Lucy 🏳️⚧️ 🏳🌈’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Tom and Zendeya have incredible chemistry. No one can deny that. Much like "The Amazing Spider-Man" films, their relationship is one of the major driving forces of what makes these movies work.
Mysterio is a really fun villain. Jake plays him with tons of charisma.
Jon Watt's direction stays about the same in quality here. Although, the Mysterio sequences where he's messing with Peter's head are standouts as not just some of the most creative visuals I have seen from the MCU's Spider-Man movies but from the MCU as a whole. It's so well-done.
It's still got a good sense of humor, even though I think Homecoming's humor is much better executed.
I like that Peter has a lot of guilt for trusting Mysterio. It weighs on him so heavily, as is the Peter Parker way. It's great to see.
I still like this a lot! I am stuck between a 3 and a 3.5, and I think that it's always going to be that way, unfortunately. The MCU's Spider-Man movies have so far been really light and generally super likable, even if, again, that makes them SUPER boring to talk about. It falls into a lot of the things that I really don't like about the MCU, but it keeps its charm with Tom, Zendaya, and Jake at the center. I really hope that NWH is weighty and operatic. I miss Spider-Man movies feeling like grand events rather than summer movie season fluff.
Next stop on the Spidey-Train, "Spider-Man: No Way Home"!!!