Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★

Spider-Man Far From Home is a movie I felt a lot of pity for when I saw trailers for it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been hyped for this movie and thought it looked great- but this film had a lot of shoes to fill. Not only does it need to be a good sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming, which is in my opinion top tier MCU films, it also has to be a good epilogue to about 11 years of storytelling at Marvel. Along with this, Spider-Verse just came out in December and not only is it in my opinion the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time, it’s simply a revolutionary film period. So, does Far From Home stand its own ground as a remarkable Spider-Man movie? Well, yeah sort of.

It could have been really easy to make this movie a somber examination of Spider-Man and his grief of having to lose his mentor and then having to take the mantle and face up to his responsibilities. While the film does explore these things- it really doesn’t do it enough. This is very much a Spider-Man Homecoming sequel and not an Endgame epilogue, yet it still does provide some closure. I do like the way the film examines the world after the 5 years people disappeared and how some have aged and some haven’t. The ideas and concepts with that are pretty funny and I wish that was explored a bit more then it was.

I found Mysterio to be one of the best parts of the film. He is another great Spider-Man villain much like The Vulture in the first film. The way Jake Gyllenhall played him was very interesting and I dug his story. He has similar motivations to Syndrome or The Screen Slaver from The Incredibles movies but the film invested me in his story. I loved all the stuff of Mysterio using his powers, I thought that was just incredible effects. Like his powers were actually used in a way to make incredible looking sequences of film. His whole thing isn’t just “lets have things explode and fire” there’s a lot more to his powers than that and the way he can manipulate the mind was used in a really interesting way that made him a stand out villain in the MCU. I do wish they could have examined the multiverses more. I thought that would have been a bigger deal then it was and there’s so much Marvel could do when going into different worlds.

All of the stuff with the kids and coming of age is of course a delight. I think the comic book elements unfortunately get more in the way here then they do in Homecoming- which is why I still prefer Homecoming overall but I still really enjoyed this movie. The kids here have their fun moments and banter but kinda feel like an after thought because simply we gotta set the stage for Mysterio and all of that.

So yeah, in conclusion this movie was a lot of fun and the perfect definition of a Summer Blockbuster in the best sense. It’s got charm, heart, it’s energetic, it’s entertaining and has actual good thrills and there’s fun to be had throughout the whole thing. It’s not revolutionary or groundbreaking which is why I think it might have trouble with Letterboxd reception. This movie doesn’t have to be the grand film to close the MCU and it doesn’t have to be Spider-Verse. Heck, what is Spider-Verse? Not many movies that exist are that inventive. As a film by itself, this is a really sharp movie about growth and juggling what you are destined to do and what you want to do.

Also- please stay for the credits scenes in this one. They are crucial and change the actual viewing experience as a whole. Lets just say- I think Marvel could have another 10 years of interesting films ahead.

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