Movie Reviews: Spider-Man: Far From Home




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     Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
     Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

One of the best things about Spider-Man joining the MCU is the storyline is consistent with the other characters and films in the Marvel Disney Universe. That being said, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” picks up where “Avengers: End Game” leaves off.

However, there are consequences from those returning from Thano’s Snap. Some people have aged in the five years since retuning from dust, while others haven’t aged at all. Such as Peter Parker (Tom Holland), your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Parker is still a 16-year-old high school student with raging hormones hoping to gain the attention of Mary Jane (Zendaya) while on a class trip to Europe. In addition, Parker is also grieving over the death of his mentor Tony Stark/Ironman, even though the film has a lighter tone than the darker “End Game.”

That being said, Parker’s school trip is interrupted by Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson) the director of SHIELD, who recruits Parker to fight a new threat caused by the Snap. Fury introduces Parker to Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a superhero from another dimension whose world was destroyed by huge creatures called the Elementals, who are now trying to destroy the Earth.

Needless to say there are several plot twist, which should not surprise anyone well versed with Spidey’s rogues gallery. What’s refreshing about bringing Spider-Man into the MCU are new villains and the absence of a tedious origin story.

Last year’s “Spider-Man: Home Coming” was a much better constructed film. That’s not to say that “Far From Home” is a bad film. It’s not. It’s a terrific looking film, but the visual effects are too busy and overwhelming to the point that they become a distraction. As expected, there are two post credit scenes, which while exiting the theatre I overheard someone say, they were better than the movie. Admittedly, it’s hard to argue that fact.

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