Homework can wait. The city can’t.
Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man made quite a splash with his peppy cameo appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. and he’s just as giddily entertaining in his first solo adventure: Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This rapid reboot – a mere three years after predecessor Andrew Garfield’s last outing in the role – has no need to run through the character’s mutant-spider-bite origins yet again. Instead, the movie gets down to showing us the enthusiastically nerdy young hero’s first stabs at low-level crimebusting on the streets of Queens and his comically inept attempts to impress weary mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr).
Along the way, his path crosses that of a new supervillain, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, a working-class salvage man turned black-market trafficker in super weaponry, which cues up some breathless set-piece scenes of derring-do and peril.
But for much of the movie, director Jon Watts (Cop Car) is avowedly channelling the spirit of 1980s John Hughes teen movies, as Peter competes in an academic decathlon and tries to get a date with high-school crush Liz (Laura Harrier). And it’s this strand that sets the movie’s enjoyably breezy tone and gives Holland’s puppyish charm the chance to shine.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 133 mins. Director Jon Watts
Spider-Man: Homecoming is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD from 20 November.
Also available as a Limited Edition Figurine box set, featuring a high-quality resin figurine of Spider-Man and the Vulture (approx. 12” by 12”) with a numbered base, plus the 4K Ultra HD and all-new comic.