Jake’s review published on Letterboxd:
Enjoyable, but heavily flawed.
That’s my thesis statement for the film. It’s got a lot of bad and a lot of good, to the point where I can’t really understand the polarizing reactions this is getting. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed myself, but this movie is CLUNKY with a capital C. There’s a ‘reveal’ that happens about halfway through that manages to come AGONIZINGLY close to ruining the film, but thankfully the movie picks up the slack afterward even if it never really commits itself.
Homecoming is a movie that hits its beats beautifully, it comes and goes and whisks you Away by delivering a solid, fun experience that manages to solidify the definitive version of Peter Parker in live action. It may not have great action set pieces and the filmmaking isn’t exactly what I’d call exceptional, but it’s great editing, performance work, and breezy tone make it one of my favorite entries in the MCU, on top of really understanding what makes Spider-Man stories compelling as someone who grew up with the films, tv show, and comics. Far From Home is measurably better in some aspects, but that screenplay, yikes. Some elements feel flabby, and one distinct element feels like a shoddy retread of Iron Man 3, but desperately lacks the skilled hand of a Shane Black.
Far From Home is, well, far from bad, but it was so close to being a really good movie and not just a heavily flawed standard issue MCU movie. It just ends up feeling superfluous aside from some highlights, the solid comedy and one fantastic after credits scene in particular, as well as a committed cast. It’s fun, it’s got neat ideas, but those ideas needed a rewrite in some cases... or two.