SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Spider-Man: Far From Home movie poster
Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) needs a break after the Avengers battle against Thanos. A school trip to Europe provides the perfect vacation getaway and a chance to hook up with classmate MJ (Zendaya). But his plan gets interrupted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a visitor from an alternate Earth that has been destroyed by Elementals - powerful creatures in the form of elements like fire and water. Before Peter can woo the girl of his dreams, he must save the planet once again.

Twisty surprises, humorous teen angst and a dose of sci-fi action spin a
more lighthearted tale than the last Marvel epic. Director Jon Watts plus screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the team that handled the same chores for "Spider-Man: Homecoming", keep the grimness to a minimum while giving the superhero much to do and think about. Tom Holland continues to grow in the role and is turning into an amazing Spider-Man. Zendaya plays MJ as tough, but a girl worth chasing. Some of the film's best moments are the teenage encounters. The performances are solid throughout and many franchise characters return. Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) works closely with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to complicate the superhero's life. Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), Tony Stark's right-hand man, looks after Parker and has his eye on Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Among Peter's classmates are best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), Ned's new girlfriend Betty (Angourie Rice), Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) and rival for MJ's love, Brad Davis (Remy Hii). Providing comic relief are chaperones/teachers Mr. Bell (J.B. Smoove) and Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr). Jake Gyllenhaal is a commanding presence as the new hero on the block. Also demanding attention is E.D.I.T.H., Stark's expensive high-tech glasses that have been willed to the supposedly worthy Parker. Reality gets tampered with and is confusing at times. The effects range from so-so to fantastic. It's all set to another terrific Michael Giacchino music score. There are spoilers throughout, including scenes during and after the credits. No revelations will be exposed here. This is a comfortable follow-up to the stressful "Avengers: Endgame". Weaving an energetic story, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a trippy ride. (3.5/5 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments)
Running Time: 129 minutes

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