Friday, August 25, 2017

Spiderman: Homecoming

For the first time ever, we were beaten by Mr 14 to the movies for this one. His youth group of Yr 9 boys went and bonded over superheroes and teen angst (as well as junk food and video games). Having worked his way through all the Marvel Avenger movies with Husband over the last year, he was very excited by this new release and the chance to see it on the big screen.

A few weeks later, we managed to get to the movies ourselves and had a very enjoyable time in the latest Marvel movie event. Spiderman made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, a plot line I hinted at in that review. It’s about a year later and Peter Parker is 15, a sophomore with a crush on senior Liz and regularly bullied by the cool kids along with his friend Ned. Little do they know that every afternoon Peter dons his red suit and helps out with local crime fighting, all the while waiting for Tony Stark (Iron Man) to call and invite him to rejoin the Avengers.

The Avenger movies are all good entertainment for those who like their superhero fix, yet they really did need to come up with something new, especially as the production company is now turning out 2-3 of these movies a year. Having Spiderman as a teenager adds a whole new dimension, making it a coming of age superhero movie. He can outrun baddies with ease. He’s a powerful fighter, and works to protect others; but has no idea how to interrogate someone, to talk to girls, or to stand up to the school bully when not suited up. It was a clever mix of Superhero power in a doubtful and uncertain teen body. A good movie for teens and their parents alike!

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