Spi­der­man: Home­com­ing

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(★★★★✩)

BY now, you should know Spi­der­Man’s story like the back of your hand. How Peter Parker got bit­ten by a ra­dioac­tive spi­der, how a crim­i­nal he al­lowed to es­cape killed his Un­cle Ben, and how he came about with his fa­mous motto: With great power comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s a story that has been re­peated in past ver­sions of Spi­der-Man films.

Thank­fully, Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing doesn’t re­peat all that again. Lit­tle time is spent dwelling on how Tom Hol­land’s Peter got his pow­ers, and we’re mer­ci­fully spared from hav­ing to watch Un­cle Ben die on screen all over again.

This isn’t an ori­gin story – it’s more of a com­ing-of-age story. And boy, is it a joy­ous, and mas­sively en­ter­tain­ing one. The tran­si­tion into the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse cer­tainly helps, es­pe­cially in adding the pre­req­ui­site MCU fun fac­tor. Since the char­ac­ter was al­ready in­tro­duced in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War, we’re al­ready fa­mil­iar with Peter and his men­tor-mentee re­la­tion­ship with Tony Stark. It also al­lows the film­mak­ers to go straight into the story with­out spend­ing too much time on set­ting up this new Spidey’s world or even Michael Keaton’s men­ac­ing yet strangely sym­pa­thetic Vul­ture.

Is Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing the best Spidey movie ever? No, it’s not, that’s Spi­der-Man 2. But it IS much more fun than all the rest, that’s for sure. – Michael Cheang

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