Brandon Dumas’s review published on Letterboxd:
It was alright! Mysterio was fantastic, Jake Gyllenhaal killed it as usual. The scenes where he really lets loose with his abilities lead to some of the coolest visuals in the MCU. A lot of the teen comedy stuff didn’t really do it for me, and Peter Parker’s character continues to be tied way too closely to Tony Stark, to the point of removing what makes a lot of his own character interesting. Nick Fury also comes off as an idiot here, and while the post-credits scene offers an admittedly funny justification for it, it kind of makes you feel like the film could have benefited from cutting out the Shield subplot entirely. No matter what you say, the idea that an international spy agency with access to dozens of adult superheroes would put all the pressure on one sixteen-year-old who shoots webs just strains my suspension of disbelief a little too much.
One of the reasons I’m writing this review so late is that I can use it to put a positive spin on this Sony-Marvel debacle - in my opinion, this film is only dragged down by all of its MCU connections, and maybe separating Tom Holland’s Peter from that whole mess could be a good thing. Only time will tell. The important thing to remember is that at the end of the day, no matter what they end up doing with this character, we’ll always have Into the Spider-Verse. That’s all that really matters.