(2017) (Tom Holland, Michael Keaton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A teenage superhero tries to prove his worth fighting crime by taking on a villain who's using alien technology to fuel his criminal endeavors.
- Peter Parker (TOM HOLLAND) is a 15-year-old who lives in Queens with his Aunt May (MARISA TOMEI). Unbeknownst to her, his best friend, Ned (JACOB BATALON), classmate Michelle (ZENDAYA), school bully Flash (TONY REVOLORI) or the teenager he has a secret crush on, Liz (LAURA HARRIER), Peter is a junior superhero, Spider-Man, what with having gained superpowers via the bite of a genetically altered spider. Yet, despite helping Iron Man save the day (in "Captain America: Civil War"), that superhero's alter-ego, Tony Stark (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), doesn't believe the teen is ready to join the Avengers and should focus on school and being a teen, albeit with Tony appointing Happy Hogan (JON FAVREAU) as Peter's contact and point man.
Undeterred by that, Peter tells everyone he's an intern for Stark Industries when he's really out stopping small crimes as Spider-Man. When he comes across a number of men trying to steal an ATM, he realizes they're using an advanced weapon to do so. Little does he know that those men work for Adrian Toomes (MICHAEL KEATON), a former salvage company owner who years earlier got cut out of a big contract by one of Stark's subsidiary companies, but not before keeping some of the alien technology they found for themselves.
Since then, they've been using such tech to create powerful weapons that help with their criminal endeavors, while also providing the materials needed to create a powered wingsuit for Toomes that essentially gives him superpowers (as the villain Vulture) whenever he's wearing that. When Peter tries to thwart an illegal sale of such weaponry, he's attacked by Toomes and then rescued by Tony, but only via long distance and his empty Iron Man suit.
All of which means he doesn't pay heed to Peter's warnings about such weaponry. Ned does, however, especially when he learns of Peter's secret identity and abilities as well as being given some of that alien technology to examine. From that point on and as Peter tries to lead his secret double life, he tries to thwart Toomes and his criminal endeavors, unaware of what the villain ultimately has planned.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's a good bet many will, especially if they're into superhero movies.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
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