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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Official Synopsis:

Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.

After several not so great Spider-Man films, Spider-Man's well-received cameo in Captain America: Civil War had many audiences cautiously optimistic and anticipating for a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. We were no different.

Even though the casting was excellent and the film was fun to watch at times, it was plagued with issues. The film did not seem to know what it was trying to accomplish or what was Peter Parker's greatest obstacle. Was it the Vulture, Peter Parker's social life conundrums, or his journey to figure out what kind of superhero he's supposed to become? Most likely it was all three but the final result in this case was that none of it seemed to matter too much. We really couldn't help but ask ourselves midway through, what's the point? In addition, Spider-Man's over reliance on his suit's AI for every situation also made Spider-Man really boring to watch. Part of Spider-Man's charm as a superhero was his use of wits and intelligence to thwart many of his villains. Unfortunately, that charm was missing for almost the entire movie. The end result was a fun and charismatic Spider-Man that kind of wanders about aimlessly for two hours. Its was still fun, but I expected more.

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Our Rating:

Danny: 7.5/10

Swin: 6/10

Directed by: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments

Runtime: 133 min

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