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This is a Highschool Movie Featuring Spider-Man
If you’re a fan of movies like Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Superbad, or The Goonies then you will probably like this movie. This is a high school movie first, and a Spider-Man movie second. Now, I don’t think it’s a bad movie. It’s pretty good I mean it’s a solid film. But, for a Spider-Man movie, I honestly feel like it’s low tier. We are never given a reason in the first film to believe that any type of romantic relationship can come from Peter and MJ, but right away at the start of this film, we are given an entire scene of exposition to show us that yes, now Peter has a huge crush on MJ. It’s not that big of a deal and doesn’t take away from the relationship in this movie, but I feel like they could have at least hinted at it more.
The pacing is good in this film. I actually feel like it is paced better than Homecoming because there is always something going on and Peter is always involved with some sort of situation, he never really has any room to breathe. The story is consistently interesting. He’s either with MJ or he’s called back to deal with some type of villain. Which by the way is one of the weaker villains, in my opinion, he is not very compelling. I do think the reveal of him tricking Peter Parker is a good scene though, I love that reveal. “See? That wasn’t so hard. Get this suit off me!” But the exposition dump afterward is in poor taste, more cliche Tony hate. It’s not as good as the Vulture scene also and honestly, it makes Peter seem like a dumbass, but it’s a good reveal. The scenes with Spider-Man trapped in the illusions by Mysterio are definitely the best scenes in the movie. Great CGI and the performances coming from both Tom and Jake really work together. But the whole drone thing is kind of didn’t make sense at first.
Action is definitely better in this film than in the previous one, but again, there still could have been more of it. The end battle I think is great and the scene where Peter uses his Spider-Sense is awesome. That’s a great Spider-Man scene, he finally uses his powers well and is able to outsmart the villain. My favorite part is when he grabs the gun. The whole scene is showing how now he is finally Spider-Man. He was Spider-Man before but now he doesn’t have Tony and he is doing stuff on a much grander scale, alone. This is also the only Spider-Man movie so far that isn’t fully in New York. I like that, it’s different and adds to the character of Peter and shows how he’s just a kid still who wants to go on a vacation with his friends. I mean he has been through a hell of a lot pretty quickly and he never gets a break.
I like that MJ figures out he’s Spider-Man. I mean it makes sense he really wasn’t good at hiding it, and I like how they planted that seed in the first movie when she saw Spider-Man in DC. The performances from both Zendaya and Tom Holland are definitely a step up in this film. Tom is just great in this role and the scenes with them both are really cute and although the relationship isn’t explored at all in the first film it is certainly expanded on well in this one. I also think Jake Gyllenhaal has a good performance although he wasn’t given much in terms of character development, to be honest. Pretty cliche backstory.
Overall, I think Spider-Man: Far From Home is a solid movie. But, for a Spider-Man movie, it is not that good. Since when does Spider-Man get picked up in private jets when he’s in trouble? There are certainly some choices I don’t agree with in this movie and there are things that just don’t make sense, but it is still very enjoyable. It is definitely the funniest Spider-Man movie yet. And that end credits scene is fucking awesome. I love it! I cannot wait to see No Way Home.
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