Spider-Man Far From Home Review

(4.3)

Rated: PG-13 | Released: 07/02/2019 | 2h 9min

Spider-Man: Far From Home shows how Peter Parker (Spider-Man) starts to recover from the snap that wiped out half of all life and its subsequent reversal.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Basic Plot

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final installment, and conclusion, to the MCU’s third phase. The movie helps bridge the gap between the events so far culminating in End Game and the beginning of whatever is next for the MCU.

Warning: If you still have not seen Avengers: End Game yet, there are spoilers for that coming up. And if you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) starts to rebuild his teen life and role as a hero. The events follow close behind the snap that wiped out half of all life and its subsequent reversal. Peter finds himself caught between two worlds.

First, Peter finds himself struggling to deal with the loss of his mentor, Tony Stark. But as he deals with this, you start to see his transition. He goes from nervous teen super hero to a seasoned hero who can stand on his own.

On the other side, Peter is caught in a teenage love triangle. Unlike in Homecoming, Peter wants to focus on his teen life. But threats keep pulling him back to being a hero.

Most of the film deals with these two conflicts and how they affect Peter/Spider-Man.

Far From Home also introduces new villains (the Elementals) and a mysterious new ally known as Mysterio (I mean, the Spider-Man universe is not exactly known for super clever naming conventions here). This is the first time any of these characters have entered the MCU (or other big screen Spider-Man films), following suit with Homecoming’s introduction of the Vulture.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Movie title: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Movie description: Set immediately following Avengers: End Game, Spider-Man needs to find the strength to rise against new threats to the world.

Date published: 2019-07-02

Director(s): Jon Watts

Actor(s): Zendaya (MJ), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck / Mysterio), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds)

Genre: Action, Adventure, SciFi

4.3
  • Plot
    (4.5)
  • Character Development
    (4.5)
  • Pace
    (4)

Dad's Take

Spider-Man: Far From Home offered the conclusion to Avengers: End Game that I didn’t realize was missing at the time. End Game concluded the MCU chapters for a number of characters, while Spider-Man and several others still have tales to tell. And up until Far From Home, Iron Man/Tony Stark overshadowed Spider-Man/Peter Parker. It is apparent at the end of Far From Home that Spider-Man can stand on his own and the next several movies featuring him will show a much more seasoned and mature super hero.

Far From Home did a very good job of making Stark’s absence known and felt in the best possible way. One fear I had going into Far From Home was how would a Spider-Man without the interactions with Tony Stark be any good. Some of the best MCU scenes involve Tony’s interactions with Peter. But Far From Home handles the transition and shows how Spider-Man will continue strong without Iron Man.

There were some good humor moments throughout the film. Similar to Captain Marvel, most of them came from interactions with other characters such as Nick Fury and interactions with his classmates. My only complaint is that Peter’s teachers were clearly added strictly for humor value. They acted less like potential real-world teachers and more like bumbling, incompetent adult children. They very much reminded me of how Disney channel shows depict nearly any adult as being only a notch or two above needing full on, round the clock support to get through life.  

Other elements of the Far From Home worked well though. There were some good twists and plot ties to early MCU installments. The villains were given decent back story and motivation to do what they were doing (even if they were somewhat flat). And Far From Home gave hints at the next line up of Spider-Man villains as well as where the MCU as a whole will likely go.

Spider-Man: Far From Home should appeal to both fans of the MCU’s version of Spider-Man as well as to those who did not like Spider-Man living under Stark’s shadow. And like Captain Marvel, there is a lot of good potential of stories to come featuring the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Pros

Successfully transitioned Spider-Man out of Tony Stark’s shadow

Showcased a real conflict between being a hero and being a normal high school student

Well paced film with decent action scenes

Humorous in portions

Cons

Teachers were less believable then the super villains

Nathan

Nathan is not a published author, professional movie critic, or avid fan of most children shows. He is a caring father (when he's not banging his head against the wall), a movie connoisseur of sorts literally able to have full conversations in movie and TV quotes, and dedicated to helping other parents avoid starting a show with their small children that they will soon regret. In his free time, he does nothing. He has two small children. Free time does not exist.

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