Spider-Man: Far from Home Full Movie: If there is a theme woven between the Spider-Man webs: Far from Home is that appearances are deceiving. Also that sometimes they give you the opportunity to do something and in reality to you what you want is something completely different. And yes, of course, that a great power carries a great responsibility.
The film that closes phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ties some loose ends to the consequences of living in a world that is still trying to recover by the snap of Thanos’s fingers and what happened at the end of Avengers: Endgame. But basically Spider-Man: Far from home focuses on its protagonist Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his many personal dilemmas when he tries to have a private life while honoring the responsibility that come with his powers.
After strolling through the ruins of Ixtenco, in Mexico, shaken by an alleged cyclone that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knows is no such thing, the film starts to the rhythm of “I Will Always Love You” version Whitney Houston with the credits of Marvel followed by some letters (in Comic Sans!) where it puts “in memoriam”. From there we went to some photos of Tony Stark, Captain America, Black Widow and Vision. We soon realize that what we are seeing is a video produced by the students of Midtown Technical High School, to which Peter goes, and where they will explain to us in a certainly comical (as well as solemn) way how are the things a few months after half of humanity resuscitated. Oh, and they refer to the disappearance of half humanity because of Thanos as “the blip” (the irregularity).
Peter just wants to go on vacation. He needs to take a break from his many responsibilities as a superhero. And, like the good teenager he is (I do not know to what extent this is Holland’s convincing as a 16 year old boy, but good) wants to take the trip to Europe with his classmates to try to tell MJ (Zendaya) how much what do you like; watch some movies together on the plane on the way to Venice; and make it the perfect gift in the Eiffel Tower. Ned (Jacob Batalon), Peter’s best friend, does not see anything clear. He believes that both should try to link a lot in Europe. His argument is that Europeans love Americans and half Europeans are women. Luckily, he will soon change his mind.
But the duty claims and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), after flirting with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei with an unnecessary wig), will bring Peter news of Fury, who wants to get in touch with him. Although Happy tells Peter that you can not send Fury to voice mail, nor can you get past him, the teenager ignores it. And sometimes, you need to take things slowly and leave the work aside. Do not?
Well, maybe not. Especially when your work may end up saving the world and there is not literally a single Avenger available (Thor is lost in space, Dr. Strange is not available anymore, and Captain Marvel is better and does not name it because he has more important things that keep him very busy). So even though Peter insists that he’s just a teenager from Queens (with adolescent needs), duty calls.
Fury will not accept your no in response and secretly hijacks your class trip to make sure you have Spider-Man services. The spiderman (but in a black camouflage suit) will face creatures called Elementals based on water, earth, air and fire. Luckily he is not alone. It has the help of Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), who will end up adopting the name of Mysterio and which is from Earth, but of a different dimension (although the winks to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse end there). And well, you know that any fight (or movie or whatever) with Gyllenhaal is always better.
Luckily, between so much muddle and urgency to save the world there are many moments for humor. Spider-Man: Far from Home is full of jokes, mostly funny. Fury and Peter have an interesting duel to see which one elicits more laughter from the audience. Normally I would stay with the acid humor of the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D. but the absolute innocence and youth with which Peter faces life is almost contagious. Even when it confuses AC / DC with Led Zeppelin. Holland is perfect in equal parts tender, heroic, insecure and fun.