Endgame perfectly closed the Infinity Saga. Spider-Man: Far From Home is both a lighthearted summer blockbuster and a respectable entrance to the new chapter of this universe.
Far from Home takes place a few months after the events of Endgame when things got back to “normal”. The world is looking for the next Iron Man and places its hopes in Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tom Holland), on the other hand, is just trying to live an ordinary life and enjoy his school trip to Europe. However, enemy forces interfere with his holiday and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits Spider-Man to take care of them along with Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Now Spider-Man must save Europe from disasters, while Peter Parker tries to keep his identity hidden and also confess his love to MJ (Zendaya).
Spider-Man: Far from Home packs multiple surprises into its 2 hour runtime, but the biggest ones come right at the end. Make sure to stay for both post credit scenes, as they significantly change what is in store for the next MCU films.
The Spider-Man movies are primarily comedies, and that’s what they are great at. The first half of this movie is a high-school comedy and most of the jokes land. There are a few from the supporting cast that don’t and retrospectively feel unnecessary. However, basically every joke coming from Peter, Happy or Nick Fury got a positive reaction in the theatre. On the other hand, similar to its predecessor, Far from Home fails at delivering dramatic moments. The film develops multiple side-plots, most of them end up feeling underused at the end. Few serious character moments are included, but they are devoid of memorable plot significance. This film works best as a fast-paced comedy and these moments only hurt the pacing, instead of adding some substance to the story.
Majority of the film plays as a high school rom-com, but with superheroes. Despite the seemingly simple premise, it was actually really engrossing. I found myself genuinely caring for most of the main characters. Tom Holland as Peter Parker is charming and fun to watch. His take on Spider-Man might be my favourite live-action representation of the character so far. Nick Fury gets some interesting moments, as for the first time he’s not the smartest person in any given situation. Quentin Beck completely steals the show, but more on him later. I also enjoyed seeing Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) again. Out of the main cast, MJ sadly came through as the weakest link of the film.
None of this is Zendaya’s fault, as she plays MJ with the same quirkiness that made her endearing in the previous film. Far from Home tries to set up a romance between MJ and Peter, as well as some other secondary characters. It ends up being the only thing at which this film truly fails. Not for a second, was there any real on-screen chemistry between MJ and Peter. Even as they share a sweet moment at the end, it doesn’t feel like they truly feel something for each other.
Any Spider-Man fan knows Mysterio as one of the main antagonists in the comics. Far from Home twists this and makes Mysterio a neutral character, which is refreshing to see. It also makes for some of the best scenes in the film, as Quentin turns out to be an intriguing person both in and out of costume. Jake Gyllenhaal is the standout among actors in this film. He takes control of every scenes he’s in. Mysterio stands out as one of the better MCU villains, thanks to Jake’s unique on-screen presence. Out of my three favourite scenes in this movie, he’s involved in all three.
The most significant improvement on Homecoming is the action. While it certainly isn’t anything groundbreaking, at least it is incredibly fun to watch. Far from Home even starts with a thrilling, albeit short, action scene that pulls the viewer into the film. All of the action is visceral and easy to follow, filmed smoothly in wide and medium shots. The final one is the obvious standout, even if it drags towards the end for a bit.
By now, you already now what to think of the MCU. If you enjoyed Homecoming, you’ll be pleased. If not, you may want to stay away, as it doesn’t offer anything new besides the great Mysterio. Overall, Far from Home is a perfectly fun summer blockbuster. Heavy on the action, but light on significant character moments it is still a great showcase as to why Spider-Man is so popular.