Fadi Michel’s review published on Letterboxd:
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we saw Peter Parker as a teenager trying to balance his life as a student and as a superhero. That's what I loved about that movie and that's what made me love Spider-Man as I saw different take on the character.
In Spider-Man: Far from Home, we see the effects of Infinity War and Endgame on Peter Parker. It was presented in a beautiful way as he now wants to live a normal life as a teenager and enjoy his time with friends and the girl he likes. Peter Parker, who was dying to participate in any battle and defeat evil guys, now wants to take a break from being a superhero! But his trip to Europe is interrupted by Nick Fury who wants him to cooperate with Quentin Beck to defeat.. Now Peter Parker is puzzled and that's what our movie is about!
The script succeeded in developing Peter Parker's character in a beautiful way. In the previous MCU movies, Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War and Endgame, we were introduced to a 16 years old boy who became a superhero. He experienced a lot of things older than him and he acted towards thembnaturally as a 16 years old boy. A real teenager in they way he thinks and deals with everything. A lot of things happened made him see things in a different way and he still making mistakes and has inner conflicts. We see a hero that is growing in front of us! In Far from Home, we see how he deals with grief because of what happened to him and how he looks to himself as a superhero and as a teenager who wants to tell MJ that he likes her. Those are the 3 things that the script focused on in order to go deep with Peter Parker's character which had a strong dramatic building and development. All of this was presented in beautiful mix of comedy, teen romance and superhero stuff! I was surprised by that and really enjoyed everything.
I laughed a lot. The scenes between Peter Parker and MJ are charming. And the action that everyone is seeking in a superhero movie was very exciting. I loved the writing of Quentin Beck's character. His back story is really interesting. Everything concerning him and Spider-Man fighting the elementals were so good. The consequences of every fight and how it goes in the end was really cool.
Jon Watts topped himself. As I said, the action sequences are a lot of fun and perfectly executed. The camera movement and the cinematography in the fight scenes were excellent. The visual effects are among the best in the MCU. It is very impressive especially in the illusion sequences. The tone of the first half was perfect but I felt the tone of the second half was a little bit fast. Jon Watts also continues to capture the spirit of teen movies here and allows all the characters of school to shine more.
Tom Holland once again proves that he is a great actor. His facial expressions in this movie is something else. He is the best Spider-Man. Jake Gyllenhaal is AWESOME. Zendaya is very good and. Great chemistry between her and Tom Holland. All the school characters, students and teachers, shine here more than Homecoming especially Nid and Flash. They were very hilarious. I found the new character, Brad, the least among the characters. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders are good. Marisa Tomei & Jon Favreau are so cute. Jon Favreau has a scene with Tom Holland near the end that brought tears to my eyes.
I enjoyed the movie from start to finish. I was surprised that it is better than Homecoming. I loved Peter Parker's character more.
Note: Don't miss the 2 post credits scenes 😉