Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Review

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The 6th Spider-Man movie in 15 years lead by the third guy to play the character ends up being the best on yet. I honestly didn’t see that one coming.

Spider-Man Homecoming shows us the origin of Spider-Man for the third time, this time skipping over the radioactive spiderbite and Uncle Ben nonsense that has just gotten old at this point. Instead we find Tom Holland as a teenager already settled into his role. We follow him though high school problems and his fight against Michael Keaton, who plays the villain known as the Birdman Vulture.

As previously stated, this is probably the best Spider-Man movie yet. Tom Holland is great in the role, superior to both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and the plot path was the right choice. It skips the stuff we’ve seen and instead just gives us a really good story. The actions scenes are well done and fun to watch. There is a ton of humor in the movie, most of which hits well. Plus the movie surprised me several times, which is always a good thing. And lets talk about Keaton’s character, The Vulture. It is easily towards the top of the best Marvel villains to date. Keaton commits and is fantastic. The character is more complicated than just the superficial villains we are used to in the Marvel movies.

The movie has a few problems. I think the movie misses a few opportunities to develop the villain even more, which would have put it above any Marvel villain, in my opinion. They could have spent more time on that and less on other parts that make the movie drag a bit. As I pointed out earlier, not all of the humor works in the movie. In addition, a lot of the side characters are forgettable and a lot of the conflict between them seems forced and unbelievable. None of these issues are overly glaring, however.

Spider-Man Homecoming really blew my expectations out of the water. I was not very excited going in, but really enjoyed it. The newest Spider-Man gets a 4.25/5 from me.

BONUS MINI REVIEW

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- I saw this movie a couple weeks ago and never got around to doing a full review. Overall, it’s probably the best Pirates movie since the first, but that isn’t saying much. It’s slow and forgettable, but does have some good scenes and story elements. I still can’t quite get it to a 3 and give it a 2.75/5.

 

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