This review is spoiler free.
Hey, look. They rebooted Spider-Man. Won’t this be exciting…
That was probably the view of a lot of fans before witnessing Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War. But we all saw what happened with that and so, the excitement immediately grew for a new Spidey movie.
But did Sony deliver? Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had some fans a little nervous, but under the influence of Kevin Feige and Marvel, this film suffers no problems. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best Spider-Man movie to date.
From relatable characters to a well-written story. Spider-Man: Homecoming is everything you have ever wanted from a Spider-Man movie. This film is up there with the best Marvel movies and that is all thanks to a talented director, writing team and a great ensemble cast.
Storywise, the plot is exciting and consistent, delivering great moments throughout the movie, with plenty of time of tone shifts that are well executed. The action is hard-hitting, the drama is intense and the humour is Spider-Man 101. Oh, and if you like Easter eggs, you’re gonna love this movie. We lost count. And some were really obscure but their potential is exciting.
In terms of the cast, Tom Holland is hands down the best cinematic Spider-Man to date. He brings the quips, the one-liners, the innocence, but yet Tom Holland also delivers on a much wider scale. Yes, his comedy timing is brilliant, but when it came to the intense and emotional scenes, he nailed it. His acting ability defies his years and we can easily see Spider-Man going on to leading the Avengers in future phases of the MCU. As for Tom himself? He has a fantastic career ahead of him.
As for the villain, Marvel has no ‘disposable bad guy’ issue here. This is down to good character writing and a spine-tingling performance by Michael Keaton. You can invest in his character motivations, you can see his point of view, he is complex and charismatic and is a joy to watch. Oh and the Vulture suit? WOW.
Another big positive was Marisa Tomei’s portrayal of Aunt May. It was a refreshing approach to the character. The glimpses of Tomei’s performance we saw in Civil War were built upon and expanded, leaving us with a really enjoyable and believable character.
So what about Tony Stark’s role in the movie?
If you’ve seen any of the trailers, you’ve pretty much glimpsed most of his scenes, barring one or two. This is definitely not an Iron Man/Spider-Man crossover movie, as RDJ is used sparingly, but to great effect. He helps the plot move along when it needs to and you also get the feeling that they might just be considering one final solo Iron Man movie.
Another Avenger making his mark on the film was Captain America. Chris Evans brought his comedy A-game to his minor role and he brought a nice tone of comedy to balance out the more intense scenes.
As always, this is the part where we pick away at the things we didn’t like. But in all honesty, there is very little you could see fault with. There was maybe one or two slight story/character choices that could have been done differently or added, but other than that there is very little to call the film out on.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will easily break into most people’s ‘top 5’ Marvel movies. The usual pitfalls such as forgettable villains and third act issues have been addressed and there was no real lull in proceedings or issues with the characters. At a push, Jacob Batalon’s character was a little off, but nothing that hurt the film in any overly noticeable way.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is not just a great superhero movie, it is a great movie full stop. The usual Marvel pitfalls have been addressed and you are left with an enjoyable and well-executed movie. Comedy, action and drama are balanced to perfection and the film includes some truly outstanding acting.