Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★½

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In terms of being a Spider-man action blockbuster, this rises above Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the film overall is unbalanced. It's clear Watts has a distinct knack for dynamic action, and it's much improved here. It's what Spider-Man deserves, and Far From Home is well-attuned to the movements of the webslinger, so much so that it recalled certain scenes from the Raimi trilogy. But in terms of personality and character, Far From Home is miles behind. The film has another thing in common with Homecoming in that it feels artificially cultivated, as if they're trying too hard to imbue this Peter Parker with an awkward and relatable personality. Not to mention that the MCU necessities keeps popping in and saying hello, which is fine, I get it, but it intrudes so much on the narrative that the film loses any sense of direction. I also think, besides Thanos, that the MCU has a villain problem, and this is no exception. Jake Gyllenhaal tries his best, but then again so did Michael Keaton, and no matter the superstar actors that get pulled into these roles, it doesn't help the movie in any significant way. In fact, it only further emphasizes the weakness of the script. I just wish the MCU would focus more on strengthening its individual films before moving onto the larger picture.

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