This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
James’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
******DISCLAIMER: these are pretty much just random thoughts, might do a real review after I see it again******
This is a Peter Parker/Spider-Man story. It's not a Raimi Spider-Man movie, it's not a Lee/Ditko comic recreation, it's not Ultimate Spider-Man brought to life. It feels to me like it draws from all of the most "important" Spider-Man resources (yes, the Raimi trilogy included), and creates this story that is, in my opinion, indisputably Spider-Man. It becomes something most similar in tone and style to the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon. It falls seamlessly within this Cinematic Universe, and (unlike, say, Iron Man 2) uses its connection to its advantage. It's not ashamed to be part of a fully established world, and just like Homecoming, it uses this to create the story to great effect. I personally find Peter taking responsibility for other heroes flawed action to be the most perfect and most Spider-Man way to integrate him into the MCU, and I hope they carry this theme going forward with the series.
Mysterio is literally perfect. I honestly don't know what else to say the changes made to him make perfect sense, and his motivation is fantastic. I honestly thought they were going to drop the "vfx wizard" aspect of his character completely, and I'm so glad they didn't. And the illusions were just one giant chefs kiss.
Peter and MJ are adorable, I love their relationship a lot. All of Peters classmates and teachers and their relationships are perfect, and there's a real heart to all of them. I'm honestly really looking forward to Flash developing as a character, and I really think he has potential as venom/agent venom if they decided to go that route.
The action and webswinging in this film was PHENOMENAL. Easily the best action in a Spider-Man movie so far. Again, the illusion sequences were incredible.
Parker luck. Parker luck on a mundane and just everyday level isn't something we've seen done all that well in live action until now, and Far From Home does it perfectly.
Jon Watts direction is fantastic, and I wholeheartedly think this is the best directed cbm of 2019. He has a lot of style, I don't know how to describe it, I'm not a filmmaker, but it's not something I've seen before.
Also JK SIMMONS OH MY GOD OH SHIT OH SHIT
Anyway, now I'll go into what I don't like about it, or am unsure of (basically assume if I don't mention it then I dig it):
If Mysterio doesn't come back somehow I'm gonna lose my shit. As phenomenal as he was in this, I can't help but feel it would be a complete waste to have him be a one off.
Easily my biggest grievance was Peters initial reaction when he realized what Beck was doing... There should have been far more "this man gained my trust, befriended me and I started looking up to him as a father figure and he's really been using me the whole time" and less "goshdarnit I accidentally gave the bad guy a huge weapon system"
I was honestly really disappointed there was nothing about Uncle Ben in the illusion sequences. Its such an obvious and easy way to get him in there effectively...and they just blew it. Hopefully if Mysterio is back we get to see that happen I guess...
The identity reveal at the end...yikes. I doubt it's permanent. I hope it's not permanent. But it's going to be extremely tricky to fix this in a narratively satisfying way.
And last...why the hell wasn't the mid credit scene the end???? Make it make sense
Post credits thought: I'm indifferent to the post credit scene. It feels a bit cheap to me.