Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★½

After bringing Spider-Man into the MCU with a fun John Hughes style action/adventure, once again director Jon Watts would have the task of not only following up one of the biggest movies of all time (Avengers: Endgame) but also delivering a follow-up that continued to make new and unique ideas that haven’t been explored for the character. Spider-Man: Far From Home was released on July 2nd, 2019 and stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. As previously mentioned, it’s been a nice change of pace to have a Spider-Man film be more unique and different than previous versions of the character and Jon Watts once again delivers a nice superhero mash up with a teen romance combined with a vacation comedy that’s topped off with the signature action and style from the MCU. Tom Holland is once again fantastic as Peter Parker and after the events of Avengers: Endgame he’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders and some of the best character moments in the entire film revolve around him taking the next step as an Avenger. Zendaya gets a much bigger screen time presence than the last film and the back and forth potential relationship drama that unfolds leads to some charming and really heartfelt scenes. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is easily one of the more fun and creative characters we’ve seen in the MCU and his eventual reveals in the story about his past and motivations were really well done. The action and visuals are also top notch and a few of the sequences in particular might go down as some of the coolest Spider-Man moments on screen. While I think the overall story and characters were better in Homecoming, Far From Home is still a solid sequel thanks to its likable cast, enjoyable atmosphere and exciting action set pieces.