Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★

pg-13 van wilder: the rise of taj with some matrix and a few strokes of ghost in the shell thrown in cause why not. far from home may be nimble with its humor and song selections but its ultimate failure lies in what it turns its titular hero into. this doesn't just apply to spiderman, but this applies to all superheroes—batman, bolt, the incredibles, spike lee's mookie—heroes do the right thing, not out of obligation or guilt or pressure, but because of the world's inherent need for salvation and protection. what we have here is a peter who does the right thing when pressured and nudged to do so; who does the right thing out of guilt and ultimately, when you look at the film's arc, a skewed sense of self justification. in the end, marvel ended up being just as immature as it thought peter was before his character arc. the latter didn't really happen. neither did the moon landing. stanley kubri

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