Movie Review By Rishi Kapoor
Tom Holland is back in the suit for the next solo outing in Far From Home which takes place after the events of Endgame and sees Peter Parker struggling to deal with the loss of Tony Stark whilst doing that important teenage thing of, y’know, growing up.
After the destruction of Endgame, Peter Parker just wants to go on a European vacation with his schoolmates – including best buddy Ned (Batalon) and his crush MJ (Zendaya) – and have some fun without the pressures of saving the world.
However, when Nick Fury (Jackson) comes calling, the simple life disappears. When major cities begin to be attacked by unnatural forces, the mysterious… Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) flies in to save the day. Oh, but we all know nothing is as it seems.
Homecoming, to me, was too focused on the Tony Stark angle, setting up Peter as the new Iron Man-in waiting, rather than delivering a solid solo Spider-Man movie. The coming-of-age aspects were good and Michael Keaton was marvellous but it didn’t satisfy my spidey senses.
Tom Holland’s pitch-perfect take on the character remains so enjoyable to watch and his relationship with Zendaya’s MJ is well-developed again. Jacob Batalon and Angourie Rice, however, manage to steal the majority of the laughs. The incoming Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly having a ball as Mysterio, hamming it up through his scenes and adding some real talent to proceedings.
Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like a teenage romance flick, meshed perfectly within the story of a Spider-Man film. Normally I don’t make it a point to talk about the post-credits scenes for these movies during a review, but these scenes may just be the most important ones to stick around for yet.
There are two of them and they really do require your attention. Seeming to open up the world more than it already has been throughout the years, in terms of connectivity, there are some jaw-dropping moments throughout these two scenes. I can’t wait to see what both of these mean for future instalments.
I can go on about how great so many aspects of this film truly are, but I’ll keep it simple and say that Spider-Man: Far From Home benefits from a terrific score and theme for Mysterio that had me smiling, some truly great action sequences, and many surprises along the way that will have many fans feeling giddy.
I had an absolute blast watching this movie. It does feel slow throughout the first act but in terms of being a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and the enormous events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, this movie is near-perfect at accomplishing that. Highly recommended to those who have been following Marvel films since the very beginning.
The movie is fun, it’s light, it’s just right for summer and has all the ingredients for a great Spidey movie.