Aarne’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm in love with Spider-Man's aunt!
Spider-Man: Far from Home is the second Spider-Man film in the MCU and the final film in phase three. It follows a very similar style to Homecoming, and it works just as well in creating a funny and tremendously entertaining movie.
I was a huge fan of casting Tom Holland as Spider-Man as soon as I had seen Homecoming. He is fantastic in the role, and feels the most like Spider-Man, out of all the actors that have played him. His performance in Far from Home is just as good, and as far as I'm concerned, the best thing in the film. Having watched some of his interviews, it's clear that a lot of his personality shines through in his performance and makes Peter Parker, as well as Spider-Man, genuinely feel like an awkward teenager. But thankfully, the supporting cast is also awesome. I especially like Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, who Holland has fantastic chemistry with. Most of the comedy comes either solely from Ned, or them together, and it all works. Indeed, I thought that Far from Home was a tremendously funny film. There were multiple laugh-out-loud moments, and the humour captured the awkwardness of teenage years perfectly, creating a surprisingly funny and lighthearted superhero film.
This time, the story takes Peter and his friends on a school trip across Europe. Although he would like to enjoy his holiday and realize the plan he has made to woo MJ, things don't go according to plan. He soon realizes that he isn't going to get the holiday he was expecting, as an Avengers level threat is endangering the world and his friends. He, alongside a new hero from another dimension, Mysterio, must join forces to save the world from the new threat. However, Peter eventually finds out that Mysterio isn't who he has been claiming to be, and he is forced to save the world from someone he mistook for an ally.
While it isn't the most original story, and while a lot of it serves to tie any loose ends left behind by Endgame, it's a story that offers a bunch of great moments. And for those who love the MCU as a whole, myself included, Far from Home is a great way the end phase three and leave the road open to whatever might come in the future.
With all that being said, I do have to admit that I'm a huge fan of the MCU and any films in it will probably receive a higher rating from me than they should. And that's also where a lot of the problems arise. Since the MCU is as far as it is, and has as many films is it does, it has reached a point where so much of the film's enjoyment comes from references to past events, that I genuinely feel like Far from Home would be quite unenjoyable if you went into it without having seen all the other films. While that is an unlikely scenario, it is, of course, possible, that fans of Spider-Man might only want to watch Spider-Man films and not an onslaught of other superhero movies. As such, it's hard to see Far from Home working as a standalone film, or even paired with Homecoming. There are so many moments, both funny and more serious, that rely on fairly extensive knowledge of the MCU, that even as a fan, I sometimes felt like I really had to dig around my memory to make the connections. But, that is also what makes the MCU so fantastic as a whole. No other film series has ever attempted anything as ambitious as the MCU and succeeded in it. And as a part of that universe, and for a fan like me, Spider-Man: Far from Home works wonders.
This second instalment of these MCU Spider-Man films is as much another Spider-Man film, as it is a conclusion for phase three. It's the perfect companion piece for Endgame, and it leaves the saga in a place where it can go to any direction it wants to. But it's also a great sequel to Homecoming. With a familiar sense of humour, and a great cast all around, it really is a refreshing break from some of the far more serious films in the MCU, just like Homecoming was.