What is it: In the third try for a successful Spider-Man movie, Tom Holland (The Impossible, Billy Elliot) steps into Spidey’s blue and red tights as 15-year-old Peter Parker. The story picks up directly after the introduction of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Fast forward two months and Peter is back in New York living with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei, The Big Short, Crazy Stupid Love) and working nights as Spider-Man, calling it an internship with Tony Stark. With the help of his best friend, Ned (newcomer Jacob Batalon), Peter must take on the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Batman) as well as the trials and tribulations of being a freshman in high school with a massive crush on the most popular girl in school.
My experience: I was lucky enough to be able to see this movie with two best friends, once in 3D and once in regular format. As I am not a fan of 3D, I enjoyed the regular format much better and was able to catch more things the second time around. Tom Holland gave a convincing performance as the youngest Peter Parker onscreen, but my favorite was Donald Glover who played Aaron Davis, the uncle of future Spider-Man, Miles Morales. His comedic timing and love of his nephew really add some great moments to the movie, despite the fact that he has such a small part. I am hoping that he will play a bigger role in future films.
Why you should see it: This movie has been out for awhile. In fact, if you’ve been listening to our podcasts, Christina has been bugging me to finish this movie review for about two months now. If you haven’t already seen the movie, I’m sure you’ve heard all about it. However, it is coming to DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD very soon and if you missed it, I suggest you see it right away! Definitely a summer movie that should not be missed.
The future: There is already a sequel set for 2019 with Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, and Zendaya attached. In the meantime, you can catch Tom Holland in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War alongside Homecoming castmates Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. Michael Keaton will be starring in 2019’s live-action version of Disney’s Dumbo as V.A. Vandermere and Donald Glover has two huge roles in the next few years, first playing the young Lando Calrissian in 2018’s A Star Wars Story: Han Solo and then Simba in Disney’s live-action version of The Lion King set for 2019. Don’t worry, there will be lots more from all of these actors in the future!