rileykane123’s review published on Letterboxd:
I came out of the movie unsure about how to react, as there were so many things I was 50/50 about- from the action scenes which ranged from choppy in some instances yet brilliantly unique in other instances, especially one fantastic sequence where reality is manipulated and blurred to give leeway for truly incredible editing moments- but amidst the problems I had, I was consistently entertained.
As a 16-year-old boy myself, I can relate to Peter Parker in ways that expand larger than just wanting to be a hero. I understand his perspective of wanting to capture the attention of his crush while simultaneously figuring out whether she feels the same way he feels for her. It was genuine and real material mixed with the usual superhero movie tropes that we adjust to and find comfort in. The movie does a swell job at allowing its superhero side to ease its way into the romantic, comedic teen side of the story, partly because Peter Parker acknowledges his urge to live a normal life amidst being a superhero with a granted responsibility. In Spiderman Homecoming, the reason Peter being between his two lifestyles didn’t work was because he never clearly or passionately established his desire to live a regular teenage life, which made the shifting between both lifestyles awkward and tonally messy for the film. Yet, in Far From Home, there are scenes of him talking about how much he wishes to stay in the zone of normality, how much he just wishes to be with the crush of his dreams and how much he just doesn’t always want to be that ‘great hero with a great responsibility.’ It’s legitimate, real teenage stuff that I can connect with, as I’m a boy who thinks similar things to Peter Parker.
Jake Gyllenhaal was easily the best part about the movie. His character’s motivation watered down and borderline undermined Jake’s broad range as an actor, who can flow through so many different characters more fluently than the wind flows through the air, but Jake’s ability as a performer allows the character to be executed with charismatic strength. No matter how silly and cartoonish the character was, Jake pulled him off like a routine and was **easily** the best part about the whole movie.
I also loved the chemistry between Zendaya and Tom Holland. As a character, Liz Allan was sweet and a harmless addition to Spiderman Homecoming but the issue was that her full potential was restricted by a terrible structure that repeated the exact same scenes over and over again, with Peter Parker leaving and returning from where he was meant to be only for Liz to exclaim that “everything is okay, but I’m just worried about you.” Yet, here, Zendaya’s character’s potential is blasted into borderline maximum energy since she, as a character, is the constant device that has Peter motivated. Liz Allan was more of a distraction to Peter than a story device or motivation, and her relevance to Homecoming was basically pointless until the end of the movie, but MJ however was portrayed as the very thing that reminds Peter of who he is, in Far From Home. He’s a hero, but he’s no less a kid. The point of the movie is who Peter is, not who he isn’t. He isn’t Iron Man, but Iron Man wasn’t anyone he tried to be. Peter is as much a hero as Iron Man because they both strive for the same things, ranging from justice to safety, but at the core of things they are human. Peter might be Spiderman, but he is just a kid. That sentiment was reinforced brilliantly by what Peter is motivated by, which is, in this movie’s case, his crush MJ.
A much better movie than Homecoming.
I would marry Jake Gyllenhaal btw.