Matthew Cooke’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first 40 minutes or so of Spider-Man: Far From Home were very clunky. Poor dialogue, awkward tone, and nearly every joke just didn't land (the latter is the case throughout the film, by the way). Oh, and not to mention the ironically amazing exposition scene. Seriously, I was both rolling my eyes and kinda laughing. I get that they have to get this info across, but for fuck's sake, you couldn't have found an even slightly more organic way to do so?
After that, the film finally finds its footing and becomes much stronger. The way the first 40 minutes were I feared the film was going to become the typical large scale, save the world type superhero film, and the smaller, more personal focus of Spider-Man would get lost in the mix. While the film certainly is larger in scale than I would've expected, it still maintains a more personal focus on the character.
Peter struggles to balance his regular teenage life with the load of responsibilities placed upon him. He feels he has to become the person Tony wanted him to be, but of course that would mean giving up the normal teenage life that he yearns.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a solid job as Mysterio, and has a unique relationship with Peter, but I couldn't help but feel the script (and how his character was written) was far below his talents, and it was apparent he felt that too. But he did the best he could with what he had.
Looking back on the film, I can't help but feel disappointed. Not because the first 40 minutes were pretty yikes, but it just didn't have that hard-hitting punch to it that Homecoming did. The 2nd half of the film certainly had a punch, but I felt it wasn't quite up to what it could've been. It almost feels like the script needed to go through another draft to strengthen the conflict of the film, and to fix up the first 40 minutes.
Also, the end credits scene is the greatest thing I've ever seen. Seriously, the whole theater, including myself, was cheering and hollering.