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Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

U/A Fantasy, Sci-fi 2 hrs 9 mins Jul 5, 2019
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Review - An Enjoyable Follow Up To Endgame

Spider-Man Spiderman

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, friendly neighborhood, Spider-Man
Wealth and fame, he ignores, action is his reward
To him, life's a great big bang up, whenever there's a hang-up, 
You'll find the Spider-Man!

This song has a special place in the hearts of all the Indian kids of the 1990s who grew up watching the web-slinger in the comic that was telecast on the television. And Spider-Man is really special among the Superheroes. While Superman is... well... Superman with all the superhuman abilities and all grown up, Batman is already world-weary adult whose aim is to conquer his fears and combat crime. He's supported by all his industrial might and gadgets. 

What separates Spidey from other superheroes?

But Spider-Man is a teenager, just like one of us a few years back or a couple of years back depending on our respective ages, and is a sort of looking back into ourselves. A kid who wonders at everything that appears new. He couldn't help but talk even during the battles (Remember the dialogue by Falcon in Captain America: Civil War?*). He needs to complete his homework and needs to solve his first love issues. He's already an orphan and has virtually no financial support. He's the first legitimate lower-middle-class teenager who has trouble to pay fees and bills. 

MCU Spidey is a marvel

He's a throwback and contemporary at the same time. Now, coming to our latest iteration of the Friendly Neighborhood Spidey, he's agreed by many as the most age-accurate and Tom Holland's portrayal has all the features that we like about Spider-Man in the first place. But he is a bit different compared to the other two Spideys. He used to have a mentor in the form of Tony Stark and Tom Holland's camaraderie and chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. is none like we have seen before. Now, with Tony Stark out of this world, how Peter Parker copes with the duties of being a superhero? Let's see this in Spider-Man: Far From Home review. 

Post-Avengers: Endgame world

The Thanos' snap was undone at the cost of Hulk's arm and Tony Stark's ultimate heroic sacrifice voided the threat posed by Thanos and the children of Thanos. With Thor joining the (As)Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America retiring, there is still need for a superhero as Captain Marvel is busy with bigger issues. Didn't she say in Endgame that Earth might have superheroes but there are hundreds of planets don't have that luxury? But here's the catch. 

As this is a Spider-Man movie (in his individual franchise no less), he needs to step up and save the day when a new danger threatens the people of earth. In Homecoming, Peter Parker is still green and has just experienced the exhilaration of meeting the legends like Tony Stark, Captain America who is from his neighborhood (Peter's Queens to Cap's Brooklyn), and many others. 

But by the time of Far From Home, he has in a way wanted to escape the duties of being a superhero. Not that he is fed up with the near-death experiences (he's already died once, no?) but because... well... he's still a kid (16 years old in this film) and wants to spend some time with his friends. And there is the pressing matter of expressing his love for MJ played by the fantastic Zendaya. he needs to catch up with his friends and who doesn't need a vacation. 

That's why after mourning Tony Stark and dutifully averting a few crimes, he jumps at the news of going to Europe on a school trip. This is his chance to become the kid he is for some time. He wanted to prove himself so that he could join the Avengers officially in the first film. But after all the trauma of intergalactic fight with Thanos, all he wants is to enjoy some peace. Real peace. 

But like he hounded (wherever you go, his network follows) all our Avengers to help protect the world, Nick Fury comes after Peter Parker. For Godssake! 

Peter tries to escape his vice-like grip. But Elementals from another dimension (come to this Earth when a portal is opened because of Thanos' first snap) attacks and we need a superhero, however reluctant he might be. Spidey joins forces with Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio - one of the mightiest and trickiest villains of Spider-Man comics, to save the day. 

In the meanwhile, MJ deduces that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Before that, to the horror of Peter, she even flirts softly with their classmate Brad Davis who grows up into a handsome hunk in the 5 years Peter et al vanished from existence (The Blip). A trouble of gigantic proportions for a teenager on one side and the trouble for a superhero who is trying to fill the void created by his mentor like Tony Stark. How Peter and in turn Spidey balances everything and save the day not just for people (from the supervillains) and his romantic travails is all Spider-Man: Far From Home about. 

How's the film?

Far From Home is an out and out teen-flick apparently with some superhero action inserted at the right moment in right proportions. While the romantic comedy element of the high school kid like Peter Parker is lighter in tone and comes off as a breath of fresh air, the superhero CGI-driven action sequences are exhilarating. And there are a couple of well-executed twists which worked as well as one can expect from films of this quality. The post-Avengers: Endgame world is shown very well. 

Tom Holland hits it out of the park

Tom Holland is the Spider-Man and the Peter Parker. Full stop. We all have agreed to it long ago. And he is even more fun to watch. Being a natural star to begin with and top talent as an actor, Tom Holland is a big asset obviously. Zendaya has all the qualities of a post-modern romantic heroine of substance in a superhero film. She's cocky and has the maturity to deal with the trouble. And she matches the intelligence of Peter Parker. The Perfect Yin for his Yang. 

Samuel L. Jackson aced the role of the bothersome Nick Fury. His interaction with Parker is as much fun as it was with Stark. Jake Gyllenhaal as the mysterious Mysterio who came from a different reality is a perfect choice as the flawed mentor for the young hero. Marissa Tomei shines as Aunt May and is hot. And Jon Favreau is fun to watch as the new link to Peter Parker and a buddy sort of... is excellent as usual. He generated some situational humor. Jacob Batalon as Peter Parker's best friend Ned is great once again. 

The production scale and the rest of everything is up to Marvel's standards. Jon Watt's direction is sure-handed. Michael Giacchino's music is intriguing and the sharp usage of Spider-Man theme gives goosebumps. The visuals are moody and colorful depending on the thread that is running on the screen. 

Finally

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a worthy successor for the widely enjoyed Homecoming and a proper follow up to Avengers: Endgame. As the closing chapter of Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe, it acts as a proper epilogue to Infinity Saga and opens doors to what's gonna come in future. Don't miss the mid-credit and post-credit scenes (yes, they are there). It is better and bigger than Homecoming. 

Positives

  • Tom Holland's Spider-Man is fun to watch
  • Samuel L. Jackson's scenes with parker
  • Jake Gyllenhall's Mysterio is wicked fun
  • Zendaya is a proper modern-day heroine
  • Ned and Peter's buddy moments
  • Well-constructed superhero action sequences

Negatives

  • Feels more like a teen romance road film than a legit superhero film at least in the first 50 minutes

Pycker Rating: 3.75 out of 5

reviewed by: Special Correspondent

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