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Friday, October 13, 2017

Movie Thoughts: Spider-Man Homecoming

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow

Runtime: 2 hours, 13 minutes

Release Date: June 28, 2017

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.

My Thoughts: I loved it. I really did. I know there are a lot of fans of the first Spiderman film but I didn’t care for those films, much less the ones that came after.

This one though, this one really captured the essence of being a teenager with special abilities. Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker was less emo guy and more eager junior Avenger. There was a lightness to this Peter Parker that was absent from other portrayals. Peter’s a kid, he’s gotta act like a kid, say stupid things, do stupid things, but at the end of the day he’s also got this huge responsibility as Spiderman. I loved watching his inner conflict as he tried to balance his life as a teenager with his duties as a budding superhero. With a character as young as him, there’s plenty of opportunities for some serious comedy and Homecoming took it and ran with it. Not gonna lie, I was transported back to my awkward and painful teenage years with this cast. Their characters weren’t popular but they were wicked smart and I loved that they didn’t let bullies get them down.

And you can’t go wrong with Michael Keaton. As a villain, he was charming and I couldn’t hate him, I related and understood his plight even as I knew he was fighting a losing battle.

I sat and watched Spider-man: Homecoming with my mom and we both had fun with it which was surprising because back when the first Spiderman films came out she got bored and wasn’t interested in finishing the movie. So this was pretty neat that she enjoyed this movie.

I don’t want to give away too much for anyone who hasn’t seen but of course you get a bit of Tony Stark thrown into the movie and it’s always fun to see him and have that snark around and to see how Peter is starting to fit into the MCU. I know I’m excited to see Peter come into his own and grow up among his heroes.

Also, I may have a soft spot for Tom Holland because he has a pitbull like Miss Hayley.

Rent or Buy? Buy. There’s laughs to be had and a new cast to fall in love with.

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