Spider-Man: Far From Home in 500 words – now that’s an amazing Spider-Man film
I wasn’t wild about Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s controversial perhaps, given how much it was adored, but it just didn’t hit the spot for me.
The indifference isn’t a slight on Tom Holland, who wears Peter Parker’s awkwardness and Spider-Man’s smart-mouth impeccably, or his co-stars who are all excellent. But in terms of pacing, I grew tired of the regular blundering approach to becoming a hero, which is a similar feeling I experienced after watching Shazam. Generation Z, eh?
Fresh from Avengers: Endgame though, we’re back into the mix with Homecoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. Since the first film, a helluva lot has happened. Peter has fought aliens, been into space, got Thanos-snapped into oblivion and returned only to quickly lose his mentor.
So understandably in Far From Home, he’s feeling the weight of being likened to Iron Man on his super-strong, albeit adolescent, shoulders. And it all becomes a bit too much for the Queens-grown 16-year-old who simply wants to stop local crime and woo his crush MJ (Zendaya) during a school trip to Europe.
One problem though – it’s on the continent where Peter gets assigned a job by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and finds himself joining forces with the enigmatic Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) aka Mysterio. And it should come as no surprise that Gyllenhaal shines in the role, demonstrating the manic unpredictability he’s become renowned for.
The familiar repartee between cast members that was done so well in the previous film only continues, using the theme of oblivious teachers, fickle teenagers and ever-alluring Aunt May as a mechanism of lightening the intensity of the action and crisis of confidence Peter faces. Similarly, his connection with Happy (Jon Favreau) – who we must protect at all costs – has evolved dramatically to become both hilarious and touching.
With Europe the backdrop this time, this Spider-Man film immediately becomes unique from any other before it, which makes for some truly compelling visuals away from the Big Apple. And through the introduction of Mysterio, anyone who watched the 90s animated series of Spider-Man will feel a rush of nostalgia as his powers unlock some incredibly dynamic scenes like they’ve been pulled straight out of the cartoon – just in HD.
In Far From Home, there are still flashes of stupidity and naivety from Peter – he’s a teenager after all – but this time he learns from his errors. This leads to some excellent relationship building, personal development and, yes, the Spidey Sense! Or Peter Tingle, whatever you prefer to call it.
Andrew Garfield’s films were dubbed The Amazing Spider-Man, which is really an overstatement because those films were not great. But trust me when I say that Far From Home easily deserves the moniker of Spectacular because this was the best Spider-Man movie adaptation so far and I can’t wait to see it again.
And yes, I can confirm that you’ll want to stick around – geddit, stick? – for the end credits scenes of which there are two. Prepare to have your mind blown.