Spider-Man - tales from the dad side
Last Friday night, due to a thunderstorm cancelling a school event, my wife and I got the opportunity to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13). Now I know that the movie has been out for two weeks, but chances are, if you’re on this site you’re a dad and you might not be able to get out to see a new movie right when it comes out. So, without further pause, here goes with the Tales from the Dad Side spoiler-free Spider-Man: Homecoming review.
In case you didn’t know, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a whole new Spider-Man to the screen and ushers in a previously unheard of collaboration between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony Pictures. There are plenty of websites where you read all about the movie rights to different Marvel properties and which production companies own them so I won’t go into that here.
This was a damn good movie! My wife and I both really enjoyed it, and she said it was the best Spider-Man movie to date.
The story focuses on the youngest on-screen Peter Parker to date. In this movie, Peter is a high school sophomore and is dealing with the ramifications of being Spider-Man and the fallout from his part in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (another really good movie). This younger Spider-Man struggles with balancing high school, friends, and wanting to live up to the image of the other superheroes.
 
 

The movie is a good mix of action, comedy, and some heartfelt moments where you really feel for the young Peter Parker. There are some fun cameos, and, if you’re a comic book fan like me, some cool nods to some important moments from Spider-Man history. There were a couple of interesting twists and some good laughs to be had. It’s definitely worth checking out in the theatre if you have a chance.
Since this is a site about dads and kids and parenting, you may be wondering if this movie is suitable for your child. It’s PG-13 so if you have grade-school kids you may want to know.

  1. This is a comic book movie featuring heroes and villains, so there is a fair amount of violence, including fighting and some high-powered super weaponry.
  2. There is a little blood, but not much. In terms of the amount of blood in Spider-Man: Homecoming, on a scale of 1 to Tarantino, I give this movie a 2.
  3. What about language? The movie is about high schoolers and adults, and both of those groups of people swear, so there is some mild swearing. I think the worst swear that’s fully said on screen is “shit,” although the first half of the f-word is said at one point.
    1. There is a mention of porn in the movie. One of the characters lies that he’s watching porn to cover up what he’s really doing (helping Spider-Man). It’s a funny moment in the movie and I don’t think young kids would pick up on it, but it’s there all the same.
  4. There is one end credits scene.

I think kids will really enjoy the movie, and if you’re at all interested in Spider-Man I bet you will too!

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