“Spider-Man: Far from Home” was directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Samuel L. Jackson. The film takes place following “Avengers: Endgame,” and is about Spider-Man being pushed into this new role as the…
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…potential new Tony Stark while a new threat arises on his vacation.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was a movie that, while I did enjoy it, did not sit with me as well as most other MCU movies do these days. I love Holland as Peter Parker, and I think there are certainly good moments, but on the whole, it’s more of a good, but not great film for me.
With that being said, “Far from Home” did have me excited, especially with bringing in Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, and after how great Holland has been through “Infinity War” and a smaller role in “Endgame,” I will always be excited to see where else he can take this character.
As to be expected, Gyllenhaal is tremendous in his MCU debut, giving the character of Mysterio exactly what it needed. Much like his name, I will not give up a lot about this character’s origins and actions, but Gyllenhaal brings a whole lot of energy to the role and is a large part of making him one of the more memorable new characters to come into the franchise in quite awhile.
Holland also continues to show why he is absolutely the right choice to play Peter Parker. Not only is he believable as Spider-Man when he needs to be, but Holland is great at showing how awkward Peter should be both in and out of the suit. I think his comedy is still great, and by the end of the film, he has only strengthened my belief that he is the best Spider-Man to date.
The visual effects have been great for Marvel for years, but “Far from Home” is able to do some stunning things with CGI that makes the movie stand out among the rest. In the second half of the film, there are various visual feasts in the action set pieces that are gorgeous and unexpected, and make for some jaw-dropping moments heading into the final fight.
The supporting cast of Zendaya, Batalon, Jackson and Jon Favreau all shine at different points of the movie, and each add an extra layer — mostly a comedic one — to help keep the film fresh at all times. Each of these supporting members, along with Gyllenhaal, also have terrific chemistry with Holland that feels completely effortless.
The first end credit scene. No spoilers, but the scene at the midway point of the credits is great and I am excited to see its impact moving forward.
There are a few moments within the actual class field trip that I think could have been cut or done better to make the trip itself more enjoyable. Tony Revolori, who I know can be great from past films, just does not have it with his character here, and I found him more annoying than funny. Martin Starr felt the same way to me, both of which working toward the field trip becoming more of a nuisance than a fun sublot.
“Far from Home” takes a little bit to fully get going, with the first half not really working to its full potential. I still liked the opening hour for the most part, but there was too little substance to be had, and too much of a focus on areas that could have been skimmed over.
The second end credit scene. There’s only two, and both are worth staying for because they are meaningful to the continuing stories, but this one felt wholly unnecessary, creates multiple holes and I do not like it until it is proven to me otherwise.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is a fun post-Endgame movie that works to fill the MCU void. Holland is great, and Gyllenhaal even more so, with the comedy still mostly hitting as it has for both films in this new Peter Parker era. This movie is visually adventurous, has some incredibly unique action moments and, all an all, is a satisfying improvement to “Homecoming.”