Initially, we are excited at the backbone of the plot: Criminals are using leftover alien technology (from Avengers, 2012) to terrorize the world. Sounds good, but it goes nowhere beyond the safe-playing locker-room struggles of Parker who is being mentored by Tony Stark. That's what we keep getting from the movie more than anything else. Spider-man has already been making good on his crime-fighting abilities, but we don't see much of them.
In this sappy-but-adolescent-friendly world, bad kids in detention are lectured at in the form of videos by Captain America. These smirk-worthy appearances of the Captain are never followed up with any supporting contexts that allow the movie to be truly funny. In fact, it’s almost humorless, despite intentions.
But we keep coming back to Holland, however, whose abilities and confidence take him beyond the writing he is given. Holland’s well-played juvenile insecurities are great. He does a damn fine job with them. He is set up to re-appear as Spidey for at least several more films. More power to him, just not to this film.
The fight sequences are woefully disappointing. And on top of that, Spidey seldom gets to strut his stuff for us like he did in Avengers: Civil War (2014). Those combat scenes that run longer don’t grab our attention anymore than the shorter ones do. The final battle is a letdown and anticlimactically positioned. This is partly because we don't take the villain seriously, but partly because it is difficult to follow the way it is laid out. Ultimately, we needed more from Homecoming, and we didn't get it here.