Jared Jacoby’s review published on Letterboxd:
“People... need to believe. And nowadays, they'll believe anything.“
Despite wanting to watch this since it first came out, I missed this movie in theaters along with many others that came out last year. I got caught up with both work and school and anytime I tried to see this, I couldn’t due to bad timing. Finally, I got to watch this on Starz and I have to be honest, I like this movie a lot more than the first one.
It still has its problems. The supporting characters are better in this film, but they are still the weakest part of this movie. MJ is fine, but she is still kind of uninteresting. Ned is nowhere near as annoying here as he was in Homecoming, but he is still more irritating than funny. The two tour guides are obnoxious, and Flash just exists. He is sidelined for another stereotypical bully who really did not have much of a point in the film, since Flash was already there. The movie also has a bit of a slow first act. However, Far From Home is an improvement over Homecoming in every way. First of all, Spider-Man is more likable this time around, and Tom Holland’s performance is better than ever before. The chemistry between Peter Parker and MJ is pretty good as well, especially later on. The story is also more interesting than it was in the first movie with the setting and it taking place after the events of Endgame. The humor lands much more this time around than in the first movie. There were a couple jokes that had me laughing pretty hard. Samuel L. Jackson is great as Nick Fury. The biggest improvement to this film from the original are the visuals. There is a lot of CGI in this film and some of it is a bit questionable, but most of the effects looked really good. The visuals were insane in the movie and they were so fun to look at. The action scenes were absolutely amazing and they were a thrill to watch. A standout scene to me is anything with Mysterio really. His powers are so unique and trippy. The movies climactic battle makes it worth watching alone because of how damn good it is. Speaking of Mysterio, he was a great villain. Jake Gyllenhaal does a tremendous job playing as Quentin Beck / Mysterio. He is a very over-the-top villain, but he is also one of the most menacing and intelligent villains in the MCU. The soundtrack is not quite as good as Homecoming’s soundtrack, but it is still pretty good.
Despite some flaws, Spider-Man: Far From Home is easily the best Spider-Man film since Spider-Man 2 and I am honestly kind of sad that I missed this one in theaters. It is kind of like a reverse Homecoming in that it finishes stronger than it starts. Tom Holland makes for an amazing Spider-Man with how he captures both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially for fans of the web-slinging hero.