Spider-Man: Homecoming ★★★

Cop Car was one of my favorite films of 2015. As expected, this is no Cop Car.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk turkey… err, spider. First off, this movie is refreshingly smaller in scale than the usual Marvel pixelfests and grounded in the rough outline of a high school movie, which results in an uncommon amount of opportunity for character development. It even features a relatable villain--at least until he becomes a typical faceless third act monster. It's also chock full of safe, dependable humor. In fact, that's probably a good way to describe the overall film: safe and dependable. There is nothing risky about this enterprise, unless you consider surrounding yet another white Spider-Man with superficially browner people as risky. I do not, even if it does demonstrate a positive baby step.

Overall, it's a decent, if incidental, entry in the MCU canon that doesn't constantly punch you in the face with a chaos of nonsense. That's pretty much the pinnacle of what one can expect from one of these movies.

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