By Chris Brown
(AllHipHop Features) Spider-Man: Far From Home is a solid, quality follow up and sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming, the 2017 franchise reboot. Far From Home is fun, light-hearted adventure film that doesn't carry the emotional weight of Avengers: Endgame, the blockbuster ensemble that was wrought with death, stress, depression and anguish. ar From Home deals eloquently with the aftermath of Endgame in a unique way while answering some questions many have had about the "snap".
Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, his fellow students and teachers traveling overseas to a number of international locales for a school sponsored, summer vacation. While there, a number of situations arise that bring about the need for Spider-Man to get to work.
The movie acts partly as a high school comedy featuring the teenage-based aspects that were also prevalent in Homecoming. Much of this works really well as the cast has great chemistry and are very likable. Peter's feelings for MJ intensify and, while playing super hero, he also much contend with the woes of teenage romance.
The other half of the film features Peter struggling with the responsibility of being a hero as he is called to spring into action on his summer vacation that he was trying to keep Spider-Man out of. There are some serious twists and surprises throughout that heavily affect the plot of the film so the less you know the better. However, it should be noted that Tony Starks has a heavy presence in this movie, as Peter looks to follow in his mentor's footsteps.
While I thought the movie was entertaining, there were a few personal issues I had that kept it from surpassing its predecessor. There is a certain narrative choice that is woven into this Spidey incarnation that I wish was different. The movie also relies on a lot comedy, but there are moments where it feels overused and falls flat at times. Jake Gyllenhaal is fine as Mysterio but he could have easily been a more imposing figure to further contrast with the comedy. Lastly, while the action in the movie is cool, I found that it fell short of some of the web-slinging action we have seen on display in the previous Spidey films.
Now, don't think for a moment that this movie isn't worth a night out with the family or with friends. This film delves more into the psyche of Peter Parker and features Tom Holland excelling in the role that he will certainly play for years to come. I do think the movie could have benefited from using the "less is more" approach, but it does lay some interesting groundwork for the further adventures of the character. Lastly, there are two post-credit scenes that throw some surprises in the mix so be sure to stay after the credits.
Below are my updated Spider-Man Movie Rankings:
- Spider-Man 2 (Raimi)
- Into The Spiderverse
- Spider-Man Homecoming
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Spider-Man 1 (Raimi)
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Spider-Man 3 (Raimi)