Spider-Man: Far From Home Reviews Roundup
Do critics like Peter Parker's latest heroics?
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now in theatres, having debuted on July 2. But with the arrival of Marvel's latest big movie, one question looms over the Homecoming sequel: is it any good? Read below to see what some critics think of Spider-Man's new adventure.
Once again, Jon Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man: Homecoming) sits in the director chair. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige (Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel) and film producer Amy Pascal (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Venom) serve as producers, while Ant-Man and the Wasp writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers penned the script. Tom Holland (Avengers: Infinity War, Pilgrimage) stars as Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man/Peter Park alongside newly-added Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw, Velvet Buzzsaw) as Mysterio/Quentin Beck.
The 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a direct sequel to 2017's Homecoming, Far From Home sees Parker and friends off on a school trip to Europe while baddies from another dimension show up to do some serious harm. With Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) gone and Mysterio handling the brunt of the elemental threats, Parker is asked whether he'll step up to save Europe.
Reviews for Far From Home have begun appearing online. We've collected excerpts from these to help you decide whether the film is worth your time and money. Swing over to GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more critical reactions.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Directed By: Jon Watts
- Written By: Erik Sommers, Chris McKenna
- Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei om Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya Coleman
- Release Date: July 2 (United States)
- Runtime: 129 minutes
"The parts that work, work very, very well. But the parts that don't tend to feel like stubbed toes or irritating splinters--not life-threatening by any means, but distracting at best and annoying at worst; like someone pulled the curtain back on the MCU's systemic shortcomings a little too far. Still, if you can ignore that--and it'll be easier for some than it is for others, depending on your relationship to the MCU at large--you're in for a pretty good ride." -- Meg Downey [Full review]
"Spider-Man: Far From Home manages to act as a sequel to both Homecoming and Endgame, giving us a superior follow-up to the former and a wonderful epilogue to the latter -- reminding us that MCU goes on in a joyous ride. Let's hope Phase 4 gives us plenty more Peter Parker." -- Sean Keane [Full review]
"It doesn't seem like we're swinging to any crazy conclusions in calling Spider-Man: Far From Home the best Spider-Man movie ever. Top to bottom, it is a complete moviegoing experience. It is thrilling, it is fun, it is unpredictable, and it is full of heart. Spider-Man: Far From Home is by far a home run." -- Brandon Davis [Full review]
"Far From Home sticks the landing, and that might be the most important thing it needed to do after an utter behemoth like Endgame. The fallout from that movie feels effortlessly worked into the fabric of the universe by the time the end credits roll here, opening Marvel's saga up to a new beginning. And then the post-credits scenes change everything." -- John Boone [Full review]
"But the Spider-Man we find at the end of the movie is no different than the one we met at the start; he's more confident now, and ready to accept a truth of his own design, but you can't help but feel like he could have learned all of the same things without leaving Queens or wasting our time." -- David Ehrlich [Full review]
"Yet the film is ultimately on more solid ground when positioning Peter as the new emotional fulcrum on which the MCU can turn, with Tony's sarcasm and megalomania replaced by Peter's humility and guilelessness. It all suggests that the next phase of the MCU may be less cynical and emotionally resonant than the prior one." -- Jake Cole [Full review]
"By the end, this Spider-Man really does find his tingle, yet coming after 'Into the Spider-Verse,' with its swirling psychedelic imagery and identity games and trap doors of perception, 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' touches all the bases of a conventional Marvel movie. It doesn't take you out of this world. But it's good enough to summon the kick—or maybe just the illusion—of consequence." -- Owen Gleiberman [Full review]
"But it's Far From Home in a nutshell: an acknowledgement of small emotions amid big moments, a reminder of the ever-building continuity that's made these stories so memorable and so satisfying for fans, and a moment taken for grief between action beats. It's a beautiful little pause in a beautifully big film. But moments like these are what make Far From Home feel so heartfelt and relevant. It's a breathless and admirably well-assembled movie that proves the Marvel formula still isn't tired, but it's also a capper on more than a decade of building powerful feelings around powerful heroes." -- Tasha Robinson [Full review]
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