Spider-Man is back on the big screen and…well, it’s pretty much what you would expect.
Tom Holland is a fantastic Spider-Man and a different take on the character. Eager yet untested, he is able to do amazing things yet is growing bored of his life after getting a taste of the Avengers back during Captain America: Civil War. This serves as a good motivating factor as he tries to take down the Vulture, who may be too over his head.
The Vulture, on the other hand, starts off with a pretty good motivation that sees yet another consequence of the Avenger’s actions (in fact, I believe Phase 3 is all about consequences for the Avenger’s actions). Though for the majority of the movie, I got the sense that he was pretty much just the same old forgettable Marvel villain. There’s this aspect of his character that he’s doing this all for his family but at the same time lives for the thrill of the heist that might be getting the better of him, but it doesn’t really amount to anything and it’s never brought up. There’s nothing really new about his character, which is a shame because Michael Keaton is always enjoyable and I loved the design of the Vulture.
So, everything about the movie was good and I enjoyed it immensely. I couldn’t shake this odd feeling about it. It was likable but it was just that. In the end, it’s safe. The action is just good enough. The story is just good enough. The music is just good enough. The whole movie is just good enough.
Which is fine but I’m always expecting more in my movies. Maybe this sets a high standard that no movie can reach but it’s something that I can’t really help. Maybe if the movie instead tried to form a parallel arc between Spider-Man and the Vulture about how they both want something bigger and better with their lives but aren’t prepared for the consequences of it when it blows back into their face but there is no connection. Spider-Man is stopping the Vulture because stealing is wrong.
The side characters are likable but all mainly serve Peter Parker’s story. They have no stories of their own. They’re only important when Parker has to deal with them. Maybe if they had one of the characters say this to his face then I would have liked the movie more.
As it stands, the movie is decent. Serviceable. It does what it sets out to do, nothing more, nothing less. And I enjoyed it a lot more than I probably sound. It was refreshing to see a movie in the MCU that didn’t deal with Avengers level stuff, but more ground level things. It was fun, lighthearted, funny and exciting at times, but it just didn’t wow me like I wish it had. It simply met my expectations.