Arguably Marvel's best. From the assembly line comes a film that, against all odds, overcomes Spider-Man fatigue by shifting the focus to Parker as a high school geek and ends up all the warmer for it. Marvel still hasn't produced a memorable villain, but Keaton gets a good scene and the rest has such fast chemistry that it goes to show that what separates a film like this from Snyder-vision is a sense of character.
"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.
Good Marvel movie which might be light on innovation and risk taking, but delivers the goods without breaking any new ground. Holland is a good Spidey but no Maguire. What is the big draw here is Keaton who gives us a very human villain but is sadly squandered when all is said and done. The support cast is good as well. So a big step up from the last Spidey outing but a long way from Raimi's trilogy.