Far From Home Review


Far From Home

Welcome back to another wonderous filled day, here at C&M! My name is Kay, and I’d love to tell you my thoughts on the newest Spider-Man movie that came out on the 3rd of this month. If you have not seen this movie and would like to go, please do not read any further than this paragraph. If you have seen it, then there is no risk, enjoy everything that you can! I wouldn’t say that there are spoilers that could ruin your experiences in seeing this film, but there could be some in here. I usually just write everything out and then delete things that don’t matter, so I have no idea where this article is going (Ha-ha! Only halfway kidding). I would like to give my thoughts and opinions on the matter of this film.

If you read my review of the Spider-Man comic book I had just bought, then you will know what to expect from this film. If you would like to see that article because this is your first time on the site, please feel free to jump over to that article after you read this! I wrote that when I was dead tired. Thank everything good that Chris was there to catch my many…many mistakes.


Let’s get into the review!

The introduction of the movie was very unique but honestly it wasn’t super memorable. I saw that they had the memorials for the ones that passed away in the last film (Endgame) which would include two pictures of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Vision (Paul Bettany). When they had two pictures of Stark, I knew they were going to have a high focus on him because he and Peter were close. Throughout the whole movie, he was pretty much the main plot. All in all, the song and the opening credits were very kid like, and it reflected the character in name because he is a 15-16-year-old. Not saying that age group acts only like kids, but the mentality of Peter is that he just wants to be normal for a little while. Just like a lot of the young adults in his age bracket.

SNAP verses the BLIP!

He says “I…Am….Iron Man” *Snap

We all know what the ‘Snap’ was but what is the ‘Blip’? In Layman’s term, it is the undoing of the of the initial ‘Snap’ which caused the vanishing of half of the universe’s beings. Everyone that was snapped into the soul stone stayed the same age, and everyone that stayed behind all aged regularly. This concept was explained thoroughly in the gymnasium scene. I honestly don’t think they needed to include that into this movie. It seemed like they were spoon-feeding this concept to the audience who already knew what happened. The whole plot of ‘Endgame’ was explaining this very concept to the audience, so I don’t think it needed to be revisited. I felt like it took away from the movie. Only 68 days were between these two cinematic adventures, so it was still fresh in the minds of the fans. We also got a re-release of Endgame to get the chance to see the extended version of the film, so honestly, I think it was a fluff piece for this new movie.

They really don’t waste any time introducing Mysterio into the film, which seems to be a theme for the Spider-Man portion of the MCU film. In the very first scene we are introduced to Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Funny enough, he didn’t go by the name of Mysterio at that time. Peter tells him his friends call him that. Beck ends up liking the name and adopts it. In the first appearance of Mysterio in the comics, he names himself, so that it a cool difference. In the comic, he just oozes confidence and arrogance as he was trying to become the next big hero of the land (New York). It’s interesting to see this reinvented character claim the name of Mysterio, because you can start seeing the ego that he tries to hide throughout the first portion of the film. As time moves on, you can see him start to relax and let his ego take more of a front stage position. It’s fascinating!

Peter meeting Beck and the wink to the multiverse? Yes, this did happen, and I was happy to see Tom Holland become more like Peter Parker. What I mean by that is that he was overjoyed to hear that the theory of the multiverse was more than just a theory. It was reality, and he had to catch himself from geeking-out about science to the one person that might actually know what he’s talking about. I bet he would love to talk to Bruce Banner or Shuri about this (Ha-ha)!

I’m going to mention this in a bit, but I think that they, as in Sony, is trying to tie together the multiverse for Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. It was either fan-service or it was a real thing. Like I said, I’ll get into that in just a moment!

I was not disappointed with the costume design in this film. Marvel has always had the best looks for their heroes, because that just a huge part of who they are. All of the small details and gadgets that they incorporate into the costumes should be able to drop your jaw. Everything is manicured to the absolute best of levels. When the costume is damaged, it really does look like something happened to them. You can see real evidence after the fight between Parker and the drones. His costume gets tattered up pretty badly, as expected. If it wasn’t, the sense of realism would be out the window.

