Spider-Man: Far From Home
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.2
Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, and others
Director: Jon Watts
Plot Summary: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. (IMDb)
Peter Parker and some of his classmates go on a school trip to Venice, but for Peter – who wants nothing more than a normal life – there is a new threat to Earth that requires Peter to reprise the role of Spider-Man once again.
Although Endgame feels like the end of Phase Three of Marvel’s timeline, Far From Home is actually the final film, which now sees a new era of superhero films that will almost certainly include Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardian 3 and a Black Widow prequel. And after following the biggest blockbuster of modern times, Far From Home does an adequate job or continuing on and sets up a highly-anticipated Phase Four.
Tom Holland is fantastic once again as the eponymous hero and he once again demonstrates what a perfect fit he is for the role. One of my favourite scenes is when Peter is creating a new spidey suit. He’s chattering away enthusiastically about the various gadgets and technology he is working with, à la Tony Stark, and Happy (Jon Favreau) is looking over him with a small, poignant smile on his face. He knows and we know. It was a touching moment and one which cements Peter – and in some respects, Tom himself – as a valiant heir to Stark’s legacy as one of the leading faces of the Avengers, and Downey Jr’s as one of the leading faces of the franchise.
The cinematography, CGI and visuals are all fantastic. My stand out moment was the London scene when we see the illusion itself and when Peter breaks the illusion. Both of these moments were incredible to watch, and the action sequence that follows has a quintessential spidey feel to it, with a shot of adrenaline added to it as well.
Gyllenhaal is fantastic as Mysterio. Although we’re all expecting the reveal of his true intentions, he does well to conceal this and there’s a sense of believability in his lies. Mysterio is enthralling and one of better villains we’ve had in Spider-Man film history. There is decent character development – yes, it could have been better, but there was ample enough coverage of his backstory to ‘justify’ his actions.
The main criticism I have is not of the film…but of the post credit scenes. Both changed the film for the worse and there was little reason for them to be included at all. DID NOT LIKE ONE BIT.
All in all, it is a good, solid Marvel film, with nice nods to Endgame and Tony Stark. Far From Home establishes a new era for the universe with Holland at the centre and I am excited to see where Holland’s Spider-Man goes. He definitely deserves another outing.
The Humpo Show | Richard