Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★½

1st Jon Watts

I'll admit that this wasn't my choice to watch this. Rather, I'm one of a friend group at my university who are obsessed with Marvel, and one of them wanted to go see it. Really, it was a way for me to get out of the house. My family, especially my dad, are superhero fans, so I kind of grew up in opposition of them. Too smug, too sexless, too flip for my serious tastes. What a little bastard I must have been.

This was, surprisingly, very pleasant to watch. The performances in particular were superb, especially Zendaya and Holland, who are easily my favourite MJ and Peter. They have a natural chemistry that makes their awkward interactions extremely charming. Gyllenhaal is splendid too, though his character suffers from very vague motivations that marred an otherwise exceptional performance.

Increasingly, I think the superhero is the new Hollywood musical; lots of spectacle, big set-pieces, lots of music, fairly straightforward moral universe. Sure, there is room for darkness and doubt, but it's primarily a sunny world, one where progress thrusts the world towards an optimistic future. I just wish it wasn't edited and plotted like I have no attention span. The sheer rapidity of plot points and cutting wears you out after an hour, especially if you're not used to a Marvel film as I am. However, I wouldn't mind seeing Homecoming now.

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