Benjamin Wollmuth is a lover of literature who enjoys sharing his thoughts on everything from movies and video games to books and music.
The End of a Saga
Okay, so I know this rewatch took me way longer than it should have. And I know that this review should have come out weeks ago, but college has been keeping me busy. But luckily, I finished this rewatch before Black Widow comes out, which was my goal in the first place. Now let's just hope it comes out when scheduled. I'm tired of delays!
Now, let's get into Spider-Man: Far From Home, a movie I was so excited about when it first came out. If you have read my Spider-Man: Homecoming review, then you know that I absolutely love Spidey, and I have for a long time. I loved Homecoming and everything it did for the character of Peter Parker, so obviously I was looking forward to Far From Home. And I wasn't disappointed at all. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Now, I don't know if I can say that I enjoyed it more than Homecoming, but I must say that there is something so visually pleasing about watching him swing around different European countries. The film understands that Spidey is sitting in a much larger universe than any previous live-action incarnation of Spider-Man has ever been in. The film also realizes that it would be a very odd change of pace to jump from Endgame straight back into street crime. Therefore, I appreciate what the filmmakers did. However, I understand that not everyone agrees with me, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So, in this review, I am going to express why I love this film, and why it was a great film to end the saga.
Coming Off of "Endgame"
I'm sure plenty of people thought that Endgame would have been the perfect ending to the Infinity Saga, and in a way, it was. However, we still needed some closure. While Marvel definitely could have waited until their fourth phase to show us the aftermath of people being snapped back into existence, I feel that it would have been a long wait, especially with phase four kicking off with Black Widow, a film that takes place before Infinity War and Endgame. And yes, Endgame could have taken a little more time towards the end to show just how the world reacted to everything, but that would have just lengthened the already-quite-long runtime. Plus, I certainly wanted a little taste of what was to come, and Endgame didn't really offer that. Spider-Man: Far From Home did. It opened up the door to so many possibilities dealing with where Marvel would go next. Will Spider-Man be forced to go on the run now that everyone knows his identity? Is Mysterio still alive? Who the heck is living in Stark's old tower? We don't know now, but the film gave us something to look forward to. It also gave us a chance to look past Tony's and Natasha's death, as well as Cap's aging, towards a future with new awesome heroes. The film allowed us to cope. Happy said it best: there isn't going to be a new Iron Man. You can't replace him. However, you can give other heroes a chance to take a leadership role.
The Spidey Stuff
This film isn't just used as a way to end the Infinity Saga and set up new stories. This film expands on Peter's character, his relationships, and what sort of hero he wants to be. As a huge Spider-Man fan, that is something I really loved. The high school awkwardness when it comes to relationships is captured spectacularly. The troubling balance between being a normal kid and being a superhero is felt, even though I have no idea what it feels like to be a superhero with a secret identity. We can feel Peter's struggle with the huge responsibility he was given by Tony. We also get to see so much of Spider-Man doing Spider-Man things. The scene on Tower Bridge is fantastic because we actually get to see Spidey swinging from drone to drone, using his webbing and agility to do what Spider-Man does best. We even get to see just how powerful his spider-sense can be. That is something I love. I may have mentioned this in my Homecoming review, but––as much as I love Sam Raimi's films––I find a lot of enjoyment in knowing that Spider-Man is in a huge, expanded world. It's like reading a comic book and knowing that other heroes exist. But that's why I love the MCU. It's so beautiful and expansive, and it feels so real... even though superheroes don't actually exist. Watching this film and knowing that Spider-Man will (most likely) play a huge role in the future is just awesome. It makes me giddy just thinking about it. I'm so glad that Far From Home expanded on Pete's relationships and powers because it really shows just how great of a character he is and why he belongs in this large world.
And, of course, I must talk about Mysterio, brought masterfully to life by Jake Gyllenhaal. I knew he was going to end up being the main antagonist, even though the trailers tried so hard to make him look like a good guy. That didn't bother me, though. He was cunning as hell, and I love how they connected his character with Iron Man and William Ginter Riva (I know, I know, everyone is sick and tired of Iron Man creating all of the villains, but hey, his legacy is massive, and I don't mind). What I love the most are his effects. If you're gonna have Mysterio, you need to have good visual sequences, and this film definitely landed it. The scene where Spider-Man is stuck in Mysterio's illusion is absolutely breath-taking, and everything that I wanted. He was the perfect villain for Spider-Man to hone his spider-sense on, and he was wonderfully crafted with a well-developed backstory. Basically, he had good character development and understandable motivation, which are things any good villain needs. He definitely goes down in the books as being one of my favorite MCU villains, and it's all thanks to Gyllenhaal's portrayal, the writing, and the effects.
Again, I can't say that I enjoyed this film more than Homecoming. Hell, the title for my Homecoming review was literally "My favorite Spider-Man film." I can't back down from that! However, that doesn't change the fact that I absolutely love this movie and everything it does for both the character of Peter Parker and the MCU as a whole. The Spider-Man stuff is great, the villain is great, the characters are great, the plot is great... everything, to me, is great. I find so much enjoyment in watching this thing and it makes me so pumped for phase four.
With all of that being said, I am going to give Spider-Man: Far From Home a 9.5/10.
Next on my to-do list is to finally release my ranked list for the films of the Infinity Saga. I can't wait to talk about each film one last time, and I also can't wait for phase four to begin, whenever the hell that will happen.
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