Issac’s review published on Letterboxd:
I knew I was going to enjoy this movie but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it this much. I love how Jon Watts literally makes these Spider-Man movies as a modern high school coming of age style film. We get to see Peter begin to learn more about himself as Peter Parker and as Spider-Man. Of course, we’ve seen the difficulties it is to be Spider-Man since it’s always shown in the previous films but somehow, it gets more emotional with the MCU’s version. All this movie needed was for Peter to have his thoughtful moment where he jumps inside a pool.
Okay now time for *S P O I L E R S*
I was going to attempt to not put any spoilers in my review but I don’t think I can. The way they handled Mysterio was insane, I just can’t contain it. I mean in the comics, we all know what Mysterio is capable of but being able to actually see him do all that, it’s crazy.
That scene alone before Peter gets hit by that train is phenomenal, I was amazed and not only the visuals but at how Mysterio was actually getting to Peter physically, emotionally, and mentally. Jake Gyllenhaal is so charming yet so disturbing, who can blame Peter for trusting him?
Another amazing scene was the “Peter tingle”. We’ve never really seen Spider-Man use his spider sense so it was great being able to see him attack all those drones as he attempts to fight back between what’s real and what’s fake. Peter really learned a lot in this film and Mysterio has to be one of the toughest foes in the Spider-Man universe. However, I’m a little sad they didn’t do anything with the multiverse but that’s okay, considering Into the Spider-Verse exists and that film is already amazing enough.
*E N D O F S P O I L E R*
So overall, this film exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed it so much. It’s funny, it’s romantic in a way and it has many moments where I literally gasped. Tom Holland is great, Jake Gyllenhaal is great, and that mid credits scene was worth the ticket price alone. I can’t wait to see how they handle everything in the future films.