Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★★½

Despite all the love have for Spiderman Far From Home, something that’s not necessarily a problem, but is definitely a concern is just how deeply it's embedded in the MCU. For someone like myself, the extensive tie ins, and frequent references to the universe it's a part of pays off, but I still recall seeing it in the cinema for the first time with two friends. It wasn't till we were sat down and the movie had begun that I realised one hadn't seen the last two Avengers movies, and the other hadn't seen a single MCU film at all. So it goes without saying, the movie, for the most part, was lost on them. 
Naturally, I understood the need for some references to the events of Infinity War, and Endgame, however, I'm flirting with criticism when I say that maybe doing it at the level they did runs the risk of robbing Spiderman of his identity. Again, I loved the movie, but so much that’s great about it is so far removed from anything that was special about the Sam Raimi films, it begs the question, without Nick Fury, Happy Hogan, and all the Stark Tech, could Spiderman still maintain originally on its own? The optimist in me likes to believe so. 
I actually adored this movie. There was a cheesiness to it that never got old, a self-aware reliance on massive exposition dumps that were executed in such a fun way. The humour was for the most part on point, the action was incredible and with the villain and the technology he possessed, the opportunity to enter some bizarrely trippy scenarios wasn't wasted. The cast of Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau and Samuel L. Jackson handled it superbly and seemed to be having an absolute ball along the way, and for me personally, watching this one from a theatre in London made it feel all the closer to home. I loved the use of European locations here.
Far From Home comes close to being amongst my favourite of the MCU so far, only suffering, not from anything particular which it did wrong, but more so from what it lacked. Watching Spiderman go toe to toe with giant water, or fire monsters are cool and all, however, the film as it is fails to deliver anything in the likes of our hero webbing up thugs, and gangsters, which is something for me which has always been at the core of this character. But maybe that's just me.

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