A superhero movie that falls under the genre of teenage romance—a tad charming, but not exactly a solid, consequential work.
Dir. Jon Watts
2019 | USA | Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi | 129 mins | 2.39:1 | English
PG (passed clean) for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Plot: Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Subject Matter: Fun
Narrative Style: Straightforward
Audience Type: Mainstream
(Reviewed in theatres)
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Far From Home is the first Marvel film to emerge from the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame (2019). Some critics have called it a dessert to a satiating buffet, and for most parts the latest Spidey movie does fit the bill, though I would add in the word ‘sweet’ to the mix. However, the film feels far less believable than Homecoming, which is a more grounded movie.
Tom Holland reprises the titular role with that awkward boyish charm of his, this time milked to greater effect in what is essentially a teenage romance road trip movie dressed in a superhero suit. Peter Parker’s crush on MJ (Zendaya) intensifies as he struggles to be a superhero who can be counted upon.
“Heads-up. Nick Fury’s calling you.”
But at least when the world is turned upside-down (or inside-out…), he can rely on a stranger to chip in heavily—in the form of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a new character who has no earthly desires except to want to save the world.
Far From Home is mostly engaging, thanks to its generous servings of boy-girl relationship humour and action sequences that toy with the visual concept of illusion, though it is not necessarily a brisk film. In the grand scheme of things, Far From Home is not quite a consequential work, but it should just about set Spider-Man up for bigger stakes to come.