Spider-Man: Far From Home: It seems poor old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) can’t even go on a trip around picturesque Europe with his school friends and put his cunning plan into place to win over the slightly dark and twisted MJ (Zendaya) without being called into action as Spider-Man.
For no sooner does he get there, than the one-eyed wily old Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and his henchperson, Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), along with a couple of other scary Europeans (yes, they are all scary, just ask Nigel Farage) are on his case to get him to help save the world.
And even more scarily, save the world entails going up against giant ‘Elementals’ that have totally destroyed Quentin Beck’s (AKA Mysterio) (Jake Gyllenhaal) alternative planet Earth in another dimension.
Apparently that wicked Titan Thanos’ dastardly deeds snapping his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet and Stones tore a hole in the Multiverse, and now these fiery, windy, watery beings are now cutting a swathe through our Earth.
How thoroughly mean of them. Is not the total destruction of one inter-dimensional Earth enough?! Greedy or what?! It’s almost as bad as going out on a date with a woman who steals half your dinner. It’s just not on!
Anyway, this guardian of the alternative Earth, Mr Beck – who was clearly not very good in his last position – has roped in Mr Fury and now Mr Parker to help him rid our version of his planet of these ne’er-do-well monsters.
No Thor, no Captain Marvel, so the friendly neighbourhood wallcrawling webspinner has to step up. Again.
Lots of delightfully funny little bits and pieces go on between our heroes, as well as Petey’s schoolmates and teachers, thrown in with a scenic thrill-ride around a number of European locations and some cracking visual effects in a superb follow-up to the epic Avengers: Endgame.
Far From Home, from the same director as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jon Watts, superbly pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward after what some might have felt was the end of an era, ensuring we can feel safe and secure that Marvel Studios and their fantastic work is far from over.
I’m not sure if I prefer this to Homecoming, so a second viewing (any excuse) will be had soon so I can properly determine which of the two Tom Holland Spider-Man movies is better.
Not that it matters. Both are great.
Yes, you saw right. No 3D release. Looks like Sony is scaling back, just as Fox did for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Also available to pre-order is the Spider-Man: Far From Home – The Art of the Movie (Hardcover Book), ahead of its release on October 1st, so that gives us an idea of when the movie is out for home viewing.
Running time: 129 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: 2.39:1 (ARRIRAW (2.8K) (3.4K)), Redcode RAW (8K); 1.90:1 (IMAX version) (some scenes)
Released: July 2nd 2019
Director: Jon Watts
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Comic book: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Music: Michael Giacchino
Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Tom Holland
Nick Fury: Samuel L Jackson
Quentin Beck / Mysterio: Jake Gyllenhaal
May Parker: Marisa Tomei
Happy Hogan: Jon Favreau
Ned Leeds: Jacob Batalon
Flash Thompson: Tony Revolori
Betty Brant: Angourie Rice
Brad Davis: Remy Hii
Mr. Harrington: Martin Starr
Mr. Dell: JB Smoove
Jason Ionello: Jorge Lendeborg Jr
Maria Hill: Cobie Smulders
Janice: Claire Rushbrook
J. Jonah Jameson: JK Simmons