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Considering the impact and iconic nature of this film's soundtrack and general cultural significance, I expected more than the film delivered by the time the credits rolled. The improbable and insignificant story, combined with decent acting and spotty camera work made this feel like an average teen movie from the 80's rather than the hit classic it has become.
A quintessential movie for the high-schoolers of today, Spider-Man Homecoming is a near-perfect film, falling so naturally into the Marvel MCU in its own vein that you feel as if it's its own story, both separate and connected to the main series, which acts as an offshoot that develops Spider-Man as a character and deepens the already impressively complex and well put together world they have been building. The best depiction of Spider-Man to date, Tom Holland portrays the young and nerdy nature of Peter Parker so well you'll never want to go back. Not to mention a bustling cast of likable and interesting side characters which only add to the amusing and organic nature of the story which feels utterly immense and incredibly small at the same time.
Despite its touching and powerful message as well as its unique glimpse into a foreign culture, The Eagle Huntress felt a little too long and thin of an experience to get full credit for its artistic splendour and societal commentary. Overall I don't regret watching this film, in fact, I feel it enlightened me in many ways. But you would be hard pressed to get me to watch it again anytime soon, as the slow, rural life depicted has a hard time staying consistently engaging for its given runtime.
Expecting a lukewarm, forgettable biopic which served mainly to broaden my knowledge of the Beach Boys/Brian Wilson legacy, I was more than pleasantly surprised to see that this film had a strong artistic vision of its own, a piece of art in its own right rather than a simple retelling of one. Unique and thoughtful cinematography, editing and pacing, as well as breathtaking performances from John Cusack and Paul Dano, gave this lovingly crafted film an artistic take on an informative and often simple genre.