Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Martin Starr
Director: Jon Watts
What’s Good: Evolution of the franchise – this sets the bar high for a superhero who used to target teenagers & kids, Tom Holland is the BEST Spidey ever. Period. It has a lot of things apart from some beautifully choreographed action sequences
What’s Bad: When you’ve used Michael Keaton’s Vulture brilliantly in your last part, you can’t afford to mess up with the dark side in this part
Loo Break: None at all! Don’t even think about it. This is where it actually all ends, resist to pee!
Watch or Not?: Don’t even wait for this review to end
The story starts showing a hilarious yet emotional tribute video in the memory of Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and the lost superheroes. Peter, who seems to be stuck at a similar age (16), is all set to go on a class trip to Europe. Peter reveals his plan of proposing MJ (Zendaya) to his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). Little does he know, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is waiting for him in Europe to fight with an ‘Avenger-level-threat’.
On reaching Venice, he meets Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is already working for Fury. Now, comics have shown him as a man who could lie for anything, but Scrulls were bad guys too and we all know what they did in Captain Marvel. Mysterio’s mysterious presence, helping Spidey to accomplish the mission and after a lot of ‘we miss Iron Man’ scenes, the movie comes into its own. Two post-credit scenes – both are worth waiting, don’t leave.
Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review: Script Analysis
The movie had me at the start when Marvel Logo comes in with Whitney Houston’s ‘I’ll Always Love You’. Marvel has been doing the mashup of ‘humour and emotions’ since a long time now, Watts follows a similar pattern to his direction. The major thing I’m glad about is the makers not going over-the-top with Tony Stark nostalgia. There are few easter eggs, but all of them make sense.
For me, this remains the best ‘live action’ Spidey movie yet. Yes, Spiderverse maintains the top spot because of its out-of-the-world head-spinning animation. Far From Home has some exclusive elements that were missing from the previous Spidey movies. Writers (Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers) pen a beautiful love story amidst the chaos and that’s what makes this film stand out from the rest. A major complaint will remain to be for underutilization of Jake Gyllenhaal.
Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review: Star Performance
Tom Holland owns his superhero this time. In Homecoming, I had minor reservations but Holland overcomes them all in this one. He’s charming, he’s funny and most importantly he’s not your routine ‘superhero’. The humane touch to his character helps him to be more amiable. Holland understands each of these traits and swings to be the best Spidey ever. Zendaya as MJ continues to be the love interest of Peter, but this part has a lot to offer to her character. Living up to the smartness & quick-witted attributes of MJ, Zendaya is soulful.
Many were psyched when Jake Gyllenhaal was roped in for the role of Mysterio, but the cynical in me had some scepticism intact. I WAS RIGHT! Jake has done so many good projects, he’ll always stay underused until and unless there’s something like Nightcrawler or Zodiac. After Stronger, Life and Velvet Buzzsaw – this is yet another movie in which he has been comprised of a weak character sketch. He along with us deserved more.
Samuel L. Jackson, the heart of MCU, is at its usual best as Nick Fury. We’ve seen him pulling some tricks out of his hat in previous movies; he still has the charm left. Jacob Batalon’s Ned brings in the comical relief as Homecoming. This time it’s better because his pairing with Angourie Rice (Betty) levels up the humour with some lame ‘babe’ jokes.
Marisa Tomei as Aunt May is as hot as always! Jon Favreau as Happy gets good mileage and he makes very good use of it. Cobie Smulders gets a defining moment with Fury and she is good.
Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review: Direction, Music
With only a single superhero movie to his credit, Jon Watts seems to be getting this universe better than many out there. Yes, story by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers has enough meat to make it a delicious dish, but Jon’s understanding of presenting the story is intriguing. The ‘illusional world’ is directed brilliantly and it’s head-spinning’ly’ good.
Music plays a very important part to set up the mood soaring for many scenes. From RAMONES’ I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend to Claude Debussy’s Deux Arabesques, music director Michael ‘Mick‘ Giacchino blends in the music out of thin air mixing it with the happenings of the scenes.
Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Far From Home is a delightful end to the third phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. This is like the meme of ‘hold my beer’ coming to life. Because, when we thought Avengers: Endgame ends everything, Spidey must be smirking as he swings!
Spider-Man: Far from Home releases on 4th July, 2019.
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