Spidey seems like a great choice for a 3D action adventure but we know from experience that 3D can be a bit hit and miss.
However, Spider-Man Far From Home has not only benefited from the huge scale of being shown on an IMAX screen but it has also utilised the stunning visuals with its 3D transfer.
In terms of plot, the film follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the aftermath of Avengers Endgame, grieving for Tony Stark but looking forward to his school trip around Europe with his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and budding love interest MJ (Zendaya).
However, it isn’t that simple as, of course, Peter is forced to slip back into superhero mode to defend Europe from the a threat from another dimension: the monstrous Elementals.
But he isn’t alone, as he has aid from former SHIELD heads Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders, and new arrival from another world, Mysterio/Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal).
But is all as it seems?
Tom Holland continues to deliver geeky charm as Peter – providing the heart of the film, whilst also maintaining a sweet chemistry with Zendaya who remains on prickly but very human form as MJ. There is a great future for this pairing in the MCU if done correctly.
Jake Gyllenhaal is another success. Mysterio could have been a rather one-note part but the Donnie Darko star has imbued Beck with disarming humour, sheer charisma, and likability that has only been matched in MCU villains like Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Michael Keaton in previous Spidey baddie Vulture.
Samuel L Jackson is as reliable as ever as a particularly snarky Fury, but Smulders is only really able to play off of him.
Sadly, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei are rather wasted in this outing, which is sad particularly for Tomei who seems just trapped in a running joke of “Aunt May is hot and desirable now hehehe”.
Comedy works particularly well in Far From Home, with the awkward romance between Ned and Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) often delighting, but not all the jokes with Spidey’s classmates and teachers land as well as hoped.
The themes of distrust of authority figures, fake news, and media fabrication feel a bit too heavy-handed but this is Spider-Man after all, it was never going to be subtle.
It may also be slightly too long, likely due to the burden of being both a Spidey film and an added coda to Endgame.
Spider-Man Far From Home is, however, one of the most visually arresting of MCU films – with psychedelic and unnerving dream sequences and set-pieces that are memorable and looks straight off comic issue panel.
This is where the IMAX 3D really makes a difference, the sheer depth of some of these sequences – particularly in the latter half of the film – ensures that you are placed in the thick of the action.
It’s a real testament to the format that it isn’t just a case of it being best seen on a bigger screen as some of the sequences in this film are just begging for 3D.
The film leaves us on a cliffhanger and with many questions of where the MCU is going next but if it’s anything like this, then see it IMAX 3D.
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