This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Perry Cononge’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
To anyone who would have the nerve to say this is better than Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.... I say unto you:
No but seriously, this is a perfectly fine Marvel movie. But I think that’s what annoyed me most about it. Outside of a FANTASTIC cameo and one standout Mysterio scene, this is just another average super hero movie. And that’s such a crying shame.
Marvel has shown they’re capable of elevating the source material, and yet, time and time again, I get excited for a movie that ultimately turns out to be something I’ve seen multiple times before. Same “down with no back up” set up. Same “new suit”. Same jokes. It’s disappointing, really, because I’m a massive fan of Homecoming. That movie has the most tense scene in any Marvel movie, has Michael Keaton, has some great humor, a great high school take on the Spider-Man formula, it really is one of my favorite Spider-Man movies.
I also don’t understand the rabid love for Tom Holland. I don’t get it. He’s fine, but that’s it! I don’t care what Stan Lee said, he’s not the best.
Now, there’s good to this film. Jakey G started off rocky, but I grew to like his performance more and ultimately ended up liking him a lot. The Mysterio special effects stuff was great, and that particular illusion scene was UH-MAZING. Like it was ripped straight out of the comics, I wanted so much more of that one part. Some of the drone action was really cool too. And of course, Michael Giacchino’s score is flighty goodness.
But, by far, my favorite part had to be:
J.K. SIMMONS IS BACK BAYYYBEEEEEEEE! I smiled like a damn idiot the whole time he was on screen. Easily my favorite part of the movie. That scene alone added another half star.
But yeah, this film is largely fine with some really good stuff sprinkled in. That’s ultimately disappointing, in truth, but whatever. At least Spider-Man 2 gets to retain its crown as the best Spider-Man film of all time. Don’t even try to convince me otherwise.