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published 03/12/2017 | thedevilinme
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Pro Good fun for kids
Cons Not the best Spiderman ever
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Spiderman Homecoming (DVD)

Spiderman Homecoming (DVD)

Star – Tom Holland
Genre – Action > Comic Book
Run Time – 2 hr 13 minutes
Certificate – PG13
Country – U.S.A
Awards – 3 Wins
Amazon – £10 DVD – Blue Ray £14.99
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I think it’s fair to say the Marvel Comics movies have whipped DCs butt in the superhero genre on cinema grosses and entertainment value of late. You could blame Ben Affleck but it’s more than that. Superman V Batman, The Suicide Squad and the Justice League have been universally panned. Apart from the Christian Bale, Batman movies that got the whole billion dollar comic book circus up to speed in the late 1990s as CGI matured, after that dreadfully camp comic book era of the 1970s and 80s killed it stone dead as far as a cinema experience goes, the Marvel Universe has ruled. The Avengers stuff is all but bankrolling Hollywood now.

The latest incarceration of Peter Parker/Spiderman is young Tom Holland, clearly being welded into the The Avengers set up for commercial reasons. Merchandising reasons.
It’s also fair to say Spiderman has been the most messed around superhero on the Marvel books and that hasn’t helped continuity. Toby McGuire’s Spiderman was the reason why Marvel raced away from DC, post Batman, but we have seen three young actors playing Spiderman in 15 years now. McGuire bailed after three really good movies because Sam Raimi dropped out and then English actor Andrew Garfield took over with another reboot from scratch. He was pretty good but after two episodes he too disappeared and now we have Tom Holland (The Impossible), also English. I guess casting young British talent is simply cheaper. There was talk of a black Spiderman to try and appeal to a worldwide audience more but even young black kids know that would not ring true to the comic books they read. The supporting cast is quite ethnic though with Spiderman’s sidekick being a chunky Korean kid and Peter Parkers girl being black.

Little known but talented director John Watts was entrusted with the latest reboot, which picks up from the end of The Amazing Spiderman 2, minus Andrew Garfield, of course. The $800 million gross target achieved comfortably from the director of the quirky film Cop Car (2015)


Spiderman (2002) Budget $138million – Grossed $821
Spiderman 2 (2004) Budget $200m – Grossed - $783m
Spiderman 3 (2007) Budget $257m – Grossed $890m
The Amazing Spiderman (2012) Budget $220 – Grossed $757m
The Amazing Spiderman 2(2014) Budget $290m – Grossed $709m
Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) Budget $170 million – Grossed $880 million

Tom Holland ... Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Michael Keaton ... Adrian Toomes / Vulture
Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark / Iron Man
Marisa Tomei ... May Parker
Jon Favreau ... Happy Hogan
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Pepper Potts
Zendaya ... Michelle
Donald Glover ... Aaron Davis
Jacob Batalon ... Ned
Laura Harrier ... Liz
Tony Revolori ... Flash
Bokeem Woodbine ... Herman Schultz / Shocker #2
Tyne Daly ... Anne Marie Hoag
Abraham Attah ... Abe


Following the Battle of New York that featured in The Avengers movie where Loki (Tom Hiddlestone) and his borrowed Chitauri army wrecked Manhattan, contractor Adrian Toomes (Michael keatonn) and his salvage company have won a big deal from the city to clean up. But their operation is about to be taken over by the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.), a partnership between Tony Stark (Rob Downey-Junior) and the U.S. government, a lot of that debris littered with advanced alien technology they don’t want the general public to come in contact with.

Seething at being driven off the site and effectively out of business after having to overextend his company to be able to do the work, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they have already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons. Over the preceding years he has achieved exactly that and now selling to Manhattans criminal underworld and making a very nice living, creating a really cool and armored flying suit for himself, The Vulture. Although he tells his buyers to be low key with the weapons so not to draw attention from Stark and the government to his set up, they don’t and the use of them in the city beginning to be noticed by Stark Industries.

Across town and 15-year old orphan Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is drafted into The Avengers by Stark to learn the ropes. Stark discovered Spiderman’s true identity in the last movie and wants to nurture him. The kid has resumed his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology by day and some local crime busting by night. Stark doesn’t think he is quite ready to become a full Avenger and so little Peter Parker seeking out tougher crime fighting to prove he can make the A-Team.

