by Evan Brown
Rated M. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Jon Watts.
Hot on the heels of the record breaking juggernaut film Avengers: Endgame, comes the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Spider-Man: Far from Home.
It was always going to be hard to follow one of the biggest movies in cinematic history, especially one that left us with a lot of unanswered questions about the future of the MCU. Now that the Avengers have scattered (or died) what does the next phase look like? And what does the world do now that half of the population have come back from a five year hiatus?
Far From Home gives us a good look through Peter Parker’s (Holland) perspective following these events and our beloved webby hero is just trying to go back and be a normal teenager – finish school, hang out with his friends, look after his neighbourhood and enjoy a much needed vacation. Unfortunately for Peter, superheroes don’t get holidays and much to his objection, he is recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to help inter-dimensional hero Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) fight monsters around Europe which conveniently coincides with his school vacation! Now Peter must protect his friends, his identity and the world all at once – sounds stressful.
All the characters you loved from Spider-Man: Homecoming are back with the addition of Nick Fury and Mysterio into the Spiderverse. This new/old ensemble works better than ever in fun and exciting new locations and circumstances. The film is actually quite funny and does a great job keeping everything pretty light-hearted. It’s a film about American school kids on vacation in Europe so you should expect some funny banter and some awkward situations. Even the villain comes off as kind of likeable.
I appreciated Homecoming because it wasn’t a superhero epic, it was about a boy saving his neighbourhood from a man that stole and sold weapons. To me it was small scale and that was part of its charm. Although Far From Home provides a much bigger plot in a much bigger setting it still managed to retain a lighter feel.
The only gripe I had with Far From Home was that there was a lot of CGI, which at times reminded me of the 2002 Spider-Man’s overuse of graphics. I was at times wondering to myself “Am I watching a computer game or a movie?” There is only so much computer-generated action scenes you can handle until you become disengaged.
Far From Home does a great job exploring the emotions of Peter Parker. With all the webshooting and space travel you forget he’s just a teenage boy just trying to get through school and life. In Endgame, Peter lost a close friend, and he battles with that personal grief in this film. How do you get over something like that?
Grief is something that everyone has to deal with at some point or another and a Scripture I like to meditate on in these times is Psalm 46:1-
“God is our strength and refuge, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”
Grief is a natural thing to feel and experience. When friends and family can’t provide the support you need, it is comforting to know that God can and will provide you with that support. Lean on Him in these dark times.
The Verdict: American school kids running around Europe with monsters on the loose is already a good plot for a movie, add Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal into the mix and you’ve got yourself a winner. 4/5
Spider-Man: Far From Home is in cinemas from today.