Just a few months after the MCU spectacle “Avengers: Endgame” dares to SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME the friendly neighborhood spider returns to the big screen and holds up remarkably well in the shadow of the super-blockbuster. We reveal why this is so in our review – by the way, we assume knowledge of “Endgame”.
Will Peter dare to confess his feelings to his beloved MJ (Zendaya)?
The plot summary
Since the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter “Spider-Man” Parker (Tom Holland)’s life has changed forever. Not only does he have to watch helplessly as his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) hooks up with Happy (Jon Favreau) and his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) also suddenly floats on cloud nine. Above all, it is the loss of his mentor and friend Tony Stark that presents Peter with new challenges. The upcoming class trip to Europe is just right for him. Maybe even to finally confess to his beloved MJ (Zendaya) that he feels more for her than just friendship. However, once we arrive in the picturesque Italian city of Venice, the mood quickly changes. A huge water monster attacks the city, which the charismatic Quentin Beck alias Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) opposes with full physical effort. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) introduces him to Peter as his new mentor. But the threat that Spider-Man finds himself exposed to despite himself is greater than expected…
Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie Meaning & ending
“Don’t Spoil the Endgame!” was the social media credo this spring for all pop culture and cinema-loving people, for whom the finale of the “Avengers” saga, which began in 2008, is one of the cinema events of the year. According to the Russo Brothers themselves, we can now happily reveal who will be killed in “Endgame”, so at this point we are assuming knowledge of the events of the previous film . If you still haven’t seen “Avengers: Endgame” yet, it’s best to click away at this point. Because director Jon Watts, who was already in charge of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” , is now starting the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the actual conclusion of the third phase) directly after the events of “Endgame ” at. Tony Stark no longer exists and the so-called “Blib” – the moment in which the world population halved – has left its mark everywhere. This could all seem like a half-hearted follow-up to remind the viewer once again that things really continue after “Avengers: Endgame”, after all, the mood after the end credits of the same film was quite depressed. But Jon Watts isn’t thinking of simply following up the pathetic farewell with a harmless road movie adventure. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” once again honors the aftermath of the “Endgame” events, only to deliver in the same breath a fun high school adventure and – more importantly – a political all-round attack based on one of the smartest scripts of the based on the entire MCU. It’s a shame we can’t reveal that much about it. We don’t want to spoil your fun in advance.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to avoid Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Spider-Man: Far From Home makes it very easy to like. Even if some of the developments within the 129 minutes here feel at first glance like genre tropes that have already been presented countless times, the screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”) underpin everything with so much substance that Ultimately, the feeling of a mere rehash never arises. At the same time, it is particularly difficult to do justice to “Far From Home” in writing, because the strengths of the story lie so much in the details that one would have to anticipate changes in narrative direction in order to go into them in more detail. For this reason, we will now first focus on the most important quality features of the film before, in the last paragraph, with the help of spoilers, we will go into what makes “Spider-Man: Far From Home” such an impressive, sometimes political and current world event makes a fully internalized film that has much more to offer the viewer than two hours of banal superhero riots. The latter wasn’t part one anyway; And Jon Watts remains on this course this time too. Here, even more than in “Homecoming”, he focuses on the storyline surrounding Peter’s class, which crosses Europe on a trip. From Venice it goes to Austria, from there to Prague and somehow the viewer ends up in the Netherlands and London. Watching the amorous, comedic entanglements in Peter’s circle of friends immediately evokes that homely feeling of superhero understatement that “Homecoming” scored points with back then. Here, the battle between good and evil is only partially more exciting than first love or trying to prevent an embarrassing photo from being published.
While the latest school gossip again causes a lot of absurd situations in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, it is above all Peter’s inner fight against the emptiness and for his destiny that emotionally grounds the film. Does Peter want to continue to be “just” the friendly neighborhood spider, or would he rather follow in Tony’s footsteps? Jon Watts does a good job of maintaining this tonal balancing act between entertaining, amusing high school comedy and coming-of-age drama. Only when the figure of the previously unknown Mysterio appears on the scene after almost 40 minutes and a new perspective opens up for Peter in his inner conflict does “Far From Home” seem dramaturgically bumpy here and there. It’s actually only logical how the screenwriters jump from one set piece to the next using various mini-cliffhangers, thereby perfectly capturing the inner state of their volatile hero. The various storylines keep building up until the setting changes shortly before their supposed climax. Since each individual has a similar narrative importance, this type of production appears methodologically coherent. Nevertheless, you first have to get used to this dramaturgy. The actors, all of whom are once again excellent (while we already knew that Tom Holland lives his Spider-Man role, Jake Gyllenhaal surprises in what is literally his most insane role since “Nightcrawler” ) make this easy, while the CGI-rich action scenes are surprising Not the worst, but also not the best that has been seen in the MCU so far.
Warning: Spoilers for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” follow from here . If you don’t want to spoil the fun of the film in advance, just jump straight to the spoiler-free conclusion!
While the effects of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” are not particularly spectacular, there is an unexpected substance to the film on a narrative level. This begins with the character drawing of Mysterio, who develops from a popular figure to an adversary, who uses drone and hologram technology to simulate catastrophes in order to then pose as a shining hero (“I want to be the greatest hero of all time!”) . At first glance, a comic book villain’s omnipotence fantasy fueled by a negative encounter with Tony Stark may sound interchangeable. However, if you add the methods that Mysterio uses and take into account how long he has been pursuing his plans, frightening parallels to current world political events suddenly emerge. In reality, Mysterio never becomes this “greatest hero of all time.” So he bends reality so that he is perceived as such under the circumstances he creates. In addition, for this purpose he uses techniques that distort reality without the knowledge of outsiders. It’s almost cynical that all of this takes place in a film that uses CGI technology to create things that don’t actually exist.
The question of “What is real and what is fake?” runs like a common thread through the film. When the school boy threatens to pass on a photo taken out of the situation in order to bring Peter into disrepute, a spontaneously invented superhero name suddenly appears in the news or the existence of Samuel L. Jackson only becomes apparent in the second post-credit scene resolves, it becomes clear that you shouldn’t trust anyone in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. This fact is not only underlined by the first post-credit scene, which finally transports the topic of “fake news” into the world of superheroes. There are also some almost surreally staged action sequences that rely less on standardized trick effects and more on the excellent camera work of Matthew J. Lloyd (“Power Rangers”) as well as a paralyzing editing work, give this topic a lot of steam and increase the tempo. And in fact, at the end of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” you don’t know for sure whether all of this really happened the way we perceived it. The only thing that is certain is that the next Spidey film can’t come fast enough.
Conclusion: Between high school comedy, classic superhero action and Peter Parker’s attempt to find himself, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is above all a highly explosive political commentary about what it’s like to live in a time when in which media manipulation and fake news have become the ultimate weapon.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from July 4th.