Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jon Watts takes charge of this action adventure sequel. Spider-Man is forced to step up to battle fresh dangers in a world that has altered forever. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Far from Home is the sequel to Homecoming, which was released two years earlier. Not only this, but Far from Home is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
I had high expectations for Far from Home and they certainly didn’t disappoint. This is a sequel that equals its predecessor.
The story concerns Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) comforting European holiday which takes an unforeseen turn when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) arrives in his hotel room to novice him for an assignment.
The world is in peril as four absolutely huge rudimentary creatures – each on behalf of Earth, air, water and fire – enter from a hole dithering in the universe.
It isn’t long before Peter finds himself getting into the Spider-Man outfit to support Nick and corresponding superhero Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) thwart the nasty entities from causing chaos across the continent.
Tom Holland gives a very good performance reprising his double role as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Peter is the student who is going to get more than he bargained for on his holiday, while Spider-Man is our hero determined to stop the trouble that is going on. Holland suits his role very well and makes the most of the time he has on the screen.
Elsewhere, there is a solid supporting performance to be had from Jake Gyllenhaal in his double role as Quentin Beck and Mysterio. Quentin is a previous Stark Industries worker and specialist, while Mysterio is hired by Nick to help out Spider-Man thwart disaster. Gyllenhaal suits his roles very well too.
Also giving fine performances are Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya in their respective parts as Nick Fury, May Parker and MJ. Nick is the former person in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., while May is Peter’s aunt and MJ is Peter’s love interest.
The direction from Watts is excellent because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a mixed atmosphere happening as well.
The script is written to a terrific standard by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers as they make the movie easy to follow and create humour too, meaning the movie never take itself too seriously, considering what the main part of the story is about. But even when the movie isn’t funny, you can still understand what is happening, because the narrative is definitely there from beginning to end.
The camera, editing and visual effects stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes very good use of the locations and also captures the tense and funny moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status, especially with the action sequences; the film is edited to an excellent effect; the visual effects dazzle whenever they appear on screen.
Overall, Spider-Man: Far from Home is a fantastic sequel, due to the very good performances in particular from Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with the direction, script, mixed atmosphere and technical aspects.