The dust has essentially settled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that the events of Avengers: Endgame have been etched into history and now we’re left with the fallout. What happens now that Thanos is gone, his plan ruined and the Avengers seem to be no more? We get a first look with the film that essentially closes the Infinity Saga: Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Everyone seems to be looking to Queens’ friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to take up the late Tony Stark’s mantle in a post-Avengers world. The problem? It’s a bad time because Peter Parker is really looking forward to his European vacation with his classmates and has big plans that he wants to see come to fruition but alas an Avenger’s work is never done.
Nick Fury interjects to inform the young wall-crawler that new threats called the Elementals pose a serious threat to the Earth and Peter must join forces with the new hero Mysterio to protect his friends and the world.
To be the film that follows up Avengers: Endgame? That’s almost impossible shoes to fill but I’ll say that Spider-Man: Far From Home is unquestionably a bigger and bolder adventure than the first MCU Spider-outing.
Is it the best Spider-Man film to date? No. Is it as good as Avengers: Endgame? Definitely not. Is it entertaining and does it hold audiences’ interest from start to finish? Absolutely!
Jon Watts and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have crafted a story that is funny, surprising, intricate and it’s very true to who Spider-Man is but at the same time, it’s a little unbalanced when it comes to the story but it does close what we know about the MCU rather effectively and opens the door to what may be coming next, which is precisely what audiences are hoping to see.
There are a lot of strong points to take in regarding Spider-Man: Far From Home. How the main character is continuing to grow into the hero fans know he is and how he is navigating the aftermath of what has transpired before and how this movie (somewhat) answers questions as to what is to come later, is probably this film’s strong suit.
I think what really held this film back was how some of the humor in this picture felt forced and how the story leaped from subplot-to-subplot but despite these errors, the sum total of this picture equals a fun time for the audience.
This cast is aces from top to bottom! Tom Holland continues to be exemplary as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Zendaya does a great job, Jacob Batalon is good, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Remy Hill, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Samuel L. Jackson, Colbie Smulders, Numan Acar, the voice of Dawn Michelle King, I was amazed at the talent in this film.
Michael Giacchino’s music is terrific, Matthew J. Lloyd’s cinematography is splendid, Leigh Folsom Boyd and Dan Lebental’s editing is solid, Claude Paré’s production design is not overly exciting but respectable, the art direction was dazzling, Tina Jones’ set decoration is fine, Anna B. Sheppard’s costumes were good, the visual effects were trippy; overall this was a well-done technical feat.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was a wild ride! It’s a bit bumpy to sit through but it gets you to its destination and has a few surprises along the way that make you enjoy the trip!