Spider-Man: Far From Home sees our friendly neighborhood web-slinger ditching his hero gig for a vacation with his high school friends. It was an unconventional start of a fairly unconventional superhero flick…and I loved it.
In his fifth turn as Spider-Man on the big screen, British human doll Tom Holland may be a little long in the tooth to play a sixteen year old high school student, but he has more than enough presence to fill up the screen, creating a Spider-Man we all care about. You’ll want him to get the girl, adorably played by the beautiful Zendaya.
She and the rest of Holland’s supporting cast are great, especially Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and the effervescent Jake Gyllenhaal in a different, captivating turn as Mysterio. Gyllenhaal is a perfect addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, his performance is one of the strongest I’ve seen in a superhero movie. I wish I knew how to quit him.
Along with the action — and what a third act! — Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers several laughs, including a take on that romantic Spidey/MJ swing through the skyscrapers that you have to see. It also includes a few moments that caused me to sit up in my chair, the biggest of them being about a third of the way through the movie. And…
oh…my…God! There is a moment in the film that Spider-Man fans have been waiting for for-e-ver! The last time I heard an audience cheer like that in the middle of a movie, Jennifer Hudson was earning her Oscar in Dreamgirls.
If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, see Far From Home before someone spoils that and other magic moments for you. I just read an article that did just that, in a piece that hadn’t warned of spoilers.
The hack! That’s why you’re happy to have your boy MPC on duty!
Now go see this new Spider-Man movie!