Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film sees Tom Holland return as the web-slinging Peter Parker as he decides to join his best friends – Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), and Betty (Angourie Rice) – on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks that are creating havoc across the continent.
If there’s one way to make fans even more excited for another Marvel instalment, especially one that follows on from the epic Endgame, it’s to add Jake Gyllenhaal as a potential villain/link into the multiverse. I had no idea if his character was going to be good or bad, but I couldn’t wait to see him involved all the same.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t overly joyous about how his character played out, as I feel like his actions were somewhat underwhelming after the huge impact of Endgame. But I enjoyed his performance nonetheless, I was just expecting more in terms of revelations about another dimension; a further exploration into the excitingly mind-blowing concept that Into the Spider-Verse set up. But that’s not what you get. Instead, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio feels largely irrelevant on the larger scale of things, so this latest instalment didn’t get me excited for what’s to come.
As we are taken outside of New York, following the characters on a school trip around Venice, Paris, and London, it’s great to see the friendly neighbourhood hero take on something much bigger. As he swings around these beautiful cities, albeit as they are getting destroyed, it’s interesting to see the conflict going on in Peter’s head as he must suddenly decide if he can step up to fill the empty shoes that Endgame left behind or not.
As the latest instalment in the MCU, Far From Home moves the franchise on well enough, but as a standalone film, it isn’t particularly exciting and is often predictable. There are some fun moments and there’s a lot of humour, as is to be expected, and I also enjoyed how the characters came together and to see how their relationships developed. Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Angourie Rice really are a brilliant and youthful cast to lead this franchise, but I do also feel like this is an instalment that can be very easily skipped over.
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