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DVD Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is Delightful

You know the seasons have changed when it’s time to start bringing home your favorite summer movies. If there’s one we’ll be adding to our holiday wishlists, it’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and we are so here for it.

If you didn’t have the chance to catch Homecoming in theaters, here’s what it’s all about. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), the film follows Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) as Peter Parker, who, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man.

Being a super smart, web-slinging teen may sound awesome, but Peter Parker isn’t exactly living the charmed life. He has to balance learning to navigate his newfound identity as a superhero with returning to his normal daily routine – classes, girls, friends, and all – not to mention the emergence of new threat Vulture (Michael Keaton). Soon enough, everything that Peter holds most important is threatened – and he doesn’t have the Avengers behind him to save the day.

We gave Homecoming a glowing review when it first came out, and it definitely holds up to repeat viewing. While I adored Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and was skeptical of another reboot, I immediately fell in love with Tom Holland in Civil War and was excited to see him star in a Spidey-centric movie. He gives a talented and charismatic performance that makes you root for him from the very beginning and holds his own next to Robert Downey, Jr. – which is really saying something.

From Peter’s best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) to villain Vulture (Keaton), the entire cast is so enjoyable to watch. The teens are actually believable as teens, which we know is hardly ever the case. While their adventures (at least on paper) are more mundane than say, Thor traversing the Bifröst Bridge or Captain America fighting Nazis, the grounded plot is a breath of fresh air. Seeing regular people living their lives in the age of the Avengers manages to be just as interesting as the Avengers’ stories themselves, and it provides a unique point of view when many superhero movies are starting to feel the same.

On the villain front, Michael Keaton is fantastic as Vulture. His working class motivations are so timely and sympathetic, even though his actions are far from innocent. This isn’t just a bad guy trying to watch the world burn; it’s a man dedicated to his family over everything and everyone else. In Adrian Toomes, we have a compelling – and in many ways, grounded – villain that again sets Homecoming apart from the crowd.

Beyond the compelling characters, the tone is what makes Homecoming an absolute delight and must-see. I’ve mentioned the grounded plot and motivations establishing a believable and interesting story – and then you have the writers and director Jon Watt spider-man: homecominggiving this movie the John Hughes treatment. It’s a coming of age story that is at once fresh and familiar, one that lets Peter begin to come into his own as a hero while still acknowledging his limitations, and one that you need to see.

Peter Parker may still be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but he can be our hero any day.

The Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD versions of the film include tons of cool bonus features, which you can read about here. Don’t miss your chance to bring Spider-Man: Homecoming home today.

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