I haven’t felt this much anticipation for a film in a long time.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is Marvel’s Spider-Man film, after the character debuted in Captain America: Civil War following Sony’s decision to share the character rights with Marvel Studios.
This movie is perfect. That is not an exaggeration. I am able to find at least one problem in every Marvel movie, but not in this one. Not one.
Tom Holland can finally be judged as a Spider-Man because he carries a whole film now, and Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield don’t hold anything against him. He is like a combination of the best of both worlds.
Marvel tend to mess around with genres, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a political thriller and Ant-Man being a heist film, to name two. This movie is a coming of age tale, and you can feel it. One could argue that every Spider-Man film is one, but not quite like this. This is a real teenager, feeling the same emotions a teenager feels, but even as Spider-Man. Director Jon Watts has said that he intended to give off a John Hughes vibe with this film, and he does.
The style of the film speaks for itself. It’s a high school movie and it’s a great one at that. It’s so different from every other Marvel film because it’s so innocent in nature.
Marvel have had a villain problem but that does not exist in this film. Loki has been dethroned by Michael Keaton’s Vulture. Trying to get over the amazement of Michael Keaton actually being in this film, the character itself is brilliant. His motivations are clear, he is truly terrifying, and there are a couple of surprises along the way that really take you off guard. Even among villains in Spider-Man movies, I don’t think any have come on par with Vulture in this movie. And, obviously, Michael Keaton is flawless.
Robert Downey Jr is not shoved down our throats in this movie, as many feared. His role is something the film needed, and something the character of Tony Stark needed too. This is, without a doubt, a Spider-Man film. But having Iron Man in it doesn’t hurt it – it aids it.
I did notice that a lot of things seen in the trailers didn’t make it into the movie, but on this very rare occasion, that was okay.
I could go on praising this movie, but I think I will stop.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is magnificent. It is the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, and definitely the best Spider-Man film. I think my spot for best movie of the year has just been occupied, and it’ll take something special to take its place.
Also, the second post-credits scene is just the best.
On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highest letter being the rating:
Spider-Man: Homecoming: MIHIR