There is a lot to cheer for in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming”

“Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option” – Tobey Maguire as “Peter Parker” in 2002’s Spider-Man

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What are those numbers?  They are the ages that Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and now Tom Holland were when they first portrayed “Peter Parker/Spider-Man” on the big screen.  It is one of several reasons why Spider-Man: Homecoming is so good.  Hollywood continues to insist on casting actors long past their teen years to play characters of high school age.  Remember a 33 year old Stockard Channing in 1978’s Grease?

But in choosing Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), director Jon Watts (and producers Kevin Fighe and Amy Pascal) made it much easier to believe that “Peter Parker” is indeed the awkward teen trying to adjust to being endowed with incredible superpowers.  It adds an element that was missing from the two prior translations of the comic-book hero to the big screen.

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‘The Impossible’ is incredible, indelible and a joy to watch

 

 

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Lucas (Tom Holland) stares as the tsunami is about to swallow everything in sight

It was Christmas Eve, 2004 and “Maria” (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) arrived in Thailand for a vacation at a new seaside resort, along with their sons “Lucas” (Tom Holland), “Thomas” (Samuel Joslin) and “Simon” (Oaklee Pendergast).  They enjoyed a lovely dinner that night, spent an idyllic Christmas opening gifts and going to the beach and to the pool. The following day, December 26th found them at the resort’s pool.

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