Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

2019, PG-13, 135 min. Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., July 5, 2019

What's a boy to do when his heroes are gone? Captain America is old, Thor set off to be an Asgardian of the Galaxy, and Iron Man – or as Peter Parker knew him, Mister Stark – is dead, having restored balance to the universe after Thanos and the Snap that changed everything. Now those five years when half of all living beings disappeared have been reversed, and that time is now called the Blip.

After 10 years and 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the obvious question is – what now? After Avengers: Endgame swept the pieces off the table, now young Spider-Man (Holland) is trying to work out how to live in a world that moved forward half a decade without him. Fortunately for him, it also stayed functionally static for most of the important people in his life, as Aunt May (Tomei), perpetual crush Mary Jane (Zendaya), and best friend Ned (Batalon) all blipped away too. This being the MCU, don't expect any deep existential questions about how ecosystems and economies would recover from suddenly doubling populations; instead, the great return is dealt with by a couple of great one-liners and some fun sight gags, plus an opening in memoriam reel that reminds us that, yes, this is high school heroics, and Peter is still a 16-year-old who is completely out of his depth and lacking his mentor. "I see his face everywhere," he tells Stark's old consigliere "Happy" Hogan (Favreau), and it's the literal truth. There's a sensation that the world is missing the founding Avenger, expressed in constant graffiti in foreground and background. So it's no surprise that when a new superhero, Mysterio (Gyllenhaal), arrives from another dimension and fights off a horde of Earth-threatening Elementals that Parker would see him as someone to look up to. Moreover, with an out-of-sorts Nick Fury (Jackson, playing the spy chief closer to the withering comedy of Captain Marvel than his original cold warrior take) pushing Parker to be the next face of superherodom, Mysterio really seems like the adult he needs in the room.

Now comic book fans will automatically go "But wasn't Mysterio a villain?" and yes, that's undeniably true. But so were the Skrulls, and Captain Marvel rewrote that bit of lore. What he is here is the kind big brother, the only one Peter can turn to who understands his dilemma. Holland nailed the young hero's nervous enthusiasm perfectly in his initial outing in Captain America: Civil War, and really started to grasp the "friendly neighborhood" part of the character in his first solo outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now he takes Parker on the road during a field trip to Europe, a pastiche of the "today Berlin, tomorrow Amsterdam" tourism that makes Europeans roll their eyes. It's here when he really gets to grips with what it is that makes Spidey tick: the neuroses, the awkward jokes, the need for a father figure, the endless enthusiasm counterbalanced by his imposter syndrome. That's why Zendaya's new take on MJ is so perfect – a grumpy goth conspiracy theorist who is just as awkward as he is.

Far From Home never forgets that it's a teen comedy-drama-romance, just wrapped up in a superhero story. But oh, that wrapping. The big fight sequences are spectacular in the way that the series demands of itself, with the added bonus of some great architecture (if you've got tired of NYC getting the brunt of the beating, now see Prague in flames!). Yet the highlight is a psychobattle plucked straight from the warped brain of Spidey's co-creator Steve Ditko, built on the basic idea that Peter's most challenging opponent will always be himself. The significant theme here is that anything can happen in the Marvel Universe – or rather, that a world of endless possibilities is one that is open to conspiracy theories and paranoia, and it's one that seems set to pick up momentum in the inevitable sequels.

Even though this is produced by Sony and not Disney, MCU producer Kevin Feige has referred to Spider-Man: Far From Home as the coda to the Infinity Stone saga that bound the franchise together. Think of it as the Scouring of the Shire, the vital section of The Lord of the Rings that Peter Jackson somehow forgot to include in his adaptations. It's when the characters have to go back to their old lives after a conflict that has changed their world, and work out who they are now. That director Jon Watts manages to do that while keeping the Spidey-style he developed for Homecoming, and writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers keep the same sense of bumbling humor they displayed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, all while setting up the inevitable next phase and having fun at the same time? That makes it all worth the trip.

Showtimes

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/ritz

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily by phone or website.

