Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

I haven't ever made it a secret that the man spider is not my favorite superhero. I didn't like him as a kid or teen, nor did I like him in his Sam Raimi days. That being said, the teen web-slinger has been slowly crawling his way into my good books. Between some great cameo appearances, a superb multiverse movie, and even a solid first entry into the MCU, my mind began to change. He is still far from my favorite, but hey, you can't win them all.

In a sort of epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Peter Parker and his classmates head off to Europe on a post Endgame summer vacation. Peter himself desperately needing time to get his head in order after the spoilers of the fourth Avenger's film. Mayhem ensues as a man from another Earth appears to fight Elemental creatures that destroyed his world, embroiling spidey into a fight that may not be all it seems.

If I am being honest, while I like that Spider-Man is a teen again, I was kind of bored with the angsty teen love life plot of the first hour. I liked him having to deal with Endgame consequences, and Tom Holland has a great ability to show off inner turmoil while portraying outer confidence. I couldn't give half a crap about the side characters, the MJ love plot, and even the Elementals storyline. Then, the halfway point of this movie hit, and everything changed. The payoff to the Mysterio plot is fantastic, and the movie had me riveted to my seat. The story, the action scenes, the secrets, themes, and tone. Everything seemed to kick it into gear.

I already mentioned Tom Holland is perfectly cast for this role, but Jake Gyllenhaal is one of those actors that I forget how much I enjoy watching him. I don't see him for a while and then bam! Gyllenhaal is wowing me again. This movie is no exception. I also want to make special mention J.B. Smoove as the science teacher who thinks everything happening in this movie is because of witches. Witchcraft baby!

While a very solid entry in the MCU, and maybe the last for Spidey for a while, Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers, for the most part. It is entertaining and fun, while also being a bit too into its teen comedy parts. Best epilogue I have seen in a long time.

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