*WARNING* THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS ‘SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME’ SPOILERS.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, the second movie to the Tom Holland Spider-Man trilogy was revealed (or rather more spoiled in true Holland style) to release July 2nd. At the time of writing this, that was yesterday, and you bet your ass Jarrod and I went to see it in 3D IMAX.
As some of you may know, I am huge fan of Marvel and the Avengers but most importantly, I am the biggest Spider-Man fan. The web-swinging adrenaline junkie has always been my favourite superhero; his witty personality, his intelligence and most importantly, his passion for keeping Queens, and the rest of the world, safe. So you can understand how hyped I was all year for this movie.
For those who haven’t seen the trailers and have no idea what Peter Parker (Tom Holland) gets up to in this movie, his school goes on a trip around Europe, visiting countries such as Italy, Prague and London (and for Peter, an extra trip to the Netherlands which was not on the agenda). All seems smooth sailing until a colossal figure rises from out of the water in Venice and destroys everything. This is when Nick Fury (Samuel. L. Jackson) tracks down Spider-Man to help take down these Elementals with a new man on the block, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). We’re introduced to two new suits; a stealth suit which is all black so people in Europe couldn’t recognise the iconic red and blue, and a custom-made suit Peter designed himself which is red and black with a wingsuit. (I loved the latter suit so much I even went out and bought a hoodie with its design!) Throughout the movie you also see the relationship between Peter and MJ (Zendaya) develop, which comes as no surprise to the fans who have read the comics or played last year’s Spider-Man PS4 game. After desperately trying to win MJ over on the trip, Peter admits how he feels and they share a kiss, but that’s not all that MJ finds out, she also figures out he’s Spider-Man.
Now, judging by the trailers, you would think that the disruption of the movie was the Elementals striking, and you’d be right, except (and this is where the major spoilers are) the attacks aren’t real. Reality is manipulated by these drones which have the ability to change everyone’s perception. Who are these controlled by? None other than Mysterio, the supposed ally whom Peter trusted, and even handed over the Stark Industries glasses Tony left for Peter before he died. Now that Mysterio had the glasses, or EDITH as the interface is known as, he was able to control many dangerous drones with weapons and destroy parts of Westminster in the process.
I had my doubts about Mysterio from the beginning but I can say with confidence that Gyllenhaal played an excellent villain. Not only did he sound and act phenomenally like one, he just looked badass with his armoured costume and red cape – even though Edna Mode probably would’ve disagreed! Despite Gyllenhaal’s kind nature and clown-like personality, he surprised me, especially with the ending. If you are an amateur who leaves the cinema when the credits roll after a Marvel movie, then you probably don’t know that there is usually always an end scene, sometimes even two, and the end scene for Far From Home, was Spider-Man returning MJ to the ground after swinging around New York with her and on the big screen is Mysterio, supposedly recording a message before he died, and manipulating Spider-Man’s words to make him seem like the villain and was the one who killed him. Then the unthinkable happened. Mysterio revealed that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. Gyllenhaal was convincing when portraying this malicious character, and succeeded in getting an angry audience reaction.
As for Holland’s second performance as Peter Parker, it was once again exceptional. There’s so many arguments online about who the best Spider-Man is: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield or Tom Holland? I’m sorry to the original, and the amazing Spider-Man fans, but Holland has the edge. He is, in my mind, the epitome of the character. For example, he’s closer in age to Peter Parker and lets not forget the time when Stan Lee himself said that Holland is exactly how he pictured Parker when he created him.
On Twitter on 19th May 2018:
@TomHolland1996 is a great Spider-Man. He is the exact height and age I envisioned when I first wrote Spider-Man. Spidey was never supposed to be too large.”
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But seriously, I’d rate this movie five stars out of five. The plot was well-driven, good, exciting combat, well-balanced with humour and emotion and the computer effects were incredible. I look forward to the next movie, even if we do have to wait two more years for a proper resolution…