Title – Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Director – Jon Watts (Cop Car)
Cast – Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Angourie Rice, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smaulders
Plot – Taking place after the events of Endgame, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) embarks on an overseas trip with his school friends where he confronts the traumas of the past few months and meets Mysterio (Gyllenhaal), a mysterious figure who he must team up with to help protect the world from new threats.
“I think Nick Fury just hijacked our summer vacation”
Review by Eddie on 03/07/2019
Much like its very entertaining and endlessly fun predecessor, Spider-Man: Far From Home may not be the type of film that will leave any form of lasting impression on viewers, but thanks to a loveable cast, energetic pace and a collection of visually strong set pieces, Marvel’s newest event film is yet another win for the world conquering studio.
A film much lighter than this year’s box office behemoth Endgame, Home sees the return of director Jon Watts and his main cast members for another bout of comedy infused/teen romance filled action adventure antics, that wisely moves Tom Holland’s webslinger from the tried and true surrounds of New York City to a European filled vacation, that is anything but your run of the mill school based trip.
It’s a fresh spin on the Spider-Man cinematic universe and one that removes Home from anything that has come before in the many Spidey lead movies that have found their way into existence over the last 20 years and it also allows Watts, Marvel and the character of Peter Parker time to reflect on the events of Endgame but also begin to move on from them, in what’s an important next step for the Marvel film series.
While this is a big move for a Spider-Man film, Home doesn’t mess with the formula too much as it fly’s along at a rapid speed of which most of what occurs will be expected but thankfully its charming cast and wit goes along way to keeping things feeling fresh and fun, while the inclusion of fan favourite Mysterio is sure to delight diehard and casual fans alike and also helps the film achieve a great sense of added intrigue.
Played by Jake Gyllenhaal (who is a great get by the Marvel hierarchy), Mysterio aka Quentin Beck, is brilliantly bought to life by the endlessly talented A-lister who is quite evidently having a blast getting a chance to be a part of this large scale undertaking and his on screen chemistry with Holland is an additional bonus as the two bounce off each other whenever they share the screen.
It’s all relatively fluffy stuff, there’s not a whole lot of meat on the bones of this newest addition to the Marvel cannon but there’s enough growth in the character of Parker and Spider-Man to get excited by where the next steps (swings) will take us, while the high hit ratio of jokes and some seriously juicy end credit sequences ensure this will be a huge winner for audiences.
Final Say –
With a great turn from new addition Jake Gyllenhaal, top notch work from it’s returning cast and an overarching sense of playfulness and fun, Spider-Man: Far From Home is another highly enjoyable gift from the studio that keeps on giving.
3 1/2 Led Zeppelin songs out of 5