Ian’s review published on Letterboxd:
”I don't think Tony would've done what he did, if he didn't know you were gonna be here after he was gone.”
Ever since he first showed up in Civil War I’ve been a fan of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker in nearly every regard. Whether it’s the the nerdy side of him or the teenage superhero just trying to do his part, I think he really nailed it. With Spider-Man: Far From Home I feel like everything found it’s footing in creating such a fun and exciting addition to the universe.
I definitely think that a second viewing (which should be soon) will help me solidify my rating. There were thinks that I really really loved and then there were some aspects that didn’t really work for me, but I think the things I loved are overpowering my influence so if I feel the same way after a second viewing it’ll really help me know.
Jon Watts also really improved his direction; the action here is so marvelous. It’s lighthearted and fun, but not without its heart and stakes. The way he Films Spider-Man going all around and the acrobatic parts that make Spider-Man who he is are filmed so wonderful that you really feel like you’re going around with him. I also think he perfected the John Hughes-highschool flick to a tee and it works wonders just like before.
I do have some minor complaints however. When it comes to Spider-Man I always felt like he was his own thing and I felt like he's using too much of the “interconnected universe” style and not enough of his own thing. However, the way that they use Tony’s death to get him to be his own person works really well. So I just hope for the future he gets to be his own person and not so much “the next Tony Stark” using all these gadgets and things and becomes the “friendly-neighborhood” like he wants to be.
I already touched on Holland being fantastic earlier and I just gotta say he’s really shaping up to be my favorite Spider-Man. Jake Gyllenhaal was definitely the standout here. Marvel is shaping up their villains these past few years and Gyllenhaal takes the cake. He’s got such a presence and he feels so threatening and he’s got a great motive and his chemistry with Holland in the first act was great. I loved Zendaya’s MJ. She did something new with it and I loved it. Her and Holland’s Peter worked so so well here and I loved their chemistry.
I think the first act was a little off at times and I wasn’t a fan of some stuff they did with connecting it to the whole universe a little *too* much. But the Peter/MJ stuff, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the John Hughes high school stuff was all wonderful in my eyes that there was no way I wouldn’t like the film. A second viewing will help, but for now Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home is another Marvel success and a worthy addition to the Spider-Man lore.