"Spider-Man: Homecoming" manages to tell an amusing and interesting story without trying to build up a franchise. With an high school vibe from the 80's, Jon Watts never loses sight of what makes this character so unique and beloved. Vulture's design is really interesting. This is the best Spidey adaptation since the masterpiece "Spider-Man 2", directed by Sam Raimi, in 2004.
A funny, fresh, breezy homage to both 1980s high school movies (John Hughes both implicitly and explicitly referenced) and 1980s teen adventure flicks. Tom Holland plays Spider-man as Marty McFly: wide-eyed, naive and horny with a strong moral compass. I knew it was working for me when the twist made me gasp out loud. Marvel Studios are still making it look so easy.
A fun enough reboot of the franchise. Tom Holland is an enjoyable Spiderman and the film all but destroys the horrible aftertaste of the atrocious abominations of the Garfield Spiderman films, which tried to mold the character into an avatar for audiences' indulgent and juvenile fantasies to be fulfilled; making the character into what was essentially an Ubermensch even Gobbels would have been proud of.
Moments in HOMECOMING belie the perfect Marvel universe. As in Peter Parker crying like a wimp, stuck under tons of rubble. He might be a superhero and all, but even heroes have their down days. Then there's that car scene with the great Michael Keaton. Actually, every scene with Michael Keaton. Barring the Washington Monument set piece, everything else is perfunctory. And MJ as a progressive, hippie stoner? Pass.
If every Marvel Studios movie was this good, the cineastes would have little reason to complain about Disney's monopolization of the megaplex. While "Homecoming" may lack the emotional tug of Sam Raimi's films, here's a set of filmmakers who clearly understand Spider-Man's core humanity, warmth, and humor, and have delivered it in spades alongside some cleanly shot and clearly-communicated action setpieces. Bravo.
Like and hate it at the same time. It was fun and felt like a fresh break from the formulaic Marvel, but I really don't like how it ditches much of the original spidey's from the comic for the sake to fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not to mention it made spidey kinda pathetic as a superhero rather than iconic like he actually is. Superior compare to The Amazing Spider-Man though.
Homecoming is a well directed, competently made (albeit inoffensive and forgettable) superhero movie that understands its protagonist and inserts the viewer in a fun, light-hearted world in which nobody is too good or too bad. Maybe this is a turning point for the MCU, or maybe Watts was given a little more freedom to pursue his vision. Either way, fans will be undoubtedly satisfied with this adaptation.
Marvel once again knock it out of the park with this secondary reinvention of the Spider-Man franchise. The inspiration of making our hero a teenager just discovering the extent of his powers and the frustrations of being treated like a kid is well appreciated. Marvel have a pretty well thought out formula for their pics by now but the levity throughout here makes this one of the better ones. Excellent casting.