Mysterio’s costume was just remarkable! Chris loved his design the most because of the smoky orb of a helmet. The drapery was amazing, and just as flashy as it was in the comic. I loved how the head piece would just come up and down whenever he wanted it to. It was smooth to look at and made you wonder how he was even able to make that happen. Why is it that he decided on that particular costume design in the first place? So many questions…but that’s why he’s called ‘Mysterio’.

Huge monsters are coming out of nowhere but there was never any indication on their arrival? With Fury being such a well-rounded protector of the Earth, how was this even possible? They would say it’s because of him mentioning that he used to know everything. Always had connections and always was on top of anything and everything that was out of the norm, but since he was Snapped away, all of that is out the window. Are the monsters even real, or are they Mysterio’s own creations? I should have known something was fishy with the monsters, but I wasn’t paying too much attention when the fights were happening, but I don’t believe that Mysterio’s costumes were ever damaged in any way. Maybe dirtied, but no rips of tears. Like I knew that the monsters were either created by him or they were brought in by him because he knew he could defeat them, but there was something odd about it.

Wonderfully Terrifying Illusions

Another high point in the film would be the huge scene on where Mysterio uses his illusions on Peter to off-balance him and freak him out. The colors of this scene were to die for and the added work that the CGI engineers put into this scene will haunt me to this day. The comics, though great, could never have put you in the mist in which you got to see how traumatic something of that caliber could be. To Spider-Man’s credit, he really tried to get out of the mist, but it was too late for him. What was real and what wasn’t? In the mist, his “Peter Tingle” didn’t work, which disorientated him to no end. He had to fight off mirrored images of himself. Mysterio was talking down to him. Trying to make Peter just give up any information that he had. There were constant changes of the environment. Collapsing buildings and Mysterio kept taking away his new suit and put him back into the sweat suit that he was originally in.

There’s too much to actually say about this scene. No words could fully encapsulate this what was happening. If anything, that would be the selling point of the whole movie. It’s well worth it. Unfortunately, there aren’t many pictures from this movie so, after a while I will replace some of these pictures to better represent everything I am trying to discuss. Thank you for your patience!

Evil Super Team...Activate!

Turns out that he had a team behind him that all were affected by the likes of Tony Stark…yet another group of people that all hate this man, who isn’t even alive anymore! So, who are they sticking it to now? The world? Because that is kind of a weak argument. Mr. Stark is gone, so they can’t make him feel bad anymore, and honestly, all of the stories that they had that made them hate the Iron Hero were somewhat dull. I get that they were either humiliated by Stark, but I do want to put it out there, but everyone that worked for him, knew what type of person he was. For Beck, his invention was super cool, but Tony named it B.A.R.F. which I would think, if you brought this up to Tony in real life and he examined it, he would tell you honestly if he liked it or not. The balding guy (I’m sorry I don’t know his name) from the first Iron Man film in 2008, wasn’t really affected by Tony. He was directly affected by Obadiah (Jeff Bridges) because he was being yelled at. I don’t understand why he would hate Tony at all. It’s just another tie in to just another Tony Stark created villain(s) but why? I have a few examples, but I just don’t understand why they decided to make him the center of attention in a movie of another superhero. Maybe he is just an easy scapegoat for the series?

You can see Peter is exhausted and just wants to go on vacation and that is the main reason on how Beck got Parker to trust him. He needed to show Peter that he was a good choice of being the next Iron Man without actually saying it. They have this conversation in the pub, but they are both in their costumes still with their masks clearly off! That was another red flag that I thought Peter should have noticed, but it’s played off that he is preoccupied with his own thoughts and wants. Beck plays that off to his advantage, and without knowledge from the viewers, that’s when we meet the team behind the smoky orb man after Peter leaves.

Because of this trickery, Peter thinking Beck could be the new Iron Man, which would take some pressure off of Peter in general. I give it to Beck. He was a really convincing new friend. If I was trying to grasp at any way out of a huge responsibility that I didn’t think that I was ready for, I would be all for someone that seemed like they were ready. Wouldn’t you be? As the conversation between Parker and Beck continue, Peter decides to give up his control of E.D.I.T.H. to Beck. Thinking that he was the true hero for the job.

