Matt Maddock’s review published on Letterboxd:
Really enjoyed this!
I thought it was about on par with Homecoming. The things in Homecoming that I didn’t like I still didn’t like in this one. But the things I loved in Homecoming I loved even more in this one. I liked seeing Peter deal with life in a post-snap world and how his relationship with Tony is affecting the way he lives now. I really enjoyed the relationship between Peter and MJ; Zendaya was much better in this one and their budding romance was just the right amount of cringe and cute to perfectly emulate a high school romance. I also really liked Mysterio. Jake did a great job (shocker) and really made the role his own. Just seeing Mysterio in live-action was awesome to see as a fan. The illusion scenes where Spider-Man is powerless against Mysterio felt like something taken straight off the comic book pages and may be one of the beat sequences in the entire MCU. The comedy in this one also felt a lot more natural which helped a lot. The high school tone was consistent throughout the whole film. In fact, the tone in these two films is really what makes me like them so much. Peter is dealing with a lot of shit (I mean hell he literally got snapped out of existence) but at the end of the day he just wants to go on a trip and hang out with MJ. This was the first film since Spider-Man 2 that felt like it showed the true struggle that the character of Peter Parker goes through: a teenager thrust into a world that needs his help all the time, even if he has to sacrifice his day-to-day life. That’s what I’ve always loved about Spider-Man and this movie captures it so well.
If you liked Homecoming you’ll really like this movie. If you didn’t like Homecoming you probably won’t like this.