Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

The satire (read parody) on the digital age and its impact on the superhero movie industry is solid enough on its own, if a tad ironic, the action, when experimental, is superb, the breakneck pace, and the plethora of quieter character moments make this a much more interesting movie than Homecoming to me. I just wish that Far From Home had a smarter grip on its tone and if it were even half as funny as its predecessor maybe I could excuse its constant inconsistencies. I wish the first half of the film would commit to either the high school melodrama or the more mature and probably more respectable superhero coming of age story in which Spider-Man truly comes into his own. One path is clearly the natural step forward for the character of Spider-Man, the other for Peter Parker, but the problem with the melodrama is that there’s basically no connective tissue between Homecoming and Far From Home. Despite that issue I still like the contrast between Betty and Ned’s rushed, artificial, and so obnoxiously not cute relationship and MJ and Peter’s drawn out, natural, and slightly cute relationship. What I don’t like about the melodramatic bullshit is obviously Brad, an annoying cunt who adds nothing to this plot line except for demonstrating how unready Peter is for EDITH. Take Brad out of the equation and flesh out MJ more with this extra run time, maybe even use Peter’s balance (or lack thereof) between school life and being Spider-Man to emphasize Peter’s mismanaged responsibilities, leading him to giving Beck EDITH. I genuinely think that with a patched up first hour, we could have got a Spider-Man movie at least on par with the very first, because as soon as the second hour kicks in shit gets real (actually the opposite, but you get what I mean). Spider-Man cleaning up Iron Man’s messes as Spider-Man, not the next Iron Man, even after having his anxieties exposed in multiple illusion sequences, will never not kick ass. I also like how Happy is the one to acknowledge how flawed Tony was, sometimes I worry about whether these cape flicks realize how unheroic their idols are, but it’s moments like these that ground the universe in the right kind of self-awareness. I’m also not on board with bitching about the Led Zeppelin (but AC/DC) song, it’s very clearly Happy turning it on, feeling nostalgic for Tony, and watching Peter work in his suit. It’s a scene that gets hated on so much but jokes on the haters, because the entire jet scene is pretty damn good and the best example of Holland’s acting chops in these movies. Anyways, "liked" this more on rewatch (although technically the first time I’m finishing the movie), would rate this pretty much the same as Homecoming , but its comedic beats are definitely inferior and that’s just my main problem with the whole MCU; they’re comedies and I don’t find most of them funny...so where’s the draw for me?

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