E.D.I.T.H. (E.ven D.ead I.m T.he H.ero) A great joke and it felt like something Tony Stark would say to Peter. I think Peter needed to hear that too, because it was getting pretty depressing without a good joke. E.D.I.T.H. is there for Peter just as J.A.R.V.I.S. was for Tony, and I think that it’s pretty cool that the late Mr. Stark would have been thinking that far ahead for Peter’s sake. What I thought would have been pretty amazing would be that Tony would have uploaded his own voice to the assistant, but I think that would have messed Peter up even more. Also, Robert Downey Jr. would have been top billed if that were to happen…so no (Ha-ha).

Iron Man is sprinkled throughout the film. We all know that he was super important to the world, because he’s protected the Earth from everything, sacrificing himself multiple times. I’m pretty sure that he is mentioned at least once every 10-minutes, which I think takes away from Spider-Man. This seems to have just been another Iron Man movie but what happens in the background. I don’t think they let Spider-Man outshine his mentor because it was just hanging over his head the whole movie. Fury was a bit harsher than I thought he should have been; talking to a teenager. Making an adolescence cry because he wants to have a normal vacation is a bit out of character. He didn’t even do that in the first Avengers movie. Turns out it wasn’t even Fury. It was the aliens that were in the Captain Marvel movie. A bit random. You know…the shape shifters.

A part of the film that I really liked was when Peter was being picked up by Happy (Jon Faveau) in the plane. The relationship that they have with one another seemed to have developed off screen, which is okay with me! Not everything has to be seen to be able to understand the context. Obviously, Happy liked his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and were seeing each other without telling Peter about it. They weren’t hiding it, but it wasn’t something that was talked about. To make sure that Happy, was in fact Happy, Parker wanted him to tell him something that only Happy would know. The memory of Happy seeing a charge on the cable bill that was pretty high, that came from Peter hotel room, came to light (adult movie charge), which Peter quickly understood that it was the real Happy! Thank the lord! Parker was tricked earlier in the scene by Mysterio with deceptive realities, so this was the only way to make sure he knew it was for real.

Connections to earlier movies would be “Back in Black” by ACDC was a nice touch. It made me smile, because he was finally in his element. You could finally see the connection between Tony and Peter. That was the reason on why he chose Parker; because he saw himself in the young teenage. I don’t know if it was serious or not, but the joke of Peter not knowing who made this song was a weird joke. Kind of took me out of the movie a bit. I’m sorry if my review is a bit too negative. I did enjoy this movie, but it seemed like the directors/producers were just trying to sop up the remaining storyline of Endgame. I hope I’m not the only one that thinks this, but if I am, I stick to my opinion, even if it might be wrong.

We talked about Mysterio and his costume design, but we didn’t talk about Spider-Man’s! How dare I! There were a lot of costumes that came through on screen for our teenage Spidey. In my review on the trailer for this movie, I mentioned all of the suits that he would be wearing. The only thing I think I got wrong was the last suit that he was sporting with the webbed-wings (which are similar to the suit that he wore in the original comics). I mentioned that I thought that was a last gift from Mr. Stark for Peter, but it turns out that Peter made that suit himself with the mechanical help from Tony’s machinery in the plane. Which would bring us back to the ACDC song that we all know and love.

Flash (Tony Revolori) is true to his love for Spider-Man. Thinks Spider-Man is the best hero around. Hates Peter Parker. It was fun to see that portrayed in the film, because it hasn’t been used in the other Spider-Man films. It’s an underrated portion of the comics that can add such a depth to a character that we would only see as a jerk. Wonderful use of a supporting actor and I am so happy that they included it in this movie!

Can you all believe that they got J. J. Jameson (J.K. Simmons) to come back into another Spider-Man movie? And, do you know what the first thought that I had as soon as I seen him on that screen? THE MULTIVERSE! Yes, oh yes, I think that was the connection to the Multiverse that we all wanted to see. Most likely I am wrong, but I don’t want to be. If this is all true, then maybe we will all see Toby and Andrew back on the screen with their own Spidey Suits. Maybe they will get Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales too. Maybe they are just going to have a whole Spider-Verse come to live action? I don’t know but that it the most exciting thing that I could think of that makes somewhat sense. What do you all want to see in the future films? Do you think Spider-Man is going to venture away from the Avengers for now and do his own thing, or are they going to keep him in the franchise of the MCU?

