Spider-Man: Far From Home Non-Spoiler Movie Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home Non-Spoiler Movie Review


Jay Cochran - June 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home gives us our first real look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame, a world without Iron Man Ė a major theme in this film. Peter (Tom Holland) is back home in NYC with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), and we see him dealing with everything from life as a hero in the national spotlight to his return to a high school and a world coping with the knowledge of aliens and the loss and return of half its population. I will say I was a little disappointed that a scene highlighted in many of the early trailers surprisingly was missing from the final movie.

For the basic plot, Peter is feeling a bit burnt out and wants nothing more than to get on with his high school life, get noticed by his new love infatuation MJ (Zendaya) and go on vacation to Europe on a school trip. Of course, the latest world crisis and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) have other plans for the Wall-Crawler.

The movie has a lot of fun moments and good action sequences involving both Spider-Man and newcomer Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal who, despite initial appearances, did a good job capturing the essence of the character from the comics. However, the movie suffers from what I would consider to be a weak story plot. On the surface it seems okay but when you really start to dig in, it becomes quite flimsy and filled with holes. As I was walking out of the theater I could even hear a 12-year old girl questioning her mother on the believability of some of the plot points. I also thought they overplayed Peterís teenage awkwardness at times. At first it was okay because it was somewhat understandable and even funny, but after a while it started to detract from the overall enjoyment of the film and even made things drag at times.

Of the five MCU movies with Spider-Man, this was my least favorite. And thatís not even because this is the first MCU movie without a Stan Lee cameo of any kind. Despite all that however, I still donít consider this to be a bad movie because of things like the cool fighting sequences as Spider-Man faces off against the Elementals (which looked pretty good on the IMAX screen), funny moments like when Nick Fury knocks out Ned (Jacob Batalon) with a tranq dart, cool MCU easter eggs which I canít talk about without spoiling the movie, and the many Spider-Man suits (every MCU Spider-Man suite to date makes an appearance in this one).

Whether you like or hate the movie itself, take my advice and do not miss the two after credit scenes. Both are very important to the MCU, and the first one sees a surprise return of someone you might not have expected to see again in a Marvel movie. These two scenes alone probably make the movie worth seeing at least one time.

GRADE: B-
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JeffCoJeffCo - 2019-06-29 @ 8:23 am

I hope this is as good as Spider Man: Homecoming!

DailyVO - 2019-06-29 @ 7:10 am

Thanks for the review! About what I expected, but I'm sure I'll still enjoy it. A nice re-expansion of the universe following the aftermath of End Game.

I do agree with others that forcing the movie to connect to a grander universe does tend to make it weaker on it's own. (just like the ASM films attempting to create their own Sony-verse)

Tobey was a great Spidey, but he just couldn't nail his humor at all. You're supposed to laugh with Spidey, not at him!

Garfield I couldn't suspend my disbelief that this confident, handsome, "loser," was Peter Parker. And when he first becomes Spidey, he's an angst-filled jerk! And that costume made from worn-out basketballs...

I almost can forgive ASM 2 because of how perfect Spidey's costume looked, until I remembered it copied all the horrible things from Spider-Man 3 (Having 3 villains, Harry as Green Goblin again, this time made worse cause there was no backstory or development leading up to their inevitable falling out.)

Tom Holland brought levity and drama to the character, and while I don't like how much assistance Tony has given him, it is a lot easier to suspend my disbelief that a 15-year old was able to construct his suit and gadgets with a little help...

michiganjfrog - 2019-06-28 @ 9:55 pm
5 minutes ago, LssjCorey said:

I am excited to see the new movie, it just doesn't seem like its gonna be a masterpiece, but that doesn't matter to me. I'm just going to go with my family and have a good time with them. That's what matters most to me, sharing something with my family

yep! you'll have a good time regardless :)

LssjCorey - 2019-06-28 @ 9:48 pm

I am excited to see the new movie, it just doesn't seem like its gonna be a masterpiece, but that doesn't matter to me. I'm just going to go with my family and have a good time with them. That's what matters most to me, sharing something with my family

michiganjfrog - 2019-06-28 @ 7:20 pm

I will say this though, I liked how Homecoming wasn't as grand or huge like spider-mans saving the world and its just a well developed villain with his motives to do what he does

newcollector24680 - 2019-06-28 @ 2:05 pm

I can't wait to watch this. In my theater and according to the trailer, the movie comes out July 2nd whichis a Tuesday and here in Ontario, everyday a 3D movie ticket is $14 but on Tuesdays it's only 10 bucks for 3D. I'v never watched a movie opening night cuz I always wait for the Tuesdays but I'm really stoked to see FFH now. I was always excited for it but now I can't wait to see what opening night feels like.

Spideyperson333 - 2019-06-28 @ 2:04 pm

Yes I agree I miss the days were Spider-Man movies were a lot simpler and it didnt have to connect to a universe and be filled with references

michiganjfrog - 2019-06-28 @ 2:38 am

my feelings are..

I prefer the Tobey Maguire movies over all but Holland is really great too but It depends on how they treat his character and that's what holds him back from being the best

Homecoming was one of my least fav MCU films just because of the whole highschooly thing and it was so different from what you would expect a Spider-Man movie to be, but Holland and Keaton knocked their roles out of the park. and Holland is even better in civil war, IF war and endgame

Satam - 2019-06-27 @ 11:48 pm

I liked it, too, but the "at best" scenario would have been impossible. Kurtzman and Orci had nothing to do with that first movie, but they both cowrote the script for 2, and as I understand it, they were the only writers on the script for a third movie, which, and I totally forgot about all this $&!#, would have had Peter resurrecting Gwen and her dad but would also bring in Spider-Gwen from another universe. That's just a mess in and of itself. Bringing Mary Jane and the Sinister Six into that, too, would have just made it even worse. No thanks.

Spideyperson333 - 2019-06-27 @ 11:13 pm

Yes it probably wouldnt have very good at best it may have been as good as the amazing Spider-Man but I enjoyed that movie

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