Review of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019): A More Mature and Plotted Sequel

 After the success and high enthusiasm that Spider-Man: Homecoming (2019) got, automatically a sequel will definitely be produced. And finally the long-awaited sequel was released in July 2019.



Titled Spider-Man: No Way Home , just like other MCU films , fans are anticipating this sequel. One of the reasons, of course, is because he wants to see the fate of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) after his mentor, Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) left.


As we know ( well, SPOILER ALERT! for those who don't know), Iron Man died after fighting and sacrificing against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame (2019). And since watching the trailer , it's this aspect of the premise that will be raised by Spider-Man: Far From Home .


However, apart from this premise, the film also features the premise of Peter, who and his school friends go on a school trip to Europe. Then last but not least, the film, which was directed by Jon Watts again, will feature the villain Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).


Seeing these 3 different premises, can this film tackle all of them well? Just take a look at the following Spider-Man: Far From Home review .


Trauma & Paranoid Spider-Man 3

Although Spider-Man: Homecoming has succeeded in removing our trauma from the previous disappointing Spider-Man films, the trauma reappears when we want to watch the sequel.


Because as you read in the first paragraph, this film will show and complete these 3 different premises. And as we remember, the main reason why Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007) was a disappointment is because of that factor.


Or in other words, the film wants to tackle 3 issues at once in one film. But again, our trauma and paranoia are not proven at all. The reason is, Watts has successfully handled the 3 issues faced by Peter at once very well.


Pacing Is Much More Enjoyable And Fun Than Homecoming

The main success factor for Watts is of course his patience and genius in arranging the pacing of the film. I can even say that Far From Home's pacing is much better than Homecoming's .


Watts, together with the screenplay writers , Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers ( The Lego Batman Movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ), succeeded in presenting a script that was very clever in setting the tension.


They are really cool in arranging the plot so that even those of us who are watching, it feels good to flow scene by scene. No moment feels a little empty and obscure like Homecoming .


And also of course, the handling of the 3 different premises mentioned earlier, is also handled very neatly. The three different premises, successfully blended very coherently. There is no premise that looks like a hitchhiking or not being handled just like that.


The Rising and Mature Peter

In addition to the ability of Watts and the team that makes the storyline feel very comfortable and organized, another cool aspect of Far From Home is the maturity of Peter.


Indeed, when we know that this film will highlight Peter's attitude as both himself and Spider-Man without the presence of Tony, we can already guess that he will be much more mature and mature.


Well , that's right. But what surprises him here, is his maturity and maturity beyond our expectations. Holland can really display Peter's vulnerability but at the same time, he also successfully displays his tenacity.


He is also even still able to display his typical Peter joke in the midst of the fragility that Peter feels throughout the film. As a result, with the quality of his appearance, we too can see Holland's maturity which is very capable as an actor.


MJ The Bigger His Role

In addition to showing Peter's increasingly mature figure, this sequel also shows the maturity and increasing capacity of the supporting characters' roles. Especially here of course, Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya).


The two of them weren't just Peter's friends anymore. Moreover, MJ, as we can see, is more comfortable and engrossed with Peter. It's very different from his attitude towards Peter in Homecoming , who is still like a stalker .


Even further, the figure of MJ here has increasingly clearly shown that he likes Peter. And Peter was the other way around, he was very excited. Now speaking of the delivery of the MJ-Peter romance sub-plot, unfortunately I have a problem with this aspect.


The name of the film must be explained clearly

And the problem that I have with this sub-plot of the seeds of MJ-Peter's romance, is (and maybe this is just from my point of view, yeah) it doesn't explain how Peter first had a crush on MJ.

Okay, we can say that between the period after Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers Infinity War (before Spidey was blip ) and a few months before Far From Home , Peter and MJ have been slowly doing sneak peeks and other approaches.


Okay, we understand that this is possible. After all, in the real world we are like that, aren't we with our crush? But this is not the real world man! It's a movie. Film, is a medium of storytelling that must be explained all in all.


So yes, once again, I'm a little annoyed with Peter who suddenly has a big crush on MJ without at least explaining the beginning of PDKT through Peter's audio narration.


Mysterio's Motivation Is Very Generic and Less Emotional

In addition to the lack of narrative explanations for PDKT MJ and Peter, other shortcomings are again, again, and again in the villain department . I don't know, what's wrong with Marvel with this villain . Yes, they are indeed evil characters, but don't just let them be maximized.

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