Spider-Man: Far From Home (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | July 3rd
Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland as the popular web slinger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Cobie Smulders, and Marisa Tomei with Samuel L. Jackson. Far From Home follows the events and consequences of Avengers: Endgame. How will Peter deal with his loss and how has the world changed again after a post snap/Thanos universe and future. When the ‘Snap’ caused the end of civilization for half the world it also caused a rift in the universe and now Peter Parker aka Spider-Man with a new ally Mysterio aka Quentin Beck must stop new threats from crossing over and causing chaos around the world.
After the events of Endgame and the sacrifice from Tony Stark, where is Spider-Man/Peter Parker? As he battles with guilt and loss Peter sets off on a vacation trip with his classmates and soon discovers he might still be on the clock as Spider-Man when Nick Fury and a new ally Mysterio comes to warn them about ‘The Elementals’. The first thing I loved about the film is that its a bit more somber and yet it weaves the action and humor very well. The question people were wondering was how the whole 5 year ‘Blip’ would affect the students from Homecoming and they answered that in a funny way from the start, not only that but they also have the entire world mourn Iron Man/Tony Stark. The positives about the film is that it’s a really great Peter Parker film, his internalization of who he wants to be is greatly presented with Tom Hollands performance but.. as a Spider-Man film, seen that done that. Homecoming already covered Peter learning from his mistakes and trying to be a hero, this film almost undoes all that progress done in Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War and Endgame. What the film did do well is the double life Peter is living as Spider-Man while also trying to be a kid, this is the first entry with Spider-Man in the MCU that deals with that dilemma. There are a lot of story elements and plot points we’ll get to so if you decide to read on WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
We’re introduced to Quentin Beck/Mysterio at the top of the film and is presented as a hero/ally to Spider-Man and for the most part he is but he’s not. Again, Spider-Man introduces another great villain, Mysterio tricks Fury & Hill into trusting him until he gets what he wants which is E.D.I.T.H, STARK TECH left for Peter personally by Tony Stark. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the dual personalities of Mysterio so well that when he does reveal his true intentions even though he is villain in the comics it’s still disheartening to see he isn’t a hero and maybe that’s because it’s Gyllenhaal playing the character but you do start to like him up until the reveal. Zendaya as M.J. finally gets a bit more to do in this film and we get to know more of her personality and why she is the way she is. I think the comedic elements of the film work as well especially with Ned’s character played by Jacob Batalon and at times Tom Holland & Jon Favreau. The emotional beats of the film work as well when Peter and Happy mourn the loss of Tony and what he meant to both of them. Theres a scene that’s a great homage to Tony Stark from his Iron Man films and even though it’s a wordless scene it brought a tear to this guys eye.
So, overall the film is by all means a good movie. The villain works, he has his motives and even after his reveal there are a few other Marvel easter eggs introduced that go all the way back to the first Iron Man. The movie is a great Peter Parker film but not entirely a Spider-Man film, Tom Holland’s performance along with Jake Gyllenhaal’s really carries the film and creates the best Hero/Villain combo in any of the MCU films. Zendaya is given more to do which is great as some complaints from Homecoming were that she wasn’t heavily featured in the film. The comedy in this film is great and never over done. The action and CG in the film makes for great compelling visuals on the screen. Some of the best Spider-Man action I’ve seen in a movie in a while. If you’re looking for a movie to see this July 4th weekend this is it!