“Spider-Man: Far From Home” REVIEW

Plot Synopsis:

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent! (Rotten Tomatoes)

Critic:

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame as well as being the final film in Phase 3 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This film deals with the aftermath of Infinity War and Endgame, which as we can see in the film- those movies have huge repercussions. People who were affected by Thanos wiping out half of all life in the Universe suddenly get brought back, and it messes up the status quo that was in effect for the five years after the snap. This film also deals with the fact that since Tony Stark isn’t available to help anymore- it’s now Peter Parker’s responsibility to carry on Tony’s legacy.

I will say that most of the jokes in this film don’t work as well, especially in the first half- but there were some stuff that made me chuckle quite a lot. What I really liked was that this movie was mostly a teen romance film, laced with super hero moments. In this film, Peter is on a school trip in Europe and he has this elaborate plan to ask out Mary Jane- but it goes horribly wrong when things out of Peter’s control become involved… mostly by either a rival of Peter’s who also likes MJ, or Nick Fury who wants Peter to stop this catastrophe that happens to be where his school trip takes place at.

What I also really enjoyed was Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck AKA Mysterio. Mysterio claims to be from an alternate dimension and he starts bonding with Peter and serves as a sort of big brother figure for Peter. For those of you who have read the comics and are confused on the marketing for Mysterio- don’t worry… they do Mysterio right! (That’s all I’m going to say without spoilers.)

I liked the second half of this film more because the action scenes were more impressive, the movie flowed better- and the relationship between Peter and MJ are more natural.

There are two end credit scenes in this movie: the Mid-Credit scene is the best one in my opinion and you’ll lose your mind when you see it! The second one is alright in my opinion, but it’s still pretty important.

Grade:

I’m going to give “Spider-Man: Far From Home” a 8/10 or a B.

The first half had some humor that didn’t land most of the time, but the second half and Mid-credit scene helped the film from suffering too badly.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

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Plot Synopsis:

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality (IMDb).

Critique:

 I’ve got a weird relationship with Sony Pictures Animation… They’ve made great movies, like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, and they’ve also been responsible for the atrocity known as “The Emoji Movie”- so I’m sure you understand why I went into this movie being extremely cautious.

The first thing I’ll say about this movie is I really dug the visual style they went for as far as the look of the movie goes. It has a real comic book look to it that I really appreciated, however- that same style also made it difficult to see what’s going on in about the first ten minutes of the film. There were certain shots where it looked like it was supposed to be in 3-D, but it wasn’t finalized- however after that, the film looked fine to me.

Going back to style and look of the film, I appreciated the fact that there were comic book elements added, such as mental dialogue being shown in a boxed format, and some of the actions are written out like a real comic book- and I really appreciated that added touch. Speaking of which, there’s comic book-like origin stories for some of the other Spider-Men characters like Spider-Gwen, Penni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir (who’s voiced by Nicholas Cage).

There’s some Spider-Man references meticulously placed into this film in the form of quick visuals that if you’re keen to it, you’ll pick it up, if not the film will just move along.

Spider-Man is normally a funny character, and that’s certainly no exception with this film… this movie is laced with humor that works most of the time for me, and it reminds me of the comedy style in “The Lego Movie”, which is ironic considering that Phil Lord, who directs this film, also directed “The Lego Movie”.

The last thing I’ll say about this movie is while it’s super funny, there’s also some touching and serious moments in this film. When someone bites it, the impact is felt significantly- and it helps raise the stakes in the movie, you know besides making sure that the universe doesn’t end because of the space time continuum collapsing. The stakes are felt, and as an audience, we feel that.

Grade:

The movie visually appealing for the most part, and it tells a great story while also balancing superhero action. It’s got plenty of humor and heart, and while I still can’t forgive Sony Pictures Animation for “The Emoji Movie” I will applaud their efforts in this film and give “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” a 9/10 or an A.