'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Review
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Peter Parker's world has changed a lot since the events of Avengers: Endgame. With everyone asking who's going to be the next Iron Man, he can't help but think about his father figure and mentor, Tony Stark. In the meanwhile, he ignores Nick Fury's calls and goes on an adventure to Europe with his schoolmates where he plans to tell MJ how he feels. Everything turns upside down with the arrival of creatures called the Elementals and Mysterio, the one man who can stop them. Peter meets Fury and partners with Mysterio to take down the creatures before they harm anyone else. But is Peter really prepared to step up and put the world before himself? Can he be the next Iron Man?
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in Marvel's phase 4. It marks the official end of the Infinity Saga.
In all honesty I didn't think the film would be great. When it comes to the MCU, you expect every new film to be good, but this was more of an epilogue and most epilogues aren't great. I thought this film was going to mainly act as a stepping stone to the next phase, but fortunately it's a lot more. Spider-Man: Far From Home was a great film
I loved the film from start to finish. It's a hilarious action-packed road tripping rom-com summer flick. I enjoyed it more than Homecoming. I was really surprised by how good it was. I thought it would be overshadowed by Endgame, but it's not and it holds its own.
The film wasn't perfect, but there wasn't a single glaring problem. It's not perfect and there were some things they could have done a little better, but overall there wasn't a single thing that dragged the film down.
The comedy really worked and most of the jokes landed. The action was also great; you can tell director Jon Watts really learned from the previous film. The story itself could have used a little work, but there was so much other stuff going on that the small holes the story had were instantly filled.
They got the mood and that summer vibe down perfectly. Nothing was particularly bad, but the film had two big stories to tell and they tended to step on each other's toes a little. They had the Spider-Man one and the Peter Parker/ MJ one, but neither one ever gets defined as the main one. More than once, the Spider-Man narrative felt like a subplot. Again, it didn't really effect the film, but it was something I noticed.
There was another scene right after the villain's moment that was a big info dump. It wasn't bad, but having it stuffed into one scene just felt a little shaky. The only other thing I can think of us is the fact that this film was very similar to Homecoming. It didn't bother me, but it might bother some people.
Other than that, there's no problem I can think of. I thought the pacing was great. The awkward chemistry between Peter and MJ was also great. I love the way their relationship develops over the film as they both came into their own as characters.
I really loved the arc Peter went through over the course of the film. I thought it was emotional and blended with the plot perfectly. Peter deals with trying to live up to Tony's legacy while trying to decide if he can truly be the next Iron Man. It was also appropriate given this is the end of the Infinity Saga.
I loved the villain. In terms of comic book to movie adaptations, this was the closest you could have gotten, and it was great. I do wish he would've gotten a little more time to develop. We get that info dump and the rest felt a little rushed, but it's mainly because of the way his story unfolds. He really only gets half the film to develop, so given what they did for his character in that limited time, it was great and I thought his character was done justice.
One thing I both loved and hated was that this film really didn't build up to the future within itself. I love how Marvel never let's the future get in the way of telling great individual stories, but because this is the transitioning film, there was this lingering thought of what happens next.
With that being said, I really loved this film. It was a hilarious and heartwarming film that managed to balance its darker themes with the comedy well. All these character are coming into their own, and I thought the action was amazing especially during the climax. Spider-Man: Far From Home was a great film that I had a blast with.
The acting was once again great. Tom Holland did another phenomenal job as Peter Parker, and he's becoming even more lovable.
Jake Gyllenhaal was amazing. Marvel's done such a great job with their casting thus far, and this was no different. Jake Gyllenhaal is Mysterio. He played the part perfectly. As his character transforms over the course of the film, his acting just intensifies. I also loved the chemistry between him and Tom Holland. Jake Gyllenhaal is an actor that I love, and he gives another great performance.
Zendaya was also great. She played that awkwardness perfectly. She also had great chemistry with Tom Holland.
Samuel L. Jackson is Samuel L. Jackson, so enough said because you already know he did great.
Overall the acting was great. Everybody played off each other so naturally, and in terms of comedy, everybody nailed it. Amazing work all around.
The story itself could have used a little work. Most of the plot revolves around Peter Parker on a school trip while he's trying to get closer to MJ, and Spider-Man battling Elementals and another villain.
I thought the Spider-Man story in particular never really got to takeoff, because halfway through the film there's a twist. They had to wait until that twist to really put their foot on the gas, so a lot of those early scenes just felt a little unpolished story wise.
The second half of the film goes from good to great, and after the twist you can appreciate the first half a little bit more. The climax was also amazing. Sequels are bigger and better, and this film took that to heart.
Overall, I thought the plot of the film was solid if not a little unpolished. I thought the twist held back the film just a little, but once that gets out of the way the film goes full throttle.
The big twist in this film was the fact that Mysterio is the villain. It's something I knew going into the film and something I'm sure a lot of people knew. I really can't judge it, because it didn't come as surprising to me. They build Mysterio up as a very likable character before revealing his true intentions, so in that regard they did a good job. Again, I did think building his trust held the film back just a little, because I already knew what would happen, so it just became a waiting game.
Other than that, I pretty much loved everything about Mysterio. His illusions were amazing. There was an illusion sequence in a parking lot that blew my mind. It was perfectly orchestrated. They got the tension and suspense just right, and there were some moments that legit scared me. We got a zombie Iron Man crawling out of the grave that I will undoubtedly be having nightmares about. Everything about Mysterio and his illusions were spot on.
I loved the climax. Peter finally gets his spider sense back, and goes on a drone killing spree.
There was one part where he gets an answer handed right to him. MJ finds one of Mysterio's projectors and hands it to Peter, and that's how he finds out what's going on. I didn't mind it given how they were developing him as a character, but thought they could have done a little more with it.
Also MJ knows Peter is Spider-Man. They spoiled that in the trailers, and they played it off in the most nonchalant way. In the film itself, it is a little more serious, but it didn't necessarily have the impact that it should've.
Mysterio talks about a multiverse and I was excited about it, but then we find out it's all fake. It actually made me love Mysterio's character a lot more. Saying people will believe anything after the blip felt directed to the audience to some extent, and they kinda play off that anticipation of what's next.
The film itself doesn't really give answers to what's going to happen next, but the mid and end credit scenes give some insight. Mysterio plays himself up as a victim, and blames Spider-Man for his death right before revealing his identity. Then J. Jonah Jameson makes his debut played by none other then J. K. Simmons. I think this is going to lead us more into the traditional Spider-Man where the city is against him. Plus J. K. Simmons is playing the role he was born for.
The second end credit scene shows that the Nick Fury and Maria Hill on Earth were actually Skrulls. One of the main reasons why Nick Furry wasn't able to sniff out Mysterio's BS was because it was actually Talos, who we were introduced to in Captain Marvel. The real Nick Fury and Maria Hill are both aboard a space craft. This might be leading up to S.W.O.R.D and the Secret Invasion storyline. I'm really excited for the next phase.
Overall, the film was really good. Although the story is held back slightly do to the Mysterio reveal, it still managed to be very effective.
Overall, I loved the film. From start to finish, it's a fun film guaranteed to give you a good time. Mysterio has become one of my favorites MCU villains to date. Excellent performance, great CGI, top notch comedy, and great action made this film a blast to watch.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was a great film. If this is anything to go by, phase 4 will be great.
© 2019 Royce Proctor