One night, after preventing criminals from robbing an ATM with their advanced weapons purchased from Toomes, Parker returns to his Queens student apartment where his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) discovers his flat mate is Spiderman. Ned is stoked a she knows a real Avenger and determined to be his sidekick somehow nut promise not to tell.

The following night, out looking for trouble in the city, Parker discovers Toomes' partners in crime Jackson Brice / Shocker (Logan Marshall-Green) and Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine) demonstrating weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) chasing a sale. Parker rescues Davis before being caught by Toomes and dropped in a lake, nearly drowning after becoming tangled in a parachute built into his new cool Spiderman suit he ‘borrowed’ from Starks lab. Rescued by Stark at the last - who is monitoring the missing Spider-Man suit - he warns the kid against further involvement with the big league criminals as he is clearly not ready yet.

Picking up the pieces, Parker and Ned study a weapon left behind by Brice, removing its glowing power core. But this, too, also has a tracking device on it and Toomes goons are sent to find it. Ned and Peter are deep into the case now and disable the tracking device in Spiderman’s suit to keep tracking Toomes and co. This triggers a lot of Iron Man style extras in the suit. Has he bitten off more than he can chew and has he endangered his college friends in the process, especially classmate Michelle (Zendaya), who he is sweet on.


Its good fun but just lacks something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Holland is perfectly fine as Peter Parker but there is not much signature swinging through the skyscrapers or exciting villains here. Electro was fantastic in the early films. It’s almost like they are trying to tie in The Avengers with Spiderman to absorb him so not to make anymore Spiderman movies.

It’s rather too politically correct on the mixed race cast to sell to the South East Asian and African domains and so feels forced in places and having a lot of Tony Stark in the film sees Rob Downey Junior takeover some bits and make it feel more like those Avenger movies. It also loses more identity and some of its mystique as most of the various characters in the movie seem to know Peter Parker is Spiderman. The whole point of these films is people don’t know who the superheros are.

I like that there is no messing around with another genesis story here though and you have to imagine Spiderman ‘is’ and that Garfield and Maguire never existed in the Marvel Universe although a chance missed there for a fun in-joke or two. Michael Keaton played Batman, of course, so clearly room for it. Stan Lee gets his perfunctory cameo. The humor is there but not as dry and rapid as the Thor stuff.

I enjoyed it enough and Michael Keaton makes for a menacing villain although not so sure about a 25-year-old playing a 15-year-old Peter Parker. It’s the worse of the Spiderman films for me although it doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. It’s just an OK movie and we know Marvel have not been known for OK movies. Maybe because I have to judge it against the far superior Avengers, Captain America and Thor movies I should cut it some slack but could do better.


Imdb.com –7.6/10.0 (236,234votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 92% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 72% critic’s approval



Special Features

-Finding Spiderman –

3500 guys were threshed through casting for the new Spiderman and Tom Holland won, apparently. Due to his similarity to Jamie Bell from Billy Elliot (2000) he was cast in the stage musical in 2014, his dancing skills brining nimble feet to his Spiderman.

-John Watts: Head of Class-

More behind the scenes stuff.


Salon.com –‘ If "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is to be judged solely on its ability to unite a diverse audience behind a fun motion picture, it seems to have succeeded wildly’.

Sight & Sound - ‘Director Jon Watts has learned from his predecessors that the huge set-piece scenes only work with Spider-Man if there's a character point being made’.

Film Comment-‘The chorus of advance raves has declared that Watts has hit the sweet spot. I'd call it sweet-and-sour’.

Slant Magazine –‘ By partially demonstrating what a newer, fresher superhero movie might look like, Homecoming ultimately underlines its own genre-defined limitations’.

Movie Talk –‘Director Jon Watts is avowedly channelling the spirit of 1980s John Hughes teen movies... And it's this strand that sets the movie's enjoyably breezy tone and gives Holland's puppyish charm the chance to shine’.

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  • Chippytarka published 07/12/2017
    Really want to watch this!
  • 2mennycds published 06/12/2017
    Great review here!
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DVD Region: DVD

Actor(s): Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Martin Starr, Donald Glover

Classification: 12 years and over

Director(s): Jon Watts

Production Year: 2017

EAN: 5035822229136

Video Category: Feature Film


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