Latest ‘Spider-Man’ is best yet

 By Gable Pierce
Times-News correspondent

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This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: Far From Home." [Jay Maidment/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP

   ”Spider-Man — Far From Home” captures the awkwardness and uncertainty that comes with being a teenager.
It also shows how class trips can be memorable adventures.
Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and let’s be honest here, he really epitomizes what Spider-Man should be — a reluctant superhero.
The film begins where “The Avengers — Endgame” ended. The world wants a hero. The deaths of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have left the world emotionally drained. And there was “the blip.” Thanos snapped his fingers and people disappeared and reappeared.
The teens in this film do a great job of explaining what happened during that time.
The first five minutes of this film are strange. Adults are probably going to understand it more than teens will (due to the 1990s musical montage).
Zendaya is back as Mary Jane, along with Jacob Batalon as Ned; Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; Marisa Tomei as Aunt May; Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan; Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson; and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Mysterio, who has come to earth because “the blip” ripped a hole in his universe. The dialogue between Spider-Man and Mysterio is terrific. Flash Thompson gets some real character development in this movie as well.
Like other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, this one has plenty of action, but this “Spider-Man” also delivers nonstop laughter. JB Smoove (Mr. Dell) and Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington) are hilarious as teachers/chaperones for the European trip. And Favreau, Tomei and Holland talk back-and-forth much like real-life conversations between teens and adults. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is funny, too.
You don’t have to watch the other “Spider-Man” movies to understand the plot, but it would be a good idea to watch “The Avengers — Endgame” beforehand.
This is a movie that the entire family will enjoy, although younger viewers may not understand some of the sequences. At times, it feels as if you are immersed in a video game. Don’t forget to stay afterward, too, there are two previews at the end of this film.

Gable Pierce is a rising freshman at STEM Early College at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor, Alamance Living editor and Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this review.

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