Spider-Man: Homecoming was an enjoyable film, but Far From Home surpasses it on many levels. Once again, Tom Holland proves why he is the best Spider-Man. Garfield was solid; Maguire was a bit too dark; but Holland perfectly embodies the awkward teenager that Spider-Man should be. He may be a web-slinging superhero, but he also is a highschooler that has trouble talking to girls. Holland holds his own opposite heavyweights like Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury) and Jake Gyllenhaal (as Mysterio). His chemistry with Zendaya (MJ) is just as strong as it was in Homecoming and they offer an honest depiction of high school relationships. Speaking of Zendaya, she’s currently killing it on HBO’s Euphoria, and in Far From Home she really shines in the final act after an unfortunately shaky first third of the film. Jackson is his usual iconic self as Nick Fury, perhaps with a bit more recklessness and brashness. Finally, Gyllenhaal has incredible chemistry with Holland and his ability to play both an older brother/father figure and a deluded villain who thinks that he is a hero is nothing short of incredible.
The Action Scenes
The final battle scene in Endgame was epic, but the more organic physicality of Spider-Man is a welcome change of pace. In Far From Home Spider-Man’s physical agility is set against the mental powers of Mysterio. Spider-Man’s crusade is as much a mental battle as it is a physical fight in Far From Home; Mysterio twists and bends reality to corrupt Spider-Man’s emotions and general thought process. Mysterio, and Gyllenhaal’s excellent portrayal of the character, make these much more interesting to watch than you average superhero fight scene.
With the “fake news” phenomenon rocking the very core of our democracy and country, it’s a topic that is impossible to avoid. Far From Home incorporates a message about the dangers of fake news (out of context video clips, edited videos, etc.) in a way that possibly sets up the multiverse and has just the perfect amount of humor. I won’t specifically describe any scenes, but I will say that the writing of Far From Home is, by and large, and vast improvement from Homecoming. Far From Home is up there with Winter Soldier and Black Panther as some of the strongest MCU solo films because it doesn’t try to be something that it’s not. The MCU does it again!