Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

As with Homecoming, and maybe even more so, Far From Home rides high on its human characters and John Hughes inspired subplots, while lazily wading through every action sequence with annoyance and obligation (with one notable exception, creating one of the MCU’s most creatively designed fights to date). While I could sit here and ramble on about the plot holes and the obscene number of “gotcha” twists, Far From Home is a movie about trying to enjoy yourself despite. Despite being a hero, despite your father figure dying, and despite the betrayal and pain you feel every day. And for the audience, it’s trying to have fun despite all the obvious plot bears (I’m truly shocked they stuck to the Mysterio plot to the tee considering how good these movies have been about shaking up the lore to make new stories), and the dull action.

On that action, I should say-I don’t want to be mean, especially about a movie I quite enjoy, but Jon Watts does a terrible job here, and the placement of the camera as well as the coloring of the film is atrocious. I’m sure he’s super nice to work with and he clearly is stellar at directing actors (Tom Holland and Zendaya are again the absolute standouts of the film, and I would watch a whole movie of them awkwardly flirting), but my god some of these spectacle scenes are so hard to follow that the plot and emotion woven through the script is completely lost.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a silly, weird, ultimately inconsequential little movie. Much like Ant-Man and the Wasp from last year, it’s a needed palate cleanser, but still falls into too many of the connected universe traps to be entirely fulfilling. 

Also stay for the end credits. My god.

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