Sun., July 21

3:10, 6:30

Mon., July 22

10:00

Tue., July 23

7:20, 9:50

Wed., July 24

7:00, 10:00

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 2:25, 6:00, 9:15

Mon., July 22

12:10, 3:25, 6:40, 9:55

Tue., July 23

4:25, 7:40, 11:00
AFA 10:05am, 1:15

Wed., July 24

10:05am, 1:15, 4:25, 7:40, 11:00

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:10

Mon., July 22

12:10, 3:25, 7:00, 10:20

Tue., July 23

3:10, 7:00, 10:20
AFA 12:00

Wed., July 24

12:00, 3:10, 6:00, 9:25

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 2:15, 5:40, 9:05

Mon., July 22

12:05, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45

Tue., July 23

3:15, 6:30, 9:45
AFA 12:05

Wed., July 24

12:05, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45

Sun., July 21

11:45am, 3:10, 6:15, 10:20

Mon., July 22

12:20, 3:35, 6:00, 9:15

Tue., July 23

4:20, 7:00, 11:00
AFA 1:05

Wed., July 24

10:40am, 1:55, 5:20, 8:40

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., July 21

9:30am, 12:35, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30

Mon., July 22

1:05, 4:20, 7:35, 9:30

Tue., July 23

3:40, 7:30, 9:30
AFA 12:35

Wed., July 24

12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:10am, 11:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 10:40

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:10am, 12:30, 3:50, 6:10, 7:10, 10:20

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:10am, 11:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 10:40

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 10:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 8:35am, 9:00am, 10:05am, 12:15, 1:20, 4:35, 6:45, 7:50, 9:05, 10:00, 11:05

Mon., July 22

digital 9:00am, 10:05am, 11:10am, 12:15, 1:20, 2:25, 3:30, 4:35, 5:40, 6:45, 7:50, 8:55, 10:00, 11:05

Tue., July 23

digital 9:00am, 10:05am, 11:10am, 12:15, 1:10, 2:25, 3:30, 4:10, 5:40, 6:45, 7:10, 8:55, 10:00, 10:30

Wed., July 24

digital 9:00am, 10:05am, 11:10am, 12:15, 1:20, 2:25, 3:30, 4:35, 5:40, 6:45, 7:50, 8:55, 10:00, 11:05

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:15am, 1:50, 3:20, 5:00, 6:40, 8:10, 10:00

Mon., July 22

digital 9:15am, 10:40am, 12:20, 1:50, 3:20, 5:00, 6:40, 8:10, 10:00

Tue., July 23

digital 9:15am, 12:20, 1:50, 3:20, 5:00, 6:40, 8:10, 10:00

Wed., July 24

digital 9:15am, 12:20, 1:50, 3:20, 5:00, 6:40, 8:10, 10:00

Sun., July 21

digital 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:20, 1:50, 3:25, 4:55, 6:30, 8:00, 9:35, 11:00

Mon., July 22

digital 10:05am, 11:40am, 1:15, 2:50, 4:25, 6:00, 7:35, 9:15, 10:35

Tue., July 23

digital 10:05am, 11:40am, 1:15, 2:50, 4:25, 6:00, 7:35, 9:15, 10:35

Wed., July 24

digital 10:05am, 12:00, 1:15, 3:05, 4:25, 6:15, 7:35, 9:25, 10:35

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Mon., July 22

digital 10:10am, 12:30, 1:15, 3:30, 4:15, 6:40, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Tue., July 23

digital 10:10am, 12:30, 1:15, 3:30, 4:15, 6:40, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Wed., July 24

digital 10:10am, 12:30, 1:15, 3:30, 4:15, 6:40, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:45am, 10:25am, 12:50, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 10:05

Mon., July 22

digital 9:45am, 10:25am, 12:50, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 10:05

Tue., July 23

digital 9:45am, 10:25am, 12:50, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 10:05

Wed., July 24

digital 9:45am, 10:25am, 12:50, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 10:05

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., July 21

digital 9:15am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., July 22

digital 9:15am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Tue., July 23

digital 9:15am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., July 24

digital 9:15am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., July 21

12:40, 1:15, 3:45, 4:20, 7:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

Mon., July 22

9:35am, 10:00am, 12:40, 1:15, 3:45, 4:20, 7:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

Tue., July 23

10:00am, 12:40, 1:15, 3:45, 4:20, 7:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

Wed., July 24

9:35am, 10:00am, 12:40, 1:15, 3:45, 4:20, 7:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 12:25, 3:40, 6:30, 10:05

