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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Starring Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya

Rated M

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a deeply affecting and very entertaining film about duty and coping with trauma.

While on summer vacation in Europe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joins forces with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a powerful warrior from another universe, to battle several Elemental monsters.

Holland is still outstanding as Peter/Spider-Man, playing a plucky, sensitive young man who is disillusioned with superheroics after the death of his mentor in Avengers: Endgame.

Daunted by fearsome new foes and bigger responsibilities, Peter undergoes engaging development, both in slowly embracing his role as Spider-Man once more and in his cute budding relationship with classmate MJ (Zendaya).

Holland has wonderful chemistry with Gyllenhaal, who plays a warm, noble figure who offers Peter the guidance he craves.

Far From Home has natural humour and effective pacing, with a steadily-escalating threat and clear transitions between each location and set-piece.

The action sequences are dynamic and surreal, with one nightmarish sequence warping our and Peter’s perception and exploiting his fears and feelings of inadequacy.

Far From Home does a brilliant job of subverting our expectations and the film even has a fascinating meta-textual layer: the true villain is driven by emotional baggage from past Marvel movies and uses advanced filmmaking trickery to execute their plan.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is an energetic, frequently funny adventure full of pathos and strong character development.

– Seth Lukas Hynes

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