Jon Watts returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and proves he still has a Peter Tingle for knowing how best to capture the youthful verve and escalating responsibilities for Spider-Man. ‘Far From Home’ is a joyous ride from start to finish that feels like the ideal tonic to drink up after what went down in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his science study classmates are off on an educational tour around Europe, but with gigantic element monsters causing havoc and only a figure named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to help, it isn’t long until Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls on the assistance of Parker to try and prevent city-wide carnage.
What stands out as the finest component of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the chemistry between the science group and teachers. ‘Homecoming’ did deliver comic touches mostly thanks to Ned, but this time around the laughs are amped up and all the school teens get more to do and say. During their globe-trotting adventure the comedy is almost consistently perfect and Peter gets chances to try and be a kid, after the heavy toil of losing Tony Stark.
Spider-Man develops more heart and more growth due to the Iron Man shaped hole in his life and though we see the web-slinger doing more nifty flips and leaps, his drive to keep his friends safe and also just be Peter and tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels are wonderfully balanced. It could be a lot for him to have on his shoulders but Holland juggles the emotions well and you can’t help but connect to him; he’s super but human and awkward through and through which has you rooting for him.
As we zoom from Venice to London with spots in between, the film racks up impressive action sequences but you never lose character. There’s enough breathing room to let the superhero antics play out but also and more importantly it gives necessary space to have the likes of Peter, MJ, Mysterio, Ned and Betty get fleshed out. It’s a film with a whistle-stop feel outlined further by Michael Giacchino’s marvellous score; that fills the ears with a roaring sound of playful dramatics and whip fast cool.
As the film enters its last third there comes some exciting visuals; sequences stitched into the fabric of the plot like some trippy drug leaking into the drama. Mysterio’s abilities make for some flashy moments, almost like a live-action burst of the Spider-Verse. It’s rooted within this unknown character that the idea of our modern day culture and how we’re so susceptible to trickery and fake news is cleverly written and enthusiastically played by Gyllenhaal. The actor has great presence and he steps into the MCU with confidence and electrically charged vigour like an engrossing loose wire.
‘Far From Home’ could easily be viewed as zany filler to close Phase 3 with little to zero impact after the Thanos narrative in ‘Endgame’ but even if it can feel like this at times, there is plenty to progress the characteristics of Parker, the folk around him and best of all it’s an energetic film that has you sitting up and taking interest more than the likes of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ did after ‘Infinity War’.