Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
First time watch: July 2019
Source: Blu Ray
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the superhero film directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smoulders and Jake Gyllenhaal the plot sees Peter's summer european vacation hijacked by Nick Fury and a new villain.
This was my third viewing but first since 2019 and I genuinely forgot how much the comedy works. I would go out on a limb and say this Spider-Man title offers the best laughs and never takes itself too seriously resulting in a fun experience even if Jake Gyllenhaals Mysterio is a slight disappointment.
The allusion scenes between Spider-Man and Mysterio were great but underused and instead we often got large scale monster battles that have all been seen before. Just as with Spider-Man: Homecoming the action sequences are slick and entertaining with great use of effects all while the film boasts a great cast. Spider-Man: Far From Home had the potential to be my favourite but just misses out due to the issue with the antagonist.
What this film handles perfectly is the balance between examing a teen who wants to have fun and explore relationships but also the responsibility of being a superhero. Putting the emotional torment of losing his mentor Tony Stark aside this character doesn't know his place and feels the pressure weighing down on him.
Roll on the third title in the MCU and the sixth with Holland in the Spider suit.
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