Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts returns with the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man: Far From Home. It is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It is distributed by Sony and made by Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Pascal Pictures.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame. Referred to as “the blip,” those who were dusted by Thanos are forced to redo their years in high school. “Flash” Thompson (Tony Revolori), Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), and Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) are all doing high school with Peter. Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) informs him that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to get a hold of him, but Parker refuses to take his calls wanting to go to Europe and confessing his feelings for MJ. However, after a series of Elementals start attacking the world, Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives to save the day. He and Spider-Man have to ally to stop these villains before they destroy the Earth.
The movie is littered with easter eggs for fans. The black suit design resemblance to the Noir, recently seen in Spider-Man: Into The SpiderVerse. It also includes dozens of references to the multiverse that eagle-eyed fans can notice, including a reference to Spider-UK.
Once again, Holland provides the perfect balance of Peter Park and Spider-Man. He brings the awkward, smart, and witty side of Spider-Man. No previous actors could really make that balance, but the MCU has found a true actor for the role. Likewise, Gyllenhaal is brilliant as Mysterio. While the movie spins his character, it is spun in a good way.
The rest of the cast does a good job. While in the previous film, I found Zendaya’s character unlikeable, they did their best to flush out her character a bit. While she throws two “woke” lines to please the politically correct faux fans in the audience, she did an excellent job performing the Michelle. My main complaint is how Marvel Studios is marketing her character. First, they said she was not a replacement for Mary Jane, now they are openly campaigning her as the new “MJ.” I don’t care either way, at this point. They just need to make up their minds.
As for aesthetics, the film takes it to a whole new level. Every Spidey movie has built upon the special effects and stunts. This movie is no different. The stunt work, fight sequences, special effects, and CGI work are done to precision. They did not waste a cent of the money they spent on the effects and the excellent work the collective studios did is to be praised.
Bottom line, this is a fantastic leap forward at the conclusion of the Infinity Saga (though I am not sure if it will be maintained.) Watts truly cares about Spider-Man and his attention to detail and the return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson shows that he, at least, cares about the fans and the audience while telling the story. Does this hold hope for the future of the MCU? Time will tell.
FAVORITE QUOTE: You handle the suit. I’ll handle the music
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Violence
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