Spider-Man: Far From Home is now in theaters, and boy oh boy is it a solid end cap to the decade plus long journey that started in 2008 with Iron Man. It perfectly resets the MCU for its next Phase, while also paying off on any open threads from the aftermath of Endgame. It truly is one of the best single character focused MCU films to-date, and just goes to show that the formula for these movies is only getting stronger.
You can check out my full SPOILER FREE review in video or scripted formats below.
“Hey now fans of Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does anyone really know the lyrics! I’m Matt Heywood and I’m here to review Spider-Man: Far From Home, or what I like to call, one of the best single MCU character flicks to date.
Far From Home is truly everything that a MCU fan could want after experiencing the heaviness of Endgame. It perfectly sums up the events of that film and how they affected the world, while also progressing the post-Endgame MCU forward, especially Peter Parker’s seemingly expanded role in it.
I loved the callbacks to the events of Infinity War and Endgame, as well as the aura of Tony Stark, which is expertly woven throughout the entire narrative. He may be gone, but this film shows us just how impactful he was on the world, let alone his role in shaping the man Peter Parker will eventually become. And don’t you worry, Tony’s narcissism is still in full effect, so while the man may no longer be on Earth, you will feel his impact on it, and the MCU, throughout this film.
Speaking of Pete, I can’t applaud Tom Holland’s performance of him enough. We truly finally do have the perfect Spider-Man, and this dude just keeps killing it as the teenage hero. He’s got the physical goods to pull off the role, but more importantly, he just nails the essence of a teen experiencing teenager things, all while also being one of the world’s most iconic superheroes. This is his best turn as Spider-Man to-date, but I only expect him to get better as this franchise continues on.
I also have to point out the supporting cast, in particular Zendaya’s Mary Jane. With each new film I see her in I begin to appreciate her abilities more and more, and she offers up a unique, but very interesting Mary Jane, and her thread in this movie is a great compliment to the overarching, doomsday scenario that the bulk of the film deals with.
Jake Gyllenhal also brings his A-game, and without spilling any beans, I can tell you that his take on Mysterio is awesome, and it will surprise you, but also make you laugh, because the joke was on all of us speculators about how his turn in Far From Home would play out. I just loved how they essentially poke fun at MCU die hards while also making fun of in universe happenings at the same time. It’s almost a Deadpool 4th wall moment, without actually breaking the wall.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is hands down one of the best single MCU character focused films to-date, and that’s thanks to its cast led by Tom Holland, as well as its damn near perfect narrative. It capably wraps up the first three phases of the MCU, while also bringing some immediate closure to the emotional ending of Endgame. It sets up Spider-Man as a key player moving into the next Phase of the MCU, while also blowing the top off of the possibilities with this Phase thanks to its two stellar post-credit stingers.
It’s honestly just the culmination of what has been accomplished since 2008 in MCU storytelling, which at this point, has become a machine of awesome that I hope never turns off. Far From Home earns a 9.5 out of 10 review score from Team EB. It’s a see more than twice in theaters movie for sure, so take advantage of your free time and get yourself a ticket.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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