Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★½

Meh.

It's okay.

It's definitely better than Spider-Man: Homecoming or Spider-Man 3, but it's not as good as any of the other Spider-Man movies (Including Venom)

I'm a sucker for a good 80s soundtrack and this film utilizes it fairly well. I'm starting to warm up to Holland's Spider-Man more here, (Still say Nat Wolff would have been better though) he comes off more like an actual human being thanks to some sharper writing and he's definitely a lot less selfish than he's been in the past. His performance is genuinely good here and an improvement over the admittedly decent performance he gave in Infinity War. Marisa Tomei's Aunt May and Tony Revolori's Flash are still awful, but they can't all be winners, can they?

Jake Gyllenhall killed it as Mysterio. He's scary, he's charismatic, he's interesting. He's everything The Mandarin SHOULD have been in Iron Man 3 and he's probably my 3rd favorite Spider-Man film villain behind Dr. Octopus and Electro. He doesn't save the movie, he IS the movie.

Most of the film's problems really rest on the fact that Jon Watts' direction has the personality of a wet paper bag. It's lifeless and ugly and has absolutely no personality or scale to it. Also, the film playing the events of Endgame for jokes seriously got on my nerves (Especially with how closely this film still tries to tie Spider-Man with Iron Man. They're really playing the Stark Industries boy scout thing pretty hard, which really isn't what Spider-Man is at his core) and there are still a ton of cringe inducing pop culture references and failed attempts at teen speak carried over from the last movie.

Honestly just an average superhero movie. Which is a lot better than I expected.

Also, stay tuned for the after credits. While the film itself is very much average, the after credits sequence is one of the best I've ever seen. MCU or otherwise.

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