The biggest reason behind Marvel’s success is that they continue to make films that are potentially ‘more of the same’ but somehow end up surprising you.
By Chetan Mehrishi
SpiderMan: Far From Home is yet another one in their sprawling Avengers catalogue that delights and entertains, even if the setting and characters are now overly familiar. The film is solidly enjoyable Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film that works both as an epilogue to Avengers: Endgame and a prologue to what comes next.
But can the latest installment of the MCU surpass the massive expectations of the fans, especially after 2017′s SpiderMan: Homecoming? Will, it best 2007′s SpiderMan 3 in Box Office numbers? Read on and find out.
The story picks up immediately post the events of Avengers: Endgame. The kids in Peter Parker’s high school, who had disappeared after Thanos’ snap, are back but are hilariously five years younger to their classmates.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is dealing with the loss of his mentor Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and also struggling to ask his crush MJ (Zendaya) out.
As Peter heads out for a school vacation to Europe with his buddies, a strange water demon appears, wreaks havoc in the city, and a new superhero named Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) appears to help Spidey save the day.
On The Upside
The incredible performances of the actors are something that you can take home after watching this film. John Favreau as Happy Hogan has perfect comic timing. Zendaya playing Parker’s love interest looks stunning and has given a commendable performance. Holland is once again incredibly lovable as the naïve, awkward yet heroic kid, practically mirroring the innocent charms of Michael J Fox from the ’80s.
The banter between Parker and his friends is as crackling as ever, as is the dynamic between him and his Aunt May. There is an added bit of hilarity between May and Happy Hogan, which becomes a running gag of sorts.
Director Jon Watts, who crystallised all the funny shenanigans of American high schools as seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming also manages to keep things interesting in Far From Home.
On The Downside
The film, though having a good concept to work upon, lacks a strong script. Returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers seem to be losing out on the novelty factor.
Apart from this, the really stretched action sequence, in the end, feels like an unnecessary affair.
All In All
Overall the film is a good watch. The story has a lot of heart and warmth, with Spiderman’s sense of self-discovery, and him grabbing the torch from the late Tony Stark being the focal points of the film instead of generic CGI battles (even though there is plenty of that there too). The film is like a blueberry cheesecake you have after a huge meal, it makes you happy. We’re going with 3.5 out of 5 stars for the latest addition in Marvel’s catalogue.
Also, the post-credit scenes in the movie are absolutely show-stopping, shining an exciting light beam on the next phase of the MCU. As long as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige understands that superhero fatigue is a very real threat, the MCU is in good hands.