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EUROPE — “Avengers: Endgame” kicked off the 2019 summer movie season with a bang.
Filled with shocking moments, intense battles, high stakes, great jokes and emotional finales, the film seemed like a great closing chapter to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we soon found out that Marvel had one more trick up its sleeve.
There is an epilogue, if you will, to “Endgame,” and that comes in the form of “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
Everyone’s favorite webslinger is back in theaters with his second movie (in the current installment of the franchise), and it’s a good one.
Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal have chemistry
Sometimes two actors team up and their chemistry is so strong that you just want to see more of it.
I think Brad Pitt and George Clooney in "Ocean’s Eleven" fit this category; or Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” or “The Sting.” I also think of Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in “Bridesmaids.” The list goes on and on.
While I’m not sure I’m ready to put Jake Gyllenhaal and Holland in the same realm as Newman and Redford, in this film they’re making a case to get on the list.
From the moment the two of them show up on-screen together, there is an intangible quality to the relationship that only comes when two actors are really in sync. It makes for some really entertaining ups and downs, twists and turns.
Both are fine actors on their own, and I really like what Holland has brought to the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character, but together they make a really engaging relationship. I’d be more than happy to see these two grace the screen together again soon.
It’s a fun high school comedy wrapped in a superhero flick
One of the things I loved about “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was the fact it was more of a high school comedy than a straight-up superhero movie. In the sequel, the filmmakers have done more of the same, and I love it.
“Far From Home” almost feels like the superhero movie we would have received had John Hughes ever taken over as screenwriter and director.
The core of the movie is about a teenager trying to find who he truly is, while simultaneously trying to tell the girl whom he has a crush on his true feelings and saving the world.
It’s almost as if “Sixteen Candles” had Spider-Man as its protagonist instead of Samantha. It’s not the same plot at all, but the tone is that of a teen comedy instead of a superhero movie, and that makes it unique and intriguing.
It’s a solid addition to 'Endgame'
“Endgame” seemed like it tied things up pretty nicely for the Avengers and their saga with Thanos.
When I initially heard “Far From Home” was a continuation of the “Endgame” phase I wasn’t sure how they could tell the story really well. I’m glad I’m not the one writing these movies because I would have been stuck, but the people actually doing the work found a great way to continue Peter’s story beyond Thanos, Tony Stark and the Avengers as we knew them.
🚨SPOILER ALERT:🚨 Some minor spoliers for "Avengers: Endgame" are present in the following paragraph.
The way the filmmakers portray Peter and how he deals with the events and loss from “Endgame” is really quite brilliant. They do it with some humor and a touch of flippancy, but he’s 15 and that’s exactly how a 15-year-old would deal with it: get lost in vacation, friends and high school crushes. Holland plays a grieving and confused teenager brilliantly, and the decisions he makes seem like those of an adolescent with too many responsibilities on his young shoulders.
All of this made for a strong story I was engaged in and a level of empathy I couldn’t help but extend to Peter Parker.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” isn’t my favorite Marvel movie or my favorite "Spider-Man" movie, but it is a fun, action-packed and funny movie that is well worth a trip to the theater this summer.
Just make sure you’re caught up on the "Avengers" films, as well as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Captain Marvel,” before you buy your ticket.
Check KSL.com tomorrow to see a content guide for parents for “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.