Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is the sequel to Disney’s wallcrawler reboot. Back in 2002 Sam Raimi gave us two excellent live action webhead movies. Sadly that series came to an end when studio interference conspired to produce a messy third installment. A decade after the first Raimi movie came out we got The Amazing Spider-Man. Said reboot (and it’s followup) were far from amazing. After three successive duds Sony Pictures conceded that they are inept at making films and allowed Marvel Studios to film a new reboot. The result was the brill Spider-Man: Homecoming. Can Far From Home match the quality of its predecessor? Read on and find out.

OVERVIEW

Marvel superheroes don’t have time for vacations. That’s something Peter Parker learns, after being resurrected in Avengers: Endgame. Pete was hoping for a peaceful trip to Europe, with his classmates, but those plans are scuppered when Nick Fury gives him a call. The director of SHIELD recruits Spider-Man to aid him in battling elemental creatures, who are terrorizing the continent. Joining him for the ride is Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) a fellow hero who hails from an alternate dimension.

Far From Home shows how recent events have changed Peter. After getting zapped out of existence and witnessing the death of his mentor, Parker has lost his enthusiasm for being a high profile Avenger. He is content with battling local neighbourhood crime and living a regular high school student life on his time off. It’s gotten to the point that Peter is looking for any excuse to give away all the cool tech he inherited from Tony Stark, including a pair of shades that can hack any device and command killer drones from outer space.

The movie’s 129 minute running time can be split into two parts. The second half of the film is your typical superhero fare, where Spidey battles to save the world. Before that we get a bunch of high school hijinks. These focus on Peter trying to pluck up the courage to confess his romantic feelings to MJ. Like in the comic books however, Peter’s relationship is put in jeopardy by his crime fighting obligations. Many times he is forced to go AWOL and disappoint MJ, which is not ideal given that rival classmate Brad Davis is also vying for MJ’s affection. Forget party loving redheads, these days kids find moody/sarcastic chicks to be irresistible.

VERDICT

My rating for Spider-Man: Far From Home is four stars. For the second time Marvel Studios have delivered a fun packed Spider-Man movie. Let’s hope they don’t falter on the third attempt, like Raimi did. Overall, I would say that I liked Homecoming a little more. It had a more menacing villain and did a better job of keeping it’s comedy moments under control. There was a bunch of goofy stuff that could easily have been cut out from this film. I found the romance between Spidey sidekick Ned Leeds and a young Betty Brant unnecessary. The same goes for the fling that Aunt May and SHIELD agent Happy Hogan have. Neither of those subplots did much, other than give overweight guys the unrealistic hope that landing a gorgeous girlfriend is possible.

Some positives include the performances of Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal. Holland cements his place as the best live action Spider-Man to date. He played well off the charismatic Gyllenhaal, an actor who years ago was considered for the role of Spider-Man too. Moving onto Gyllenhaal’s character, I was impressed by the effects used to bring Mysterio’s powers of illusion to life. I also dug how the studio retained Mysterio’s costume from the comics. Thankfully they didn’t deem a fishbowl head to be too goofy and replace it with something less iconic, as was the case with Electro’s live action redesign.

Based on the quality of the two Spider-Man “Home” movies I am pleased to hear that Sony and Marvel have patched up their differences and extended their partnership to produce more sequels in this universe. Given how Spider-Man has been positioned to be Iron-Man’s successor (and the bombshell this film ends on) I cannot imagine how disappointed fans would have been had Sony parted ways with the MCU. Corporate greed sometimes sabotages art, but thankfully common sense prevailed on this occasion. Thank you for reading. Until next time, court is adjourned.

34 thoughts on “Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

  1. Admit it. You loved Emo Peter in Raimi 3. Don’t deny it.

    But yes. Another very fun MCU Spidey movie primarily thanks to Rey Mysterio. That scene where he reviewed his entire plan with his partners stuck with me. That and the nightmare trip scene.

    Good thing Disney and Sony worked something out to continue the Garfield Saga.

    • The emo scene gets mocked a lot, but in its defense it wasn’t meant to be serious (at least I hope not). I am relieved that Disney and Sony will stick together, as I don’t want to see a return of Amazing Spider-Man. Cannot believe how close they came to splitting up. The way this movie ends would have made things very difficult for a solo Sony sequel and it would have left a big hole in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  2. I think the spiderman movies are two of the best in the entire MCU–especially Homecoming.

    They do a better job of of showing what it means to be a hero, and the villains are more relatable/understandable than many of the other marvel flicks.

    I actually liked the romantic sub plots. Yes they were unneccessary, but they were for comic relief. I thought the awkward romances fit in with the rest of the awkward high school humor they were going for.

    • I agree that the villains in these Spidey films are more fleshed out than other Marvel movie antagonists . Bad guys is one area were the MCU flicks have often faltered (with a few notable exceptions). There is a good reason why Spider-Man is Marvel’s most famous comic. The way Peter has to balance regular life with vigilante duties makes him easy to root for.

      The romance subplots had a few chuckles, but didn’t go anywhere. I cannot blame Happy for being interested in Aunt May though. Marisa Tomei looks incredible, despite her age. A rare example of a lady who doesn’t hit the wall in her later years.

      • I watched My Cousin Vinny on TV a few weeks ago. I had forgotten she was in that movie, but it’s good comedy and definitely the first major role she ever played on the big screen.

        She really has had a good run for the last 30+ years. I don’t think it’s just for looks, either. I think she’s good in the marvel flicks, and just about everything else I can remember seeing her in.

