Film Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

If you thought the post-Endgame Avengers universe may see the quality of the films in it drop… think again because Marvel have just dropped one of the best films of the year. To be blunt Spider-Man: Far From Home is brilliant – with some of the most creative action sequences the franchise has seen and a storyline with twists and turns galore this film is going to be loved by Marvel fans both old and young.

Set in the aftermath of Endgame the film finds the world still mourning the loss of the fallen heroes. When it comes to the Avengers themselves no-one is as upset Peter Parker (Tom Holland – The Impossible). The youngster has kept Spider-Man away from epic adventures and has instead concentrated on school, wooing MJ (Zendaya – The Greatest Showman) and helping his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler) with charity events.

However with a trip to Europe on the cards Peter is suddenly surprised to find Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau – Chef) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction) pushing him to help out against a brand new evil. Peter’s reluctance changes though when he finds that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr. – The Judge) has chosen him to take over his mantle and he meets Fury’s brand new champion Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler).

This is the kind of the film that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) and his duo of screenwriters keep the suspense following throughout the entire film. Just as you get comfortable and think you know what it is going to happen next they shock with a surprise that you never seen coming. That raises the suspense by making sure you never really trust anything that you’ve just seen on the screen while the darker side of the film comes to the fore adding an exciting new element to the Marvel universe.

Then there are the jaw-dropping action sequences created by Watts. If you thought Into The Spider-Verse through up some interesting sequences then you will be pleasantly surprised by the unique visuals that Watts creates during some of the more creative battles that Spider-Man finds himself in at times. But even that pales into insignificance with an epic battle in London that involves hundreds of drones… Spider-Man fans are going to freak out as their hero embarks on one of the most impressive action sequences that the franchise has seen.

The brilliant screenwriting here also sees a huge step up in the performances of the acting as well. Tom Holland is now a legitimate star, not only does he pull off the action sequences with ease but here is he is also forced to deliver comedy and some seriously emotional scenes which sees him go to a whole new level. His will-they-won’t-they scenes with Zendaya also enhance the film while Jake Gyllenhaal gives everybody around him a true lesson in acting.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is an absolutely phenomenal film. It shows just what Marvel can achieve when their films deliver just the amount of comedy mixed in with amazing action sequences and true suspense. Like Captain America: Winter Soldier this film sees some true brilliance from a promising director while allowing Tom Holland to snatch the mantle of leading man in a memorable performance.

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Written by Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.

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