Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review

Posted 2019/07/051970

Plot : Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.

However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent! Full spider-man far from home review.

Some Best Spider-Man: Far From Home Reviews

Matthew Norman – London Evening Standard :

If the follow up to the greatest superhero movie ever made was a guaranteed anti-climax, trust Marvel to manage the gentlest of let downs.

Marketed as the epilogue to Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home accepts the futility of trying to match its predecessor’s pulverising emotional power.

As a CGI action romp, Far From Home isn’t so bad it’s good. It is so terrible, it’s brilliant. The Elementals, digitised horrors that might have been created on an early Amstrad, are literally laughable.

Mysterio’s costume (Roman legionnaire breastplate, red cape, goldfish bowl for helmet) belongs to mid-1980s Doctor Who, when a giant liquorice allsort was recruited as lead baddie for a four-parter.

Since Marvel doesn’t do mistakes, this lurch into amateur hour is obviously the set up for a conjuring trick ahead. But the twist is devilishly well delivered.

Referencing The Matrix and quoting George Orwell, the film satires various distasteful elements of modern life, such as “fake news” and the demise of objective truth, but it’s as a neo-John Hughes rite of passage high school movie that it is at its funniest, warmest and strongest.

Holland does the adolescent gaucheness as beautifully as Zendaya does the tenderness beneath the snark. The two together are more than the sum of their individual parts.

The comic support takes in Jacob Batalon as Ned, Peter’s nerdy, unexpectedly romantic friend. Martin Starr and Curb Your Enthusiasm veteran JB Smoove are cutely teamed as the hapless teachers overseeing a whiste-stop film studio tax break tour that takes in Paris, Berlin and Prague before Tower Bridge takes almost as severe a hiding as Venice.

Marisa Tomei returns as Aunt May from Spider-Man: Homecoming to light up every scene, and is given an unlikely love angle of her own with Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan, just to remind the kids that old timers do it as well.

But the revelation here is Gyllenhaal. If I had been forced make a market on the one serious dramatic actor who would never demean his art by taking the superhero paycheck, he would have been my 2/5 favourite. Against all odds, Gyllenhaal jettisons the tortured earnestness, and embraces the absurdity with almost as much relish as the film pastiches it.

Tasha Robinson – The Verge :

Spider-Man: Far From Home is arriving in theaters facing impossible expectations. In story continuity, it directly follows Avengers: Endgame, released just a few months ago to record-breaking box office success. In terms of Spider-Man stories, it follows the visually and narratively dazzling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is still possibly the most ambitious Spider story to ever hit the screen.

And in terms of its own internal story continuity, it follows the thoroughly enjoyable Spider-Man: Homecoming, an admirably human film that followed up the big, world-spanning action of Captain America: Civil War by scaling down the action and taking a more personal focus on protagonist Peter Parker, aka the teenage hero Spider-Man.

Marvel Entertainment has had a long series of triumphs lately, both in its main, Disney-produced Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and in the affiliated Spider-Man movies produced by Sony Pictures under a separate license. That sets the bar for Spider-Man: Far From Home almost embarrassingly high.

But the film clears that bar seemingly without effort. It’s an out-and-out triumph, an adrenaline blast of pure action and emotion that lives up to its predecessors and ably forwards the MCU story in memorable and even touching ways.

Far From Home — which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed is the final film of the MCU’s “Phase Three,” an arc that started with Civil War in 2016 — takes up the story where Endgame left off, both addressing some of its story concerns and processing some of its big emotions.

Tony Stark’s death is being felt worldwide, as spontaneous memorials spring up in the form of everything from stylized murals and urban shrines to cheesy YouTube “in memoriam” videos like the one that opens the film. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has been particularly hard-hit by his mentor’s death and by the feeling that he’s expected not only to carry on without him, but to live up to his legacy and even to replace him in some way.

Though the film doesn’t heavily underline the point, he’s clearly processing a fair bit of trauma over what he went through in the Avengers movies. He’s ready to take a break from superhero life and be a teenager again for a little while.

Christy Lemire – RogerEbert.com :

Watts is back as director, but this time he’s in the tricky position of helming a film that not only occupies a momentous spot within the ever-developing Marvel Cinematic Universe but also furthers Peter Parker’s individual story. And for a while, “Far From Home” is a lot of fun, especially since it picks up right where “Avengers: Endgame” left off.

Working from a script by returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Watts and his team playfully explore what’s happening five years after Thanos’ fateful finger snap and how the world is reshaping in ways that are both major and mundane.

In that regard, “Far From Home” works best as a high school comedy—which also happened to be the strength of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”—with teens figuring out in adorably awkward fashion who they are and how to express what they feel within this brave new world. Peter has had a taste of the big time, with all the rush and responsibility that entails, but he just wants to be a normal teenager.

He’d rather join his classmates on a summer European adventure—especially the darkly alluring MJ, played once again with humorous, deadpan charm by Zendaya—than save the world from total destruction. Again. And who could blame him? It’s a lot—for him, and for us.

But duty calls. Because it’s an MCU blockbuster arriving in theaters on July 4 weekend, “Far From Home” also must function as a massive action extravaganza, and here’s where the film is at its weakest. The giant set pieces, and what the villain hopes to achieve through them, are like an empty yet distracting swirl of chaos and noise.

Admittedly, that’s the point, and we’ll get to more of that (sans spoilers, naturally) in a bit. But it all feels like overload, like so many swarming, soaring computer-generated blips. “Far From Home” loses its way just as it’s reaching its supposedly thrilling crescendo, its greatest sin being that the scenes with the highest stakes are ultimately kind of dull.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is at the center of these showdowns, with a mixture of abilities that combine Iron Man’s flying and laser-zapping with Thor’s sartorial tendencies. But who he really is and what he really wants aren’t much of a surprise, although he initially presents himself as an ally and even a hopeful force for the future.

Gyllenhaal seems to be having a blast playing dress-up in this setting, and he brings great brio to the scene in which he lays out his (surprisingly understandable) reasoning for his elaborate plan. The actual execution of it all, however, ends up being rather numbing. The real bombshells come during the closing credit sequences—so, as always, be sure to stay in your seat until the very end.

The laughs bubble up so consistently in the first half that it’s enough to make you wish “Far From Home” was a straight-up romantic comedy. Peter’s goofy notions of how stops in Venice and Paris should go down with MJ are the stuff of moony teenage-boy fantasies.

A sweet, parallel romance finds Peter’s wisecracking, scene-stealing best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), connecting unexpectedly with the prim, Type-A Betty (Angourie Rice). And a third flirtation—between Tony Stark’s right-hand man, Happy (Jon Favreau), and Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)—has some potential but doesn’t go far just yet, although it’s enough to make Peter’s Spidey sense tingle.

Holland isn’t afforded the depth of character we’ve seen from him previously—most notably during his heartbreaking exit in “Avengers: Infinity War.” But once again, he’s completely charming in the role, bringing a boyish enthusiasm that’s irresistible and wholly different from the ways Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played him in previous incarnations.

His Peter even gets to show glimmers of being a flaky kid as he dodges calls from an increasingly, amusingly frustrated Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

Perhaps his true superpower is the fact that he seems more like a relatable, fully fleshed-out human being than any other character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Surely, we’ll have a multitude of chances to find out for sure.

 

 

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