Spider-Man: Far From Home was released over a holiday weekend, which can be both a good and bad thing. On one hand, lots of people have off from work for most if not all of it, so there’s more of an opportunity to go to the movies. On the other hand, many others are away for the holiday or spending quality time with family that doesn’t involve the theater. But there’s good news: Whether you have or haven’t seen Far From Home, here’s a review that you can enjoy, free from major spoilers.
It addresses ‘The Blip’
This is the first MCU film following Avengers: Endgame. So the big question on everyone’s mind is — how has Bruce Banner’s reversal of the effects of The Snap affected the world moving forward?
Fortunately, this is addressed immediately, and in a fun, undramatized fashion. The Blip, as it’s referred to, is fodder for some of the sillier subplots of the film, and there’s plenty more room to explore its effects further in movies to come.
2 words: Jake Gyllenhaal
When we first saw Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, wearing that fishbowl-like thing on his head and standing amidst green smoke, many of us were a little skeptical. This is one of the greatest dramatic actors of our time — what was he doing in a fun Marvel movie?
As it turns out, he was basically carrying the film. Don’t get me wrong: Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon are all great. Tony Revolori and Angourie Rice are a lot of fun to watch, as are J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr. But Gyllenhaal is something else entirely. There’s one moment where you first truly see him in all his glory, and it’s excellent. I won’t say anymore.
This scene isn’t in it
Marvel is known for adding in shots or even full scenes into the trailers in order to throw us off the scent. This wasn’t really necessary for Far From Home in a post-Endgame world, but they did it nonetheless.
In the final trailer, there’s a scene in which Spider-Man fights off some bad guys. When the cops arrive, he tells them he’s been busy doing their jobs for them. This scene is omitted from the film, which is good because it wasn’t needed to begin with.
The effects are incredible
Yes, I know: All Marvel movies have incredible effects. Heck, all big-budget films these days have notable ones. But this film relied on them to a degree that few others have, and it’s definitely worth noting how amazing they are.
In fact, there’s a long one-shot type scene that will honestly blow your mind. No, it’s not Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, but there’s nearly as much CGI used in this Spidey adventure as in the fully animated one. And it’s incredible to see.
It’s a self-contained story (mostly)
One thing many were concerned about how Far From Home would follow Endgame, which does feel like a conclusion. The movie manages to handle this well — it’s sort of like an epilogue, in that it connects to the previous films, but ultimately, it’s a story all its own.
That’s not to say that there isn’t any teasing for what’s to come. There is, but it’s minimal, and it doesn’t infiltrate the flick’s plot. This is, generally speaking, a film that stands alone: You could watch it and not have seen Endgame, though it’s helpful to know the history of the MCU.
The unnecessary romance
Obviously, this is a great movie, but it isn’t without flaws. For one thing, the “romance” between Happy Hogan and Aunt May (as seen in the trailers) feels a bit forced. It’s a good way to keep Happy tied to Peter, but it really didn’t feel necessary — if anything, it was mostly awkward.
Diversity was lacking amongst one group
This era of Spider-Man films has been praised for showing what an actual magnet school in Brooklyn would look like. That is, full of diversity, and not making a big deal out of it. That continued to be true in Far From Home. However, there was one group of people (who we won’t expose here) outside of the school that was so white it was disconcerting. Was it commentary? Who’s to say?
Tom Holland didn’t dance
This is a personal nitpick, but here it goes: Holland is an incredible dancer. His Lip Sync Battle episode with Zendaya from 2017 is still one of the things he gets asked about most on press tours (much to his chagrin). Why does Marvel refuse to capitalize on this? Whatever, I’m working on my own reboot of Footloose with Holland as Ren McCormack and Chris Pratt as Rev. Shaw Moore. Then we can finally get the dancing Holland we all deserve.