MCU fans, still gloomy from the events of Avengers: Endgame? Spider-Man: Far From Home will return the grin to your face.
Spider-Man: Far From Home Synopsis
Peter Parker continues his neighbourhood friendly activities despite not having fully recovered from the passing of Iron Man. He also struggles to profess his love to Michelle i.e. MJ. During a school science trip to Europe, Nick Fury forces Peter to assist with a new threat, in the process of which the teenager finds solace in the company of Quentin Beck, a superhero from another timeline. Under Beck’s guidance, Peter slowly come to terms with his duo-identity and many responsibilities. Sadly for him, this may be a little too late as a massive deception comes to fruition.
For those who have already watched, this was fun, wasn’t it? For those who haven’t, Spiderman: Far From Home was dazzling, fun-loving, suitably introspective when it needs to i.e. the MCU formula at its most refined. You might not love this formula, but there is little doubt in its ability to entertain, or thrill.
As for what’s fun, let’s see:
- It much depends on which version one is referring to, but if it’s the teenage, yakky, geeky and still frequently awkward Ultimate version, Tom Holland nails it as Spiderman. Actually, I feel that in many ways, the British lad’s performance reflects his own coming to terms with his newfound international fame.
- Compared to other MCU characters of that inclination, I feel Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio reflects a deeper ambiguity and darkness. Gyllenhaal does a spectacular job projecting that ambiguity too.
- Indiewire’s David Ehrilch critiqued the film as a “housekeeping” effort after the events of Endgame and obviously he meant it in a negative way. But you know what, I appreciated this aspect of the movie. I mean, way too often, after the end of a saga, we wonder, what the hell happened to the survivors after all that drama/trauma? Far From Home tightens a few loose knots left from Endgame. It’s fan service. You can even brand it as commercialism. But it was tastefully done, and oh so entertaining to watch.