Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Sixteen years after the release of the original Spider-Man starring the now-iconic performance of Tobey Maguire, comes the third reboot of the franchise. Coming off after a critical disaster with many critics bashing the film for its incoherent tones and abrupt lack of relevance to its own story, the prayers of fans have been answered all over the world as Marvel Studios took helm of the project with Sony Pictures being pushed into a distributing role. While some were uneasy of the choice at first, there is no denying just how successful this first film from the Marvel Studios-Sony partnership is. Blending creativity, smartly written dialogue, and a sheer glee in every scene, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an action-packed, riveting experience that proves to easily be one of the best films that Marvel Studios has ever put out.
Unlike many recent films released in the summer of 2018, the screenplay of Spider-Man: Homecoming is brilliant. It has some of the best written dialogue out of the entire genre, much less the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. The jokes are fluid and the dramatic moments never feel cheesy or off-handed and are all ultimately well placed throughout the film. Unlike Marvel films like Ant-Man and the Wasp which tries too hard to be funny and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk which does the exact polar opposite, Homecoming strikes a careful balance in each scene that provides the audience with a rather stylish and charming pace. It’s an impressive feat, considering the rather childish approach to the film.
Spider-Man: Homecoming unlike every other film before it, starring the famous Web-slinger, succeeds large in part due to the execution of the tone and atmosphere. The film truly feels like a high-school film and has a mild glee to it that it is both endearing and effective. Every scene in high school with the charming Tom Holland as Peter Parker and likable Jacob Batalon as Ned proves to be the best, even topping some of the spectacular action sequences in the film involving Michael Keaton as the Vulture.