Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

Likeable romp that certainly lifts the tone after the dark drama of Endgame and opens up the possibilities for the next phase—though much of this is irritatingly teased in a couple of end credit sequences rather than openly developed in the film. Tom Holland continues to do a brilliant job, and the move to give Zendaya a bit of range is welcome. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is beautifully pitched, too, though we’re distracted from it by Nick Fury’s only very belatedly explained aggression. There’s a solid helping of stuff that makes little sense, deftly concealed by Jon Watts’ gleeful eye for humour and nostalgia as well as several exhilarating set pieces. All in all, it’s better than any transition piece has any right to be. Spider-Man, even at Sony—with its home grown neighbourhood hero struggling to take the world stage—still holds the potential for the most engaging human heart in an MCU that’s getting set to go galactic.