Small Screen Reviews
Spider-Man: Far From Home Review
Sony Pictures Releasing
What’s It About?
Post End-Game, Peter Parker heads to Europe for a school trip, but before long, he is needed to save the day alongside new superhero, Mysterio.
Who’s In It?
Tom Holland (The Impossible, The Lost City Of Z, & more recently Avengers: Endgame)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, & more recently Nightcrawler)
Other notables include:
Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, most Marvel films!)
Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler, & more recently The First Purge)
Director: Jon Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man: Homecoming)
After the climactic end to the opening 22 film salvo in the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home is essential our first tentative steps into the unknown.
For those who have yet to see Avengers: Endgame, then look away now, but for those who did see that blockbusting behemoth, you’ll know that in order to rid the world of the evil Thanos, sacrifices had to be made, and one of those sacrifices was Tony Stark.
Well in a post Stark world, his protégé, young Peter Parker is certainly struggling to adjust to life without him. Fortunately though, a school trip to Europe is on the cards, so the opportunity to get away from everything, including neighbourhood policing, is a welcome distraction. And talking of distractions, the object of his desire, MJ, is also going on the trip, so what better way to win her over than in the romance of Europe. Inevitably things go wrong pretty soon, with other interested parties beating Peter to the punch in terms of MJ, and then Nick Fury rocking up and requiring Spider’s help, alongside mysterious newcomer Quentin Beck aka Mysterio, as the world is attacked by elementals.
With new father figures in the form of new hero Mysterio, the grouchy Nick Fury and even Happy Hogan, who has a keen interest in Aunt May, this post End:game world is certainly a confusing one.
Tom Holland gives another top notch performance as the web-slinger mixing it up with both the action and the humour, while he is given great support and onscreen chemistry with Zendaya as MJ. Samuel L Jackson, Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau are their usual watchable selves, while Jake Gyllenhaal adds a little spice, albeit a little predictable, as the new kid on the block.
However, that said, the film does not quite live up to the billing of the previous film, ending up a little heavy in places, and a little too predictable, while teacher J B Smoove and his obsession with witchcraft is immediately tiresome.
In A Nutshell:
Engaging and entertaining, with some fine lead performances, but Far From Home does not quite live up to the billing of its prequel.
Tom Holland is superb once again as Spider-Man
The promising opening soon becomes a little predictable
JB Smoove's character
Release date: 11/11/2019
Certificate: 12 / 12A