Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★★

One of the best live action Spider-Man films since Spider-Man 2 (even though it can't beat it), Far From Home is a welcome continuation in the post Endgame universe that serves nicely as an epilogue to that film and the start of a whole new chapter. As expected there's a lot of stuff that deals with the fallout from that film, and with Spider-Man looking to live up to the pressure of being the 'next Iron Man' now he's an Avenger dealing with Avenger-level threats, Far From Home takes the journey in all new directions that keep the action as exciting as it is from the first moment to the last.

Dealing with the aftermath of "The Blip" we learn the consequences of what happens from Endgame to the general population and how they're readjusting back into the world after returning from a five year gap. It paves way for a perfect excuse for a summer road-trip with the novelty idea of taking Spider-Man for the first real time in movies out of New York, with director Jon Watts taking the idea of every scene being set in a new location to the extreme, breaking up acts by moving to different countries with the whole film feeling very European, albeit, European from a Hollywood-tinted perspective as all the major travelling destinations are ticked off one by one.

But it does mean that this film feels fresher than any Spider-Man movie that has come before it in a while, even Homecoming and justifies the first film's decision to spend so much time building up the relationship between Spider-Man and Tony Stark. The film plays off the lack of that relationship by using it as a starting point for the chemistry that Holland and Gyllenhaal - playing a new character Mysterio, a hero from an alternate world - develop in the early stages of the movie, and both play off each other well before things - as expected - go south.

Tom Holland is once again in iconic form as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He has good chemistry with everyone - even Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, but also perhaps most importantly for the script to work with Zendaya (in an expanded role from the first film) as the film makes the awkward development in the relationship between Peter and MJ a highlight in the rare breaks between the superhero action, and with plenty of the early scenes played for laughs there's a real sense that this could be one of the funnier Marvel movies thus so far. The Nice Guys' Angourie Rice gets an expanded role and her and Jacob Batalon's positions as comic relief characters are another source of constant laughter throughout that film that give it a light and welcome feeling.

And it's hard not to love that soundtrack, once again immaculately chosen - with music including The Jam, The Specials, and there's even a brilliant homage to Tony Stark's love of AC/DC. A few things hold it back - there are some spotty moments where the exposition is repeated perhaps a touch too many times - but it does something different with Spider-Man and that first end credits scene in particular is arguably one of the most important in the MCU yet.

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