No doubt you've read reviews of Spider-man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood spider guy is indeed home, right in his place in the MCU and swinging fine.
The plot is simple enough: a kid with spider powers (Anthony Michael Hall) is locked in the library all day for detention, learning he might have more in common with the other students than he thought. The people in there with him are a jock (Emilio Estevez), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a criminal (Judd Nelson).
One more creature exists in this library along with those in detention: a giant elephant. This elephant in the library is of course the fact that this is a bottle episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), in no way connected to the larger world that this reviewer could see.
With that out of the way, let's talk about all the brilliance that is in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The acting has never been more believable in a Marvel film. Each of our kids bursts with youthful vitality that as adult performers they have not had in years. Years.
In earlier performances in Marvel movies, Downey Jr. in Civil War or Kurt Russell in Guardians 2, the de-aging of the actors is noticeable. Here, I did not even notice despite the entire film being shot this way.
Special consideration go to Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, who perform as not only as if they do not have super powers (Spider-Man and Vulture respectively), but as if they are completely different characters. The detailed backstories created as they hide behind these extra identities is astounding.
In the end, the film does suffer from a lack of action. The few fight scenes do not come to blows and the editing is not as kinetic as most Marvel movies. While some may see this as a welcome change of pace, others will find it jarring.
Still, the script and the story are on point. With the open ending, this Spider-Man is left available to appear and disappear at will. Bonus points here as showing Spider-Man as a brain who out-thinks and even befriends his villain in the end.
I look forward to Anthony Michael Hall in more Spider-Man movies. Still, I would have liked to see him in the costume at least one goddamn time.