ChristopherLamb’s review published on Letterboxd:
Man it bums me out to say this. I’m glad so many people love him and love this movie but this version of Spidey isn’t for me. It’s not because Holland. I think he’s pretty damn perfect but I have found Homecoming and now this stylistically impeded by the MCU-isms. It feels over-produced with too much CGI and feels so plastic to me. The action feels very video-game-y.
Another huge detriment was the majority of the comedy didn’t work for me and when there is so much of it with almost every character given comedic bits it’s hard for me to enjoy. I also feel it undercut the drama or earnestness of the story so much. It’s hard for me to care or be worried for these characters when they are cracking jokes so often in these cataclysmic events. Once in a while to break the tension but not every other line.
As much as I love the MCU, I’m definitely getting jaded by their style and how much these individual movies are adulterated by having to fit into the MCU box sometimes.
I’m nervous about this style handcuffing the ultimate potential of projects like Shang Chi, Blade, the Eternals, etc... who if they embrace their respective stylistic roots can be amazingly fresh additions to the comic book genre. And I’m nervous about Watts now doing the Fantastic 4 which I can imagine just being more of the same as well.
Luckily, I’m loving Wandavision a LOT and how bonkers and unique it is so it’s giving me hope for the future that they’ll push the boundaries of their stylistic sandbox. 🤞🏼