Spider-Man: Far from Home
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee (Comics), Steve Ditko (Comics)
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – Synopsis: In the aftermath of the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter Parker tries to put distance between his teenage self and his Spider-Man persona.
Review: Call it a palate cleanser, a soft reset to allow audiences and the film’s title character a moment to find their footing. Recent trailers have suggested that “Far from Home” would be nearly as weighty as “Endgame” as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to work his way through the trauma of loss by pushing off his superhero role in favor of being a normal, albeit highly intelligent, teenager.
Heroes don’t get vacation time, not even when they’ve plotted out the perfect plan to tell MJ (Zendaya) how they feel about them.
“Far from Home” feels familiar at times as it is built on classic tropes and misdirection. You might think you have a complete grasp on what is going on, but the carpet has already been pulled from beneath your feet; you just haven’t noticed yet.
The film establishes its more jovial tone with an early scene that almost feels like a joke, but reveals itself to be an overly earnest gesture. All the character aging (or lack thereof) and timeline entanglements are quickly resolved in a fairly logical (albeit comic book logic) way. There are some interesting aspects that mirror some of issues that came during post-war rebuilding in the aftermath of a World War II.
The nice thing about “Far from Home” is that its filled with misdirection. You might think you know what is going on; chances are you’re only seeing half of it.
I liked “Far from Home,” it works in the ways it needs to. It’s not nearly as good as “Homecoming,” but the narrative stakes are much higher here.
Holland has now appeared in five films as Spider-Man and it feels like we’re just scratching the surface of what he can do with the character. That’s a very good sign for Marvel.