My Thoughts:

Marvel usually bangs out some good movies. They have a formula that they like to use because it’s effective and it’s been proven to work. I think that this movie is being overshadowed by ‘Endgame’. I think this could have been a better movie if they put a little more time between the film, but I knew they couldn’t. They made the timeline very close to kind-of recap what happened in Endgame which kind of spoiled the Spider-Man theme.

Where were the other Avengers? We never understand why the other Avengers don’t show up to the battles that could devastate the whole world. Or why didn’t other heroes that are not involved in that particular team try to help? Many questions. I know that they said that they are all busy doing things, or that they are off world, but there is more than just the Avengers Team.

If you enjoy Tom Holland as Spider-Man, I would say go and see the film if you haven’t. Everyone has their own taste in movies, and I love that! This piece was just what I noticed about this film and what I liked about it. I won’t say it was my favorite movie out of all of the MCU, but I do love seeing a different side of this superhero. He really leans into this awkward teenager that catches feelings for a girl in his class. Luckily, they are the same age because they were both ‘Snapped’ together. Peter radiates ‘awkward’ throughout this whole film, but does it work for him? Of course! He IS an awkward teenager. That’s not all there is to him but that’s part of his personality. MJ (Zendaya) seems to mirror his awkwardness in this film too. It’s made obvious that they both like one another, so it was nice that they let them act like real teenagers. I thought that it was charming, and a little cringy, but only because most of us have been in that position of talking to your crush and trying to see how they feel about you too!

I was glad that Peter was about to get his smart glasses back from Beck. I kind of knew it wasn’t the end to their transaction, but I didn’t know how? I don’t think that Beck is dead…but I can’t be sure. That’s the thing about dealing with a person with illusions, they might not even be there. And I did hear that E.D.I.T.H. said that there weren’t any illusions, but you don’t know if they tinkered with the hardware of the glasses. Beck could have been faking his death, because Peter didn’t really check for vitals or ask his glasses if Beck was even dead, so there is open interpretation for the fans.

This cinematic adventure seemed to keep to the theme of the first introduction of Mysterio in the Amazing Spider-Man comic that I mentioned in a different post. In the comic, if you haven’t read my review on that, Mysterio turns the public on Spider-Man. He does this so that Spider-Man is discredited in the eye of the public. The difference between the film and the comic is that Mysterio didn’t know the true identity of Spidey. Naming him wasn’t something he was able to do. It was an interesting twist, but I don’t see why they even did that. I don’t get why Beck would have named him but his actual name. He seemed like he liked Peter even when he was trying to kill him, or maybe that was just a trick on its own.

All in all, my thoughts on this film would be somewhat predictable/safe film. The actors/actresses were amazing. I loved the chemistry between everyone on the set. I thought that everyone really enjoyed their roles, and that you can tell that they wanted to make their characters are lively as possible. I thought that the direction the film was a little too safe for what they could have done. I didn’t think that Tony Stark should have been a scapegoat for yet another film. We all know that he was an amazing superhero and that he was very important to Parker, but I think that they just made it a little too easy. Mysterio seems like he was just pushed onto Spider-Man as a villain, and what he really wanted to do was be a villain of the late and great Iron Man. All in all, I would say good but not great.

I didn’t want to be too negative on this review. I really liked this movie. I think Tom Holland is adorable and fits very well into his roll. Jake Gyllenhaal turned out to be a very compelling Mysterio, and I think that he was born to be an amazing villain. I mean that in the nicest way possible because it takes a well-rounded actor or actress to become a bad guy in a series were there is so much good.

Thank you everyone for coming to see my content! I think that you all are the best and I love that I can share this all with you. I hope that you don’t think I am dissing this movie, because I really am not trying to. I think it has some really good parts to it. Everyone in A1 in my book. It was just the direction of the film that I didn’t care too much for.

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