Spider-Man: Far From Home

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What to say about Spider-Man: Far From Home? For one thing, it’s worth mentioning that it’s a direct follow-up to Avengers Endgame, so if you haven’t seen that, you’re probably better off watching that first, because this really does follow up on that! But it’s also its own thing, in more ways than one as it happens

It all opens as previous supporting characters Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are in Mexico, where they encounter Mysterio, played to amazing effect by Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s definitely one of the standouts in the film. It’s a testament as well to the overall quality that the whole cast basically gets their own moments to shine. I mean, I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned Tom Holland yet, who once again proves to be my favourite Spider-Man so far (sorry Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield!), as he tries enjoying a school holiday. Meanwhile, Samuel L Jackson as Fury does well playing a character who’s been out of touch in light of recent Marvel events, and so forth.

If there’s any criticism I have, it’s that while the action’s great and helps keep everything grounded, as much as the characters are, it’s that it probably could be a bit more energetic. Meanwhile, the broader scope of this film means you probably miss a bit of the low-stakes of the previous film (I did). There’s other little gripes too, like a sub-plot concerning Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Spider-Man that I wish they could have expanded on.

But in the grand scheme of things, these criticisms don’t matter too much in the end. It’s a solid 8.5 out of 10 for me, and I hope you all like it as much as I did.

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