Review: “Spider


Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland’s second standalone appearance as the friendly neighborhood web-head, is a worthy followup khổng lồ 2017’s Homecoming & a strangely fitting end for Marvel’s Phase Three. A confident set of humor, action, & comic book zaniness, Far From Home’s sleight-of-hand pulls off effective và high-impact twists and turns, even when you see them coming. With an assist from Jake Gyllenhaal’s captivating performance as Quentin Beông xã, the film is one of Marvel’s best in recent memory. Mild spoilers ahead…

At first glance, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a strange choice khổng lồ cthua out Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Where Avengers: Endgame is seemingly the perfect offramp for a decade-long superanh hùng saga - namely, a tidy bow to lớn wrap up a high-stakes và apocalyptic showdown with long-running villain Thanos - Far From Home starts a new chapter away from intergalactic calamity, instead focusing on a more personal & intimate journey for Peter Parker. However, walking out of the theater, it became obvious why Marvel producer Kevin Feige and company chose this particular film as the end-cap to lớn the Infinity Saga. The remaining Avengers are nowhere in sight và Thanos may be gone, but Spider-Man: Far From Home reels heavily from the events of Avengers: Endgame, & it does so from the perspective sầu of the youngest và most grounded Avenger: Spider-Man. The film pulls off a stunning high-wire act: Jon Watts, resuming his directorial duties from the excellent Homecoming, delivers a close-to-perfect Spider-Man story, closes the book on Phase Three, và constructs a third act for the ages, all in 129 minutes.

Far From Home picks up in the direct aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker (Tom Hollvà, the living embodiment of the wall-crawler), along with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and all of his school friends, adjust lớn being zapped baông chồng into lớn existence five sầu years after the events of Infinity War. The sudden return of half of the world’s population - dubbed “The Blip” by the students of Midtown High - is mostly played for laughs, but the loss of three founding members of the Avengers during the events of Endgame has a much more profound effect. Peter, struggling with the death of his mentor Tony Stark, continues to juggle his personal life with his superheroics, finally deciding lớn take a European vacation lớn spkết thúc more time with his sardonic crush MJ (Zendaya) và best frikết thúc Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon). But with Far From Home being a Spider-Man movie, the điện thoại tư vấn khổng lồ superhero duty isn’t far behind: no sooner than stepping foot in his Italian hostel is Peter conscripted by Nichồng Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) lớn battle a new world-threatening enemy. It’s here that we’re introduced to Quentin Bechồng (Jake Gyllenhaal, flexing a wide spectrum of thespian muscle), a supernhân vật from a parallel Earth destroyed by elemental entities. Fury & Beông chồng surmise that Thanos’ snap tore a hole in between dimensions, allowing the creatures khổng lồ spill over inlớn our reality. Peter bonds quickly with the earnest & sometimes corny Bechồng - encouraging, patient, và straightforward in all the ways Tony Stark was not, the character introduces a mentor-mentee relationship that is a refreshing change of pace.

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“The classic Peter Parker dilemma lives on in Far From Home, but with Stark’s sacrifice looming large, it makes for a much more compelling narrative…”

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” The wise words of Uncle Ben are at the core of the Spider-Man mythos, & it makes for a solid - albeit somewhat overplayed - throughline in all iterations of the hero. The fragile dichotomy of Peter Parker’s personal life và superheroic responsibilities has always been central khổng lồ Spider-Man’s relatability, & both the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films tackled this aspect with varying degrees of success. But director Jon Watts, alongside new franchise screenwriters Chris McKenna và Erik Sommers, introduce a fascinating new wrinkle only possible within the film’s larger cinematic universe: the ghost of Tony Stark. Iron Man, who started out as a self-interested opportunist, evolved into lớn the world’s greakiểm tra anh hùng, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice against Thanos. How does a high school kid live up to a legacy like that? The classic Peter Parker dilemma lives on in Far From Home, but with Stark’s sacrifice looming large, it makes for a much more compelling narrative only made possible by the interconnectedness of the MCU và the events of Endgame. Throughout the film, multiple threads pull at Peter, asking: “Are you going khổng lồ step up?” Nichồng Fury is the one to straight-up ask the question, but whether it’s Happy Hogan, Aunt May, or Tony Stark’s technological bequeathals, Peter feels the weight of Spider-Man’s responsibilities in a way never seen before. In this regard, Far From trang chủ feels remarkably fresh; it’s a film that takes Spider-Man in exciting new directions, but doesn’t feel lượt thích a betrayal of his core values.

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Far From Home’s greachạy thử asmix, however, is its narrative structure - in addition khổng lồ being a story that is fully self-aware, the film also toys with convention và audience expectations. The best way khổng lồ describe Peter Parker’s lathử nghiệm adventure is that it is a meta magic trick, a superanh hùng film that leans inkhổng lồ its tropes as a distraction for its big reveal & absolutely phenomenal third act. The first half of Far From trang chủ is an odd beast, an hour that feels uncharacteristically light và low-stakes for pretty much one reason: the elementals are boring. Faceless, dialogue-less non-entities, the elemental threat is typical, low-stakes, superanh hùng fluff. But without spoiling too much, there’s no real way around how empty the CGI threats feel, so Jon Watts and company bolster it with what they know best: teen comedy and human drama. From Jacob Batalon as Ned, Martin Starr as the beleaguered Mr. Harrington, and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, there’s no shortage of charm và humor in Far From Home. Even bit characters like Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) get their moments in the spotlight. But the biggest MVPhường of the film’s supporting cast, without question, is Zendaya’s MJ. MJ gets a full character arc & some of the film’s best moments, a fitting extrapolation of her charming yet fleeting appearance in Homecoming.

The little moments of Peter Parker’s school trip và his struggle with the costume vày a great job of distracting from the slightness of the elemental monsters, so that when the film finally kicks inkhổng lồ high-gear, its effects are really felt. Yes, Far From Home has a big twist, and yes, most people will at least have an inkling of what it is, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. The film’s third act works lượt thích gangbusters, displaying some of the greatest nods to comic book lore I’ve seen in a superanh hùng film; comic book fans will relish in its trippy fidelity, while casual fans will marvel at its inventiveness.

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Far From Home is the perfect companion piece to lớn Avenger’s Endgame, continuing the MCU’s winning streak. A film that takes the character in new directions, but still stays true lớn the essence of Peter Parker and his costumed alter-ego, Far From Home reconfigures heavily-tread ground into lớn a new context. For those worried about a Marvel Cinematic Universe without Robert Downey, Jr. or Chris Evans, Spider-Man is the antidote và the path forward.