By STACY BAUER & DAX HUGHES
Jimplecute Movie Reviewers
The series has a lot to live up to after last year’s animated, Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse left the live-action version blinking in wonderment.
Set in a Marvel Universe still reeling from the aftermath of the almighty Avengers: Endgame, in which half the people vaporized by Thanos’s cosmic snap suddenly popped back into existence, I give no spoilers here beyond that.
Soon Peter is swept up in an adventure of international intrigue by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), his new mentor this go-round, who enlist his help to do battle with a bunch of ruthless Elementals (monsters) across Europe.
Slinging his way through London, Venice, Prague and Berlin, fighting beasts made of fire and water, earth and air, Spidey is in fine and familiar form. Fury and others want Spider-Man to fill the void a certain superhero left behind, but Peter’s not immediately ready, nor willing to take up the blazing torch.
Bequeathed the posthumous gift of a pair of high-tech E.D.I.T.H. sunglasses, he must learn new, unexpected skills, both externally and internally. The film displays some of the most interesting and innovative VFX sequences we’ve seen in the MCU so far.
Fans delight in this playful take: the awkward teenager dealing with more responsibility than his years have prepared him for. Sounds true-to-life to me, for every age.
It’s a lively adventure, reminiscent of what superhero movies looked like before expanded Universes were even a thing.
Far From Home mixes well, a coming-of-age comedy and high-flying superhero caper. Do make sure you stay seated for both the mid and post-credits sequences.
“Spider: Far from Home” is rated PG-13 and runs 130 minutes.
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