Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★★

Not even three months have passed since Avengers: Endgame and the ever-expanding MCU already soldiers on with its second Spider-Man solo outing. While I find Far from Home to be a good film in its own right (notwithstanding an overstuffed third act, and CGI overkill bordering on caricature), I don't believe it was the best way to continue after the dramatic events of Endgame, but I'll come back to that later.

Tom Holland was the first actor to make me give a damn about Spider-Man, and he is the main reason why I like Far from Home. His charm and chemistry with his co-stars (mainly Zendaya & Jacob Batalon) is electrifying, all the while he perfectly nails the feeling of being overwhelmed by the pressure of the expectations projected onto him by a certain former S.H.I.E.L.D. director, and by his late mentor. Which is more than understandable, because even with all he's been through, he is still a goddamn kid after all. Putting the weight of the world on his shoulders is a dick move. Mysterio realizes this and uses Peter's vulnerability to swing things his way, in turn making Peter only more miserable, because he thought he had found somebody who understood him. Jake Gyllenhaal plays those moments of bonding perfectly, making the audience believe for Mysterio to be sincere, despite the fact we all know he isn't on Peter's side. Gyllenhaal is far too great an actor to not make the character work, but I believe his talents would've been better utilized in a part more akin to Daniel Brühl's Zemo. It simply feels wrong to see him in this ridiculous costume, even if it's only used as part of the deception. In fact I think the whole story of disgruntled employees feeling underappreciated and seeking the same recognition and praise that the public showers our heroes in would have been served better in a film with a more mature protagonist. It's not that it doesn't work, but there was potential for something more impactful.

Back to what I said at the beginning. I would've preferred Far from Home to be more low key, squarely putting its focus on Peter and the aftermath of Endgame, without the CGI-heavy mass destruction, which frankly seems a bit out of place in a Spider-Man movie. As it is, Far from Home feels much more like a Phase 4 set-up than the Phase 3 epilogue Marvel declared it to be. I mean since the film is set eight months after Endgame then why not give the audience the same time? They released Infinity War and Endgame a year apart because it made sense. And it would've made sense in this case, too. [Edit: Deleted the last part about Disney being greedy because I totally forgot that the Spider-Man solo films while part of the MCU are actually released by Sony, not Disney.]

This all probably sounds more negative than it is meant to be, so I'm gonna stop and conclude by stating that I had a really good time at the cinema with Far from Home and that it's a worthy addition to Marvel's cinematic universe.

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