Spider-Man: Homecoming, 93%, A, 4.5 Stars
Welcome home Spidey.
The plot has a major hole that isn’t too huge of a problem, but is still annoying: the 8 year time jump between the Battle of New York and the events of this movie. That’s a wider MCU thing, so I’ll only punish it slightly. Aside from that, everything makes sense, especially the new angle of Civil War, and the plot flows smoothly.
The characters are well developed and Tony and Peter’s role as mentor and student is portrayed very relatably with Peter getting in over his head and Tony knowing his trainee. This movie captures the work-life balance struggle well in the form of Spider-Man balancing high school, the “Stark Internship” and hanging out with friends.
The visual effects are great, with some slightly obvious CGI. I don’t know why, but it’s just so obvious that the vulture wings are fake, they look like something out of a video game. Still looks cool, but I can just tell. Everything on-screen advanced the story and brought it down to Earth with the references to the bigger heroes, but that big of a time jump is just the most confusing thing ever, Marvel needs to keep a tighter grip on their timeline, even if Sony’s distributing it.
Michael Giacchino provides a well done soundtrack. I especially love the way he remixed the OG Spider-Man theme for the Marvel Studios logo, but the rest of it just doesn’t hit the same highs, or just feels like orchestral music without much punch. I guess I expect more from Michael Giacchino after his amazing work in 2009’s Star Trek, but not every track can be a grand slam, just a home run or a triple.
The humor is very well done, especially with juvenile jokes for a juvenile cast, such as Flash Thompson’s “Penis Parker” nickname. I’m just gonna come out and say it, I yelled out Parker with the rest of the on-screen party, because I like playing along with my movies, and maybe it made me a teenager at heart now in my 20s.
This is the Spider-Man movie we deserve in terms of capturing the essence of the character, and the one we need after those not-so-Amazing ones.
-Visual Believability 8/10
-Purposeful Content 8/10
-Emotional Resonance 9/10
-Appropriate Use 9/10
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10