SPI­DER-MAN HOME­COM­ING ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Jon Watts, Star­ring Tom Hol­land, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Pal­trow, Zen­daya, Tyne Daly

Spi­der-Man is back to bat­tle The Vul­ture and en­dure be­ing a teenager. Among Home­com­ing’s many virtues is an ac­knowl­edge­ment that these su­per­hero things are es­sen­tially for chil­dren. The new film con­vinc­ingly casts a 21-year-old as a 15-year-old. His friends seem younger still. None of this means that the pic­ture is facile, cheap or lack­ing in am­bi­tion. Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing is more sat­is­fy­ing than any film to date in the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse. Fun is still fun. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 133 min

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