Magazine article Variety

Spider Man: Homecoming

Magazine article Variety

Spider Man: Homecoming

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Spider Man: Homecoming

There's an aspect of comic- book superhero films that's more or less encoded in the names of the heroes. Superman. Batman. Iron Man. Wonder Woman. They fly, they scowl, they see through walls, they repel bullets, but they are all grownups. Peter Parker is different - and he's especially different here, as Tom Holland plays him with a gawky, anxious deerin- the-headlights teen innocence that's so fumblingly aw-shucks and ordinary that it seems almost incongruous when he's referred to as "the Spider-Man." What he looks (and acts) like is Spider- Boy. Tobey Maguire, who certainly seemed boyish at the time, was 26 years old when he first played Peter, but Holland was just 20 when he shot this film, and it makes a difference. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is the story of a savior who's still mucking around in the business of being a kid. …

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