Since the end of an era that is known as the Avengers, Marvel turns a new leaf as it were with a new league of hero. At least this is the longer term “phase” we’re expected to accept. We pick up in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame in Spider-Man: Far from Home, an entertaining return to the world of the “neighborhood friendly Spider-Man.”
Trouble is, Spider-Man struggles with what he wants as his real self, Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Raised by his aunt May (Marisa Tomei), Peter finds himself most excited by normalcy, especially after being erased by the “blip.” Right now, this looks like going to Europe on a school trip. This is also where he plans to tell the girl he likes how he feels, preferably while under the Eiffel Tower.
Of course, Peter cannot outrun his alter-ego, and trouble does soon follow.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Film Review
No matter the titular character, one thing we know going into Marvel is the good time we’re sure to have. Though the franchises do become darker, one that hasn’t is this re-booted series. In fact, ‘Far from Home’ is also silly sometimes, which reminds me of one of my favorite MCU titles, Thor: Ragnarok. This character is a kind of levity to an assemble that fights bravely, wears the scars of those battles and loses leaders for their trouble. This film is almost like an extension of ‘Endgame.’ Its story, while fun, is nothing all that deep, but the method is a new approach, and seems to serve as a kind of bridge to whatever this next phase is.
The story, which doesn’t rely on(but is an aftereffect of) ‘Endgame,’ is pretty basic. Plus, the costume of Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio makes it hard to take the dude seriously. But again, it’s all about good fun. The entire cast is great including appearances by MCU regulars, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, and Samuel L. Jackson. The cute meter is off the charts between MJ (Zendaya) and Peter. Their reunion scene is all the “aww” feels as is Peter showing her his perspective. Best of all, just as Tobey McGuire and Kristen Dunst do, Zendaya and Tom make these characters their own.
While not as strong as some of its peers, I did very much enjoy Spider-Man: Far from Home. It’s an entertaining and completely watchable installment. Those of us who like this cinematic universe will be glad to see another movie in this world; and everyone else can also enjoy this as it does a good enough job being a solid popcorn flick.
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Content: there’s some minor innuendo, and some profanity. Primarily the PG-13 rating is for action violence.