Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★½

Spidey and MJ are indeed very cute together, but this sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely a lesser effort. The locations in Venice, Prague and London, and the music by Michael Giacchino, as well as some astute sequences (including a particularly effective mid-credits scene featuring J. K. Simmons), do their job, but I pretty much couldn't care less about the spectacular destructive technology going on and the bigger picture --i.e. the Avengers frame story. Tom Holland, again, kills it as our Friendly Neighborhood, with a little help from a nice cast of supporting players (Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei), but Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio comes across as underwritten, which is regrettable given its position in the canon of Spider-Man supervillains.

All in all, a missed opportunity. Hopefully the next Holland-starring Spider-Man movie, to be released in 2021, will regain the freshness and ingenuity that made Homecoming such an original superhero/teen comedy. More Spidey & MJ, please!

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