Foggy’s review published on Letterboxd:
After Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel studio filmmaking machine once again finds itself at a challenging prospect. To prove there remains longevity in the continuation of the branching franchise after finding it’s perfect summation in what was billed it’s final summation. To sell audience on what will likely be the next decade of blockbuster filmmaking.
And as with all Marvel movies, there’s a meta narrative towards the franchise as a whole, after the Avengers have disbanded following the final, fateful battle with Thanos, the rest of the world is looking for new superheroes to fill the space of protection. With the weight falling onto Peter Parker as the only known superhero available, he finds himself looking for escape with a school trip to Europe, however trouble finds him in the form of Nick Fury and a strange new superhuman from a parallel universe named Mysterio.
I feel like when you read a more negative take on a new Marvel movie, you can’t help but feel they’re more a swipe at how dull it is to actually talk about. All these films work expertly like clockwork, between tight plotting and in jokes, fluid pacing and strong casting. Far From Home might not convince everyone that the Marvel franchise is worth investing into it’s next era, but it reminds why these films are so popular and what brought us onboard in the first place. Likeable and involving blockbusters that create a really rewarding relationship with it’s fanbase, and successful enough to only grow as time goes by.
Tom Holland and Zendaya have great chemistry, the rest of the side cast are hilarious, and Jon Watts employees a keen-eye for fun details. I do feel Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio could have done with being a little more campy, but the fun scenes they do manage to get in do that character enough justice.