Okay so it’s hump day, which means last night was $5 Tuesday, which means I finally managed to drag my cheap ass down to the movies for the first time in a while to see the latest Spider-Man movie.
One of the things I’ve been conscious of since I self-asserted myself as Branded’s movie guy is pretty simple: a.) most people don’t give a fuck about cinematography or mise en scène or editing; and b.) outside of events like Endgame or a Star Wars release, most people don’t rush their ass out to a theater on opening night.
Therefore, I’m going to start seeing and releasing these things on a belated basis. I don’t want people to see/avoid a movie based on something they read; I’d much rather discuss than dictate.
That said, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the second independant installment of the MCU’s version of Spider-Man, and perhaps more importantly, the first installment of the MCU’s second generation of Avengers. In other words, we’re looking at the initial Iron Man from 2008, only this time, there are MONUMENTAL expectations.
For the record, this is probably the biggest spoiler-heavy MCU movie in some time. If you haven’t seen Infinity War or Endgame—so if you’re some inbred weirdo hoarding canned beets out of some bomb shelter in Idaho—you’re going to be VERY confused. Given that, I’ll do my best to walk a tight rope.
So yeah, Tony Stark’s dead (sorry) and the majority of this movie concerns the whole “passing of the torch” narrative that couldn’t have existed in Homecoming, which was most likely the best independant Spider-Man to date at the time.
One of the things that’s tough about these narratives is that they’re essentially impossible. Point blank: You can’t replace Tony Stark. He’s arguably the most perfectly casted individual in a major cinematic franchise of all time.
That said, they didn’t… but they low-key did.
Everybody knows nostalgia normally wins out. It’s tough to battle your childhood and I grew up with Tobey Maguire as my Spider-Man. Since then, there’s been an absolute onslaught of different Spider-Mans but I’ve never seen a more overwhelming deference than the one with Tom Holland.
What I mean by that is Tom Holland is “my” Spider-Man and he should be yours. I mean, he’s virtually the perfect fit. Just remarkably unassuming and—given that Marvel has given him the keys to the franchise for the next ten years—I’m looking forward to see how his character develops over the next decade.
The second difficult thing to accomplish is a good sequel, which is even more difficult when its coming off the second highest-grossing film of all time… and they nailed it.
For starters, the style and tone of these Spider-Man movies are refreshing. With respect to the MCU, they just stand on their own. Very cheeky and quick-witted throughout. There’s a great deal of humor and all of it lands in a satisfying fashion.
As for the newly introduced characters, I LOVED Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. There’s a huge twist in this movie I won’t get into it, however, I will say this: Mysterio’s one of the coolest fucking superheroes of all time. That suit absolutely SLAPS and he has one of the more intricate/developed set of “powers” in the MCU.
Also, I think I have a new movie crush on MJ. I like how they didn’t go the old fashioned, doe-eyed redhead route with this one. They gave her character an incredibly distinct, sort of hipster vibe which shouldn’t work as a lead but there’s an endearing quality that, with some further development, can really work.
I didn’t realize how long this blog would end up being so I’ll just wrap things up here…
I know I’m not alone when I say that Spider-Man was always my favorite superhero. I always found it weird that Iron Man—a character I never thought had much clout—was essentially the leader of a decade-long Marvel franchise.
Turns out that happened and, the way Marvel developed Holland’s character, I was weary he could step in and lead the way Downey did. It sounds crazy, but it’s weird to think Marvel’s most popular superhero may not be able to anchor the franchise for this second generation but Far From Home slams it home: He will…
Final Rating: 9.2 Boats out of 10
Captain Marvel: 6.4
Avengers Endgame: 9.6
Toy Story 4: 9.2