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Spider-Man Far From Home Review: Marvel Sequel Slings a Stellar Web!

Out of the superheroes out there I have always been a fan of Marvel’s iconic web slinger Spider-Man. From his quips to his relatability the Wall Crawler has been a cherished character to me in not just comic books, but pop culture as well. In the case of movies Spider-Man has had his share of hits and misses, but each entry in the franchise has brought something to the table; even Spider-Man 3 has something to offer, though its contributions comes in small doses. Recently Spider-Man has swung into a much bigger world since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It began with the character appearing in Captain America: Civil War, followed by the Web Slinger’s own adventure,Spider-Man: Homecoming, and then the hero found himself in the massive blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. Now the Webhead finds himself on a global adventure in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Directed by Jon Watts (the director of Homecoming) Far From Home is not only the next chapter for Spider-Man but is also the last part in Marvel’s Phase 3 ;which brings the Infinity Saga to a close. Despite my previous statement I have been apprehensive about this sequel as, not only am I just tired of the MCU, I have found Spider-Man’s direction in the shared universe to be problematic. So I was concerned going into this superhero movie, but after seeing it I found myself quite satisfied with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Continuing from the events of Avengers: Endgame, Far From Home centers on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) going on summer vacation only to find trouble waiting for him when creatures called Elementals starting attacking cities. This leads Spider-Man to join forces with not just Nick Fury (Samuel L.Jackson), but also an interdimensional hero called Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).When it comes to being the final chapter in the Infinity Saga, I cannot say that this story fits the bill-but it is a solid continuation for Spider-Man nonetheless. Admittedly the plot is not the easiest to get into. The start of Spider-Man’s adventure is rather sticky in its execution as certain moments came off as unnecessary and it felt as though they were just there to pad out the runtime. However things start to get interesting once the plot swings through the second act. Not only does the  rising conflict bring excitement to the story but it also meshes well with Peter’s personal dilemma. While the setting was rather unconventional the story of Far From Home turned out to be a rather compelling hero’s journey; well at least one that made sense for Spider-Man. 

While they could be inconsistent in their delivery the cast of Far From Home was acceptable especially when it came to its title character. Peter’s progression felt natural and Tom Holland’s performance as the Wall Crawler continues to show why he was the right man to dawn the web shooters. However the rest of the cast could be incoherent in both their relevance and their performances. While the likes of Aunt May (Marissa Tomei), Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) were good additions to the cast, others such as Peter’s teachers (J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr) were excessive in their delivery while Nick Fury felt like he was in cruise control in both direction and performance. Then there was MJ (Zendaya) who, much to my surprise, ended up being a better character than I expected. In Homecoming, MJ was just there but this time around she came off as a character with a reasonable traits as well as a decent personality,  plus her chemistry with Peter was rather good. Rounding things out in the cast was none other than Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. It was hard to tell what direction the film would take Mysterio, but I have to say I found myself impressed with the illusionist as he turned out to be memorable and Gyllenhaal’s performance brought a lot of life to the character. 

When it came to the technical aspects of this superhero film, Spider-Man: Far From Home went as expected. The film’s visuals could have been more crisp in their execution as they did not blend well the film’s cinematography; but they were still effective in concept. The effects were beneficial in creating the movie’s action sequences which had a fantastic sense of creativity to them. The Mysterio sequences were particularly good as they utilized the spectacle splendidly and gave the Spider-Man franchise some noteworthy moments. The action was fun but the movie’s humor was a little sporadic. While some moments were humorous, others staggered in delivery to the point where they lost the punchline. In the case of music Michael Giachinno returned to create another emphatic score for the Wall Crawler. The music for Far From Home was on point as it captured the globe trotting element to the movie while refining Spidey’s main theme-which has matured alongside Spider-Man himself.

In its own way Spider-Man: Far From Home was a breath of fresh air. While the superhero movie could get tangled in the delivery of its story and characters, it managed to create some strong webs by having  strong lead characters, a captivating sense of adventure and being creative in the likes of action and music .While it may not be a definitive chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a solid sequel for its respected series as well as an adventurous blockbuster for the summer season.


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