Blackrice19’s review published on Letterboxd:
Spiderman: Far From Home (Weird Title) tells a pretty unconventional Spiderman story. Gone is the standard New York setting and insert Europe as Peter and his classmates go on a huge school field trip. While this tale seems a little out there for a Spiderman movie what remains the same is that internal responsibility struggle always associated with the wall-crawler. Peter just wants to go on this trip and get closer to MJ. He doesn’t want anything to do with the superhero business during this trip, unfortunately for him Nick Fury, Mysterio and the Elementals put him back in the suit and into the action.
What these MCU Spider-Man films get right so far at least are their villains. Much like Vulture before him, Mysterio and the twist surrounding his character while expected due to his comic roots, is such a pleasure to watch. Watch any behind the scenes footage from this film and you get the sense that Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal really enjoyed working with each other. Putting Beck in a Mo-Cap suit was brilliant. I would’ve never thought the Mysterio character could work in a movie but they pulled it off here.
Peter and MJ’s relationship comes out of nowhere so it’s a little jarring at the start. Peter never gives any indication in Homecoming that he was in to her at all but I’ll give this a pass because time has gone by between the 2 films. Holland and Zendaya pull off that awkward high school teen romance really well. Again Zendaya’s Michelle is such a breath of fresh air because she’s not like your normal love interest. She might be even weirder than Peter. That same teen comedy that inhabited a lot of the first film is back this time around. There’s some real funny beats between Ned and Betty Brandt’s blossoming relationship.
I do very much enjoy this movie but as time has gone on, I have to say I do agree with the premise online that Marvel needs to get away from the Tony Stark comparisons. One scene in the film that doesn’t sit right with me is when Peter creates his new suit and AC/DC comes on in the background. Spiderman doesn’t need to be the next Tony Stark. He’s already a compelling character on his own. I know this likely will not happen with Spider Man: No Way Home due to the involvement of Doctor Strange and the potential multiverse inclusion, but I hope the next few Spiderman films go back to being more smaller neighborhood threats. I think those are the best Spiderman stories. Not the big earth shaking ramification tales.
Guys in all, Far From Home is a very enjoyable sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming with a really fun villain and interesting relationships and character dynamics. This film has an awesome climax as Peter fights these drones of Beck’s making, and the post credit scene is one of Marvel’s best. Not only was this film the last in the Infinity Saga, but it would be the last time we’d see an MCU film in theaters in almost 2 years. A lot has changed since this film has released, but I can’t wait to see what Feige and crew come up with next!