Spiderman: Far from Home (2019)
Dir: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhall, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau.
Spiderman: Far from home is the second film with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spiderman (Tom Holland) as the lead and is the final chapter is Phase three of the MCU. For those of you not familiar with comic books and superheroes, they are no stranger to long form storytelling. The MCU is the first real success for a major film studio to construct a cinematic universe, with actual story, and make money. The first major story arc comprised the Infinity saga which was Phase 1-3 starting with Iron Man (2008) and the finale will be this movie( Spiderman: Far from home (2019). Think of the scope of this and how ballsy it was.
Now Spiderman movies have existed before the MCU and there have been three cinematic Spidermen in film and Tom Holland’s version is the one that appeared alongside the avengers. Far From home takes place after the events of Endgame and the world is still dealing with the deaths of three major Avengers, and the fact that half of all life in the universe was revived 5 years after their deaths and appeared the same age as when they were dusted. This is told to us with the point of view of the high school students in Peter Parker’s class as they go on a trip to Europe.
Similar to Spiderman: Homecoming, this film decides to lean into the high school drama part and it is to this film’s advantage. Spiderman is supposed to be an average guy who has to balance being a superhero and his regular hard life, get knocked down often, and still be the hero. This is what makes him relatable and this film gets this. While many folks are probably a bit miffed at seeing this again (Spiderman 2 did this too) it is totally in character for Peter Parker. Furthermore, I rarely see it brought up that Peter Parker is also a 16 year old kid who was killed and revived and watched his mentor die. If he is a bit irresponsible and flaky, he is also a 16 year old boy. Do I need to remind any men out there how dumb we are when we are teens?
The relationship with Peter( Holland) and MJ(Zendaya) was honestly one of my favorite parts of this new series. They bring out the most adorkable parts of each other and the awkwardness is super charming. The mix of Breakfest club and Power rangers is very charming. Also Jake Gyllenhall brings it as Quentin Beck/ Mysterio. I have to admit he is quite a capable villain, and I underestimated him. The scenes where he battles Spiderman with illusions was some of the best use of CGI I have ever seen in a battle. The relationship he has to Peter is quite interesting too, as he isn’t necessarily a bad guy, but he has anger issues and is manipulative.
Happy Hogan (Favreau) is probably at his best in this film and serves as a great grounding point for Peter. As someone who knew Tony and is the other person who knew him best, he helps bring out the best in Peter. The scene where he blasts Back in Black by ACDC (an homage to Iron Man(2008)) I smiled. Also Happy looking with pride as he watched Peter literally emulating Tony with his holograms and glasses, is quite touching. The passing of the torch was honestly, the best part for me. It is okay for this Spiderman to owe a lot to Iron Man. Iron Man’s arc was my favorite in the MCU. This movie was honestly pretty amazing and I look forward to seeing what this Spiderman does next. I’d say it is my third favorite Spiderman film behind Spiderverse and Spiderman 2.
I give this movie a 4.5/5.