I was so insanely excited to see Spiderman Far From Home. My partner and I picked out when we wanted to go as soon as my local cinema released its showing times. We stuffed ourselves full of burritos early before our evening screening and (for the first time) completely forgot about movie snacks in our anticipation. We prebooked tickets off to the side so that we could fully immerse ourselves in the movie without any distractions and waited for the gloriousness to begin. (beware, there will be a few mild spoilers ahead).
All of the most recent Marvel movies have done a fantastic job at getting me to tear up within moments of the film starting, and Spiderman Far From Home was no exception. The first third of the film takes its time setting up the story. Peter is struggling after Tony's death and is about to go on a school science trip to Europe (I wish one of my old schools had such an awesome science department). Peter is trying to come up with a cute way to ask out MJ and is looking forward to being a typical teenager for a while.
This film is primarily about Peter learning to become his version of a hero and learning to trust his instincts. The plot itself is quite simple and easy to follow, and it executed exceptionally well to create a tremendous amount of payoff. Spiderman Far From Home continues to develop the characters we have already met and gives a few more minor characters a chance to shine. The location scouts did an incredible job picking the places in Europe to film, and the cinematography showcased that gorgeous scenery without letting that aspect take over the film. The visual effects were excellent overall, although there were a few moments where they weren't as amazing as we've come to expect from Marvel.
One thing this movie did particularly well was to demonstrate teenage behaviour that felt realistic. In so many films, teenage characters talk like adults who have swallowed dictionaries. Peter's school friends are very intelligent, but they are still able to have awkward moments the audience can relate to and have snappy one-liners that aren't outside the realm of possibility for sixteen-year-olds. Ned was in a very cringy relationship within the film, however, it was cringy in a relatable way (we all know a couple from high school who were super into each other after approximately five seconds). Peter and MJ's storyline felt very realistic; I can remember being just as awkward and weird during my first romantic experiences. The dynamic being Peter and Happy also develops throughout the film in such a great way, and I hope we see a lot more of them working together in future films.
Another brilliant part of the film was how it played with my expectations going in. I had so many ideas going in about what I thought was going to happen with Jake Gyllenhaal's character, and I was kind of right while also being incredibly wrong. The Spiderman movies are remarkable good creating complex and relatable villains, without making them out to be a ball of 100% pure evil.
The only thing that I didn't love about this movie is that it didn't always explain everything that probably should have been described. There were a few things that were referenced earlier on in the film and ended up mattering at the end but were forgotten about in the middle. Overall though it was an enjoyable time, and you could pretty much piece everything together yourself.
Can we briefly talk about the end credits though? I don't think I've ever leaned forward and gaped at the cinema before. I can't remember that last time I've felt so much shock, horror and excitement all wrapped up in one. This may be one of the best cliff hangers I've ever seen, and I watch far too many movies. I cannot wait to see how this story continues, and I hope they can continue making these super awesome Spiderman films a few more times.