Whenever I go into a Disney/Marvel movie, there is always a fear in the back of my mind that I will be one of the few, if not only, people with criticisms for it, and I will be drowned out by a swarm of people who say that it’s yet another cinematic masterpiece.
Below is a quickly made graph of my thoughts on any particular Marvel movie, in comparison to the vast general audience’s thoughts on them:
To those who may be wondering, “What about when Marvel makes a terrible movie, in your opinion?”
Well, in my opinion, Disney/Marvel has never made a terrible movie. Yes, they have a large handful of movies that are forgettable, by-the-book, and mindless. However, unlike DC, the Disney/Marvel duo have never made a movie that was fundamentally broken and/or insufferable.
So how did I feel about Spider-Man: Homecoming? I’ll give you a hint: The General Audience loved the movie…
In regards to Tom Holland‘s portrayal of Peter Parker, I thought he did extremely well. This is the first Peter Parker that stays true to the idea that he’s a goofball and a sarcastic villain irritant (yes, there’s some of that in the other renditions, but this is the first one where it was a very prominent feature). In exchange, this seems to be the first Spider-Man rendition where they never focus on his “Spidey Senses”. Of course, it’s implied that he has those because he dodges things easily… but every Disney/Marvel character dodges things easily, so it all meshes together.
None of that is to say that Holland did not do well, because his performance may very well be my favorite Spider-Man portrayal out there. He’s successfully nerdy, easy-going, and vulnerable. The movie also puts a lot of effort into fleshing out his struggles and his character-arc, and I really appreciated that.
Michael Keaton also ends up doing really well as the villain… well, as well as villains can be in a Marvel movie. Though he’s more characterized than most of their bad guys, and though he’s more understandable, the script and the story do not really try to make Keaton’s character memorable. In fact, I think Keaton is the only reason his character was better than average; if anyone else was placed into this role, it probably would not have been as good.
Where this film really succeeds is how funny it was. There is a massive amount of humor that is executed well, and most of it feels organic and meaningful.
For all the (apparent) criticism this film got for casting Mary Jane Watson as a black girl:
A. She’s not Mary Jane
B. The romance aspect between her and Parker is mostly non-existent.
Her existence in the film, for the most part, is to move the plot around, and not to actually be an interesting character or be a workable love interest.
(This next part might be sort of spoiler-ish, so skip the next paragraph if you haven’t seen the film)
In fact there’s really only two reasons why she exists in the story: to continue to show how much of a screw up Peter is, and to be a plot catalyst for danger Spider-Man can save her from, and for moving the conflict forward between Peter and The Vulture later in the story.
In a very generalized sense, pretty much every other character in this movie does fine.
The action is serviceable like every other Marvel movie. The soundtrack is serviceable like every other Marvel movie. And the plot was serviceable just like every other Marvel movie.
There’s quite a few conveniences in the plot that made things feel a little cheap, but they don’t stick out as much as other movies in the franchise. There’s also a few cheesy, formulaic, and/or cliche stuff that’s token in these types of movies, but again, they are thankfully used sparingly.
I’ll strongly emphasize that even though I acknowledge that this bad stuff exists in the film, none of it disqualifies Spider-Man: Homecoming from being great.
If anyone is interested in my least favorite part of this movie, it was a scene that reminded me of The Dark Knight Rises when that woman says to Joseph Gordon-Levitt “You know, you should go by your real name: Robin”.
There’s a scene in this movie that reminded me exactly of that scene, and it was the biggest eye-roll I did all year.
The mid-credits scene was a waste of time.
The ending credits scene was hilarious, and I will not explain why.
So with a great amount of successful humor, an exceptional performance by Tom Holland, and a better-than-average performance by Michael Keaton, Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely a movie worth seeing. Despite Disney’s persistence in staying mediocre, this movie found a way to make that standard formula something that was extremely enjoyable on screen. So I really liked this movie, and chances are, of course, you’ll love it.