Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13)

Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., and a host of others, Spiderman: Homecoming takes place several months after the events which took place in Captain America: Civil War.  Peter Parker is attempting to balance his life as an ordinary high school student with fighting crime as an aspiring Avenger, as a sinister threat (the Vulture) emerges.

Spider-Man gets an update with a modern setting, modern technology and a multicultural cast.  This high school story is typical and familiar.  As Peter Parker, a nerd with hottie potential, Peter navigates through those tumultuous teen years, doing typical teen things (secretly crushing on a girl, trying to fit in, school activities, being the butt of jokes at times, and the like), while secretly fighting crime.  Peter Parker has this restlessness about him that Tony Stark unsuccessfully attempts to contain, but you cannot contain youth!  Peter is super smart in school but easily distracted and bored at times.  He is the brunt of bullying, and lacks confidence like many young people his age.  But in his superhero life, the bullies are the bad guys and they are slinging more than mean words and insults.  Here, Peter (as Spider-Man) is overly confident and has much to learn.  So… he’s really not excelling, nor is he failing in either area; but rather, he is “feeling his way through.”  In each of these two areas Peter/Spiderman exhibits great potential and this means there are lots of possibilities for how a sequel may play out – and this makes us look forward to a sequel that we are not obviously and deliberately led to it.  Brilliant!

The acting is very good in this movie.  Although he is actually 21, Tom Holland provides the intended youthful exuberance in this film.  You will believe he is a 15 year old kid.  Michael Keaton does exactly what he always does; deliver a spot on performance.  Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend is so funny and endearing, you’ll just want to hug him.

The writing is superb in that there is never a dull moment.  The film holds your attention from start to finish.  Newer, supporting characters are fleshed out enough so you get to know them.  The veterans get their screen time.  And we get to know this new, younger version of Spider-Man.  There is a lot of humor, some suspense and a surprise or two.  Spider-Man is very smartly written and takes advantage of the multicultural cast and utilizes them with purpose.

Spider-Man: Homecoming earned 9 out of 10 bloops.  It’s good, clean family fun that won’t make an adult want to take a nap, drop the kids off and go do something else or pull out their hair.  It appeals to all ages.  This movie is fun!

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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What I’m seeing this week…

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The Confessions
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Past Reviews:

Atomic Blonde
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me
It Comes at Night
The Wedding Plan
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The Belko Experiment
Beauty and the Beast
Raw

Kong: Skull Island
Logan
Bitter Harvest
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
Florence Foster Jenkins
I Am Not Your Negro

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