Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie Review

Senses Syahirah Mokhtazar 04-Jul-2019

All Spiderman wants is just a peaceful holiday after the mass destruction and cosmic resurrection he and the other Marvel superheroes were in when they fought against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. What more for Spiderman who – sans the spider suit- is just Peter Parker, a regular high school kid played by the charming Tom Holland.

And that’s what he gets (or does he?) in the latest Spider-Man installment. ‘Far From Home’ is a lot of fun, as it picks up right where the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ left off.  It expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York.

Sad yet weirdly humorous, the film opens with a memorial video tribute set against Whitney Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You” honoring the fallen Avengers created by the students of Midtown High School. Peter continues to mourn the death of his mentor, Iron Man a.k.a Tony Stark whose heroic sacrifice made Peter’s return possible after the monumental battle that temporarily eradicated half the world’s population. Now the question lies whether he will be the next Iron Man.

Put all those superhero issues aside, Peter just has one thing on his mind: MJ (played by Zendaya). Peter and a group of students are heading off on a trip to Europe, and he has plans to express his feelings for her atop the Eiffel Tower.

But his romantic dreams get interrupted by his Avenging responsibilities and this is where the film sets its course.  As the story advances, it unfolds many plotlines like Peter being chased after by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and trying his best to hide his hidden identity from MJ.

Peter tries to get his way out of his heroic duties but Fury won’t be denied. Soon, this is where Spiderman meets Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck also known as Mysterio as Nick Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) needs Spiderman to join Quentin Beck in a battle against a new threat: the massive Elemental Creatures. These monstrous beings represent four elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.

Before the Elemental Creatures destroy the world, Peter must thwart that plan in order to protect his friends and save the world.

Though a huge chunk of the movie feels like a romantic teen com, the action sequences are impressive and explosive. One funny scene in the film saw Peter accidentally ordering a strike against a romantic rival, via a pair of sunglasses left to him by Tony which has been computerized with a support program called EDITH – short for ‘Even Dead I’m The Hero’.

Tom inhabits the character of Spider-Man in a unique way as he is all emotional and funny at the same time. Though Peter Parker just wants to hang onto his youth, the film is about the world telling him it’s time for him to step up as the world now needs a new superhero.

But it’s a bit too much of a pressure for Peter, as Tony Stark had saved billions of lives including his. So to go from being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to being the next big superhero that everyone relies on is a pretty big struggle for Peter.

All in all, the film’s comedic flair which intersects with impressive action sequences and an expert cast of actors doing their thing results in a pretty damn good adventure despite it being somewhat a predictable storyline.

(Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Malaysia)