- Title: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Runtime: 129 minutes
- Director: Jon Watts
- Written by: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
- Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, and Martin Starr
What It Is: The 23rd overall movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the sequel to 2017’s SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, FAR FROM HOME takes place in the aftermath of the traumatic events in AVENGERS: ENDGAME which rocked the MCU and saw Peter Parker’s world change forever.
In an attempt to come to terms with the new status quo, the shell-shocked superhero leaves the suit at home and joins his classmates go on a school trip to Europe, only to recruited by Nick Fury to join forces with Mysterio to take on a new threat, the Elementals.
What I Thought: I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, from the very opening scene until the screen goes black (reminder, this is a Marvel movie so there is a mid-credit and a post-credit scene). As with the majority of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, there is just the right mix of action and non-action scenes to keep the movie going at a good pace for two hours and change.
Gyllenhaal was terrific in his MCU debut as Mysterio, and the main storyline with Peter Parker, and the return to action for both Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), was great. There were strong, supporting storylines involving Ned and Betty Brant which I thought, without going into details, were incredibly touching and pretty damn funny.
The storyline itself was strong, but there was one part of it that left me with a few questions (again, trying to stay spoiler free) which kept nagging at me wondering why it didn’t happen.
The CGI for the Elementals was well done, and seeing them in action on the big screen (as opposed to a home television) is definitely the best bet so you get the full scope of them.
The score from Michael Giacchino was wonderful as always, and the soundtrack also featured a few ’80s songs including The Jam, The Ramones, The Go-Gos and The Specials – something for the nostalgia heads in the audience.
FYI: As with most MCU movies (Endgame being one of the exceptions) there is a mid-credit scene (which I geeked out over) and a post-credit scene.
My Grade: A. FAR FROM HOME is a great send off to the Infinity Saga era of the MCU, full of action, pathos and humor, and helps set up the next era for the franchise nicely. While not every movie can be perfect, most of the MCU movies as of late are near perfect, and this is movie is not an exception to that rule. Great pacing, terrific soundtrack, good fight scenes and cinematography, and a great Summer movie (now that we are officially in Summer in the Northern Hemisphere).
The movie is set for release in the USA and internationally on July 2nd.