Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

It's a MCU movie with Spider-Man in it, of course it's going to be fun.

Exhilarating action coupled with charming teen drama and humor. The cast is just great, Tom Holland just sells the Peter Parker role and I like what they did with MJ here, along with fun stuff from Ned, Aunt May, Fury, and Flash. Tight script with set-ups and pay-offs and the film's length feels like the right amount of time. I'm an absolute sucker for all the humor that came with the more grounded approach to Thanos's devastating snap. Score and setting were a bit bland; for a film set in Europe, it all looks gray and stone, why even bother?

Big selling point of the film was easily Gyllenhaal's Mysterio, as we now enter a world where the two gay cowboys are two of the best on-screen supervillains. He was great as a heroic character and even better as a villainous one, easily one of the more memorable Marvel villains. They went with an interesting interpretation for the Mysterio character and it really is the best of both worlds combining his fun illusion-based technology we know him for that makes for some great special effects with a great motivation of being everything Iron Man is not. Of course, being a comic book fan, the twist comes a mile away and honestly that bar scene is cringe-worthy with how telegraphed it is as Peter hits a new low in desperation and stupidity. The biggest complaint by far that is a theme I've finally now been picking up on is how disposable Mysterio becomes. It's unfortunate that Marvel's rogue gallery just keeps getting thrown in the trash bin, I'd kill for a movie with the Masters of Evil or something. It's so unfortunate that Mysterio, an antithesis to Peter as he tries to fill in the void left after "Endgame," is a quick hurdle for god knows how long these movies go on.

The mid-credit scene, however...Best thing ever. Shut the franchise down, we got what we needed. After-credit scene was a bit strange though...honestly, where are they taking the franchise?

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