Spider-man: Far From Home does a lot to be a funny and enjoyable time while setting up some things for the future.

Far From Home follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland), eight months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The plot has Peter wanting to take a break from super hero-ing and go on a European study trip to relax and try to confess his feelings to MJ (Zendaya). This is interrupted when Nick Fury hijacks his trip and enlists Peter in fighting a multi-dimensional threat with the help of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio.

The film lets you know straight away that it wants to be light-hearted in tone, even when dealing with the heavy subject matter of Avengers: Endgame. It toes the line between being fun while still having darker scenes and elements. The film does bring up the snap, in what’s called in-universe as ‘the blip’. It is only looked at through a comedic lens or a punchline, easing on the levity of this aspect to the movie. It’s still interesting to see it explored, although not as fully realised as some would hope.

The thing that stands out most in the film is the humour. The comedy feels like a step above standard marvel comedy. For example, using comedians Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove as the lovably pathetic teacher chaperons. The delivery is sharp and has a variety of different types of humour that’s consistent throughout the movie.

Peter faces two main conflicts in the film: the pressure of Ironman’s legacy, and trying to confess his feelings towards MJ. The romance between Peter and MJ is great, the two actors give good and realistic awkward performances of what teenage love can be like. The other conflict feels less fleshed out than the romance but still has a satisfying conclusion.

The acting is strong overall, with a lot of the actors having great chemistry with each other and each having a chance to shine. Tom Holland does a good job as an awkward Peter Parker struggling to balance both aspects of his life. Jake Gyllenhaal is also a standout, giving a great performance as a friendly and charismatic mystery man while something feeling slightly off with him. 

The music feels quite forgettable besides one well-done call-back. The cinematography also falls in with the music with being fine enough for what the movie wants to do. There are two scenes when Mysterio uses his powers however, they are incredible to watch and gives a full realisation to the scope of his powers that normally isn’t translatable in the comics. 

The thing that falls flat the most are the elemental monsters. They go from sometimes looking impressive to just alright and the movie never really sells you on the threat they’re supposed to have. 

Far From Home is a fun final outing to phase three of the MCU, with a lot of great moments but with some parts lacking. It also creates some new questions as to the next phase of Marvel which gets you thinking and excited for what can come next.

8/10 Jake Gyllenhaal smiles

Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia. The image has not been modified in any way.


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