Spider-Man: Far from Home (Jon Watts, 2019) USA

Reviewed by Kaio Farkouh.

This review contains spoilers from “Avengers: Endgame.”

Growing up my favorite superhero was Spider-man, I believe he is such a great character and very easy to be related to. So I am very thankful to be watching the peak of spider-man on the big screen. And after seven Spider-man movies (solo movies). Arguably this one might be the best one to date.

Jon Watts is back after directing the first Spider-man movie (Spider-man: Homecoming), this time we have Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends going on a road trip. After the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter and his friends just want to take some time off. However, throughout his trip, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) needs Parker to help Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) with creatures from another universe.

“With great power, comes great responsibility” – Said Uncle Ben to Peter Parker. Holland was the perfect choose and every movie that he is in, he keeps getting better and more comfortable in being Spider-Man. He is the perfect Peter Parker, that kind of weird guy and also nerdy. And he is also a perfect Spider-man,  your neighborhood friend, who deals with the smallest things to help the citizens. Holland shows us, how tough is for a kid to be a hero and still have the responsibility of being a hero.

Gyllenhaal’s character is one of the most fascinating characters that Marvel has ever written in their movies. And he delivers a very good performance of a guy, that his names speak for his actions (“Mysterio”). Not only Gyllenhaal delivers a good performance, but his chemistry with Holland is one of the best things about the movie. At some parts, Gyllenhaal shows such empathy to understand Holland’s character, almost like if he was a new mentor to Parker. Besides their chemistry, in action they both delivery great action scenes that would probably not be able to be made without very good CGI and amazing ideas and vision from the comics.

While Holland and Gyllenhaal deliver great performances, Parker’s friends manage to do a good job with some “high school jokes” and habits. Not all of them have enough space, and some characters arcs were wasteful. However, MJ (Zendaya) delivers a very weird and different type of MJ. Her chemistry with Parker is very weird, awkward and cute.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is another big hit from Marvel Studios, it fits perfectly to the ongoing situation of this universe that we have been following for so long and it is something very fresh and a type of feel-good movie following the events of the Avengers. From action scenes that are very imaginative to great and interesting characters. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” explores themes such as identity and the challenges of trying to find who you are, which fits perfectly to Parker’s situation, making it one of the best movies of our friendly neighborhood.

 

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