Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

I kind of wish Marvel took a bit of an extended break after Endgame to properly let it feel like the end of a chapter, but that didn’t mean this wasn’t an enjoyable watch. Tom Holland is just so damn likeable as Peter Parker, and his relationships with all of the characters close to him are fun and unique. I particularly liked the central romance with Zendaya’s MJ; it was central to Peter’s struggle between his desires and his responsibility, and both actors play off each other very well. It’s definitely something to root for throughout, even if the stakes do feel lessened during slightly above average action scenes. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just not too different from what we’ve seen in other Marvel films. Having Gyllenhaal as Mysterio was a fantastic opportunity to have one of Marvel’s truly memorable villains, but the character feels very generic and flat. Jake is great, but I wish we’d got to see more of him in his deranged, crazy villainous mode. The fights with him have some fantastic imagery, but it’s the investment in these characters and their relationships that make them really exciting. A fun, entertaining summer blockbuster, even if it’s not a top tier Marvel film.

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