(Spoiler Free!) Maybe you’re like me and think the latest iteration of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is a little too young, naïve, and nice? I mean, he is the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but this kid is just a bit to cordial and a bit too trusting. You can argue that’s a big theme in this latest installment from the MCU. The plot you know right? Peter and his classmates embark on a class trip to Europe which is interrupted by elemental forces who are being fought by a Thor-like superhero named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). In the midst of this, is a blossoming pubescent relationship between Peter and MJ (Zendaya), and a relentless Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who is hellbent on breaking Peter’s ‘love’ plans in favor of recruiting him to help Mysterio. Seems like all the makings of a super-hero thriller right? But wait, there’s more. Remember ‘Avengers Infinity War/Endgame?’ How our penchant heroes saved the world and brought half the worlds population back to life? SFFH continues that storyline with a really cool arc (no spoilers).
Without spoiling it, you will enjoy this engaging installment of the franchise. It’s a fitting follow up for ‘Endgame’ and a great growing point for all the primary characters including Happy (Jon Favreau), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), and even his roommate Ned (Jacob Batalon). Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) does a fantastic job with a big budget and a bevy of stars to handle. This film could have easily left the mark by purely focusing on Spider-Man/Mysterio, but instead it does an artful job of making you care about young Peter, his teenage angst (waitaminit, is he still a teenager?), and even the budding romance of his oddly young and ‘incredibly hot after all these years’ Aunt May. Let’s not forget the world locales as well. Watts and his production designer did an amazing job showcasing world landmark locations in way that made them feel almost Disneyland like – I wanted to be at every site they filmed at.
This chapter is not the penultimate of the MCU, but it’s a solid addition to it. You’ll be engaged the entire ride and leave the theater wishing you had a set of Tony Stark’s ‘big brother’ spectacles! There is, to me, one gaping hole plot but I’ll wait until WED of next week to discuss it in this post (no spoilers!). B+ Spider-Man Far From Home is rated PG-13 with a running time of 2h 13m. Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT!! There are two post credit scenes you’ll want to stick around for and both are not only relevant but great additions to the storyline.