FoofDeckman’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is one of those movies that’s really aged poorly for me. I’ve hardly seen it since it came out without really remembering why, and now I definitely understand the reasoning behind that. Not to say it’s bad or anything like that, it’s just really bland and lacks a lot of life that I think something like this would need.
I know that they want to make Spider-Man into the big centerpiece character for the MCU after Robert Downey Jr, but I don’t really see that happening. It’s weird how at this point in the MCU one big reason I praised Homecoming so much was because of its smaller scale. The villain in that movie wanted to sell black market weapons and it was as simple as that. Something about a villain who didn’t just want to create a giant hologram monster just felt like a Spider-Man story to me in Homecoming. I like Spider-Man much more on a smaller scale because I feel like that fits better with his actual character. Spider-Man is always under stress from his superhero life and his actual life and the intrigue comes from how much he’s shit on from not being able to maintain all of it. In this movie he’s on a big scale, gets everything he wants and saves the day anyway, why should I even care if the main core of what makes Spider-Man… Spider-Man is missing.
Tom Holland is pretty great as Spider-Man, he’s definitely still the best live action Spider-Man. Even if I have a soft spot for Tobey Magiure in the role, Tom Holland just fits better for what the character should be. I just wish the movies he was associated in didn’t feel so manufactured. Jake Gyllenhaal is having fun in this movie, he doesn’t give a great performance or anything. He’s just having a good time and collecting his giant Marvel paycheck. JK Simmons is in the movie for about 10 seconds but him returning as J Jonah Jameson is the best Super Hero casting ever, I’m not even kidding.
The biggest problem I have with this movie is the writing. The dialogue throughout most of the scenes is absolutely garbage. There’s one part that particularly sticks out in my mind when Mysterio is revealed as evil. There’s this round table of people that just talking about how much they hated Tony Stark and how evil their plan is. It’s played completely straight and it’s lacking any sort of self awareness about how awful this exposition is just dropped on you. All it needs is people with monocles and twirly mustaches. I know Marvel is known for their quips, but I think as more time goes on, it just becomes more and more unfunny. There's other movies where some of the jokes are incorporated in a way that works and don't feel shoehorned, but this is not one of those examples.
I really wish Spider-Man just stuck with simple stories, as I feel he works much better in those. But given how they’re going even bigger for No Way Home, I highly doubt we’ll be getting another simple Spider-Man story again. At least not in the near future. I just hope No Way Home is fun, and that’s all I can really ask for at this point. I’m more intrigued than excited, but Im still holding out optimism. And also don’t mess up Daredevil or I’ll personally hire a hitman. Thanks bye.
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