Critic’s Rating: 4.0/5
Spider-Man: Far From Home Story: The events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ have changed the world; particularly for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who struggles to keep his personal and professional lives separate.
Spider-Man: Far From Home Review: Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is still reeling after the massive showdown in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which claimed the life of his mentor, Tony Stark. It’s only natural that he chooses to take a break from apocalyptic threats, and that comes in the form of an overseas school trip, along with his mates. Although, he’s a bonafide Avenger now, which means he has great responsibilities that he can’t escape, no matter where is. Peril soon catches up to him when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) shows up and gives him his next big mission. But is Peter up to the task?
One of the biggest tasks the film must tackle is picking up after the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) world-altering ‘Endgame’. It does this by taking us into Peter’s head, and the frame of mind Spider-Man is in. It makes a compelling angle; Peter is struggling with who he is – a school going teenager who really likes his classmate MJ (Zendaya), and who he is meant to become – Tony Stark’s successor. The plot is mostly built around this problem, and Tom Holland brings a lot of nuance and depth to both angles. Peter’s affable demeanour is now well-established, but Holland also makes this Spider-Man a more significant force to be reckoned with, and that’s saying something.
The film’s plot also has to juggle between a high-school romantic comedy tonality and the guns-blazing action spectacle that audiences have come to expect from an MCU film by now. While this can get occasionally tedious – some jokes feel a little forced and could have easily been left out – it’s engrossing under Jon Watts’ direction. Chalk it up to the performances, especially with Jake Gyllenhaal’s take on Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio. The character is entirely unpredictable, made more intriguing by Gyllenhaal’s performance. The action set pieces are surprisingly innovative, especially in the second half of the film. As a result, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a lot of fun but more importantly, the film is also a satisfying continuation and way forward for the MCU, as Tom Holland proves he’s more than capable of carrying an Avengers’ film on his young shoulders.