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The Honcho Round-up #35: Spider-Man: Homecoming – What the critics think

By Alex Wiggan

Hi heroes!

Another summer blockbuster is fast approaching – it’s due out next week in fact – and for Marvel Studios AND Sony Pictures, it’s a pretty big one! It is of course Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spidey movie to sit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the first in a brand new series of Spider-Man films. Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr and Michael Keaton and promises less backstory and more high school hijinks.

But is it any good?

Well, the movie doesn’t arrive in UK cinemas until July 5th (next Wednesday), however the preview screenings have already taken place, which means the reviews are coming in thick and fast. And Spidey fans will be pleased to know, the early reviews are largely positive.

As with other high-profile releases, we’ve rounded up a collection of review snippets to give you a feel for the movie so you know what to expect when you head out to the cinema. These snippets are taken from a selection of reviews, beginning with the most positive first.

Here’s what the critics said:

  • Simon Brew of Den of Geek gave Spider-Man: Homecoming four stars (out of five) and said: “It’s a cocktail of a few things, Spider-Man: Homecoming, but a very well managed one. Crucially, it’s also really good fun, and a blast to watch at its best, not hampered by a need for broader world building. Occasionally the momentum drops, but so much is sizzling, and so much is going right, that it’s impossible not to cut the film, and its sheer good nature, the slack to get over that.”
  • Nick De Semlyen of Empire also awarded the movie four stars (out of five). He said: “The characters and scenarios are familiar, but this is a loose, cool, funny remix that makes them feel fresh again. Plus, it’s mercifully short on life lessons from Aunt May.”
  • The four star reviews continue from the Guardian’s Benjamin Lee, who said: “The high school hero’s third big-screen incarnation is a crowd-pleasing triumph: a whip-smart teen movie with a charming central turn from Tom Holland.”
  • Leah Greenblatt of EW gave Spider-Man: Homecoming a B+ (which we guess is the equivalent of a four star review), calling it a “minor Marvel miracle.”
  • Metro’s Adam Starkey awarded Spider-Man: Homecoming three stars (out of five), calling it “a comfortable Marvel win.” He said: “It might fall somewhere in the middle of the studio’s overall best works, but the occasional flash of brilliance leaves hope another (inevitable) entry will focus its attention just a little closer to home.”
  • Robbie Collin of the Telegraph was less impressed with Spider-Man: Homecoming, giving the movie two stars (out of five). He said: “The web-slinger’s gizmo-heavy John Hughes homage is too cobwebby for comfort.”
  • Scott Mendelson of Forbes wasn’t entirely impressed with the movie either, however he was impressed with the world building that takes place in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He said: “Spider-Man: Homecoming contains the raw materials for a strong Spider-Man franchise. It has terrific actors (the likes of Bokeem Woodbine, Hannibal Buress, Tony Revolori, Kenneth Choi and Angourie Rice exist just around the fringes), quirky characters, fun dialogue and a sense of scale in contrast to the more bombastic MCU adventures.”

So, there you have it – seven review excerpts about Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Of course, as always, we’re keen to hear your opinions so once you’ve seen the movie, come back and tell us what you think!

And don’t forget, for more critical round-ups, including reviews for War for the Planet of the ApesThe MummyWonder Woman, Alien: CovenantGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2LoganKong: Skull IslandPower Rangers and Beauty and the Beastcheck out our past round-ups.

Until next time, take care.

Your pals at the Honcho-SFX blog.




About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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