Film review: Spider-Man Far from Home review
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man faces an international threat in a world that is still dealing with the effects of Thanos' snap.
Our Review: (Mild spoilers ahead).
Spider-Man: Far from Home is the first film since Avengers: Endgame (read our review) wrapped up the first act of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film is much smaller in scope when compared to the multi-world epic of Avengers: Endgame, but the webslinger’s high-flying antics are still a recipe for success.
The more-contained story is a welcome relief and provides a better character study, with the film putting us back in Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) troubled shoes.
Still reeling from the death of his mentor Tony Stark, Peter is looking forward to hanging up his web shooters for a bit of R&R on a school trip to Europe.
There, Peter intends to be a typical teenager and woo love interest MJ (Zendaya). The pair’s on-screen chemistry is palpable with the duo almost forcing the action to take a backseat to their awkward-yet-cute courting.
As expected, the heroics kick in when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) hijacks the school trip so Spider-Man can fight a new threat, the Elementals, alongside Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Peter falls hard for Mysterio, who serves as a role model and friend to the lost teen. Their budding relationship is sweet until (spoiler alert) Mysterio is revealed to be behind the Elemental attacks.
Marvel isn’t known for strong villains other than Thanos, Loki and Killmonger, but Mysterio is among the MCU’s strongest foes to date.
Opposed to the standard beat-em-up villains, Mysterio attacks Peter’s psyche, tormenting the teen with his troubled past and forcing him to question what is real.
To that effect, Spider-Man: Far from Home also delivers a great social commentary on fake news and how easy it can be to dupe the masses.
Like its predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming, also directed by Jon Watts, the film’s biggest strength is its heart – you can’t help but care for Peter, a role Tom Holland has made his own.
There’s a scene in the film’s third act in which Peter and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) are discussing Tony Stark which will leave fans with their hearts in their throats, not an easy feat for a superhero film.
While not the best MCU film or even the greatest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far from Home isn’t far off, with humour, heart and action galore. The MCU maybe missing its creator in Iron Man, but it has been left in Spider-Man’s more-than-capable hands.
- Tip: Stay throughout the credits for two post-credit scenes.
Final Verdict: 4/5 stars.
Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders.
If you liked the movie, try:
Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and any other Spider-Man film.
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