Hol­land, cast de­light in ‘Spi­der Man: Home­com­ing’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY LIND­SEY BAHR

One thing is cer­tain: Cul­ture has not been lack­ing in takes on Spi­der-Man for the past 15 years. First there was Tobey Maguire, who un­der the di­rec­tion of Sam Raimi for three films ush­ered in the mod­ern su­per­hero era, and then there was An­drew Garfield whose two films with Marc Webb were im­me­di­ately for­get­table. And now, like all obe­di­ent fran­chises, they’re try­ing to start all over again, this time with the much more age-ap­pro­pri­ate Tom Hol­land in “Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing .’’

And you know what? Su­per­hero cyn­i­cism aside, “Spi­der­Man: Home­com­ing’’ is re­ally fun.

Di­rec­tor Jon Watts, whose only pre­vi­ous fea­ture film credit is the indie thriller “Cop Car,’’ has con­fi­dently put his stamp on the friendly neigh­bour­hood web-slinger by mak­ing one bold move: ac­tu­ally cast­ing teenagers to play teenagers.

Yes, af­ter two films with late 20-some­things don­ning the Spidey suit and get­ting bit­ten by that pesky spi­der, Spi­der-Man fi­nally gets to be a kid (and we get to skip over the whole ori­gin/ Un­cle Ben story). In­stead, Watts’ film, which is up­set­tingly cred­ited to six screen­writ­ers, picks up with Peter Parker (Hol­land) right be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the events of “Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War,’’ which in­tro­duced Hol­land’s Spi­der-Man in that epic air­port Avengers bat­tle.

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