A Joyful Movie Review: Spider-Man Homecoming

I’m going to start this post by saying that I’ve never reviewed a movie. I am in no way a movie critic or aficionado, I just enjoy movies and films when I can see them.

With that out of the way, let’s get this started.

I really enjoyed this movie. Tom Holland as Peter Parker was terrific. He really nailed the wittiness and playfulness that that character brings to the Marvel universe. In a world filled with big ideas and alternate dimensions and aliens, I love how Peter Parker is there to keep things down to earth; at ground level, if you will.

Opposite him is the ageless wonder, Michael Keaton, playing Adrian Toomes; a.k.a. Vulture. We meet him at the beginning of the movie, and I do believe he’s the best villain since Loki in The Avengers. He’s a well fleshed out character whose motives for his crimes are clearly defined. His lackeys aren’t as well defined and are more two-dimensional, but they are lackeys after all and there is only so much screentime that they’re given to work with.

What I really liked about this movie was how light-hearted it was overall. The Amazing Spider-Man movies that starred Andrew Garfield as the titular hero were too dark and gritty and didn’t really fit the feel of our friendly neighborhood do-gooder. He definitely did well with the sarcastic comments, but everything else was trying too much to be like The Dark Knight, and it didn’t work. Only so many heroes can be brooding, and Spidey isn’t one of them.

But Homecoming is light, breezy, and fun. The supporting cast was wonderful and was also consistent with the tone of the movie. Jacob Batalon as Ned is probably the one that stands out the most for me. He does a great job of being there for Peter and bringing levity even in the most harrowing moments.

There were some pretty cool special effects and set pieces as well. The final battle between Vulture and Spidey – while a bit dark and hard to tell exactly what was happening at times – is a spectacle to behold for sure.

A small squabble I do have with the film was an overuse of Iron Man/Tony Stark as a crutch for Spidey. Yes, I understand it’s a film set in the MCU, and he isn’t there without good reason, but RDJ is such a big personality and such a great and seasoned actor that every time he was on screen he almost certainly dominated it. That’s not his fault though, I believe that’s on the filmmakers to see that Tom Holland, while good, just isn’t quite at his level yet… he’s getting there, but still has some work to do.

Outside of that though, I thought it was one of the better MCU movies and a return to form for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The movie is filled with humor and heart, and is a must see if you enjoy comic-book/superhero movies. I very much look forward to what they have in store for Spidey.

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