Spider-Man: Far From Home
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A film that is fun and does a lot right, it fails as often as it succeeds as Marvel uses comedy to compensate for thin plots desperate to seem complicated and inventive. A sudden, frigid romance between Peter and MJ fails to be compelling and makes me long for the days of Garfield/Stone or even Maquire/Dunst, and served only as fodder for farce. The visuals were excellent, I laughed, I had fun, I didn't regret seeing the film, but it left me wondering if Marvel's movie magic died with Thanos and Tony Stark. I went for a super hero move, I got an underdeveloped romantic comedy and a litany of red herrings instead.
One of the most poorly constructed films I have ever seen, the movie is jarringly edited and amazingly confusing. Do not attempt to track characters as the move about the screen in whizzes of smoke and flashes of idiocy; it can't be done. The characters and the plot skip about throughout the film, like a bad CD you wished you'd never purchased.
In a genre where bad writing and poor acting are hallmarks, A Quiet Place shines with a solid script and A-list actors that elevate the quaint source material. As good as horror films get.
One of the best film adaptations of the Spider-Man comics, it may also be the most well-written. It's certainly the most faithful representation of the Spider-Man character, the first Spider-Man film that recognizes a Spider-Man adventure tends to be heavily-laden with comedy.
A romantic comedy can be forgiven for having little plot -- even if that plot is juvenile -- as long as the jokes hit home, but the laughs are few, the plot is thin and tired, the overall film is boring and doesn't live up to the source material. The film deserves credit for spurning Asian-based follow-ups like Be My Maybe, which does a better job of making a complete and entertaining film, but feel free to skip this film. You won't be missing anything.