Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

It's not easy to follow up on the biggest superhero film of all time, Avengers: Endgame, as well as serve as a closure to a very crucial phase in the MCU. While it's certainly not a film I'd consider "epic" or "ambitious Spider-Man: Far From Home is another solid chapter for this iteration of the web-slinging hero as well a satisfying epilogue to Phase 3 of the MCU.

This is one of those movies that's best suited going in knowing as little as possible because there are a lot of surprises thrown in here. What I will say is that director Jon Watts recaptures the lighthearted tone from Homecoming. The cast shines once again in this film, including Tom Holland who continues to be exceptional as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. The journey he goes through this time around in this post-Endgame world is done with the just the right amount of humor and heart, and one major highlight this time arond his chemistry with MJ, played once again by Zendaya, whose given much more depth to her character than in Homecoming. The two have such believable and wonderfully awkward banter between the two that you can't help but love them together. Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely fantastic as Mysterio and without giving anything away, where his character goes is sure to divide a lot of people, but I was fully onboard with it thanks in large part to Gyllenhaal just owning it in his performance. While the first half works as a fun teen travel comedy, the second half is where things really get intense and includes some of the best action sequences ever put in a Spider-Man film (one moment in particular blew my mind). Michael Giacchino also returns to do the score, and it;s just as good, if not even better, than in the last film.

As mentioned above, the movie retains the lighthearted nature from Homecoming, which means there's a lot of comedy here. While most of it hits bullseye, there were a few moments where the jokes didn't quite land. In particular, the gags between Peter's teachers, played by Martin Starr and J.B., who are really funny actors but some of their comedy felt very awkward at times. While there are more emotional beats than there were in its predecessor, I still wish there was a bit more emotional weight in this movie. There was a chance were we could've explored certain characters' psyches, if just for a little bit, following the events of Infinity War and Endgame. That might be asking for too much, but considering how things played out there, it could've reached the same level of impact, like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 or Into the Spiderverse.

While it's not quite as fresh or zippy as Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still a wildly entertaining superhero flick that serves as a worthy continuation to Peter Parker's story. The cast is terrific, the action is incredible, and the humor (mostly) works. I look forward to more adventures with Tom Holland and the gang because they're an absolute joy to watch. Following the weighted nature of Endgame, this is a breezy trip I'm glad I went on.

P.S: Make sure you stay through BOTH after-credits scenes. Trust me, they're some of the most "can't miss" ones ever in the MCU.