Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jake Gyllenhaal giving me major Gary Oldman in Leon the Professional vibes is the highlight of my entire summer. Seriously all I could think about was how similar their performances were will someone please ask Jake about this for me?
Beyond that, this movie was fine. I’m on the record as being anti Spider-Man the World Saver but I’m aware of what the situation here is. The MCU is determined to turn him into Iron Man and I might as well make my peace with it. Tom Holland is great. JB Smoove and Martin Starr are hilarious. Zendaya is perfect and also my wife (I didn’t know that it was possible for me, a 21 year old man, to swoon but it happened during this movie, twice). So I’m not gonna be annoyed with a franchise who has cast every role perfectly just because I wish the movies worked a little better on their own. I also liked the incredibly pertinent theme of misinformation (including a subtle alt-right media/Info Wars dig), but I’m a little too tired to think too deeply on that one.
Real quick note on the post-credit scenes: they were certainly something and I won’t get all spoiler-y but I absolutely loved that a certain someone reprised a certain role. I also really liked that the MCU stepped out on a limb and really did something different with their Spider-Man. I can’t really say how I feel about it until I see how it plays out, but I appreciate that the MCU has gone great lengths to be sure that they aren’t just running back the last two Spider-Man franchises. This iteration always felt different but with that last bit of info I think we can definitely say it has set itself apart as something else entirely. And, as always, nobody can keep you looking forward to the next movie like Marvel.