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Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place a couple of months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) goes on a class trip to Europe where he plans to confess how he feels to MJ (Zendaya). However, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits Spider-Man into helping defeats monsters named Elementals with the newcomer super-hero, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).

As with pretty much all Marvel movies, this film is a good time. Tom Holland proves again here that was pretty much born to be Spider-Man. Holland Zendaya and also had nice chemistry in the film and captured the awkward high school romance feel. Jake Gyllenhaal, who I am a huge fan of, also totally delivers as Mysterio. The VFX for Mysterio were amazing, they blended smoothly and looked very life-like.

The pacing of the first half of the film dragged a bit, I just felt it was a bit boring. It mainly centered on Peter’s conflict between wanting to be a normal teenager and spend time with MJ and being sucked into saving the world as Spider-Man. I liked that story a lot and felt it was very true to Spider-Man but I just wasn’t that engaged with the film until a certain point. Where the film considerably picked up for me was a super imaginative and crazy sequence involving Mysterio that get me invested for the rest of the film.

Also this film very much discusses (and major spoiler for Endgame) Tony Stark’s death. They talk about who’s going to be the next Iron Man and the state of the Avengers. Peter is trying to make Tony proud, but also just wants to be a kid. When Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) shows up, he sort of takes over Tony’s fatherly-like relationship with Peter which was nice.

Lastly, the mid-credits scene had many surprises and now I am very interested about what the ramifications will be in the third Spider-Man film.

Overall, Spider-Man: Far From Home was an enjoyable time with memorable performances from Holland and Gyllenhaal. And I must credit the director, Jon Watts, for being able to balance Peter’s relationships and the many conflicts of the story. I give Far From Home a B+

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