Spider-Man: Far From Home Closes Phase 3 with a Fun, Smaller Story
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Director: Jon Watts
Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Samuel L. Jackson
Production: Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures
Distribution: Sony Pictures
After the emotional roller coaster that was the last two years of Marvel movies, it’s refreshing to get a smaller, more personal story to close out Phase Three of the Cinematic Universe. Throw in one of my favorite villains (and representations of four I really like), and I had a fun time at the theater. So how does Spider-Man follow up his adventure in space?
Eight months after the events of Endgame (the first five seconds after the main title reveal the fate of a certain character), the high school for scientifically gifted students decides to cheer up students who lost five years in the snap by taking them on a tour of Europe. Peter Parker, still reeling from his experiences, hopes to use this opportunity to recharge and be a normal teen for a while. This includes a detailed plan of how he wants to tell sarcastic friend MJ of his feelings for her. However, Nick Fury shows up to ask Peter to help Quentin Beck; a man who claims to be a superhero from a different universe where earth was destroyed by four elemental monsters. Can Peter balance saving the world and being a teen?
So if you know the comics at all, then you know what’s up with Mysterio, and I feel some people will see that as a negative. I think I’m getting a really cool interpretation of Mysterio’s debut story (reset to be much larger scale) as someone who does know the comics, and those that just like to see the movies will be surprised by his skill-set and motivations. I also like that they let this be as much a teen comedy as it is a superhero movie without sacrificing action. I can’t go into much since this entire movie is a spoiler, but here are some of the things I like that I can talk about:
Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon still have great chemistry and comedic report as Peter, MJ and Ned Leeds respectively, and giving Angourie Rice more prominence as Betty Brant was a great decision. Gyllenhaal is great as Mysterio, and I dig some of the visual sequences they are able to do with him. Visually, it’s a great looking movie with some fantastic action sequences.
If I had any complaints it was just these two:
For a Spider-Man movie, it focuses just the tiniest bit too much on the legacy of Iron Man, almost to the point where he’s replaced Uncle Ben.
I also feel using the MCU debuts of Sandman, Hydro-Man, Molten Man, and Electro as elemental monsters is a waste of some interesting villains. However, there is a line of dialogue that hints that the more human versions of these characters might be floating around out there somewhere.
All in all another good outing for Spidey, make sure you see both Mid and post credit scenes.