When the new Spiderman movie was announced it was met with a lot of groans and scepticism, especially since Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of the webslinger was akin to Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker, but fans and critics alike have been left pleasantly surprised with Jon Watts Spiderman Homecoming, with one critic even calling it the best spidey movie ever made.
Following his experience with the Avengers in Civil War, 15-year-old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns to life in New York City juggling his newfound powers as Spiderman and trying to cope with all the trials and tribulations of puberty and high school.
At the same time, under the guidance of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and his bodyguard Happy (Jon Favreau) Peter is being trained as a superhero.
Desperate to prove himself and fearful he isn’t being taken seriously Peter goes after the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton) who is smuggling alien weapons from the Department of Damage Control and selling it to criminals.
Even though the pacing of the movie is a little slow and the story feels slightly disjointed as it jumps back and forth between its many story arcs there is no doubt Tom Holland is a rising star.
He perfectly captures the awkwardness of being a teenager, the vulnerability and fears and self doubt everyone at that age goes through and at the same time he brings to life the old school Spiderman from the cartoons.
He is cheeky, witty and confident with his powers making the newest superhero to join the Avengers universe a joy to watch.
Also starring Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Zendaya and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Rating: Three and half out of five stars
Distributor: Sony Pictures
In cinemas now