Jake’s Take at the Movies: Spider-Man Far from Home

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ enters a new chapter in both Spider-Man’s life and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Poster property of Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios & Pascal Pictures)

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com

Months after Spider-Man returned to the MCU in the smash Avengers: Endgame, the wall-crawling superhero (Tom Holland) is back for another solo adventure.

Warning! Avengers: Endgame & Minor Far from Home Spoilers are ahead…

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) has had a rough few years. Thanos snapped him out of existence in Avengers: Infinity War. However, he returned along with a bunch of heroes to help the founding members of the MCU’s premiere superhero team face off against Thanos and his forces. Sadly, he lost his mentor and father figure Iron Man [Tony Stark] (Robert Downey, Jr.) in the climatic battle.  In addition, the MCU moved five years in the future following his mysterious disappearance.

Spider-Man: Far from Home showcases Peter Parker struggling with his heroic activities, mourning Iron Man, and academics despite having support from Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Ned Leeds (Jacob Balaton).  However, Peter, Ned, and MJ (Zendaya) decide to enroll in the Midtown School of Science and Technology’s two-week European vacation.  While traveling, Peter is forced to become Spider-Man when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) enlists him to help Mysterio [Quentin Beck] (Jake Gyllenhaal)  in dealing with nightmarish creatures called the Elementals.

End of Spoilers!

Spider-Man: Far from Home features impeccable performances from Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal. Holland shines bright as Spider-Man and Peter Parker, as he was able to raise his heroics this film. In addition to be shaping up to not only be one of the MCU’s biggest stars, Tom Holland could be one of his generation’s best actors. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal brought a modern day twist to Spider-Man’s fishbowl head nemesis. Many fans would be impressed with the Nocturnal Animals actor’s performance that would put his performance with Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus. Other shining stars include Zendaya, Balaton, J.B. Smoove, and Jon Favreau, who reprises his role as Happy Hogan.

Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers delivered a fantastically written screenplay. Spider-Man: Far from Home’s screenplay allowed actors to deliver impeccable performances. Both Balaton and J.B. Smoove successfully executed McKenna and Sommers’ one-liners. Also,  Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury makes his presence known to Spider-Man and McKenna and Sommers did not disappoint giving the Marvel Studios veteran fantastic material.

Final thoughts & grade: Thanks to the fantastic screenplay, amazing performances, and incredible special effects, Spider-Man: Far from Home is probably one of the best Spider-Man films from this decade. This film’s conclusion raises the stakes for both the Wall-Crawler’s universe and the overall MCU as well. A-


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