* * * (Joyce)
* * * * (Don)
(Funny, exciting and Marvel-ous)
Joyce doesn't like superhero movies, but I convinced her that this one looked different.
This take on Spidey has a unique tongue-in-cheek approach to super-heroes that provides lots of funny lines and moments while still giving fans of the genre plenty of action.
Tom Holland as high schooler Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man is perfect for the part of a typical teenager who wants to be a part of the bigger picture. After helping Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in "Captain America: Civil War,” Parker wants to be an integral part of the Avengers. Stark knows he's not ready and wants him to remain as the friendly neighborhood superhero, assigning Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to watch over him.
Michael Keaton makes the perfect bad guy who has developed deadly weapons to sell to the highest bidder. Spider-MAn is hot on his trail, but the villain is a bit too much for him to handle after spending most of his time catching local bicycle and ATM thieves.
When Peter's high school pal Ned (Jacob Batalon) discovers who he is, the plot gets complicated. Add a pretty young girl whom Peter is enamored with, plus an Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) who hasn't a clue that her young charge is running off at night in his special suit, and you have a perfect set-up for a fun time at the movies.
There are a couple of powerhouse scenes, including a wild ride on the Staten Island Ferry and a near disaster at the Washington Monument, but it is the more intimate moments that include great dialogue and one very interesting plot twist that make this movie rise above the rest.
And you'll love Aunt May's final words. Rated PG-13 with violence and minor profanity.