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Stevie’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I have mixed feelings about the Marvel Cinematic Universe going on after Endgame. On one hand, I think Endgame is framed as a finale, and it serves as the perfect one for the franchise. But I also know they of the MCU ended there, but on the other hand we wouldn’t have gotten Spider-Man: Far from Home, one of the best movies in the entire saga, without it. If Endgame is the dinner for the MCU, one could consider Far From Home the dessert. It’s a fun companion piece to the dark, stressful movie that came before it. For Christ’s sake, the movie begins with a shittily edited slideshow remembering the fallen (and Captain America, for whatever reason) set to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Though it does set the tone for the rest of the movie, the film isn’t...entirely comedic. It also deals in a very serious way with the pressure put on Peter to follow in Tony’s, his father figure’s shadows. Far from Home itself lives in Tony’s shadow, and for the most part I don’t mind it. It gets to be a little much, not everything about the superhero plot has to be in reaction to Tony and his heroic sacrifice, but I get that it just happened in the context of the fictional and real world, so I can’t slam on it too much.
I can understand how fans of the comics can be turned off by the twist, being that Mysterio is a bad guy, but as I’ve said many times before I don’t read the comics, so I didn’t mind at all. I sort of knew who the antagonist was, but I enjoyed the reveal nonetheless. From the moment Gyllenhaal gleefully boasts “see, it wasn’t that hard”, my heart sank into my stomach the first time and it did something similar now. Far from Home is something of a romantic comedy while also being a genuinely suspenseful superhero movie, and I think it pulls off being both. It no longer follows the beats of a coming of age high school movie, which automatically puts it above Homecoming, but it’s also just a great movie all around, and I’m glad I was able to see it on opening night. It was a real treasure, and I made a new friend who I suspect is reading this. Another thing I must mention about this film is the computer graphics. People were already slamming it just based on the trailers, and...yeah, the graphics in the scenes people were discussing don’t look the greatest, but I’m not here to talk about that. The scenes in which Mysterio is tricking Peter through a funhouse mirror setup is just brilliant and looks fucking great. The choreography that had to go into that scene mixed with the other aspects of the production design just made for an awesome looking movie, even though it doesn’t always look perfect. Great little movie that makes me happy about MCU trucking along arrogantly through snow after a reasonable ending.