Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Movie: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson
'Spiderman: Far from Home' is the latest saga in the world’s highest grossing movie franchise, the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe', and it continues the storyline after the cataclysmic events of Marvel's magnum-opus, 'Avengers: Endgame'.
The story begins with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) setting off on a Europe trip with his high school mates with romantic aspirations in his heart, but he is woken from his romantic slumber when the trip takes a turn for the worse after the appearance of giant 'elemental' monsters, and the emergence of a new caped crusader called 'Mysterio' (Jake Gyllenhaal) on the scene.
This leaves the webslinger in a conundrum as he has to choose between saving the world and spending time with his ladylove, MJ (played evocatively by a thoroughly convincing Zendaya). The situation is further complicated by the involvement of a depleted S.H.I.E.L.D in this umpteenth ‘save the world’ scenario, including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).
This movie truly shines through in character development and the sharp and witty banter these relatable characters exchange. Moreover, the character evolution is truly commendable, as you feel that the characters have truly been affected after the events of ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Endgame’. This superhero sequel is interspersed with many comedic moments (an MCU trademark), but the humor takes a backdrop in the second half, as the movie shifts it's focus towards the struggle of Peter amid the weight of expectations to become the next 'Iron Man' after (spoiler alert) Tony Stark's death.
'Far from Home' is a coming-of-age romcom with a few 'hero' bits thrown in here in there, and some intrigue and suspense added for good measure, although the ‘suspense’ suffers a great deal due to a copious amount of foreshadowing.
All the actors have inhabited their characters' skin in this movie, and Jake Gyllenhaal plays the antagonist with a fierce determination that truly stands out. Josh Brolin’s Thanos is a tough act to follow, but Gyllenhaal projects the right amount of manic malice to be convincing enough as the villain and carve a unique place among the pantheon of Marvel baddies.
Although this film is a worthy addition to the MCU and 'Spiderman' movie canon, it will perhaps be best remembered for a truly explosive mid-credits scene, which is sure to leave many dropped jaws on the floor, especially due to the unexpected introduction of an iconic ‘Spiderman’ character.
This movie is feel good romantic comedy with just the right sprinkling of webslinging action to keep action movie buffs from nodding off during this latest 'Spidey' adventure that mostly features the ‘B-team’ of any ‘Iron Man’ movie. However, those suffering from 'Marvel fatigue' will be well advised to stay away. To sum it up, is the perfect kid-pleasing summer popcorn release that will keep buzzing for a while until the next superhero adventure swings around (pun intended).