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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Homework can wait. The city can’t. 

Year: 2017 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Jon Watts 
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. 
An image from Spider-Man: Homecoming

Review:

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we follow a young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he attempts to prove himself as a superhero to his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), whilst also dealing with the many social challenges of high school, such as trying to impress his crush, Liz (Laura Harrier), or keeping his alter ego secret from his classmates.

Parker initially uses his powers in his free time after school to be a ‘friendly neighbourhood spider-man’, catching bicycle thieves and helping with directions, but this leaves him unsatisfied. Despite warnings from Stark, he soon gets caught up in the schemes of a gang selling weapons that utilise supernatural technology, facing a villain in Adrian Toomes, or ‘The Vulture’ (Michael Keaton), the leader of the gang.

Tom Holland is great to watch in his leading role, bringing something new to a well explored character, while Keaton also does a terrific job in making his villain sympathetic as well as menacing. The supporting cast put in strong performances too, with many amusing scenes featuring Zendaya and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s schoolfriends. Furthermore, Downey Jr.’s presence, although limited, is always welcomed, as are other cameos from the Avengers.

Homecoming is packed with both humour and great action scenes, and can be enjoyed by anyone, even people with no prior knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although there are plenty of Easter eggs hidden for longstanding fans to appreciate. All in all, it is a delightful and entertaining film.

Iain Walker

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Autumn Term (digital)
2017/2018 Autumn Term (digital)