Spider-Man has traveled quite the journey in the last few years, both figuratively and now literally. People like to point out how Far From Home is the film where he finally travels outside of New York, but they forget that he also traveled to Washington D.C. in Homecoming…and obviously space and other planets in Infinity War. He does thrive in the skyscrapers of Manhattan, but his abilities soar far beyond the confines of the Big Apple, as big as that apple may be. For Spider-Man: Far From Home, we close our chapter on the MCU’s Phase 3, even though it probably should’ve been Avengers: Endgame, let’s be honest with ourselves here. So, let’s look at the plot before we go further.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.Sony Pictures
Even Sony Pictures knows not to reveal too much in its own official plot synopsis. It’s true. It’s nearly impossible to actually talk about anything plotwise without significantly risking spoiling you. So, I’ll refrain from the story. I’ll just say it has Spider-Man, Mysterio, and what they call Elementals while they are…ahem…far from home. If you’re unfamiliar with Mysterio’s character, I won’t reveal too much about him, since mystery is both in his name and in his nature. What I will say is that ever since Tobey Maguire’s time as the Human Spider, I’ve been wanting to see a live-action version of the character, and we finally have it, and it is amazing. Honestly, I’m glad they’ve waited until now to present the character, as they fully utilized modern technology to make him as perfect as possible.
One thing I was worried about with this film was the balance and pacing, as something about the trailers, and even the posters, felt a little…much. It felt over-convoluted, like they were trying a little too hard to tell a complex story. In a way, it IS a complicated story with a lot of moving parts. Heck, it even has a similar narrative structure as Captain Marvel, which again, I won’t dive too deeply in, but I wasn’t a huge fan of how they pieced Captain Marvel together. So, it’s not a terribly clean or balanced film, but it’s also self-aware in its complex storytelling, too. It’s not a mistake; all of the moving parts are by design, making it pretty smart in the end…and honestly, is probably the main thing keeping this film from scoring a lot higher.
This film had a clear-as-day message about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it wanted to tell, now that some Avengers are no longer in the picture. It certainly wants to clue you in on the future of the universe as it stands. One of the very first things said in the film was how to picture the world post-snap, as if we’re moving into a new phase of life, clearly a nod to the MCU, and how this film was the end of Phase 3.
In general, this movie really surprised me with how well it was made, and one of the rare cases when a sequel turned out better than the first movie. It’s beautiful, it’s epic, the characters work really well off each other, Zendaya finally gets to shine in this film, unlike in Homecoming, where she was mostly sidelined. Her chemistry with Holland is nothing revolutionary, but it is sweet, natural, and believable. In general, it got a lot of technical aspects right, which helped boost its rankings in…well…everything.
TOTAL SCORE – 93%
Current 2019 Rankings:
Overall: 2nd Place out of 49 Films
Action: 2nd Place out of 16 Films
Adventure: 2nd Place out of 14 Films
Sci-Fi: 2nd Place out of 14 Films
Current MCU Ranking:
6th Place out of 23 Films
(In a tie with Iron Man 3)
Current MCU Spider-Man Ranking:
1st Place out of 2 Films
Current Spider-Man Ranking:
2nd Place out of 9 Films
PEOPLE SCORE (18/20)
Acting (3/4) | Characters (4/4) | Casting (3/4) | Importance (4/4) | Chemistry (4/4)
WRITING SCORE (7/10)
Dialogue (1/2) | Balance (1/2) | Story Depth (1/2) | Originality (2/2) | Concept (2/2)
BEHIND-THE-SCENES SCORE (9/10)
Visuals (2/2) | Cinematography (2/2) | Editing (2/2) | Advertising (2/2) | Music & Sound (1/2)
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE (9/10)
Introduction (2/2) | Inciting Incident (1/2) | Obstacles (2/2) | Climax (2/2) | Resolution (2/2)
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE (10/10)
Rewatchability (2/2) | Fun Experience (2/2) | Impulse to Buy or Own (2/2) | Impulse to Talk About or Recommend (2/2) | Engaging & Riveting (2/2)
SPECIALTY SCORE (40/40)
Franchise (10/10) | Universe (10/10) | Mysterio (10/10) | Halfway Decent (10/10)