Mon., July 22

11:00am, 12:25, 1:50, 3:40, 4:55, 6:30, 7:45, 10:35

Tue., July 23

11:00am, 1:50, 4:55, 7:45, 9:45

Wed., July 24

11:00am, 1:50, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., July 21

11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00
CC 11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00

Mon., July 22

11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00
CC 11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00

Tue., July 23

11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00
CC 11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00

Wed., July 24

11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00
CC 11:45am, 3:15, 5:30, 9:00

Thu., July 25

10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30
CC 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., July 21

2:25, 2:40, 6:15, 9:40
CC 11:10am

Mon., July 22

1:10, 2:40, 6:15, 9:40
CC 11:10am

Tue., July 23

1:10, 2:40, 6:15, 9:40
CC 11:10am

Wed., July 24

2:25, 2:45, 6:55, 10:10
CC 11:15am

Thu., July 25

1:20, 2:40, 6:15, 9:40
CC 11:10am

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., July 21

10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

Mon., July 22

10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

Tue., July 23

10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

Wed., July 24

10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

Thu., July 25

10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., July 21

11:25am, 2:30, 6:30, 9:55

Mon., July 22

11:25am, 2:30, 6:30, 9:30

Tue., July 23

11:25am, 2:30, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., July 24

11:25am, 2:30, 6:30, 9:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., July 21

3-D, CC/DVS 6:30, 9:30
3D, CC/DVS 6:30, 9:30
CC/DVS 9:10am, 12:15, 2:15, 3:10, 5:15

Mon., July 22

3-D, CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30
3D, CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30
CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:30, 6:30, 9:45

Tue., July 23

3-D, CC/DVS 3:45, 9:50
3D, CC/DVS 3:45, 9:50
CC/DVS 11:30am, 12:30, 5:30, 6:50

Wed., July 24

3-D, CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30
3D, CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30
CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:30, 6:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:25, 4:35, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 1:25, 4:35, 7:35, 10:15

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 1:25, 4:35, 7:35, 10:15

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 1:25, 4:35, 7:35, 10:15

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 1:25, 4:35, 7:35, 10:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sun., July 21

9:15am, 11:15am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:00, 9:25, 10:25

Mon., July 22

9:15am, 11:15am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:00, 9:25, 10:25

Tue., July 23

9:15am, 11:15am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:20, 6:00, 7:00, 9:25, 10:25

Wed., July 24

9:15am, 11:15am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:00, 9:25, 10:25

Thu., July 25

9:15am, 11:15am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:00, 9:25, 10:25

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sun., July 21

11:40am, 12:10, 3:05, 3:35, 6:30, 7:00, 9:55

Mon., July 22

11:40am, 12:10, 3:05, 3:35, 6:30, 7:00, 9:55

Tue., July 23

11:40am, 12:10, 3:05, 3:35, 6:30, 7:00, 9:55

Wed., July 24

11:40am, 12:10, 3:05, 3:35, 6:30, 7:00, 9:55

Thu., July 25

11:40am, 12:10, 3:05, 3:35, 6:30

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., July 21

9:55am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Mon., July 22

9:55am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Tue., July 23

1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Wed., July 24

9:55am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

10:40am, 1:30, 6:50, 9:50
3-D 3:40
3D 3:40

Mon., July 22

10:40am, 1:30, 6:50, 9:50
3-D 3:40
3D 3:40

Tue., July 23

10:40am, 1:30, 6:50, 9:50
3-D 3:40
3D 3:40

Wed., July 24

10:40am, 1:30, 6:50, 9:50
3-D 3:40
3D 3:40

Thu., July 25

10:40am, 1:30
3-D 3:50
3D 3:50

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:15, 9:10, 10:00

Mon., July 22

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:15, 9:10, 10:00

Tue., July 23

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:15, 9:10, 10:00

Wed., July 24

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45

Thu., July 25

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:15, 9:10

Sun., July 21

10:45am, 3:45, 7:30, 10:15

Mon., July 22

10:45am, 3:30, 7:15, 10:15

Tue., July 23

10:45am, 3:30, 7:15, 10:15

Wed., July 24

10:45am, 3:45, 7:30, 10:15

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., July 21

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Mon., July 22

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Tue., July 23

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Wed., July 24

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Thu., July 25

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:05

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:15, 4:15, 10:05
CC/DVS, OC 7:10

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

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