Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★★½

We’ve been treated to several Spider-Man films over the past couple decades. Some have been good (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and some have been meh (Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). But we’ve never gotten one that I would call “great.” With Spider-Man: Far From Home, we finally have one. 

This isn’t elite level MCU, but it’s in that tier right below. Tom Holland continues to be the best Peter Parker we have ever had, full of lovable charm and youthful energy. Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant as Mysterio, but that’s of no surprise since he’s Jake fucking Gyllenhaal. 

The plot and the action scenes have some originality to them, which is surprising considering we get about 3 or 4 MCU films a year at this point. The laughs are plentiful, there’s some wonderful emtional scenes as we see Peter still dealing with the aftermath of Tony Stark’s death, and we’re treated to a tour of some of Europe’s loveliest countries and landmarks. I’d even say that this has some really high replay value in the future. Overall, Far From Home had to provide a fitting closure to Phase 3 and a lead in to Phase 4, which I think it managed to do so fairly well. And those end credit scenes....oof.