With the flick of his wrist and a well placed Web-Swing, Tom Holland returns to the big screen for another solo outing as arguably the best Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to date. While I haven’t been sold on the MCU’s take on Spider-Man thus far, I ventured to our June 26th press screening hoping to see an improvement on many of the issues I personally found fault within Spider-Man: Homecoming. Leaving the theater, I couldn’t help but smile at the seemingly bright future that lies ahead for our new Webhead, while also pondering the ramifications that’ll befall him after the rather shocking finale of Far From Home. One thing you should understand going into Spider-Man: Far From Home is the fact that Kevin Feige was completely accurate in his positioning Far From Home as being the official end of the current Marvel Phase.
The very nature of the plot and motivations behind our villain’s decisions can be tied directly back to the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with more than a few surprising callbacks to more recent films. Where I feel that the movie suffers a bit, is with its choice of villain. In keeping with wanting this review to be as spoiler-free as possible, I’ll reserve my feelings about the movie’s villain for another article, but feel that almost all Spider-Man comic fans will see at least one of the many plot twists coming long before it happens. While those less knowledgable will possibly be surprised, I wish they’d gone in a less predictable direction.
Although we may have lost RDJ’s Tony Stark in Endgame, his presence remains as impactful as it’s been since 2008’s Iron Man, to the point of almost turning Far From Home into as much of an Iron Man sequel, as it is a Spider-Man film. For some, this might come off as intrusive, for those solely looking to see more growth within Peter Parker, but I feel this couldn’t be any further from the truth. If anything, Far From Home demonstrates that Peter is finally prepared to stop living within the shadow of Tony Stark while serving as yet another tribute to the man who started the Marvel films we’ve grown to love. The narrative decisions further cement Peter’s need to grow, as he forges his own unique path within the next phase of the MCU with confidence and renewed dedication to his mantra. I gave Spider-Man: Far From Home a solid 4 out of 5
Avengers Endgame left MCU in unfamiliar territory. They were without their Ace, their face the first avenger (movie release date) Tony Stark. In this Stark-less world, we are presented with Spider-Man far from home. Tom Holland acts with far greater confidence and swagger in the title role, although the entire movie is a bit of curveball. One that that lands right in the strike zone. There’s a good twist, and it fit perfectly in the plot of the movie and the direction the character is going, but what’s important about it is that it allows the script to bat around with the key elements (pun intended) that make a superhero movie.
Parker, now 16, is about to go on a much-needed vacation which he’s looking forward to most as a chance to profess his feelings for MJ, played by Zendaya wonderfully. The hijinks ensue from the beginning. Overall this film is the coming of age tale of Peter Parker dealing with his fear of taking over the mantle left for him by Tony Stark, all while navigating a world which has gone 5 years without him. If that wasn’t enough he’s still a teenager just trying to fit in. Jon Watts does a great job putting all the moving parts together in this visually stunning and highly entertaining installment in what sure be the new tent pole movie for Marvel.
I give Spider-Man: Far from Home
4 Spiders for being entertaining from start to finish.
PS: stay through the credits
-TC Harris and TheSunsetkid56-
This is definitely not one to miss and although some elements of the film might not stick the landing for all, we feel that Far From Home is a wonderful addition to the MCU, and a natural step in the evolution of Tom Holland’s take on Spider-Man. In theaters starting July 2nd!
PRODUCTION: A Sony Pictures Releasing release of a Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pascal Pictures production. Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal. Executive producers: Victoria Alonso, Avi Arad, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Louis D’Esposito, Thomas M. Hammel, Stan Lee, Matt Tolmach.
CREW: Director: Jon Watts. Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers. Camera (color, widescreen): Matthew J. Lloyd. Editors: Dan Lebental, Leigh Folsom-Boyd. Music: Michael Giacchino.
WITH: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Martin Starr.