  3. I really enjoyed this movie, I feel the secret ending was a bit too much.. puts them to much in a corner for the sequel, but it could be great to introduce characters like Kraven the hunter.

    • I wonder how the next film will play out, given the big thing that happens at the end. Hopefully they don’t do something silly like making a deal with the devil to reverse the secret (that actually happened in the comics). If Kraven knows who Spider-Man is he could target Peter’s family. That would make him a big threat.

  4. I also really enjoyed Far From Home and am super happy that Disney and Sony were able to work things out so that there will be more MCU Spiderman movies. Especially after that cliff-hanger of an ending! I can’t wait for the next film!

    • Ending on a cliffhanger is risky, when there was no guarantee that Sony would allow Marvel to make more films. Thankfully it is all sorted, after a very public fallout. I too am curious to see what will happen next, although maybe it won’t be a big deal? Secret identities don’t seem to be a thing in these Marvel movies.

  5. Glad you enjoyed it! I agree that it’s hard to top Vulture as a threatening villain from the first film but otherwise I definitely found this to be one of the strongest films in the franchise. I don’t think anything will top the original Raimi films for me, but as long as we don’t get any studio drama I’m hoping this series can go on for a long while without any more reboots

    • The first two Raimi films are the ones I like best too. Glad to see these latest films rival the Raimi flicks, after the poor Amazing movies. Marvel have a vision for their films so I don’t expect the third installment to go off the rails. They are in control, instead of the directors. It’ a little different to Raimi battling with the studio for creative control. It’s tough to make a good movie with that kind of pressure.

  6. Maybe there is an alternative reality SpiderMan, where instead of becoming a superhero, Peter Parker becomes the CEO of a major adhesives and glue manufacturing company. His spidey instict for making sticky, binding substances gives him a great advantage in the investion of things like sticky-notes, and wall hanger pods, etc.

    Then he could be a rich corporate CEO, and just sit back and let his lawyers do all the fighting for him.

    • Sounds like a plan, although being rich didn’t stop the likes of Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark from getting their hands dirty when it comes to crime fighting. In the comics there was actually a Parker Industries, although I think the company was established when Peter was possessed by Doctor Octopus.

      • >In the comics there was actually a Parker Industries, although I think the company was established when Peter was possessed by Doctor Octopus.

        woah I didnt know about this , thats cool

    • I just have bad experiences of googling celebrity crushes from the nineties and seeing how they look now. On the plus side, they at least looked good in their prime. I was always an ugly bastard 🙂

      • Same here though being older than you, some of my crushes are from the 80’s! 😮

        That said, I’ve found recently that some women I didn’t fancy in the 80’s are actually more attractive to me as they are now! I think we can probably blame the lousy 80’s fashion for that! 😛

  7. It’s times like this I feel a little bad that I’m not more into Marvel or comic book movies in general, because I can tell there’s a lot of quality in there. I’ve liked Jake Gyllenhaal in the stuff I’ve seen him in, and I’ve heard great things about Tom Holland, so if I ever bother to check out one of these series I think it should probably be the newest Spider-Man series.

    • I wonder if Marvel movies will begin to suffer from what the comics do. The movies reference so many past films that potential new viewers may be put off giving the MCU a try. Just talking about this movie for example spoils some of the things that happen in the last Avengers.

  8. I also liked Homecoming more, probably due to Michael Keaton’s performance. For this one, I really wish I didn’t already know about Mysterio from the comic. I wonder how his evil turn went over for casual movie watchers.

    • I didn’t want to mention that in the review, due to spoilers, but yeah that was certainly an issue with the story. The plot revolved around a betrayal. Problem is that anyone with a passing knowledge of Spider-Man would know who the true villain is.

  9. This movie was the point where it became clear the DCEU is better at making standalone movies than trying to connect them into a shared universe. Maybe they will try again one day but I’m in no hurry. Movies like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam and Joker are proof of this.

    Jason Momoa was great as a combination of the super serious and “Outrageous!” (If you get that reference we can be best friends) Aquaman. Black Manta was awesome. The romance with Mera was fine. Mera herself was great. Ocean Master was similar to Aquaman, good balance of serious and hammy.

    • Oops! Looks like you posted this on the wrong review hehe. I agree that the standalone DC movies are better than the ones they put out during the Justice League project. Crossovers can work, but I think they need to establish the heroes first. Warner Bros were in such a rush to mimic the Disney Marvel model that they did things in reverse.

  10. Ace review and some good thoughts. I’d say I prefer Homecoming as well and I was a little less enthused by Far From Home (as much as I love a John Hughes film , I think it’s time to move on from that), although it was fun and the Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhall were excellent. I’m interested to see where things go with the next instalment, especially with how things are left!

    • Thank goodness that the Marvel and Sony deal got renewed. It would have been criminal for the JJ cliffhanger to be left unanswered in future films. It’s sure to turn Peter’s life upside down, although all that said secret identities aren’t a big thing in the MCU.

  11. I have to agree with you when you say that you preferred Spiderman: Homecoming to this film, both are still good films but personally I felt that there were less useless additions to the plot in the first film. One of the most exciting things about this film was the ending and I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays into the larger story of the MCU.

    • Homecoming was more focused. This one had some extra fluff for comedy purposes and giving the supporting cast something to do. It will be interesting to see how the next film plays out. The reveal will affect Peter’s relationships and may even put his friends/family at risk.

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