Spider-Man: Homecoming Reviews Are In: Is This Reboot Worthwhile?
Are your Spidey senses tingling?
They shouldn’t be, because early reviews for Spider-Man: Homecoming are by and large glowing. Columbia Pictures’ summer blockbuster centers on Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who’s just returned home from a stint with the Avengers to live with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). With guidance from his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter must figure out how to balance heroics with homework—which only becomes more complicated when Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges to threaten New York.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters Friday. Additional cast members include Jacob Batalon, Garcelle Beauvais, Hannibal Buress, Tyne Daly, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Selenis Leyva, Logan Marshall-Green, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Zendayaand others.
Marvel’s Spider-Man been rebooted twice since 2002, with Tobey Maguire and AndrewGarfield playing the titular hero before Holland. Here’s what critics think of Jon Watts‘ movie:
• “News Flash: Tom Holland is the best movie Spider-Man ever,” Rolling Stone‘s Peter Traverswrites. “He finds the kid inside the famous red onesie and brings out the kid in even the most hardened filmgoer. The last two Spidey epics had ‘Amazing’ in the title, but let’s face it—both films stirred more apathy than amazement. The only suspense came in wondering how long and hard a franchise could be milked. It may be a problem winning back the comic-book fans, but after that extended cameo in Captain America: Civil War and this new solo outing, you finally feel that your friendly neighborhood web-slinger deserves to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Best of all, Travers writes, the “fresh” Spider-Man: Homecoming “is as high school as a John Hughes comedy—think The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—in which teens talk like teens instead of old-school Hollywood cynics aching to sound young.”
• “If the setting and story arc are mostly familiar, the movie finds freshness in its casting: classic supporting players and new additions…feel modern without being unduly, laboriously reworked,” Entertainment Weekly‘s Leah Greenblatt writes. And in a city “where the average citizen seems to accept Avengers as a fact of daily life as common as a rat on the subway or a Starbucks on the corner, Homecoming‘s Parker is still consistently, winningly wowed by his own capabilities; he can’t stop saying ‘Gross’ or ‘Awesome’ at the things that shoot out of his body (which, to be fair, is also just basic adolescence). But he can seem ordinary to the point of confounding the storyline, too—less a supercharged arachnid than an adorable puppy with special powers, or the YA dreamboat on an exceptionally well-cast Nickelodeon wizard show.”
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