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Spider-Man: Far From Home – Film Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the lead-up film to both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Endgame. It tells the story of Peter Parker who tries to leave his Spider-Man responsibilities behind, when he goes on a school-trip to Europe.

With 7 Spider-Man releases out there, excluding any animated ones, it is only natural that Far From Home has a tough time setting itself apart from previous installments and creating a unique movie experience featuring one of the most beloved superheroes. The attempt is made, however, though not as brilliantly as one would hope.

Using the common formula found in most superhero flicks nowadays, and a lot of other blockbuster genres for that matter, which combines action, humor, and a little bit of romance make Far From Home fun, yet predictable and above all not that memorable. Luckily, the antagonist with all his potent, and utilizing an uncommon relationship with the protagonist, is able to give Far From Home an unexpected asset and help the movie deliver.

The Best of Both Worlds?

Spider-Man: Far From Home has got to be one of the most confusing movies, at least from the MCU lineup, in recent memory. This is due to the unusual and conflicting tones taking center on the big screen. Combining both humor and emotional moments can definitely give a movie an interesting edge when they are each given enough breathing space such that they do not obstruct each other.

Unfortunately, Far From Home seems to have trouble doing so. With jokes and supposedly emotional moments, which often feel melodramatic, continuously following each other up in a heartbeat both elements lose their respective values and make the direction of the movie very confusing. One moment we have got an emotional and dramatic face-off between Spidey and the villain, and before the audience is able to digest and register this, a joke comes to take the spotlight.

Consequently, dramatic moments lose any contribution they could have had. Even though there are a few entertaining and original humorous moments, they become annoying as time progresses due to them taking away some of the intimate parts of the movie. It is understandable that Marvel and Disney want to make their combined effort funny, such that they can cater to the audiences and continue their previous MCU installments’ successes. However, it does not work as well as I had hoped it would in Far From Home, due to the conflicting emotions.

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Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) as Quentin Beck/Mysterio with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Spider-Boy becoming Spider-Man?

Another significant problem that bothered me was related to the fact that Peter Parker’s character development was not properly fleshed out. Right from the beginning of the film (and even before the release), it was crystal clear that Far From Home would tackle some growth for Spider-Man, but towards the end of the movie, this growth was yet to be substantiated, almost like an empty promise that was made. The start and the finish of the process were clear, while the space in between remained a void. There is no thorough explanation of any form to guide the audience through the character development of Peter Parker (Tom Holland, Avengers: Endgame) , making the effort to create an emotionally charged film a failing one.

Disney back at it again

Having addressed all the issues I had with Far From Home, I can continue to advocate why the movie still got me buzzing after the final credits rolled. Firstly, which probably should be a given in this decade, the production quality and the whole look of this movie is insane. I can not remember the last time Disney released a cheap-looking movie or anything close to that, and the new Spider-Man is able to continue this trend and even raise the bar.

In my humble opinion, the overall look of the movie is on par with the likes of Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man. The action sequences are extremely clean and the usage of color and scenery, besides looking simply beautiful, contribute to the story-line and the bigger image of the movie. The contrasts used during the fighting scenes are a great touch to help emphasize the deeper meaning of these scenes and create more depth within the story-line. In short, the visuals are cleverly done to not only support the practice of your eyes but also of your brains.

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Cool Spider-Man’s don’t look at explosions.

A Villain to Safe the Day

Changing my focal to the content of the movie, I have to stress that, even though the execution of the movie was not always convincing, the plot and its details are amazing. With intriguing turns and the right pace, the movie knows how to entertain and never misses a beat. All the characters got breathing space and the scenes are allowed to bloom while having fun jests to ease the transitions in between scene changes.

Greatly contributing to this main component is one heck of a villain. They are definitely one of the most interesting and unique villains of all time when looking at how potent they are. It’s true that the backstory is not one of the richest we have seen, but that did not bother me at all. Combine this with the unique and interesting relationship they have with our hero, and you have got a villain for the books.

Conclusion

To conclude this somewhat polarizing review; Far From Home is one of the most exciting summer releases with a fun plot and a large enjoy-ability factor. The movie could have been a lot more were the direction choices – mainly any character and tone related ones – better mapped out. Still the movie still knows how to have an impact on its audience by utilizing a unique and interesting antagonist, while at the same time having some of the most interesting fighting sequences in any superhero release yet.

Far From Disappointing
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Production design
  • Screenplay
  • Visualization
3.5

Summary

Far From Home is another sound entry in the MCU. By employing its strong visuals and villain, the movie is able to provide a solid blockbuster experience. However, the movie is unable to deliver much more than that. Due to lifeless character development, the film remains fun but barely gripping.