Vinnie’s review published on Letterboxd:
In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man goes on vacation! The film follows Peter Parker and his classmates/friends as they travel abroad on a school trip to Europe, but as we all know, evil doesn’t take a holiday! I don’t want to talk too much about the plot, because there are some twists and reveals that I do NOT wanna give away, but what I WILL say is that the story is very engaging and fun. The European setting is a welcome change of scenery from New York City, where all of the previous Spider-Man films have taken place. ‘Far From Home’ is a perfect mix of ‘feel-good vacation movie’ and ‘comic book movie’, and I honestly felt like I was right there on vacation with them. I’ve seen some people say that the first half is a little slow, but I don’t have any problems with the pacing. There’s a nice mix of comedy in the movie, which I think you’ll find very humorous. A few jokes fall flat, but most of them made me laugh out loud. Pretty much every character gets at least one comedic moment to shine, which is nice. The action is exhilarating, and the visual effects are some of the best I’ve ever seen. There are a few scenes that feel like they were ripped straight out of a Spider-Man comic, and the film takes advantage of it’s international setting to produce some incredible action set pieces. Three scenes in particular are in my Top 5 of all Spider-Man movies. The characters are all very likeable, and each one brings something unique and special to the film. The acting is fantastic from the entire cast, but Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck/Mysterio), and Zendaya (MJ) really steal the show. In my opinion, ‘Far From Home’ cements Tom Holland as the definitive live-action Peter/Spidey. Jake’s Mysterio is PERFECT, and has become one of my all-time favorite cbm (comic book movie) characters. I love how they made Mysterio feel modern and realistic, yet stayed true to the source material at the same time. As for MJ, I wasn’t crazy about her in 2017’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, but after ‘Far From Home’, she might just be my favorite live-action Spidey love interest. They really fleshed out her character in this film, and she had much more depth and personality. Zendaya has phenomenal chemistry with Holland, and it shows on-screen. I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship grow and evolve in future installments of the franchise. Another thing I really love is the music, which compliments the film perfectly. Overall, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ takes everything I love about it’s predecessor, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, and improves upon it, while fixing a lot of problems people (not me) have with it. It’s fun, funny, action-packed, visually stunning, heartfelt... everything I could want in a Spider-Man movie, which is why it’s definitely my favorite live-action Spidey feature yet! If you’re looking for the perfect summer movie, I HIGHLY suggest you web-swing to your nearest movie theater and go see ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’!