Spider Man: Far From Home Review Round-Up
If Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts had any nerves about following Avengers: Endgame, he’s gotta be feeling pretty good right now. The early reactions were all very enthusiastic, and now that the proper reviews are rolling in, we’ve got an even better sense of how Watts and his team followed up the biggest film in Marvel Cinematic History—with aplomb.
Far From Home sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends heading to Europe for a summer vacation. The story takes place after the events in Endgame, which means (spoiler alert) Peter’s dealing with a very heavy heart. Like the rest of world, he’s lost Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Unlike the rest of the world, he not only lost an Avenger, but a friend, mentor, and benefactor. Far From Home plunges Peter into fresh trouble, of course, and also follows up on Endgame‘s time-hopping plot by showing us the repercussions of messing around with the past. Enter Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a superhero from another version of Earth. Add a dash of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and a bunch of elemental monsters, and you’ve got Far From Home‘s plot in a nutshell.
Now onto the reviews. Thus far, Far From Home is sitting at a 92% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. We’ve rounded up a few of those reviews in spoiler-free, bite-sized takes. (None of the reviews reveal any of the major plot twists that Watts and co. have cooked up, anyway, so feel free to read them in full.) So have a look at what the critics are saying, and prepare yourself for another wild ride with Spidey.
Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly: “I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade.”
Charles Pulliam-Moore, i09: “Not only does the movie have to bring its titular hero back down to Earth from the most epic adventure of his life, [but] it also has the vital job of setting an overarching tone and perspective for the next phase of Marvel’s grand cinematic project. The great thing is that the film does all of that and a whole hell of a lot more.”
Matt Goldberg, Collider: “The most frustrating thing about writing a review for Spider-Man: Far From Home is that the best, most interesting stuff in the film is off limits right now per Marvel’s request. Since this article is posting five days before the movie opens, it wouldn’t be right for me to disclose some of those surprises. So without that, I can simply say that Spider-Man: Far From Home is fun! It’s fun like Spider-Man: Homecoming was fun! Everything you loved about that film is amplified here with more texture added to characters like Peter and MJ while still providing a unique take on the MCU—what the world looks like at the ground level—that no other Marvel movie provides.”
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap: “Never feels like it’s just biding its time between super-battles. If anything, and this is a compliment, the film frequently feels like a charming teen road-trip comedy that occasionally turns into a superhero movie.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home opens on July 2, 2019.
Featured image: (l to r) Numan Acar, Tom Holland and Jacky Gyllenhaal in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME. Courtesy Sony Pictures.