Spider-Man: Far From Home Review
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

– You going to be the next Iron man now? – Well, no, I don’t have time. I’m too busy doing your jobs. – Oh!
– What? – I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Look, keep up the good work,
because I am going on vacation. – [Clint] Serving as
both a lighthearted coda to the decidedly serious
“Avengers: Endgame” and the exciting kickoff to
the next phase of the MCU, “Spider-Man: Far from
Home” is an extremely fun, cleverly executed, and frequently hilarious adventure film. Peter Parker may have been
given a new lease on life in “Endgame,” but that doesn’t
mean it’s all rosy now, or that the sort of ethical challenges that have oft tried the
wall-crawler’s sense of personal life versus
superhero duty have diminished. Peter Parker’s realization of
that particular cross to bear is at the heart of this
highly entertaining new romp. (screaming) (dramatic music) Tony Stark may be dead, but his memory looms
large in “Far from Home.” Peter is frequently within
sight of some shrine to or oversized image of his fallen mentor. Peter struggles to be who
Tony wanted him to be, even as he remains painfully aware that he’s just a local hero, or at least he’d prefer to stay that way. But there’s no kinda
sorta being an Avenger. You’re either one of
Earth’s mightiest heroes or you’re not. – [Peter] I just want to go
on my trip with my friends. Europe doesn’t really need a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. – [Reviewer] “Far from
Home” sees Spidey tested by a new, out-of-this-world threat that will determine
whether he is truly worthy of Tony’s high hopes for him or not, a grand challenge that sees
this battle-tested wall-crawler confront a global danger in a way that his friendly
neighborhood “Homecoming” self would have been ill-prepared to face. To reveal more about the plot and the villainous
machinations of “Far from Home” would be to risk spoilers,
but suffice it to say, the circumstances of Peter’s new mission, which coincides with his
school trip to Europe, perfectly dovetail with the lessons this teen hero needs to learn. – You look really pretty. – And therefore I have value? – No. No, that’s not what I meant at all. I was just–
– I’m messing with you. – [Reviewer] After the
universe-saving scale of “Endgame,” it’s a relief and a bit
of a respite for MCU fans to see Peter get to be
just an awkward, sweet kid who wants to tell the
girl he likes how he feels and hopes that she feels likewise. That’s what makes this Peter
so relatable and lovable. That he also happens to
be a fledgling superhero is what mucks up his
adorkable romantic plans. “Far from Home” is, like its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,”
an ’80s movie at heart. If “Homecoming” was a John Hughes movie, then “Far from Home” is a
hybrid of “European Vacation,” “WarGames,” and “Gotcha,” meaning it’s a fish-out-of-water comedy mashed up with a teen romance
and espionage adventure. The latter element is
courtesy of Nick Fury, who is less a mentor for Peter here than the proverbial principal. – You’re Nick Fury. – Put some clothes on. Let’s go for a ride. – Is he gonna be okay like that? – You might want to turn him over so he doesn’t swallow his tongue. – [Reviewer] With Tony gone
and Fury of a one-track mind, it falls to another adult to
serve as Peter’s quasi-mentor, Quentin Beck, played by a
suitably dashing Jake Gyllenhaal as a bold superhero
from an alternate Earth, dubbed Mysterio by our world, who, any true comic fans knows,
is more than meets the eye. Again, to say more is to risk spoilers, but Mysterio’s inclusion is a perfect pick and sly commentary on
our reality-questioning and truth-challenging times. – It’s really nice to have
somebody to talk to about superhero stuff, you know? – Anytime. – [Reviewer] Beck understands
the power of image and perception on both the
personal and grand scale, a persuasive skill that
doesn’t require superpowers so much as a keen understanding
of human fallibility. Marvel fans will undoubtedly get a kick out of the many Easter
eggs included in the film and all the care the filmmakers have given to this particular installment, while both fans and
general audiences alike will be left with plenty
to keep them amped for what lies ahead for the webslinger in Marvel’s Phase 4. (explosion) On a technical level,
this film’s home stretch boasts some of the MCU’s
most impressive visuals this side of “Doctor Strange,” while also addressing some
longstanding fan pet peeves about this Spidey’s
powers and shortcomings. This is a grander, more ambitious film than “Homecoming” in many ways, yet it owes that well-deserved accolade to all the groundwork laid so far in Tom Holland’s past four
screen appearances as Spidey. It’s been great fun to see this new take on the beloved character
evolve to such amazing extent over the last few years. – Get on the jet! – Who are you? – I work with Spider-Man. – You work for Spider-Man? – I work with Spider-Man,
not for Spider-Man. (explosion) New plan! – [Reviewer] “Spider-Man: Far from Home” is a grandly entertaining culmination of the MCU wall-crawler’s journey so far. Thanks to its sweet
humor, clever commentary, and deft action set-pieces, “Far from Home” continues
the journey of Peter Parker from kid hero to Tony Stark successor. The movie sets the table for some exciting new
adventures ahead for Spider-Man and his place in the MCU,
putting him against an antagonist who preys on Peter Parker’s
fears and insecurities in ways no other villain has quite yet. “Far from Home” ends Marvel’s
Phase 3 with a hell of a bang, thrusting its young
wall-crawler into a treacherous but hugely exciting new era. (dramatic music) For more movie reviews,
check out what we thought of “Annabelle Comes
Home” and “Toy Story 4.” And as always, be sure
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