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Spider-Man begins again. Again.
22 November 2017
A new Spider-Man movie. As with 2012's the Amazing Spider-Man, this is a totally fresh take on him shorn of any connections to previous Spider-Man. But unlike that, this one does take place in the same fictional Universe as Marvel comics movies such as those with Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers.
Thus familiarity with those will help. Especially with last year's Captain America: Civil War. As this shows what happens to Spider-Man after events in that.
Peter has to balance school life with superhero life. With pining after the seemingly unattainable girl. With dealing with bullies. And his gig with the Avengers not being quite all he hoped it would be. Meantime, construction crew boss Adrian Toomes has spied an opportunity, and is making money from it. In the role of the Vulture. He and Peter are about to meet, and their worlds will never be the same again...
Whilst I liked previous Spider-Man films for what they were, this does the character a power of good by putting him in an established and recognisable cinematic universe. And it's all the better for it. Yet it does keep all that on the sides with cameos and references, and keeps the focus firmly on Spider-Man himself. Which is the right way to go.
It also gives us what the previous films didn't. Peter's high school years. All superbly portrayed. Tom Holland is as brilliant in the role as he was in Civil War, and he is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast for these scenes, which do balance character drama with humour superbly.
Michael Keaton is also great as Toomes. And it's nice to get a villain who isn't someone who got powers in a lab accident and has gone on a crazed revenge quest, rather one with very believable motivations.
It's also nice not to have to go through Spider-Man's origin story once again.
The best Spider-Man film ever. Huge entertainment. Well worth a watch.
There's an extra scene in the middle of the end credits. And one at the very end as well. They are worth waiting for. Possibly.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, French, German, Turkish.
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Turkish.
It begins with an anti piracy ad, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.
It has the usual flyer with code to download copy of the film to a digital device.
Searching for Spider-Man: a seven minute overview of the film and it's production. As short as these usually are, but manages to get a lot in and is really a great watch.
Jon Watts: head of the class: four minutes about the director. Not as much detail as the above, but not bad and worth a watch.
Spider-Man: homecoming VR Trailer. A two minute long trailer for a virtual reality Spider-Man game. Some good Tom Holland scenes but not enough of the VR section.
A look at Marvel's Spider-Man playstation four: a two minute long feature and clips about another Spider-Man game. A short but interesting watch.