Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) | Movie Review |

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has swung back into theaters with the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The twenty-third entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees Jon Watts return as director and he’s accompanied by returning stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau. As the last entry of Phase 3 of the MCU, Spider-Man: Far From Home follows up on the events of Avengers: Endgame and sees New York City’s favorite hero take on a world-ending threat while vacationing in Europe. Spoilers after the trailer.

Mysterious Multiverse

Don’t let the trailers fool you, Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) is Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) foe in this film. Beck claims that he’s from another universe and Thano’s Snap aka The Blip tore a hole into the universe and he’s come here to protect Earth from the Elementals, a group of villains that have the power of various elements such as earth, wind, water and fire. Once Mysterio arrives on the scene, he tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smuthers) that they do not want any parts of the Elementals.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Gyllenhaal’s performance as Quentin Beck/Mysterio is one of the best performances as far as villains go in the MCU. In the first half of the film, Beck is living up to his villainous alias by keeping his character’s true motives a mystery. Gyllenhaal was perfectly cast because once the film decides to reveal Mysterio’s secret plan, his demeanor does a complete 180 to fit within the confines of the story. Beck went from a loyal, heroic, cool uncle-like figure to Peter Parker to an unhinged, sycophant madman who wants to be the next Tony Stark.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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The ethos of the Mysterio character shines throughout the film. From Beck’s background to Mysterio’s costume including his signature fishbowl helmet, Mysterio looks like he stepped straight out of a comic book. The intricate details include the fog in his helmet, the eyes on the pins of his cape and the mastery of his illusions which combine into making this film a spectacle to watch on the big screen.

Spider-Man: Far From Home proves its ambitiousness when Spider-Man takes on Mysterio and the Man of Mystery gets the best of the wall-crawler. The visual highlight of the entire film is when Mysterio creates an illusion that not even Spider-Man’s Spider Sense aka Peter Tingle can detect. During this scene Mysterio changes the environment, Spider-Man’s suit and manipulates everything around him.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Quentin Beck was just a mere mortal but Far From Home does a fantastic job at making him feel like a foe to Spider-Man. Mysterio’s mastery of illusions is up there with the God of Mischief and the Master of the Mystic Arts which makes him more impressive. By the film’s conclusion you’re not even sure if he really is dead.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Uncle Ben is nowhere to be found in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (so far), but his mission statement — “with great power comes great responsibility” — is ever so prevalent throughout this film. Following the events of Avengers: Engame, Peter Parker just wants to enjoy his summer vacation in Europe and not deal with the responsibilities of being Spider-Man.

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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The ethos of the Spider-Man character and what makes him relatable is that he just wants to be a normal kid but he has the world thrust upon him.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Final Thoughts

Like its predecessor, Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credit and post-credit scenes end in a cliffhanger that sets up many possibilities for the Wall-Crawler’s future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Far From Home is a fun, comedic sequel that does not disappoint, and as far as solo franchises in the MCU, Spider-Man has the best one and two so far, most MCU solo films have disappointed in their first or second entry. Director Jon Watts and returning screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna did a fantastic job at capturing the high school charm that made this version of Spidey enduring in Homecoming without it ever becoming a parody of itself.

Promoting Mysterio as a hero from another universe was a unique twist and creating the idea of there being a multiverse in the MCU was a clever selling point for the trailers. Not going the route of the multiverse was a smart move by Marvel Studios because that would have weakened the impact of the deaths in Endgame. Having Mysterio turn out to be the villain is on par with his comic counterpart, and his death is still open enough for Gyllenhaal to return in a Sinister Six film (we can dream!).

Spider-Man: Far From Home was a perfect way to end Phase Three of the MCU while setting up Phase Four. At this time we do not even know what the next film in the MCU will be but our Spidey Senses are tingling for another appearance of the Web-Slinger in 2020.

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RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in theaters July 2, 2019.

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Spoiler Free – Avengers: Endgame (2019) Reaction in 300 Words Or Less.

