05th Jul2019

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, Martin Starr, J.B Smoove, Cobie Smulders | Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers | Directed by Jon Watts

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Spider-Man: Far From Home, directed by Jon Watts, is the latest entry to the smash-hit and newly established MCU Spider-Man, after his debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, and his own standalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming, released a year later in 2017. Spider-Man: Far From Home ends ‘Phase Three’ of the Marvel cinematic universe and is released only a few months after the storm that is Avengers: Endgame, of which has changed the world of this franchise forever, with Spider-Man: Far From Home taking the brunt of all the emotional fallout. Resulting in a coming of age film that is near enough bliss.

The aesthetic is sadly still classic MCU schlock, but the heart and soul of Watts film are intensified from its last outing and the humanity ever so more endearing personalised. As mentioned above, this feature is jam-packed with the emotional fallout from Avengers: Endgame and with that, there is a significant embellishment of depth and weighted poignancy on offer. Unlike much of the MCU, Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn’t touch upon it with a heavy hand, it is subtle and organic with a more human approach. Alluded or small snippets of remnants are implemented within the picture that holds beautiful poignancy and instead of falling back on previous events, craft new distinctive feelings and arcs. Resulting in far greater engagement and impactful edge that has somewhat been missing within this franchise for some time.

Zendaya’s role as Michelle, aka MJ, is far more substantial this time around. She is wonderful and elevates all things engagement. Injecting some terrific moments of awkward comedy with Holland (who is also delightful) both have enthusiastic and jocular chemistry and their charisma is bursting with an infectious personality. Jacob Batalon is also far better utilised as Ned in this entry. Fleshed out with more comedic nature but also given a significant thread with Angourie Rice’s Betty Brant. It doesn’t feel throwaway either, comedic yes, but still remains personal.

Newcomer to the franchise Jake Gyllenhaal impresses tenfold as Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio. The actor was one time touted to actually play Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 after lead Tobey Maguire suffered a back injury. Here things come full circle as Gyllenhaal faces off the titular character with a wonderfully subverted performance of the conventional villain type. He has charm and personality but most importantly, he has an arc. A story that is driven by a character that echoes nods and history of the franchise itself without rethreading previous ground. The arc is perhaps slightly convenient and specifically within another significant character’s franchise that Spider-Man has a connection with it will feel slightly regurgitated. However, within the context of Spider-Man: Far From Home it works, all due to the heart and soul of what writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have managed to throw in here and evolve through their characters.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in cinemas everywhere now.

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