FILM Spider-Man: Homecoming (M) screens at Moonrise Cinema, Saturday, August 5, 7pm. Visit moonrisecinema.com.au.
SUPERHERO FLICK WILL KEEP FANS HAPPY
The journey of Spider-Man (a Marvel character owned by Sony) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the benchmark for superhero films owned by Disney) is more tangled than the webs the gravity-defying crime fighter fires from his wrists.
But let’s just say the wait has been worth it.
After a well-received cameo in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, in which newcomer Tom Holland turned his Spidey into a cheeky, awestruck, hyper-babbling kid who stole the big smackdown scene, the 21-year-old Englishman is back playing the 15-year-old New Yorker Peter Parker.
He’s the third actor to be Spider-Man this century, after Sony released three films with Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger, then Andrew Garfield appeared in two more maligned efforts (although I liked Garfield’s sarcastic, pre-Deadpool take on a superhero).
Holland, though, could be the best.
For someone who is just 1.73m tall, he has a sparkling screen presence and comic timing.
The only backstory we get this time is for Adrian Toomes, played with typical hard-bitten workingclass sourness by Michael Keaton.
Toomes is in charge of a salvage crew cleaning up alien weapons after the battle of New York — the climax to 2012’s Avengers — but when a new Government department lays off his team, he starts stealing and trading some of this other-worldly tech.
In a clip that will resonate with parents of teens, Peter seems more keen on Snapchat than doing what is most important at the time — fighting Captain America and his mates.
After battling the Cap, it’s a big comedown for Peter to be back at school in Queens, where his classmates are worrying about homecoming balls and academic decathlons. He thinks he should now be an Avenger, out saving the world, and feels increasing frustration towards father-figure Tony Stark for holding him back.
What follows is a coming-of-age tale as Peter tries to win the heart of classmate Liz (Laura Harrier) but learns of Vulture’s plans for a huge heist and must somehow stop him without his spidergimmicks. Spider-Man: Homecoming is aimed at a younger market than other MCU films so it pulls some punches in the action.
Still, the humour, especially between Peter and his schoolmates Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Michelle (Zendaya), is razor-sharp and up there with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Add a cracker of a plot twist, and the appearances of Iron Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and it will keep the adult comic fans more than happy.
Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming.Picture: Chuck Zlotnick, Sony Pictures