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Spoiler Free Film Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the closing chapter of Phase Three. Jon Watts returns from Spider-Man: Homecoming to direct, with Tom Holland continuing his role as Peter Parker. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker plans to go on a vacation around Europe with his classmates. However, when elemental threats start to pop up across the world, Nick Fury needs Spider-Man to help team up with Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) to stop them.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – source: Marvel Studios
I have said this numerous times but I will repeat it over and over again, Tom Holland is the best live-action version of Spider-Man we have had. He perfectly captures the essence of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and finds a nice balance between them. He wants to be a regular student and study and go on class trips, but he also is the friendly neighbourhood hero that wants to keep people safe. This Peter Parker is geeky, yet also acts like a regular student, and I absolutely love that!
This film also managed to make the entire school class feel natural, and act exactly as they should. From the relationship between Peter and MJ, to other characters such as Flash and Ned, they act and feel exactly like teenagers. I got annoyed with some of Ned’s actions and behaviour, but it honestly felt natural to how a boy like him would act, which is what made it work so well.
As I expected, Jake Gyllenhaal gave a phenomenal performance in this film as Mysterio. You never truly know what they are going to do with his character and where it is going, but I am pleased with where they took the characters. I cannot say much here about Mysterio without giving away any spoilers, but Gyllenhaal is easily one of the highlights of the entire film.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – source: Marvel Studios
Spider-Man: Far From Home has some of the best action and fight scenes that I have ever seen from the MCU in terms of visual effects, cinematography and action. This film takes some of the pages from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and brings them into live-action, something I did not expect to see coming. It’s eye-catching, well paced and incredibly fun to watch. I would love framed posters of so many of these moments on my wall, they are just that stunning.
Whilst this film has many aspects that I enjoyed more than previous Spider-Man films, there were also some elements that I found to be weaker. This film made me realise that I care more about Spider-Man being in New York than I do in other cities and countries. They tried to go bigger with this film and for me, I like my Spider-Man more in his neighbourhood than away. I just felt that the different locations added nothing to the story other than a way to get all of his fellow students in one place, which could have been the same at a school.
I also felt that this film suffered the same problem that both Captain Marvel and Shazam! had, and that was a confusing range of tones. This film did not know if it wanted to be dramatic with the Tony Stark moments, another John Hughes style of teen film like Spider-Man: Homecoming felt, a big time Avengers style or a smaller Ant-Man style superhero flick. The film also had some pacing issues, particularly in the first half where the teen drama dragged on. The movie only picks up once Mysterio becomes more important throughout the film, and that is when the film majorly increases in quality.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – source: Marvel Studios
Overall, this was a needed film for the end of Phase Three, and I think I prefer it slightly over Spider-Man: Homecoming. It may be 15 minutes too long, but the good moments of the film are some of the best moments ever seen in the MCU. It also has the best post credit scenes ever in a Marvel film, so make sure you stay until the very end of the film. You do not want to miss it.

Have you seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet? Did you enjoy is just as much as me, or perhaps even more? Come back here tomorrow for a spoiler discussion about the film, and take a closer look into the two post-credit scenes.

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