Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Directed by: Jon Watts
How good is this movie?
The latest contribution to the Spider-Man story isn’t too ambitious; it’s content with being a fun, forgettable, summer action movie, and that’s probably just as well. I like Peter Parker, a decent guy trying to do the right thing while still being a normal teenager. The supporting cast is likeable enough, if a bit flat, and I look forward to seeing them fleshed out in future installments. The villain is potentially very interesting, but, unfortunately, isn’t developed enough to be really compelling. My favourite thing about this movie, though, is its ties to the rest of the franchise. I particularly enjoyed Tony Stark, who takes a turn as Peter’s reluctant father figure and proves once again that he’s much better as a supporting character in someone else’s story than as a hero in his own right.
How ace is this movie?
A major sub-plot is the awkward teenage romance between Peter and Liz. This is definitely a sexual romance, but, since the characters are still kids, there’s no actual sex involved. Peter also finds that, as a superhero, he frequently has more pressing matters than romance on his plate.
3 Stars; 3 Aces