Facing impossible expectations as the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to follow Avengers: Endgame and as the final Phase Three film, our friendly neighborhood superhero is back and better than ever. Following internal storyline, it picks up a few weeks after the events of Endgame; Peter Parker is still mourning the loss of Tony Stark, and he’s having a difficult time dealing with his grief. It doesn’t help that monuments and murals of Iron Man are popping up all over New York seemingly overnight and the underlining pressure of him having to pick up the mantle where Tony Stark left it.
Peter decides he needs to get away for a while and joins his classmates on a European trip. There he’s confronted by Nick Fury and meets Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), a traveler from a different dimension whose planet was destroyed by these monstrous elementals. The problem with all of this is that Peter doesn’t want anything to do with it. He wants to be an average teenager while trying to spend some time with MJ (Zendaya). But that proves difficult for several reasons; one includes the fact that his classmates and the elementals keep crashing into one another for increasingly hilarious reasons.
Anyone with half a clue to Spider-Man’s character gallery knows how this will inevitably play out, but the journey to that point is undoubtedly some of the most fun you’ll have in a movie theater this summer. The movie is sharp and funny, but that’s expected from writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna (who wrote Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and The Lego Batman Movie).
Like nearly every MCU film beforehand, Far From Home moves in between funny banter and big action scenes. The comic timing is perfect and turned up to eleven with Peter’s frustrations, occasional haplessness, and naivete. Holland does a better job at playing Peter Parker. Gyllenhaal does his weird face that’s both soulful and expressionless throughout most of the film, but he kicks it up a notch at the end.
Far From Home is a compelling and emotional film that almost feels like a group therapy session when having to deal with the death of one of everyone’s favorite superheroes. The opening sequence with the Youtube video paying respect to The Avengers to Whitney Houston‘s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is a bit much. You will laugh, and you will cry. In the end though, when Peter steps up, you will feel a sense of acceptance that even though Tony Stark is gone, we still have heroes like Spider-Man to save the day.
I give Spider-Man: Far From Home 4.5 out of 5 stars.