Movie Review: Spider-man: Far from Home

July 21, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

PG-13 | | ActionAdventureSci-Fi | 2 July 2019 (USA)
 
8.0/10
117,338
 
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Director:

 Jon Watts

Writers:

 Chris McKennaStan Lee (based on the Marvel comic book by) | 2 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:

I've loved Spider-man a long time since I was around 13 years old (in my 40's now). Like lots of people, I was weary when he was rebooted for the first (Andrew Garfield) and now the second time (Tom Holland) but Holland has won me over, he's a great both in and out of the suit and looked forward to seeing this movie.

Main Points:

I've said it before but it remains true (now especially that Disney owns Fox Studios), I know if it' a movie in the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) I'm going to enjoy it. Everything is so well connected and the characters so well written and acted (ok maybe just a few exceptions), that's its a virtual guarantee.

This movie picks up right where Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame leaves off (so if you haven't seen it you NEED to before you watch this). Peter is still trying to work up the nerve to ask MJ out and dealing with the terrible events in Endgame, he needs a vacation and this school trip sounds like the ticket.

Of course, things go quickly awry when Nick Fury shows up, a water-powered creature and Mysterio (who is a friend to Peter initially). The movie is mostly fun but does have a little more adult content as Peter is 16 and his Aunt May is dating again. The world is a scarier place after Thanos and there are those who take advantage when the Avengers are not to be found.

MJ is perfect, I am enjoying how she is different from her comics version but her finding out Peter's secret makes perfect sense and them being a couple was only a matter of time. 

Mysterio is one of those wacky villains that often seems silly in the comics but here they do a great job with him as played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The different spin on this character is welcome and works quite well, I just hope I get to see more of him in the future.

So is it the best Spider-man movie? No, I don't think so, I'd put it below Homecoming and Into the Spiderverse. I found Ganke to be annoying in this movie and I couldn't help but feel I'm not in the right agree group. This movie would be more enjoyed by people in there mid to late teens. Still, though, great special effects, solid acting, a good story, a few laughs, and some great super-hero/super-villain showdowns make it a very good movie.  

Final Thoughts:

Make sure to stay until the very end of the film for a mid-credit scene (which has a GREAT cameo and would have been a nice surprise if it wasn't ruined for me) and a final end credit scene. I give this a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would recommend it to any spider-man/comic book/sci-fan. Please, no small children, ages 13+. I am very much looking forward to Hollan's next romp as your friendly neighborhood Spider-man.