Spider-Man is back with another big screen adventure, one that delights with strong characters, big and crazy action scenes and a truly phenomenal new adversary.
Marvel and Disney make this look easy. The reason their superhero films have become so prominent in Hollywood is because they're just so much fun to watch. "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is no different. It's charming and funny and full of excitement.
Following the crazy events of the last Avengers film, Peter Parker just wants to be a normal kid. He wants to enjoy his school trip to Europe and tell the girl he likes that he really likes her. But trouble is afoot, and Spider-Man must team up with new superhero Mysterio to save his friends and all of Europe.
One interesting thing about "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is that it feels very episodic, as if we're watching just another episode of a Spider-Man TV show. I've felt that way before about Marvel movies. They have become so good about tying everything together and making a generally good and enjoyable film that it feels comfortable.
This can make some parts of the movie feel a little low key. The film takes a bit of time to really get going, but once the action kicks off, the movie shifts into high gear. Spider-Man is a very acrobatic hero, and the new villains in this movie have some truly gnarly super-powers; all of which makes for a dazzling mixture of action and mind-boggling visual effects.
And since most of the action scenes take place in less-familiar European cities, that's a nice visual treat as well.
Actor Tom Holland is back as Marvel's Peter Parker, a high school student just trying to do his best. His Spider-Man is compelling and fun to watch, a character with plenty of depth. He's mostly surrounded this time by fellow young actors, from his best pal and sidekick to the girl he's crushing on. A lot of the supporting actors really shine, especially when it comes to comedic relief.
Fair warning: considering this is another film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a lot of connections to other movies. "Spider-Man: Far From Home" serves as a direct follow-up to "Avengers: Endgame" from earlier this year. You're going to want to have seen "Endgame" to better understand parts of "Far From Home".
If you're already a fan of Marvel and Spider-Man movies,"Far From Home" is another amazing installment, including a mid-credits scene that has to be seen to be believed. This Spider-Man movie fan had to pick his jaw up off the floor.