Writer: Lauryn Jackson

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Sweeping the nation as one of the top movies of the summer, Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a new age twist to a Marvel classic. Tom Holland’s portrayal of the crime fighting teenager is uniquely separate from that of Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield. Holland breathes new life into a familiar character loved by millions of fans of the Marvel franchise. Although Spider-Man is a fan favorite regardless of who plays the swinging superhero, the 2017 blockbuster stands out in an especially charming way.

In this rendition of Spider-Man directed by Jon Watts, Peter Parker is a 15 year old high school student learning how to juggle class, crime, and crushes. Unlike Maguire’s or Garfield’s roles that characterized Peter as an 18 year old photographer with plans for college, Holland’s character is naive and playfully immature like most sophomore boys are. This time the photography gimmick is ditched for other extracurricular activities including band and academic decathlon. Not only is Homecoming’s Peter Parker a studious band geek, he also loves accompanying his best friend in building Star Wars themed Lego creations. Peter Parker’s character was never intended to be “cool”, he’s purposefully written to a be a dorky teenager which is why many moviegoers can relate to this depiction.

Another inviting element of the film is the diversity in the cast. It’s no secret that Hollywood can often fall short on casting people of color into major roles. Having representation on the big-screen can be a big deal to younger viewers. Homecoming does an exceptional job of depicting an American high school in a culturally diverse community. It’s an important depiction because it’s real. More casting directors should be encouraged to follow in these footsteps.

Lastly, the most appealing component of the film is that it’s got a little bit of everything. From scenes jam-packed with action, comedy, and drama to the nostalgic vibes every coming-of-age film has, the movie attracts viewers of different multitudes. There’s even a few life lessons woven throughout the plot that cater to the family-friendly influence of the movie.

If you haven’t seen it by now, you’re truly missing out on a top-notch superhero flick unlike any other. It’s safe to say that Tom Holland is a homecoming king and that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a smash hit.

 

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