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SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING, redeeming qualities

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Spiderman: Homecoming is slow-paced, but to my surprise, I enjoyed it. It's got the Marvel sweet flavor and all these cool details that make you want to see more, at the end of it.

"In the late 1980s, Marvel began a run of comic books called Damage Control, about the underpaid, overworked schmoes charged with cleaning up the mess made by superhero battles. This series is relevant to Spider-Man: Homecoming for two reasons. Firstly, it inspired the movie’s villain, flying crook the Vulture (Michael Keaton), who starts out as a blue-collar construction guy sifting through the rubble left behind at the end of Avengers Assemble. Secondly, and more crucially, it seems to have set the vibe for the first Spider-film made with Marvel’s direct creative input." (Empire Online)

In this new Spiderman, we don't get to see Peter Parker being bit by a Spider, we see him trying to enter the Avengers Universe, step by step. He makes tons of rookie mistakes in his desperate search for meaning, adventure and approval from his foster superhero dad, but he also prove himself to be a powerful and loyal member of the winning team.

"When Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they were teaming up to re-boot Spider-Man once more—the third iteration of the character in 15 years—it was easy to be skeptical. Sony’s first bite at the apple, with Tobey Maguire, fell apart by the end, and the second, with Andrew Garfield, barely got off the ground at all. But Marvel demonstrates once again that it knows exactly what it’s doing with one of its premier characters: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland in the titular role, is an utter gas, a fast and very funny superflick that inserts Spidey into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe without ever losing sight of what makes him unique and beloved.

The movie opens with a mini-movie—really more of a video diary—by Peter himself, briefly recounting the character’s reintroduction as a temporary Avenger in Captain America: Civil War. (“No one has actually told me what I’m doing in Berlin,” he narrates to his smartphone. “Something about Captain America going crazy.”) But when it’s over, it’s over. And Peter, having had a taste of full-on superheroism, is back to being an ordinary, not terribly popular high-schooler in Queens." (The Atlantic)

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"Homecoming has enough colorful personalities to stand on its own. Peter’s best friend is a superhero fanboy who practically speaks for the audience. Aunt May has evolved from a helpless old lady into the sexy, sassy Marisa Tomei, a character who Peter can actually relate to rather than spending his life hiding from.

There’s far more of an emphasis on comedy, and on character, than the majority of the superhero fare out there. Peter’s high school struggles feel more weighty than his crime-fighting, and that’s exactly the way it should be.

Much of what always made Spider-Man’s action sequences interesting comes from the fact that he’s comparatively underpowered, constantly struggling against foes that are clearly much tougher than him. In this incarnation, he’s downright clumsy. He hasn’t gotten the hang of this hero thing yet, and he spends much of the film doing what a teenager does best; making huge mistakes and damaging property.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is excitable and starry-eyed, not quite the loser Maguire was, not the witty, confident Garfield, but a boy on the cusp of manhood. Refreshingly, his nighttime patrol is depicted as dull, his role as superhero a dream rather than concrete reality. It’s really hard to just walk down the street and see a felony occur before your very eyes, and Spider-Man has trouble tracking serious crime down. Until him and Michael Keaton’s Vulture cross paths, Spider-Man isn’t really needed in this city of heroes." (Forbes)

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"Even diehard comic-book movie fans must have noticed by now the glitch in the Avengers universe. Whatever algorithm is used to calculate the perfect ratio of self-satisfied banter to bludgeoning FX has resulted in ever-decreasing variations on a theme. If not quite the same movie, they recycle the same plot points and devices, the same blustering displays of CGI muscle. Deep within the Marvel laboratories, it seems genetic experiments have been taking place as the DNA of the comic-book action flick is spliced with that of other films. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the labradoodle of this cross-genre breeding programme. Part superhero movie, part high-school coming-of-age story, it’s bouncy, likable and completely devoid of threat." (The Guardian)

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