Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

2019 has been a big year for Marvel as Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame have already come out. Now they are joined by a third MCU film in the form of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

For people that know me best, they already know I was not a big fan of the original Spider-Man movies starring Tobey Maguire.

Spider-Man is my favorite comic book character of all time and I felt that original trilogy didn't click for me at all.

It was not until the year 2017 did I finally see a Spider-Man movie that I actually liked.

I said two years ago that Spider-Man: Homecoming was the best Spider-Man movie I ever saw. Does Far From Home hit a home run like Homecoming did?

Well it does few things I liked, and other things felt a little off for me.

That's not to say that Far From Home is a bad movie, but it's not a normal superhero film. I feel the movie takes too much time being a teenage love comedy instead.

I liked Homecoming a lot because Peter Parker loved being in the Spider-Man suit and wasn't afraid to face danger head on.

Here in this new movie, he's the opposite as Spider-Man takes a back seat to the drama Peter Parker is currently facing.

I did not hate the Peter Parker stuff, but I felt it had too much screentime over the action and Spider-Man sequences.

I actually liked Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and Betty Brant's (Angourie Rice) relationship more than the Parker and MJ stuff.

That being said, Tom Holland is still the best film version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and he seems more comfortable in the role than he did back in Civil War.

However, the standout performance of this movie belongs to Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Mysterio. I don't want to give away too much, but he has the most range out of any actor in this movie.

In terms of its story, Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like two different movies.

The first half is a traditional MCU movie, but things change after a big twist that happens in the middle. Some people may not like the predictable twist, but I did not mind the shift in narrative.

As for the ending, you'll want to stick around and see the two post credit scenes.

If you think Spider-Man is having trouble in this movie, he's in store with a lot worse when a third Spidey movie eventually comes out!

Overall, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fun movie even though it's not as good as Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's still enjoyable and most people will love this addition to the MCU.

Verdict: 4/5 stars

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