Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★

It's an okay movie, but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed.

I'm disappointed that we have to serve the Marvel Cinematic Universe before our main character. Spider-Man is my favorite comic book character, and I wish this movie was more about that friendly neighbor in red and blue spandex. The whole thing just feels too big, and no stakes actually feel like real stakes after events like Infinity War.

Spider-Man is the one Marvel-hero that can rival DC's Batman when it comes to an exciting gallery of villains. Far From Home tries to make me care about some faceless "Elementals" and I'm just not going to. Mysterio had potential as a villain, and Jake Gyllenhaal is some A-tier casting, but I hated the motivation they gave him. Haven't we seen the "disgruntled Stark-employee"-trope enough in this franchise?

I'm also incredibly *over* the "Starkified" suits Spidey keeps wearing. What's so wrong about some real good old-fashioned, tight and itchy spandex? I want more of Spider-Man vs his own unique rogue gallery, where he has to fight against incredible odds and without fancy suits, AI and hipster glasses. I want more funny quips as he's fighting the villains, as humor is his "psychological" weapon. I want less of the MCU background work seeping in to the foreground. I never thought I would say that, because I enjoy the MCU a great deal, but I'm just not feeling it this time.

I love Tom Holland in the role by the way, as well as Zendaya as MJ. When it's about Peter Parker and his friends, that's when this movie shines in my opinion. But when it's about Spider-Man it really stumbles, unfortunately.

It's not a bad summer movie.
It's not a bad MCU-entry.
It's just not that good of a Spider-Man-movie.

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