Spider-Man: Far From Home

               review by Bobby Blakey

Spider-Man is already in the spotlight recently with the successful award winning animated chapter Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse winning an Academy Award and fans awaiting to see his fate in Avengers: End Game. Now we are finally getting back to normal from all the stress and emotional drain from End Game and now heading into the final chapter in Marvel’s Phase 3 with the web crawlers second solo outing in Spider-Man: Far From Home starring Tom Holland, Maris Tomei, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya. Could this film continue to capture the nature of the character in the MCU or will it fail to stick with audiences?

Spider-Man: Far From Home follows our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent! Going in they had a pretty big shoes to fill after Avengers: End Game and not overly surprisingly this chapter not only furthers the adventures of Spider-Man but serves as a great cap to Phase 3.

 

There is no secret to what this chapter is dealing with outside of the addition of Mysterio, but on the off chance you avoided the trailers I will keep it at that. Before getting into the review just note you have to see End Game before seeing this film because there are direct spoilers from it. One of the biggest questions some have had in regards to the population vanishing in Infinity War and its effects on the rest of the world are perfectly dealt with here with some fun results. While this is a continuation of the bigger story this is still Parkers story and his evolution as Spider-Man and Tom Holland is better than ever. I was so happy that they gave all the kids more to do this time around making it feel like

 

a true Spider-Man comic and offered up plenty of laughs and emotions.

The entire cast knock it out of the park with Holland carrying the bulk of the load with ease. He is so much fun to watch and the more awkward he gets the better. There are some great interactions with all his classmates that will make you smile and fully emerge you into his teenage world. It’s funny to see Gyllenhaal here since he almost took over for Toby Maguire in the Spider-Man role, but so happy he is because he is great as Mysterio. This is a character I never thought would work in live action if for no other reason than his fish bowl helmet, which is on full display numerous times. Both of these guys work great together as the story unfolds allowing you to get in on the mystery of it all no matter where it actually takes you.

 

There were a lot of things thrown out in the trailers and I was so glad in the direction they took it that is both familiar but also cohesive to the existing MCU. There are some clever twists and turns like with all these movies that just worked and made for a great time. While there is a lot of great character moments throughout have no fear there is a ton of action too and it is all great. This might be the best use of Spider-Man to date in my opinion right up until the very last sequence. I am going to leave it here as there is so much more going but I want to make to not spoil anything as it should be experienced with fresh eyes. There are in fact two bonus sequences, one mid credits and the other at the very end. Both are great and will have Spidey fans pleased for the possible directions of the future, especially now that Sony and Marvel worked out their new deal to keep the web-head in the MCU just a bit longer.

In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including gag reel, outtakes, alternate & extended scenes, interviews, featurettes and so much more that take you behind bringing this chapter of the wall crawler to life. Swing into action and grab your copy of Spider-Man: Far From Home available now on Digital, 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.

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