Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★½

As the last film in phase three, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) serves as the epilogue of this brief conclusion to the MCU – a kind of post-credit scene that instead of seriousness attempts to explore a lighthearted identity crisis.

Peter Parker goes to Europe for a class trip, he is suddenly in love with MJ, and the Blip is explained – all of this with the aid of several montages in the first ten minutes, as if trying to distance themselves as much as possible from the consequences of Endgame. Obviously, the film is a high school comedy drama (and maybe even a fine one), but it treats the Blip almost too lightheartedly, which in and of itself is not terrible. However, when Parker so adamantly proclaims – barely showing (also in terms of acting and directing) – that he sees Stark everywhere, a feeling of skepticism tingles up and down our spine, accompanied by the phrase “do you really?”

A film so upsettingly obsessed with illusions and reality could perhaps immerse itself in the great techniques of filmmaking by showing us Parker’s detachment from reality, or his haunting memory of Tony, but instead we get the tell, not show, the usual blandness – though with a single imaginative sequence – and shitloads of CGI (perhaps this is the meta-illusive statement they were going for?).

Parker, a 16-year-old kid(?), is also blessed with a technological device so terrifying, so world altering that it seems to have been created only to fall into the hands of the wrong people. Why isn’t it commented on that Stark created this ungodly device? Why isn’t the consequences of this 1984-goober explored more in relation to reality versus imaginative – fake news versus real news?

These were my major concerns, and despite my perhaps exaggerated, loud opinions, several scenes were very funny and Gyllenhaal really made a Nightcrawler-esque impact. Almost all the scenes with him are solid, and his type of humor is quite singular in comparison to the adorkable, slightly awkward humor literally everyone else has (from students to teachers). I know directorial and stylistic personalities in Marvel movies are rare, but how about the humor of the personalities in the films are just somewhat unique.

In this spider’s web, in spite of how strong the silk is, the gaps between the strings are huge.

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