Date watched: Thursday 6th July 2017

Format: Cinema

Year of release: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.”

Oh wow.

I went into this movie with zero expectations. On the way to the cinema I actually commented to my husband that Spiderman just kind of feels done; he’s been rebooted so many times it’s kind of difficult to feel anything for him as a superhero any more. This movie knocked that ball out of the park though.

It was fun from start to finish. I loved that Spiderman was human, and honestly, spent much of the movie not knowing his own abilities and kind of failing at being a superhero. It was the kind of coming of age movie where the hero at the end is completely different to the person they were at the start of the movie, but the journey didn’t;t feel rushed or forced at any point at all throughout the piece.

The pacing never let up at any point. The plot kept moving and the characters kept on growing and the comedy staying at a steady level of funny all the way through. There were a few plot points I never guessed were coming despite the fact that on reflection they were glaringly obvious. I’m really excited for the development of Spiderman now that he’s fully integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The music added another dimension to the movie. Michael Giacchino is on his way to easily becoming the next John Williams I think. He’s taken over from him in a few reboots of a few franchises this year, and I’m sure we can expect more great things from him.

Tom Holland was amazing as Spiderman. I loved Andrew Garfield as Peter’s last incarnation, and was honestly a little upset that he wasn’t getting to be a part of the MCU, but Tom Holland absolutely owns the role, and he carried the movie really well. He was definitely the right choice for Spidey, and it was great to see him flourish in his own movie after his cameo in “Captain America: Civil War” last year.

I’m glad I’m giving this movie a glowing review. As I said, I went in with no expectations, but it was fun from start to finish (the one guy who needed a bathroom break halfway through even RAN out of the screen and back in so he wouldn’t miss much!). It was great to go and shut off for a few hours and be surprised with how intelligent and fun the movie was, without seeming like it was trying too hard.

And stay for the post credit scene. Trust me: it’s worth it.

My rating: 9/10