REVIEW: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
edited June 28 in Movie Reviews
Spiderman Far From Home is literally far from Homecoming in numerous ways.

 
PEx Reviewer: pabzicles
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

What is the better way for Marvel to wrap Phase Three or popularly known as Infinity Saga than to focus on its most important superhero of all ̵̵̵ Spider-Man. Forget all the OG of Avengers most especially Iron Man. If Iron Man’s heart ripping sacrifice in Endgame is the greatest thing we’ve ever seen in the MCU history. His death is also the reason we will truly (or merely) see the Spider-Man as he should have been in the first place.

First of all, I’m not saying that Homecoming is a bad movie. It is a well-produced movie that has John Hughes’ high school movies vibe to it and for me it offers one of the greatest villains in the entire MCU history. It is just that Peter relationship with Tony Stark is bogging the essence of him being Spider-Man. Yes, he face some consequences, but we always know that Tony has his back and his reconciliation with everyone is so easy which makes his life pretty easy. What’s worst is that the Homecoming narrative just circled on the idea of Spider-Man needs to impress Iron Man or become an Avenger which is a bad driving force for our favorite friendly neighborhood. 



Far From Home is a direct follow up to the events of Thanos’ snap or a blip as people called it. People who turn into dust came back pretty well, so does Peter Parker back to living his high school life with highly intelligent and comical friend Ned Leeds. The upcoming Midtown High School trip to Venice is a perfect way for Peter to escape from the memories of his dead mentor Tony. Having also the plan to win the heart of his big-time crush Michelle Jones(MJ) this time around.

But Parker’s plans will go sideways the moment when water extra dimensional humanoid called Elemental goes destroying the cities of Venice. And the only one fighting against it is the newcomer Quentin Beck (Mysterio) wearing a somewhat Christmas globe helmet and cape mistaken by his Aunt May as Doctor Strange. Nick Fury, which Parker keeps on ghosting pushing him to step up, fill in Iron Man’s position and help Mysterio to fully defeat those humanoids. 

Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers weaves on the fundamentals of what Spider-Man is. A teenager that is torn between doing what he must as a hero and living his normal life. A letdown to his friends when he needed them the most and pretty much a disappointment to the love of his life. Uncle Ben’s death is similar to Iron Man’s death as the driving force for Peter to wise up and be a better kind of hero this time.

There is a balance of emotional beats as well as humorous bits that makes this thing a fun watch. It offers a lot of hilarious moments throughout and might as well its saving grace at times that the film is feeling a bit sluggish.

 
 
Tom Holland as always is a reliable actor and has quips that fully embodies a teenage Spider-Man. His performance is more nuanced when we see him grieving for the loss of his mentor. Zendaya playing Parker’s love interest is still practically the same as MJ we see in Homecoming without even fleshing out how MJ came to be a dork but offers dry humor. Yet Zendaya and Holland developing awkward romance is the one of the best things about this movie and will surely give girls a giggle. There is something between them that makes a cute, but odd couple that even I admittedly want to see grow in the forthcoming sequels.

Newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal brought up both passion and dedication to the role. As if he gave life to Mysterio I’ve seen in the pages of comic. His character serves as a voice of reason to Peter Parker and further help him realized not to be Iron Man but be himself. Yet Gyllenhaal still feels underutilized because Mysterio has been just another disposable character Marvel needed.

 Of course MCU movies can’t be an MCU movie without its exhilarating action sequences and Jon Watts gives us a lot of those. The remarkably rendered Elemental creatures are visually appeasing and leaves my mouth agape. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a water and molten effect like that ever since Narnia and Lord of the Rings.



Although there are a lot of moments that Peter Parker is still to be living in the shadows of Iron Man, the point that he lost his mentor and every decision he make is now personal and must suffer the consequences of it signifies that this is truly a Spider-man film. We now see him swinging wittily and weaving every web he can weave to defeat every villains he needed to defeat to save the world without the point of impressing anybody. Doing that selfless act rather than spending a break and winning the heart of her loved one is what makes Spider-Man a relatable character proving that life ain’t easy regardless whether you are a normal person or a superhero.



 You may think that I am happy because Iron Man is gone and I will blatantly answer yes. Iron Man’s death is the very best thing that happens to Spider-Man because the single moment that he lost all those connections and to be able to man up and developed his Spider Tinkles (Spider sense) at the end is the more reason why this sequel is above par to Homecoming.
 
In general, Far From Home is a fitting cleanser of the bitter aftertaste of Endgame that delivers the action, romance, comedy and drama you expect from a blockbuster movie. But in a deeper sense, it is a film that stays true to Stan Lee’s Spider-Man.

PEx Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Directed by: Jon Watts; Written By: Chris McKenna& Erik Sommers; Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei & Jake Gyllenhaal; Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes; MTRCB Rating: PG.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home in cinemas July 3.

Check out the official discussion thread here: Spider-Man: Far From Home
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  • yellowumbrella03yellowumbrella03 PEx Rookie ⭐
    good review!! gusto ko nadin ito mapanood!!!
  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    good review!! gusto ko nadin ito mapanood!!!
    Thank you!  Share mo din thoughts mo after mo mapanood. 😀
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    spoiler alert: if you have seen the trailer, dont watch it because everything is there. including 1 of the the fcking post credit scene. konti lang ang fake trailers scenes pero parang pinakita na rin iyon sa ibang trailers. one of the dicrepancies is the costume change during the townhall meet and greet.

    madami ring delete scenes. you are better off watching the blu-ray version because the movie will be longer.

    the connotation, " .... the world need another ironman." is stupid. they got War Machine and Rescue aka Mk.1616.



    good thing im not a film trailer geek.
  • MoonStruckMoonStruck Sintunadong Rakista PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Seems to be an MCU pattern where the 2nd movie isn't as well loved as the first and then the third instalment will be awesome. I'm actually more excited to see what the 3rd movie (if ever) will be like. How will the high schooler Peter Parker handle being exposed as Spiderman? 
  • azzkikrazzkikr None PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    sino Yung girl na agent sa austria part na pinapahubad si spiderman ng damit?

    thanks.
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 8
    azzkikr said:
    sino Yung girl na agent sa austria part na pinapahubad si spiderman ng damit?

    thanks.
    an Euro-prostitute dressed like Black Widow down the electroshock Widows Bite. it is an easter egg to show that there are more than 1 Black Widow.


    ".... achievement unlocked!!!"
  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    azzkikr said:
    sino Yung girl na agent sa austria part na pinapahubad si spiderman ng damit?

    thanks.
    For the reason that any spoiler must not be posted in here. I answered your question in the official discussion page.

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