FILM REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming will delight fans

PUBLISHED: 17:56 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:17 18 August 2017

Tom Holland is Spider-Man in this latest release. Picture: CHUCK ZLOTNICK/2017 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. IMAGE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC

Tom Holland is Spider-Man in this latest release. Picture: CHUCK ZLOTNICK/2017 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. IMAGE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC

©2017 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.

Following the critical and commercial flop of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fans rejoiced when Sony announced an agreement with Marvel studios to merge the web-slinger into its popular Marvel cinematic universe.

The deal, which allows the character to appear alongside other Marvel heroes such as Iron Man and Thor, began last year with a short but memorable appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

With young British actor Tom Holland in the title role, Homecoming picks up where that film left off and focuses on an excited Peter Parker full of enthusiasm for his new-found super powers.

But when a second call up to the Avengers is not forthcoming, he becomes frustrated and sets out to prove his worth to mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), crossing paths with the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton) along the way.

Set during the build-up to Parker’s High School homecoming, this film is every bit a teenage high school film as it is a superhero flick - with Peter’s supporting classmates all getting plenty of screentime.

Best friend Ned, wannabe girlfriend Liz and school bully Flash are all expertly cast and given their time to shine.

Director Jon Watts also handles the superhero part of the story well, as Peter tests out his new enhanced spider suit on the lowly street criminals of New York.

The fact Spider-Man can finally interact with his fellow heroes is part of the joy of this film. Downey Jnr’s Iron Man has a big part to play and his inclusion will delight the Marvel hardcore, however, director Watts is careful not to over do it and bemuse the casual viewer with too much backstory.

The real star, however, is Holland who personifies the young Peter Parker better than any actor before him. His portrayal of the clever yet awkward schoolboy-turned-superhero is close to perfect.

He is helped by a thoroughly entertaining script which is high on laughs, but contains real peril when necessary.

Overall, Spider-Man Homecoming is a real joy to watch, and in a summer of excellent blockbusters it’s up there among the best.

The film is showing at Saffron Screen over the weekend.

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