Movie Review: Spiderman Far From Home

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Spiderman movie with Tom Holland, and I seemed to be in the minority, since most folks liked it much more than I did.  So, my bar was lower with this movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed Spider Far From Home.  I’m still not enamored with Tom Holland in the lead role.  I think he falls short of either Toby Maguire or Andrew Garfield.  But this movie had a well-crafted plot with a great villain, lots of action, and good interaction between the various characters.

 

I think the star of this movie is Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.  Even though the trailers made him look heroic, I knew he had to be the movie’s bad guy given that Mysterio is an enemy of Spiderman in the comics.  But the movie was well steeped in subterfuge and made me half think a couple of times that there was some other villain.  The way Mysterio was portrayed in this movie hit the mark.  The special effects were excellent, probably only second to Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It was a bit of an extreme coincidence that just about all of the characters in the first Spiderman movie got zapped into Netherland and did not age when Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half the population, but at least they addressed it.  This movie was a winner that I recommend watching.