s Michele Jones, Zendaya is probably tasked with the most difficult “Spidey Girlfriend” role ever in the Marvel movies. She is supposed to play MJ different from the era of Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy.
Yet she almost always comes off as cold or aloof, even in this movie. There are pivotal scenes that required greater chemistry and connection between our leads and although it is there on the screen it does not happen with great conviction or plausibility or sparks, sorry Darks. In Homecoming, the Zendaya characterization of MJ added great humor to the storyline because Peter Parker had all eyes on Liz (Laura Harrier) so MJ’s sullen aloof style and the nasty comical vibe she threw at our hero played exceedingly well. Homecoming also had two heavyweights to the long list of supporting cast, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr., diluting the interplay and interactions of Tom Holland and Zendaya.
Not so lucky in this movie, with Spider-Man Far From Home, the focal attention of the camera and the storyline is squarely on our two leads.
Heads up webheads, that scene in the trailer with Spidey in the Iron Spidey Suit foiling a gang shootout and then telling the cops he is doing their job for them? It’s NOT in the movie. Ooopsy.
Overall the film manages to deliver substantial fun, some laughs and much intrigue with Mysterio, unfortunately the excitement quotient is nowhere near the Infinity/Endgame entries.
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