The gang are back but with some new faces in new locations and with new Spidey Suits
Stars: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Samuel L Jackson, Jacob Batalon
Director: Jon Watts
Synopsis: After the events of Endgame and the 5 years that people have named the Blip, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is trying desperately to have a break from the superhero thing, be a normal teenager, ask out a girl he likes, take a school trip to Europe and also mourn the death of his mentor and friend. But of course the world isn’t going to let him have it that easy so when big bads appear and bring chaos to his school trip, Peter must don the Spider Suit again and team up with Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and a new person of power he has on his side, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Opinion: Another Avengers Universe movie!! Yes, this one is the collaboration with Sony Pictures but it’s still the same universe and the same characters and the same continuation of a story we last visited in the emotional heartbreak that was Endgame. But we’re back with Spidey/Peter Parker and his young self with his fun friends and this time they are off on a school trip to Europe. Okay let’s stop right there for a second, is this a real thing American schools do? They just do school summer trips to Europe?!?! I mean there is a whole new level of jealousy I’m having right now that our Australian schools didn’t do anything even remotely fun like that. You were on summer break, teachers and the school wanted nothing to do with you during that time let alone cart a whole class around a foreign country. There is also the fact that Australia is a million mils away from everywhere else but whatever…jealous!
Anyway, back to the movie. Oh man it was so much fun! I am also thinking I liked it a bit more than the first one. This could be because I’m a bit more attached to the characters now than I was before or also maybe because Jake Gyllenhaal is in it and he’s super dreamy, but no definitely probably maybe the attached to characters thing….Jake is pretty great in it though. Far From Home does tie heavily into the stories and events of Endgame, but it would still work as a direct sequel to the first Spider-Man film if the rest of the Avengers aren’t your thing. There is enough information shared throughout that you could probably get the idea of the events that had happened if, once again, you aren’t interested in any of the other movies.
So why is this fun? Well besides the fact that they are in a bunch of amazing locations (Venice, London, Prague), there is more action, the familiar characters of MJ (Zendaya), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) are present as well as some new faces both good and bad. Links to the past surface as well as some hints at the future but there is the same comforting feel of the humour and fun from the first film. However, everything about this film now screams Avengers whereas the first was more of a hint at it with the main focus being Peter and his introduction story. While I did like that, it does mean that it kind of feels like its lost its chance at true individuality. It will never be like those other Spider-Man films from years gone by which weren’t linked to any other Marvel films, Far From Home is but another chapter in an epic saga and while I did say you don’t necessarily need to have watched all of the others it obviously will help the understanding of so many references if you have.
Hmmm, I feel like this has turned negative all of a sudden and that was in no way my intention. As I said, I enjoyed this film more than the first and it honestly is exciting, and action packed and oh man some of the special effects sequences involving Spider-Man and Mysterio are really incredible. It definitely was the right film to come after Endgame and yes I even found myself getting a bit teary eyed in a couple of moments because dammit Marvel/Sony it’s too soon to be reminiscing about those characters we lost before….too soon I say!! But overall, well done to this movie, it is full of all the elements it needed to have to make it well rounded, sweet, heartful and a whole lot of fun.
Fun (or maybe not so fun) Facts: This marks the first Marvel film with no Stan Lee cameo, and it was a noted and sad absence. Obviously, it had to end at some point so it makes sense that Endgame was his last one but it was still sad not to see him make an appearance. We are, however, back to the standard double end credit scenes that we had gotten so used to. One I early on in the credits and the other is right at the end. Both are intriguing in very different ways so make sure you don’t miss them.