One of my favorite aspects of Homecoming was the further explored relationship of Peter Parker and Tony Stark. It set the stage for a more believable finale in Infinity War and ultimately Endgame. You believed their embraces, their tears, and their shared successes all because it’s a relationship that’s been shaped since Civil War. You understood the profound loss Tony experienced when the snap happened and Peter, like so many others, fell to Thanos. And then of course after the snap was reversed it befell to Tony to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave everything behind for the sake of mankind’s future. This obviously meant saying goodbye to Peter; Peter shattered from the loss of his mentor, his father of sorts is left in limbo wondering where his future will go from here. Begin Far from Home.
When we meet up again with Peter he is still very much in a state of confusion and lack of direction. His hero is gone and suddenly that protection that Stark provided Peter is gone and the harsh realities of the world are staring Peter in the face asking him impossible questions he can’t begin to answer just yet. The biggest question he faces comes directly from Stark himself, did he want Peter to take over the mantle of Iron Man or to find someone worthy of it other than Peter? All while his life of being a superhero is up in the air, his personal life is that of a normal teenager finding love for the first time and having no clue what to do about it. He sees the upcoming class trip overseas as the perfect moment to tell MJ just how he feels about her. This is of course Spider-Man and things go wrong and his plans get tossed to the wind.
Like Ant-Man and the Wasp served as a comedic break from the turmoil of Infinity War, Far from Home is the comedic palette cleanser after such a heavy turn of events in Endgame. Yes there are the dramatic aspects of a student facing the loss of his mentor and his own place in the world, he still faces the funnier side of just being a hormonal teen.
As Peter plans his confession of love to MJ, the super side of things begin to impede on his life in the form of giant elemental monsters, fire, water, earth, and air. The only thing standing between Peter’s plans and ultimate destruction is a mysterious figure quickly dubbed ‘Mysterio’ by Peter and his classmates. All while Peter has been trying to enjoy his vacation, Nick Fury has been trying to contact him to no success which as you might imagine does not sit well with Fury. As Fury interferes despite Peter’s best efforts, Fury introduces Peter to the mysterious man humbly named Quentin Beck. A quick bond forms between Parker and Beck and together they take on the final and most formidable foe, the fire elemental. As their bond strengthens Peter begins to see Beck as the best choice to carry on where Stark left off and decides he should have access to everything Stark left for Peter. The rest you have to see for yourself.
This time around the relationships of Peter and his friends are further explored and fleshed out. You see the changes since the snap and how those returned are dealing with being back five years after the fact. Tom Holland handles the physical side of Spider-Man like a pro and further solidifies his place as the best choice as the web slinger. His time as just Peter Parker fumbling through life as a teen does is equally entertaining as the more action oriented moments. This is the true success of Far from Home, finding the best in every moment, whether Spider-Man is fighting the villains of the world or Peter is confessing his feelings to his crush, it all feels necessary and never drags in momentum. It’s always funny without feeling forced, the action progresses and heightens in natural but always surprising directions making for a truly fresh and exciting new chapter of the MARVEL-verse. In fact, I would say there is a moment in this film that firmly lands in my top three moments of all the MARVEL movies and does so simply by going for glory, by never relenting on the action and absolutely sticking the landing.
Spider-Man: Far from Home is another home run for MARVEL and confirms that although many things changed with Endgame, the MARVEL-verse is still charging forward stronger than ever. Tom Holland is perfect as the web slinger and his alter-ego, Zendaya gets more time to play with her character MJ and creates someone somehow so morbid but simultaneously likeable and worthy of more screen time. Jacob Batalon as Ned is funnier than ever and more supportive of Peter and his endeavors, as a best friend should be. And of course Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a tremendous performance as Beck/Mysterio, creating the perfect balance of friend to all heroes and arrogant solo act determined to get his name synonymous with the Avengers.
I loved this movie and can’t wait to see what else lies in store for Peter and his friends. I hope his relationship with MJ blossoms and becomes more complex and realistic, despite being set in a superhero story. This new found love will of course complicate his hero-dom and I for one am excited to see just how that will play out. Hopefully with its sense of humor firmly intact. Spider-Man: Far from Home is one of the best standalone superhero movies of the MARVEL Universe and if its post-credit scenes are any indication, the future of this character is bright with so many possible outcomes just waiting to come to fruition.
Rated PG-13 For: sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Runtime: 129 minutes
After Credits Scene: Two
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Sameul L. Jackson
Directed By: Jon Watts
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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