McCann At The Movies: Third Time Lucky As Marvel Hits The Right Note!

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Our movie guy, John McCann, on the highly enjoyable Spider-Man: Homecoming…

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, under the watchful eye of Tony Stark, Peter Parker starts to embrace his new found identity as Spider-Man whilst also attempting to return to his normal daily routine and frustrated by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighbourhood superhero.

Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Fifteen years on from Sam Raimi’s effort and a second reboot later, finally Marvel seem to have got it right with the theme, tone and most importantly casting, as Tom Holland captures the aura and likeness of the lead character perfectly.

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With a new director (John Watts) and a new leading auto, this exhausted franchise gets the proverbial kick it required with the reset button pressed and all the qualities that endeared the public to the character initially being nourished and enriched.

Tom Holland is simply perfect as Peter Parker/Spider-Man playing the hero with a naivety and lack of arrogance that was frankly missing from the performances of his predecessors in this role.

In Michael Keaton, the film also has an actor on top form who can add the menace and fearfulness required from an evil nemesis at the blink of an eye and his portrayal as the nasty and unhinged Vulture in this film should not be underestimated.

The dark and deep atmosphere evident in the first two series attempts have been abolished also, with Spider-Man: Homecoming depicting what the comic books had intended – a teen struggling to find his way and deal with his remarkable powers whilst also dealing with the pressures of high school all portrayed in a John Hughes type setting with added superhero antics thrown in to entertain.

The effects, action and stunts in this film are stunning with the audience at the edge of their seat for large segments of what is overall a very entertaining and enjoyable film.

Third time lucky it is then, in what was the reboot that no one thought they needed but are sure glad that it arrived. Highly enjoyable!


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