The Avengers assembled for the emotional and long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Infinity War.  After 21 other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which turned 11 years old this year, we’ve reached the season finale, so to speak, Avengers: Endgame was a phenomenal way to cap off this epic journey.

Reaction

After watching every second of this three hour and two minute film – with no bathroom break 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 – I left the theater floored from what I just saw. The character development, the call backs, the heartbreak, the laughs, every emotion you can think of was captured in this movie. The Russo Brothers even found a way to integrate things from a show outside of the MCU into this film. I walked out of the theater thinking – with no hyperbole – that there is no way any comic book movie is going to be able to top what I just watched. The first 10 minutes of this film were everything that you could ask for after the events of Infinity War. The character arc for a certain character has to be the best character arc of any character over the course of multiple films. The call backs from other MCU movies weren’t just in the film to pad up it’s run time, instead they made sense with the film’s narrative. Just like those call backs, the comedy never felt forced because everything the characters had to say fits with their characterization from other films. Narratively, the conclusion of multiple storylines were wrapped up and Endgame found a way to address the questions the viewer may be asking when it comes to key plot points. The appropriately titled film felt like the endgame of a genre and the MCU assembled the cream of the crop.

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RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters April 26, 2019.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) |Trailer Thoughts|

Coming off the heels of the highly praised Into the Spider-Versespider-senses are tingling as the highly anticipated (teaser!) trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has finally been released. The sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sees our wall-crawling superhero leave the friendly neighborhoods of New York to take on foes during his vacation in Europe. Several major actors have returned to this Sony Pictures-Marvel Studios collaboration, including Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Jacob Batalon with the introduction of Jake Gyllenhall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

There’s a lot to like about this trailer. I’m glad that they didn’t reverse course on Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) knowing that her nephew is Spider-Man. After watching the end credit scene during Homecoming I didn’t think they would follow through with it. To open up the trailer with her knowing that he’s Spider-Man adds a whole new element to their relationship. The comedy aspect doesn’t feel forced and seems to naturally work here, unlike another 2019 MCU release, when Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) returns and there’s this awkward moment between him and Peter’s hot aunt. The results of Endgame seems to have an affect on the world at large because Tony Stark is nowhere to be seen. Since Peter’s surrogate uncle, Tony Stark, (probably) won’t be making an appearance we are treated to former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders). Peter just wants to go on vacation with his classmates and wants to leave that Spider-Man stuff in New York, BUT NAH BRUH crime doesn’t work that way, so Fury pretty much reminds Peter Parker that old saying, y’know the one, “with great power comes great responsibility,” without actually saying it. The only concern that I have is when Fury tranquilizes Ned (Jacob Batalon), it makes you wonder why doesn’t Peter’s spider-senses alert him that Fury is in the room?

Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) makes his feature film debut and appearance wise they get the look right. THEY EVEN GOT THE FISHBOWL HELMET! Gyllenhaal is a good actor and it’s going to be interesting to see what they do with the character. Fury recruits Mysterio to help Spider-Man take on the Elementals. Mysterio is usually a villain, so if I had to guess, he’s probably going to end up betraying Spider-Man at some point in the film. The Elementals are extraterrestrial humanoids who have power over natural elements, but the MCU may not stick to their comic book background. Since Spider-Man has villains such as Hydro-Man, Molten-Man and Sandman who do similar things then they’ll more than likely tie in as the Elementals.  Here are a few stills from the trailer of the Mysterio and the Elementals:

Some other observations, there’s a shot of Peter’s suitcase and the initials BFP are engraved in it, could that be a Benjamin Parker reference?
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Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya) is back with her quips, which were hilarious in Homecoming. The score of this trailer is perfect and the Spider-Man theme fits perfectly. Spider-Man has a black stealth suit, which I’m assuming Fury gives to him since it does not look like Peter packed his suit, but we will see. It also looks like he’s wearing a black and red suit similar to a Miles Morales color scheme. Overall, this trailer looks like another hit for the Spectacular SONYman Spider-Man, and Independence Day 2019 cannot get here soon enough.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is scheduled to be released July 5th, 2019.