April 24, 2024

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Geek Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man can't even take a simple vacation without running into a bad guy.

Well, here we are at the official end of the MCU’s Phase Three.  And it’s time again for Spider-Man, everyone’s favorite wallcrawling everyman.  Tom Holland charmed audiences a few times already as the new Spidey, particularly in his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Well, Spidey is back with a sequel, where the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man goes to Europe in the new movie Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Life moved on for Peter Parker, even if he and all his friends conveniently missed the last five years.  In the wake of Iron Man’s death, someone has to take that man’s position as Earth’s greatest tech-based hero.  Why not Spider-Man?  As it is, Peter isn’t sure he’s up for it.  Since he’s still in high school, he’d much rather do typical teenager stuff like go on a school trip to Europe for the summer.

You know, my high school never offered anything like that.  Maybe I went to the wrong high school.  Then again, I don’t know of any high schools that did, probably because of how expensive such a trip is.

However, other people have other ideas.  Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) keeps calling.  And while Peter does his best to actually ignore Fury in favor of maybe romancing his crush and classmate MJ (Zendaya), Fury isn’t the type to take “no” for an answer.  Apparently, a threat from another universe is attacking the Earth.  Fortunately, a hero from that world, Quentin “Mysterio” Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), came with them.  Beck seems like the sort of man Peter needs in his life, a father figure Peter currently lacks in Tony Stark’s and Uncle Ben’s absence.

But the monsters known as the Elementals may be attacking Peter’s vacation whether he helps Beck and Fury or not.

Far From Home isn’t quite as much fun as Homecoming.  That movie benefited greatly from a fantastic Michael Keaton performance, and this movie doesn’t have anything of that caliber.  There’s nothing bad here; Far From Home is still an undeniably fun movie.  I found the movie fine, with some unexpected appearances late in the movie, but nothing that happened gave me that sense of giddy fun that the previous movie did.  As Spider-Man movies go, it’s fine and a nice coda for MCU Phase Three, it just isn’t Homecoming.

8.5 out of 10 realizations into the sad, sad life of Flash Thompson.