Μarco Bermudez’s review published on Letterboxd:
*Keanu Reeves voice* I love Spider-Man. God, do I love Spider-Man.
But even my love for Spider-Man couldn’t save my love for this film. *ba-dum tssss*
Spider Man Far from Home is entertaining and has some few great and sweet moments, but in the end, Homecoming and this film seem to have the same problem: it leaves you empty and is void of everything that makes Spider-Man—well, Spider-Man.
Marvel makes its most beloved and grounded/relatable character into essentially a hero that
1. faces barely any challenges that makes him grow as a person
2. Essentially a Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark hybrid where he can build a high tech suit from Stark Technology and call people to bring a plane and pick him up.
3. Void of responsibility.
Side note: also not funny???
I’m all for changing and adapting characters differently onto screen, but once you take away the bare bones of the character that makes the character unique and universally loved, then you better have a good substitute or reason as to why. Marvels reason: they want a Tony Stark replacement.
The film itself has predictable twists (except for one really good post credits scene), dumb subplots, and focuses too much on the teacher and student characters making jokes and tying Spider-Man to SHIELD and not enough time spent on on Peters relationship with MJ (which is a highlight of the film), and his relationship with Mysterio (could’ve been great, but when Mysterio keeps saying “Peters a good kid” I don’t feel it at all).
The European trip aspect could be thrown out and it take place in New York and nothing would be different.
Jake Gyllenhaal is by far the best actor in the movie, but he’s not given enough substance and we don’t see him do much in the way of character for us to give a shit. That’s a script problem.
In fact the main problem of the film is the script. Really awkward (bad awkward) lines of dialogue populate the movie, there’s stupid and badly CGI-d interluding “action” squences that could’ve been taken out and the over reliance on Tony Stark is showing it’s ugly side in this installment.
The relationship between MJ and Peter is sweet and delightfully awkward (not the bad kind), but we’re thrown into the movie with Peter already lusting after her with no context as to how he started liking her. In Homecoming he finds her creepy and she seems like she straight up hates him (through a thin veneer, to the audience it’s obvious she likes him), but now all of the sudden he likes her?
GIVE ME AN ARC. Not just “I like her, I still like her, I stil still like her.” They start to make it interesting and give it layers but the sub plot they put in is dumb and thrown away almost immediately, and when it looks like there’s going to be some conflict between them: it’s dropped.
The action sequences in Spider-Man films across the board have been standouts in the superhero genre. The train fight sequence in Spider-Man 2, the goblin fight in Spider-Man, the Lizard fight on the building in The Amazing Spider-Man. Hell, even my least favorite Spider-Man film, TASM 2 has a good fight scene with Electro in a power plant. But the action scenes in this are...bland.
That’s a complaint with a lot of marvel films, the fights just aren’t that memorable or pulse-pounding. No exception here. Spider-Man doesn’t do anything really. The camera doesn’t make me feel engaged to the action, there’s nothing really cool that happens that made the audience go: “WOW”. The CGI was subpar and that took me out of it. A lot of things to complain about.
Jon Watts proves again that he’s just an ALRIGHT directors choice. No visually stunning or truly emotional moments that populated Raimi’s trilogy. No stand out sequences or creative uniqueness. Just meh.
Ok guys. In the end: Spider-Man: Far from Home is entertaining and fun, but once you leave the theater and drive home, you’re going to think about it and realize there’s not much to think about. It’s just FINE. It’s not going to be a staple of the genre, it’s not going to be your new favorite Spider-Man film. It’s reliance on Tony Stark’s legacy and Spider-Man being the new Iron Man weighs it down to the point where I don’t think Marvel really cares about the “Friendly Neighborhood” aspect of Spider-Man it likes to pontificate throughout the movie.
The MJ/Peter dynamic is charming, Jake Gyllenhaal is acting his ass off. The supporting characters, while really funny at times, end up taking too much screen time from what we really care about. A few surprises in the post credits made it all worth it in the end, but it’s all worth it just to see Spider-Man on screen again.