Spider-Man Far From Home may not feel like a game changer. But it definitely gives you hope that the MCU has some interesting plans for the future. The new movie has this feel of a mix of a teen movie and a superhero movie. But because of the emotional baggage Peter Parker has with the responsibility assigned to him after the demise of Tony Stark, the film gets its nuances and layers and that makes it an interesting and exciting watch.
So things are a bit messed up in the curriculum because of the 5-year gap created by the snap. Peter and his friends are on a study tour to Europe and he has plans to propose to MJ. But there were other obstacles in front of him as Nick Fury decided to recruit him for a Europe mission in helping another superhero named Mysterio aka Quentin Beck who is fighting against a set of evil forces known as the elementals. Spider-Man Far From Home deals with the arrival of this new character and the impact that has on the life of Peter Parker.
It is very clear now that Marvel wants Spiderman to step into the shoes of Iron Man. So in a way, I would say this movie is a statement about that particular bonding. We are shown how affected Peter is with the demise of his mentor. His seemingly irresponsible behavior is a way of covering up his emotional insecurity due to the absence of Tony. And later the movie shows us scenes that will tell the fans of the franchise why Tony Stark impulsively chose this Queens lad to be his successor. There is even a hologram sequence in the movie backed by the iron man music which made the entire audience whistle. I really liked the way they implemented a sophisticated version of augmented reality in the script. And the Mysterio character does come up with a back story and the line “don’t feel sorry for being the smartest one in the room” (something like that) says a lot about his pain.
Tom Holland might be bad at keeping secrets, but he is pretty good at being the teen version of Spiderman. The young guy this time gets to go through a variety of emotions. The comedy and the emotional bits were all fine in his hands and there are that enthusiasm and excitement in his portrayal which makes the character all the more lovable. Zendaya as MJ with a peculiar sense of humor was fine. Jacob Batalon as Ned was funny. Samuel L Jackson and Cobie Smulders as Nick Fury and Maria Hill are on the funnier side this time and there is a specific reason. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Mysterio and I must say the choice was pretty impressive considering the nature of the character. Gyllenhaal was really smooth in being that dual shaded character. Jon Favreau as Happy, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, etc are the other major characters here.
Jon Watts who earlier wore the director’s cap in Homecoming has directed this movie as well. The script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers manages to merge the vibe of a teenage movie into an MCU-like universe. Watts has done the balancing act very impressively. The post-endgame scenario demands a little bit of emotional heft and at the same time, the tone of a Spiderman movie cannot go that dark. If you look at the film, the structuring of the script is such that it subconsciously tells you to root for Spiderman as the Tony Stark equivalent. And just when you think that this movie has villains with no identity and motive, the screenwriters throw the twist at you and it had a basic emotion of lack of recognition attached to it. The visual effects are of good quality and they have used the slow motion very smartly. And Watts has included almost every element one would like to see in a Spiderman movie.
What is particularly good about Spider-Man: Far From Home as a sequel is that it isn’t trying to be just another story with a different villain. The villain might well be new, but it eventually shows us a changed and evolved hero. What we see in the immediate post credit scene sort of assures that the plot of the next movie will be extremely different from what we are used to in the Spiderman movies.
What is particularly good about Spiderman: Far From Home as a sequel is that it isn’t trying to be just another story with a different villain. The villain might well be new, but it eventually shows
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended