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Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Banners: Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures Network

Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Balaton,

Cobie Smulders

Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Music: Michael Giacchino

 “The world needs another Iron Man” is the line that has been used often in the latest Marvel movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film, which comes months after the epic Avengers: Endgame, is all fun, action and superheroes, and does not disappoint in terms of the expectations that come with every MCU that is showcased on the big screen.

The story begins as the world starts acknowledging Thanos’ finger-snap act of making half the universe disappear, as the ‘Blip’. As Peter Parker aka the friendly neighbourhood superhero, Spider-Man tries to have the normal teenage experience of confessing his love to a girl on a school trip to Europe, he faces some Earth-threatening extraterrestrial beings trying to scuttle his plan. Nick Fury tracks Peter down and asks him to help - along with a new ally, the aptly named Mysterio aka Quentin Beck - in destroying the ‘Elementals’, the five elements of nature gone rogue and on a killing spree. Peter hesitantly dons his Spider-Man costume, adding the special gift that his mentor Tony Stark aka Iron Man has left him. As they embark on this mission, Peter gets betrayed by someone he trusts and then begins his fight to exact revenge and make things right. How he manages to do that is the crux of the story.

The story of the movie is on the lines of every superhero film - fighting the threat to civilians. And Spider-Man does just that with the right amount of drama, intrigue and humour.

When you hear about a Marvel film, your mind automatically goes to the grand scale on which these superhero movies are made. Director Jon Watts stays true to the theme of the film and develops not only an intriguing storyline for this solo installment, but gives the audience a visual spectacle in its huge VFX canvas.

Humour - a strong element in all the films - is blended beautifully with the plot by writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The regular infusion of punchy one-liners and action sequences keeps the linear narrative zipping along.

Twists and turns take you deeper into the Marvel universe as the stage is set for the next film in the series. The nostalgia of the previous movies adds to the flavour, as does the tribute to the heroic Iron Man and his ultimate sacrifice, which strikes a personal note for the audience that has followed the MCU movies religiously.

The special effects in the film are top notch. With the idea of artificial illusions taken to the next level, this production is a visual treat.

Beautifully shot across European locations, Matthew J Lloyd’s cinematography is impeccable, capturing the beauty of the setting as well as its destruction in action-packed scenes.

From a remembrance tune of Whitney Houston’s I will always love you with all the Avengers to the theme of the ensemble film to the original Spider-Man refrain, the music by Michael Giacchino helps create the emotional connect of this installment with the audience.

All-in-all, Spider-Man: Far From Home makes sure to uphold the sanctity of Marvel movieseven though the original Avengers are not part of it.

Performance-wise, young Tom Holland is the perfect cute nerd trying to live his life while saving the world. The actor gives a good performance and promises to enhance the Spider-Man brand in future too. Samuel L Jackson is his usual entertaining self as Nick Fury and Jon Favreau provides power-packed support. Zendaya as the love interest of Spider-Man is hilarious in  her deadpan avatar. Jake Gyllenhaal enters the superhero-verse strongly as Mysterio. Marisa Tomei is excellent and so is Jacob Balaton. Cobie Smulders is silent and amazing, as always.

Verdict: Superhit!

Rating: ***1/2

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