Spider-Man: Homecoming is everything that the web-swinging superhero movie franchise needed. First and foremost, a fresh start.
Post his antics in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is now an intern to Iron Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr, good as ever). Parker restlessly awaits a potential Avengers call up, while hilariously giving road directions, stopping a bicycle thief and staring at his school crush. Adrian (Michael Keaton, another 'bird' role), the illegal seller of advanced weapons scavenged from The Avengers (2012) battlefield remains, adds danger to the proceedings.
Film writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley infuse Peter Parker with contemporary cell phone age eagerness, awkwardness, irrelevance, randomness and erring teenage qualities, keeping us hooked all through. This is the Spider-Man we want, raw, human, bordering on buffoonery, as an under-18 teenager with superpowers will be.
Mirroring a funny, adolescent comic book version, director Jon Watts keeps it breezy and balanced. No serious talk, no world-conquering villain, just clips from a school-going kid's life who's got powers but is clueless about life and consequences. Peter's schoolmates and his Aunt May add to the mix, making this a pleasant joyride.
A funny coming of age tale with the right ingredients, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a neat, smart entertainer, a good watch at the cinemas.