Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★★

*Insert an intellectual film joke about Donnie Darko and Mysterio here*

So here is the thing. I was one of the few people that disliked Homecoming and was also not really ready to watch another MCU film so soon after Endgame. But, I went into this second Spider-Man film with an open mind. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.

However, I will go over what didn't work for me first. My biggest issue with the film is that you have to suspend disbelief for a lot of it. There are certainly other MCU films that have this issue, but it did seem more prevalent in this. My other big issue with this was the way the viewer learns info. It seems like there were a few times where characters spout off expository monologues that felt awkward. Like yes explain concepts to us, but find a clever way to do it. A minor issue I also had was that some of the characters had awkward moments/jokes that don't work for me. This is what killed my liking of Homecoming as well, but it wasn't as bad here.

Now on to what I liked. Two words. Jake. Gyllenhaal. He plays Mysterio who has up til the release been a pretty big mystery. This is a good thing because his character goes all over the place. I thought he did a great job although I do have slight (lol) bias. There is a certain scene that I won't spoil that visually was cool. The last thing I liked is a point that others might see as a negative. This film seemed to pull themes, motivations, visuals, and emotional moments from other MCU films and even Spider-Man films like Raimi's Spider-Man 2. It works well here for me. Lastly, I would have given this sequel 3.5 stars, however the mid credits ending is the riskiest move for the MCU moving forward in my opinion and I respect that. If they don't utilize this setup than I will be very very disappointed in the next installment.

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