Okay, so just who needs yet another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise? After all, this is the third time the story has been reworked since 2002. Well, I guess we do since “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is arguably the best Spider-Man movie, yet.
British actor Tom Holland from “The Impossible,” plays Peter Parker, the awkward high school nerd who wants nothing more than to become a member of The Avengers. The well-meaning teen aims to please, but Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, Jr., realizes he just isn’t ready. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man attempts to prove him wrong when he’s confronted with a challenge from super villain, The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton.
Naturally, the screenwriters have provided plenty of challenges for our young superhero-in-training.
The movie is well over two hours long, but that time is filled to the brim with action, humor and spectacular production values that have improved significantly since 2002. Keaton is excellent as a man driven to the brink and he provides plenty of menace for our young hero.
But the movie belongs to Holland who hits all the right notes as the naive but gifted kid with a lot of growing up to do.
Even for those who may be getting a bit weary of the whole Marvel Universe thing, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” proves that the third time is the charm for Spidey.
Also opening this week, “The Big Sick” is an acclaimed comic drama. Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani stars as a standup comic who falls for an American student, played by Zoe Kazan, who suffers a health crisis. Nanjini and his real life wife, Emily Gordon, wrote the screenplay, based on their own romance. “The Journey” is a fictionalized account of a road trip between Northern Irish Unionist leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politico Martin McGuinness. Timothy Spall and Colm Meany star. “Austin Found” is a comedy about a woman who has her daughter kidnapped for the publicity. “Darkness Rising” is a horror entry about a girl who visits her old home where a family massacre occurred.