Spider-Man: Far from Home

Save the World, Like the Girl

Agents of Change

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By Jon Ochiai

In the midst of his high school trip, Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, and Quentin Beck aka Superhero Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, sit together on a bridge in Venice, Italy. Peter says, “I didn’t want to save the world this summer…” He just wants to tell pretty MJ, played by cool smart Zendaya, that he likes her. Hoping she might like him back, too.

Sure, Peter is the Superhero with ‘Peter tingle’, great strength and agility. Robert Downey Jr.’s late Tony Stark even made Peter an Avenger. At 17 years-old, Peter fearlessly risks his life as Spider-Man battling the gargantuan ‘Elemental’ Water Monster. Yet, he fears more telling the cool girl, “You know, I really like you…” Makes a lot of sense.

That’s the distinct deft charm of Director Jon Watt’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home”. Jon also directed the previous “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. He has a genuine feel for teen angst and bravado. Tom Holland returns as the screen’s most authentic Spider-Man. As Peter, Tom uniquely balances innocence, doubt and courage on the tipping point of boy and manhood. Tom is the dork when Peter clumsily tells MJ, “You look pretty.” His eyes well in tears, getting that he might have disappointed his ‘surrogate’ Father Tony Stark (Robert).

The story and screenplay by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers succeed the events in “Avengers: Endgame”, where Tony’s Iron Man died defeating powerful galactic villain Thanos. Thanos had wiped out half of all life in the universe with his ‘Infinity Gauntlet’. Those affected disintegrated from existence. When Tony defeated Thanos, those banished returned back “to life”. However, 5 years had passed. So those returning were the same age as when they left. Those who had remained on Earth were now 5 years older. That event is called “The Blip”.

Peter experienced “The Blip”. Apparently, so did his Aunt May, strong beautiful Marisa Tomei, and MJ. Returning back to Planet Earth, Peter reunites with best bud nerdy Ned, played by spritely funny Jacob Batalon. Both prepare for their school European trip with MJ. Peter plans to tell MJ: He likes her. Peter faces romantic competition from handsome “ripped” Brad, too cool for school Remy Hii, who was 13 years-old before…

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