and rightly so; it has the right amount of humour, drama and action to make it one of the best Marvel movies to date but it also has one of the most memorable villains too with a scene stealing turn from Michael Keaton. Stay for the scenes at the end credits; one of which is hilarious…

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.