Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★★

The success of this latest Spider-Man chapter is not in the big things, but in the small things. The meaty plot twists and daunting world-building are entertaining for sure (though at times a little clunkier than I would like). But what makes this adventure so winsome is how accurately it captures adolescence—getting a moment with the girl is as important to Peter as defeating a cataclysmic monster, and the movie doesn't criticize him for this. He's a kid, and that's okay.

The MCU has changed post-Endgame, and seemingly for the better. There is cause and effect now, an anchor point for why any of these battles actually matter. Bringing Mysterio into the universe now is perfect timing. What he brings to this story feels fresh and crucial. And Jake is clearly having the time of his life.