Evan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm glad this movie exists because it's another reminder that Sam Raimi's first two Spider-Man films are in a league of their own.
Michael Keaton is awesome, but sadly VERY underutilized. Marvel, you have MICHAEL KEATON playing a villain in your super hero movie! How does he not get so much more screen time!? His backstory is really good. He's a very sympathetic villain. Definitely my favorite villain of the MCU thus far. I just wish he was in the movie A LOT more than he was. The moment with him and Peter was great though.
Tom Holland is quite good as Spider-Man. However, I enjoyed him much more in Captain America: Civil War. He's super reckless in this movie, which I thought was a good thing. He's a kid after all. I mean if I was a Super-Hero at the age of 15 I'd probably be pretty rebellious as well. However, this leads into my main negative in this film and I will dive into that below.
Zendaya was the other standout in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She was hilarious. I didn't care for a large chunk of the jokes, but her lines always landed for me. She has some great comedic timing. I was very surprised and very impressed. However, just like Michael Keaton I really wish she was in it a lot more! We do find out something about her character towards the end that got me very excited.
Another thing I really liked was the twist in the third act. Truthfully, I didn't see it coming at all. M. Night Shyamalan would have been proud of this twist.
Aside from Michael Keaton, Tom Holland, and Zendaya there just isn't a whole lot to like about the movie. The action is very underwhelming and not very well done. I really can't get over how poorly done the action was aside from a select few tidbits. Many of the jokes missed and fell flat. The movie sort of just went through the motions. It does a fairly decent job, but could have done so much better.
The biggest issue with this movie is it manages to make Spider-Man seem like he's unnecessary, not needed, and better off without him. Sounds harsh, right? Yeah, it is. Also, incredibly frustrating. Honestly, I don't think he actually helps one person. Through out the entire film Peter is constantly putting tons of people at risk. Had Spider-Man just stayed away, things wouldn't have turned out as badly. Every time he makes an appearance to stop a crime, he escalates the situation and everything goes to shit. Had he just stayed away the collateral damage would have been minimal or even completely non-existent. I guess this might be due to the fact he's just a kid and doesn't really know what he's doing? I understand he's just trying to help and wants to do the right thing, but damn. I wish the movie would have thrown him a bone or two and actually made him the hero of the situation instead of making it seem like it would have been better had he not even showed up.
I'm not going to lie, I think the director Jon Watts was kind of in over his head. I did enjoy it, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. I left the theater mildly disappointed. I expected this to be one of the better films in the MCU, not one of the weaker ones :(. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Spider-Man is my favorite Super-Hero and my expectations were rather enormous. Here's to hoping I like it more after a re-watch!