Michael’s review published on Letterboxd:
Definitely a film of highs and lows for me. This should have a lot going for it as I love Spider-Man as a character as well as anything Gyllenhaal is in, but that's just not the case here.
It's actually shocking how much of a slog the first half is to get through. I don't know if it was the European locales, but I think Homecoming does a much better job in doing the teenage drama portion of this.
Part of my 'meh' feeling about this stems from knowing anything about Mysterio or just having common sense. It's unfortunate as it causes nothing of note or consequence to happen in the first half, not to mention capping the first half off with just a patronizing monologue.
It almost makes up for it with some strong emotional moments and a damn near perfect recreation of what I imagine Mysterio's powers (seriously, the construction yard scene and the hallway/bridge scene at the end are the best) would be. Yeah, it's funny, but not anything more than the multiple chuckles/few laughs that Marvel films give you.
Outside of those, I don't really feel anything out of this film, which is really surprising for a Marvel (and especially a Spider-Man film)