James Patterson

programmer, photographer, cinema lover, geek

Spider-Man has his Homecoming

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It might not be a fact that's approved of by all but it's undeniable that reboots are becoming common place in the cinema these days. Of course reboots aren't new, replace 'reboot' with 'remake' and you can see them scattered throughout the history of the motion picture. However, it's not too surprising that people start getting annoyed at Hollywood for 'rebooting' or 'remaking' movies within fewer years than it takes to get through secondary school. The idea of there being 3 different - completely separate - incarnations of a single character, over 6 movies, in 15 years is just insane. So, is it a case of 3rd time's a charm?

Yes.

Spider-Man has, kind of, come home to Marvel and as you'd expect they are going to try and make sure they don't mess up this opportunity. Previous attempts at Spider-Man from Sony have been patchy. Spider-Man 2, with Toby Maguire, was considered to be the far out best of the lot - I agree, but it hasn't aged well - and 3 of the other 4 were just differing degrees of terrible.

It's a relief then to watch Homecoming and leave with a huge grin on my face. It's a hugely enjoyable movie.

Tom Holland looks the part, plays the young Peter Parker well. He may have the super-human intellect and strength but he's still an immature, awkward, and geeky kid lacking in life experience with a lot to learn. He's still quick witted and a smart-ass but he's not perfect at it. He goes from home-made onesie to Stark-designed super-suit and it is apparent that it's very much an 'all the gear, no idea' situation for Peter and after getting himself and members of the public into a dangerous, life threatening, situation he has to be brought down a peg by Mr Stark.

Without going into too much detail, I'd compare Peter's journey in this to Tony's in Iron Man 3. Sure, it's not as dramatic as having his whole house blown up and falling into the sea, but both are put into situations for them to realise that they are the heroes themselves - with or without the fancy suits.

Even with the glaring issue of how this movie fits into the overarching MCU timeline, this is a solid instalment in both a new Spider-Man run of movies and the Universe as a whole. Hopefully there will be some light shed on the timeline issue when San Diego Comic Con comes along later this month.

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