feedingbrett’s review published on Letterboxd:
Review In A Nutshell:
Where Homecoming unwrapped the anxiousness of Peter Parker wanting to be validated as a full-fledged superhero, Far From Home takes those anxieties and leads it into territories of personal contradiction, where we find the two worlds of Parker and his heroic alter ego battling for what should be pursued. The characterisations that the film dives into are attractive, to say the least, knowing that greater shades of our protagonist are being displayed and challenged, realising his ultimate place in the world and the risks that come with that identity. Director Jon Watts and its screenwriters embrace the youthful conflicts that plague our titular hero, reminding us that even though he has had grand adventures in the last few films, he is still, all in all, a teenager. Which is why it is disappointing for me to say that though the film’s dramatic ambitions are clear and admirable, its outcome lags behind its reach. The manner the narrative was executed felt shallow and distracted in its display, with one moment, it peels into the internal struggles that Parker has with his current predicament, only to navigate itself to an obligatory battle that cuts this exploration short. I am still intrigued on the fundamentals of this hero vs villain type of storytelling, but given that it has spent a considerable time manufacturing this introspective element of the narrative, to see it only half-baked has led me to feel disappointed and underwhelmed. That being said, at least the film has these elements as opposed to none at all.
Also, I would like to note that I am glad to see this film addressing the confusing and chaotic aftermath of The Snap on their school system.