Spider-Man: Far From Home (Review)
The “Infinity Saga” may be over, but the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is looking bright.
But was Far From Home necessary?
The “Infinity Saga” is over, but was Far From Home the movie that should’ve ended it? Probably not. I believe it should’ve ended with Avengers: Endgame. Before I give my review of the film itself, let me just say that for those of you who don’t know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is EVERYTHING to me. Like, the way Oprah feels about bread… That is how I feel about the MCU.
I can quote all 22 films in the MCU cannon. I can conduct the scores with my hands tied behind my back. If you play part of these scores, I can tell you in explicit detail what is happening on the screen.
Why am I telling you all this? It’s because I am hyper critical of these films. ESPECIALLY Spider-Man, whom is my favorite superhero of all time. So bare with me.
What did I think of the 23rd entry into the MCU?
I LOVED IT!!! I THINK?
Confused? Me too.
Here’s the bottom line…
I need to see this again. I went in thinking one thing was gonna happen, and that thing didn’t happen.
Which is totally ok!
This isn’t a good or bad thing. This is a very similar feeling I had when I first saw Black Panther. Again, bare with me, this ends well. Black Panther was the film that came out right before Infinity War, and I was expecting it to basically just set up THAT movie. When it didn’t do that, I was a little upset and let down. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, it just didn’t go the way I thought it would. It was absolutely my fault, I had expectations and predictions of how this film would go, and it didn’t work that way.
Fast forward 3 months and 5 days, I rewatch it KNOWING what happens, and knowing that it’s not a movie that is meant to set up Infinity War
And guess what happened?
So back to Far From Home… This was the film that came out 64 days after Avengers: Endgame, which is now my second favorite movie of all time. It had a lot to live up to, and had to either close one chapter, or open the next.
And I think this is where my problem is. It didn’t really close the “Infinity Saga”, nor did it really set up whatever the next chapter will be for the franchise. So what was the point of the film? I feel like it maybe was all a set up for the post credit scenes? I won’t go into details about that, but when you see it, you’ll understand.
After my first watch, I just kinda feel like it was all pointless. But I know I’ll love it 100x more after my second viewing. Just like how I felt about Black Panther. I also recognize that they are different films.
Here’s what I do know about Spider-Man: Far From Home…
• Tom Holland is the greatest Spider-Man of all time. There are zero doubts about that, and this film confirmed it for me. People who are still attached to Tobey are just unwilling to let go of the past.
• This film builds on the comedic style that Homecoming had, and is full of many belly laughs. I’d say that it’s actually one of the funniest films out of the now 23 in the franchise.
• The good news about this, is that it can stand on it’s own for the most part-ish. I personally don’t need an MCU movie to do this, but it’s always nice when it can.
• Zendaya is pure perfection as MJ, and the chemistry that Holland & her have is nothing but adorably awkward. It’s perfect, and I feel like anyone who has gone through high school can instantly relate to what they show us.
• Jake Gyllenhaal is perfect, and the fishbowl is everything I’ve ever needed.
• The visual effects are absolutely BRILLIANT, and was reminiscent of Doctor Strange, and I loved every second of it. I will for sure put it in the running for Visual Effects in my Oscar Prediction Center.
• Overall, I loved it. But I had some questions and concerns, but I’m pretty positive all of those will dust away (get it?) after a second viewing.