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WillFilm’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Definitely a step-up from Homecoming for me, with only one or two major problems, but the more I think about those issues, the more I realize the movie actually did so much right.
The best part of the movie for me was Spider-Mans internal and external struggles. This is the first time where I really felt that Spider-Man was out of his league. In a world filled with extraterrestrial gods and rich-tech, and in a world figuring out what to do after Endgame, how does a sticky teen fit into all of this? I felt like this movie really nailed the balance of Peter Parker's personal and superhero responsibilities. His personal life also had a lot more weight in this movie too, which I thought was a highlight. The romance between Peter and MJ, especially in the second half, was earned and it was adorable. It is one of the few MCU romances that actually made me feel something.
Another great part of the film was Jake Gyllenhaal of course. That long Mysterio sequence was fantastic, who needs a reality stone anyway?
And finally, thank you Sony/Marvel for bringing J.K. Simmons back, from the bottom of my heart. It was the fan-service I needed but didn't deserve.
In my Homecoming review, I mentioned that the trailer showed way too much and left no surprises. Far From Home's trailer still showed a little too much, all the best comedic moments and action set-pieces got spoiled. However, it still had some twists I wasn't expecting.
Many have praised the last action sequence of the movie, however I felt it was too big and long. By the end my eyes started to glaze over and my superhero fatigue came back. It almost made me forget all the emotions I felt throughout the rest of the movie.
Another reason why I am not giving this a higher rating is because I don't have a desire to ever see this again. I was entertained for two hours...but I wasn't completely captivated and am already starting to forget the movie.
That being said, I am excited for the future of this Spider-Man, because I am not sure where they will go with him next. I might still like the first two Sam Rami Spider-Man movies more, but Tom Holland as Spider-Man is still the best on screen version of the popular character.
After getting baited with the thought of the multiverse coming into play in this movie, I am looking forward to the Doctor Strange sequel. I am ready for these movies to get really weird because I still feel that superhero fatigue, as I am only looking forward to 4 out of the 20 billion things Marvel has planned in the next few years.
I feel like I would give this a 3.25 if I could. 3 feels too low considering all the positives I have with the movie.