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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios and Pascal Pictures present a PG-13, 129 minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi film directed by Jon Watts and based on the Marvel comic book by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee with a theater release date of July 2, 2019.

 

In Ixtonco, Mexico a huge cyclone caused major destruction to the land and people of that city and the strange part is that the cyclone had a face. Cut to music by Whitney Houston we learn of several characters that died in “End Game” and one being the infamous Tony Stark. So if you haven’t seen “End Game” well then spoiler alert and a bit of confusion. Apparently when people disappeared, known to be called a ‘Blip’, after five years many have returned but haven’t aged. As for Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) he decides to get away and take a vacation, he’s stressed and blames himself for Tony’s death. He is sporting a new Spidey suit and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) now knows everything and is dating Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) unknown to Peter.

Off to Venice, Italy with several other students his best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), Ned’s girl crush Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) and MJ (Zendaya) among several other students and chaperones. When a crazy water monster attacks Venice and the students out from nowhere comes this flying green super-hero soon to be known as Mysterio but as a human Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes a liking to Spider-Man as does Spider-Man to Mysterio. The attacks are not finished as air, water, fire and earth the four elements take over parts of Italy and Mysterio is taking the fame and notoriety for saving mankind with a little help from the Night Monkey who looks like Spider-Man in a new black suit. Tony Stark left his glasses and power to Spider-Man and with that gift comes many responsibilities of which Peter questions why? Yet when Spider-Man confides in Mysterio welcoming him to the Avengers somethings just don’t seem to appear as they should be and as for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) they are trying to keep up with the drama that ensues Peter Parker’s life and decisions while in Italy.

In Berlin, Germany several people question what is real and what is not as destruction always seems to ensue. In the end, you seem to have a better opportunity of following this storyline if you see the “Avenger’s End Game”. Young lovers fall apart while others seem to find each other revealing several truths and solving a few mysteries and in the near future the Bugle begins to roar.

Overall I enjoyed the film and am sure it will make a lot of money even though I do tend to think the story line with Mysterio is a bit weak. I was also a bit disappointed that not seeing “Avenger’s End Game” yet some key points are spilled in Spider-Man and some conversations and emotional feeling are expressed by some characters that in order to understand you would have wanted to see “End Game” first. Yet the effects, the new gadgets and Spidey suit along with some great action and an appropriate score most people will enjoy “Spider-Man: Far from Home” which has a very young feel to it.

Holland is superb and fills the Spidey suit quite well. Zendaya plays a bit boring and flat which I’m sure is what the director wanted. Too bad! Rice and Batalon play well together as does Batalon and Holland. Jackson, Smulders, Tomei including Favreau all have wonderful supporting roles important to the story but we don’t get to spend a lot time with those actors on screen. As for Gyllenhaal he really does a nice job playing Beck and Mysterio and keeps the pressure on right up to the end so make sure you sit through all the credits right to the very end.

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