A fun return of Spider-Man that captures the ups and downs of being a high school superhero. Tom Holland already won over critics with his portrayal of Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” and he’s just as likable in the role in his solo outing. Although it leans towards comedy at times, the high school element works well, not only with Peter Parker, but with his interactions with his best friend, Ned. There’s really not a ton of action, but Peter’s interaction with those around him is so grounded and earnest that it entertaining without the super heroics. The next best thing about the film was Michael Keeton’s portrayal of The Vulture. The intensity he displays, as well as the humanity, creates one of the Marvel film’s better villains. The story was solid. It’s more fitting for Spidey to deal with smaller threats instead of trying to stop the end of the world. The only thing that didn’t work was the special effects. So many scenes of Spidey in action were obvious CGI. It really pulls you out of a scene when you know it’s not even a real person there. There is a mid-credits scene and a post-credit.
***1/2 out of *****