ADyingAtheist’s review published on Letterboxd:
So what’s up? You can dodge bullets but not bananas?
Marvel films are becoming difficult to review. I want to praise the film for a number of things; Gyllenhaal's performance as a moderately interesting villain for once (with a ridiculous goal), some interesting visuals during the holographic sequences and more than anything, every time we got to avoid the big bad CGI and focus on Parker's classmates and teachers - the latter stealing the show entirely.
Tom Holland is still a great Spider-Man, the best we've had yet, even if he's given less to do in this film than he typically has been. It all just feels a bit tired at this point. I've seen this film before, 20 or so times now thanks to the MCU's unstoppable sprawling juggernaut. Every now and again they'll do something a little bit special, a Guardians of the Galaxy or a Doctor Strange, but Far From Home just doesn't take any risks.
And despite that I still enjoyed it plenty. I don't know if that's a testament to how well honed these Marvel films have become or indeed a testament to my own laziness when it comes to film critique, but does Far From Home deserve to be punished (I'm sure the producers would be heartbroken were I to give this a low score...) because of it's predecessors? If the film is to be judged on it's own merits it's an entertaining refresher after the drama of End Game. If it's to be judged on the merits of the franchise then it's a tired film struggling under the weight of what came before it.
As it stands, it's a 6/10. It's a well made and often funny film that I'll happily watch again on some Marvel binge down the line and that I'll have forgotten the plot of by the time I dot this sentence.