With Tom Holland giving Spider-Man his third face in ten years—Spider-Man 3, with Tobey Maguire, was only ten years ago—Spider-Man: Homecoming has a lot to prove. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and written by no fewer than six writers, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a sunnier take on everyone’s favourite human arachnid’s adventures.
So how do critics feel about the movie? Here's a delve into (sometimes annoyingly spoiler-filled) reviews to fetch you (wonderfully spoiler-free) excerpts.
Forbes swings in with the first review, from an admitted Spider-Man fan: “Simply put, Homecoming is the best Spider-Man film in years, on par with the sacred Spider-Man 2, in my opinion. Marvel has certainly proved that Spider-Man is safe in their hands...The idea that he may eventually crawl back into Sony’s arms is nothing short of a travesty. Please, Marvel, keep Spider-Man, and never let him ago.”
The Atlantic is gushy, too: “Sony's collaboration with Marvel Studios gets so many things right, it’s almost difficult to list them all.”
ReelViews seems skeptical of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and is dismissive of the film: “My guess is that Spider-Man fans will be so thrilled to have the Web Slinger back in the Marvel stable that they may not care that the narrative is threadbare with nary a moment’s innovation to be found. Maybe the problem is that there’s too much baggage or that the MCU has become too crowded. Whatever the case, although this Homecoming serves its purpose, it’s just a forgettable waystation on the MCU map, where all roads lead to Infinity War.”
The Washington Post enjoyed the film, though not without reservations: “Like its protagonist, who seems to be itching for a growth spurt of his own, the movie ultimately gets a little big for its breeches, in a mayhem-and-effects-soaked climax that suffers from many of the excesses of other Marvel movies.”
NPR was taken: “Spider-Man: Homecoming, which celebrates Peter Parker's immigration to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a headliner after his scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year, is, according to the most recent data available, the sixth big-screen Spidey flick since 2002. Who needs another?
“Well, if they're going to be as fizzy and funny and warmhearted as this, keep 'em coming.”
And a last word to the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “This is the work of a creative team that knows smart is more important than loud, and enough is far better than extra. This movie uses very good ingredients and uses them just right.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
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