I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked and enjoyed “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” After years of getting our hopes up that “hey, this Spider-Man might stick,” it looks like we got our wish. The second film in the new Spider-Man franchise is here, and I just hoped it wasn’t as bad as “Spider-Man 3” or “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” That set the part so low that anything would be better.
I’m just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, sir
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” was directed by Jon Watts, who directed “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, and Jacob Batalon return in the same roles from the first movie. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders reprise their roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill from the Marvel Cinematic Universe respectively. Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast as the classic Spider-Man villain, Mysterio. The movie takes place eight months after the events of “Avengers: End Game.” Obviously, Spider-Man makes it out alive. I won’t ruin anything if you haven’t seen “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and “Avengers: End Game.”
The movie follows Peter Parker as he goes on a class trip to Europe. During the class trip, Nick Fury request the help of Spider-Man in a matter involving an issue with Elementals, an evil group that uses the elements (hence the name) to terrorize the public. After the events in “Avengers: End Game,” Nick Fury uses the help of Quentin Beck, better known as Mysterio. In superhero fashion, things take a turn once for the worst. Peter must balance saving the world and being an average American teenager on a trip to Europe.
This movie is significantly longer than the first one. I really didn’t notice it because it’s a delightful movie. The acting was exceptionally well done. Everyone in the film did a fantastic job, and there wasn’t any lousy acting nor character. Tom’s portrayal of Peter Parker is still my favorite. Zendaya continued to steal the scene. She wasn’t in many scenes, as Peter Parker took a backseat to Spider-Man.
The characterization of Mysterio was very well done. Mysterio’s introduction was similar to the comics, more depth was added to it. This made it believably for their movie. In some of the comic book adaptions, they try to make it work in their universe. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t fit or feels off most of the time. They did Mysterio right and made him an interesting character.
The production and shooting of this movie were well. The CGI blended in very well to the point it all looked real. They got the sights of Europe and was shot beautifully. Even the scenes of the character traveling through Europe in planes, buses, etc. Even in those tight areas, you were still able to see everything and not feel impacted.
Probably the best thing about “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” is that fact it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It not some random Marvel movie in the “Multiverse,” but rather it’s a part of the entire Marvel movie world. All characters can interact with each other. It would be ashamed if Sony took that away from us after the third movie in this Spider-Man franchise.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is an exceptionally well-done movie. It’s more superior to “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It effectively closes Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s character arch following “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avenger: End Game.” You don’t need to see those movies to get or understand and enjoy. Thought, it will spoil it for you if you haven’t seen them and plan to see them.
My only complaint about the movie is that it focuses on Spider-Man a little too much. It doesn’t equally spread it out. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” did that to a certain degree but it wasn’t as noticeable like in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” I recommend this movie as it’s a joy to watch and probably the best Spider-Man movie next to “Spider-Man 2” from the Toby McGuire films.
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