spider-man: far from home
DIRECTOR: jon watts (spider-man: homecoming)
starring: tom holland, jake gyllenhaal, zendaya, and jacob batalon
REVIEWER: Lyall carter
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Note: This review contains Avengers: Endgame spoilers.
There is a large part of Marvel fandom that can't separate an individual film from the over arching storyline of the Marvel universe, with all its winks and nods to the fans, and judge it solely on its own merit. That leads certain fans to declaring that every new entry is 'the best Marvel movie of all time' or words to that effect.
It happened with Captain Marvel. Although its not the worst entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, its certainly not its best. It had some neat moments - the Skrulls were cool, some back ground info on Nick Fury was interesting, and Goose is the most bad ass cat in cinema, but ultimately the movie was just ok. Compare it with Wonder Woman and I have to straight up say; Wonder Woman was hands down better. Shock. Gasp.
You may be wondering where I'm going with this, spending my precious word count bleating on about another Marvel movie. Its a round about way of saying that I don't think every Marvel movie is amazing, special, or a classic. Some are a bit average and forgettable. But. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a pretty superb super hero movie. One of Marvel's best.
Peter Parker goes on a school trip to Europe with his friends. While abroad, he is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Mysterio to battle the Elementals.
That's about all I'm gonna share with you about the plot. Gotta leave those surprises for the cinema. But what I can say is that its such a fun ride. What Spider-Man: Homecoming did so well is that it placed the audience smack bang into a situation where we journeyed with Peter Parker through what it might well be like to be a kid in high school, with everything that entails, who just so happens to have super powers.
Far From Home ratchets that up a few notches and asks; how would a kid at high school with super powers act when he's trying to win over his crush? It has this way about it of transporting you back to your high school experience, for better or worse, and it adds this genuine believability to Peter Parker's character that we just haven't on the silver screen before.
But Peter also has to deal with the death of his mentor, Tony Stark, and its here that he must grow exponentially. Will he live in the Stark shadow or become his own man? What does he really want to do with his life? This is all dealt with with the same charm, laugh out loud moments, and action as the first Holland outing. Its just such a treat.
Central to this is Tom Holland's performance. This dude is Spider-Man. You can have the best story and character development, but the portrayal of the character has to be on point. He's just so darn good; earnest, brave, funny, and honourable. Everything you believe Spidey should be.
Newcomer to the Marvel Universe, Jake Gyllenhaal is magnificent as Mysterio. Like Holland, its another example of great character development coupled with a brilliant performance. Jacob Batalon is super endearing as Peter's best mate Ned, Zendaya is insanely great as MJ, and boy oh boy is it good to have Jon Faverau's Happy back. We've missed you buddy!
A brilliant bundle of superhero fun, Spider-Man: Far From Home is an utter delight from start to finish. One of Marvel's best.