Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★★½

Road to Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Third time this year. I need to not watch this again for a long while after this. I also skipped Homecoming because it doesn’t seem worthwhile revisiting. 

Let’s go through the checklist. 

• Finally, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man finds some independence, albeit with the shadow of responsibility hanging over him with Tony’s death still being fairly fresh. It’s about him learning how to approach that responsibility without his hand being held. He makes mistakes along the way, but he steps up and puts them right. I like that. 

• Mysterio is such a cool and likeable villain and I think that’s mostly down to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance. He makes Quentin Beck funny and approachable at first but is then able to snap to the cold and calculating villain side of him with such ease. Best villain casting since Alfred Molina as Doc Ock. 

• I do think it’s one of the most visually striking Spider-Man entries. Something about Homecoming just didn’t do it for me and still doesn’t and I think I can finally put that down to the fact that while it’s got some impressive CGI, the rest is so visually dull and lifeless. I always come back to that shot of Mysterio looking back at Spider-Man before he fake sacrifices himself in Prague. The excellent use of colour and VFX as well as the practical elements make it a treat for the eyes. 

• There’s something really quite nice about the relationship between Peter and Happy this time around. Again, it is slightly irritating because of how it parallels the Peter and Tony relationship but I like that there’s a genuine respect between Peter and Happy because of the history between them from the events of Avengers 3&4. I’ll be slightly sad if Happy dies in NWH. 

• The cliffhanger is so perfect, reintroducing a veteran Marvel actor in J.K. Simmons and as the same character with a modern and up to date orientation. I can’t wait to see more of him and how he differs from the Raimi movies and responds to a much wider universe of characters and storylines. 

And that about does it. 

In just a few hours time, I’ll be sitting down for Spider-Man: No Way Home

I have never been more nervous in my life. This will either be the best Spider-Man film ever put to screen or the worst Spider-Man film ever put to screen. There will be no in between. 

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