SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME review

Spider-Man: Far From Home

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME review

Spider-Man: Far From Home is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It is scheduled for release in the UK on July 3, 2019 and North America on July 2.

Synopsis

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Review

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hugely anticipating Spider-Man: Far From Home. The joint Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios production has easily been one of my most anticipated movies of 2019.

Of course with that comes the concern that it may not live up to the hype, especially following a movie like Avengers: Endgame as we all saw how following Infinity War impacted on Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Thankfully that curse doesn’t seem to have repeated itself here.

In fact I’d say that Far From Home – after one watch – could quite possibly be my new favourite movie in the entire of the MCU. A bold statement I know.

Where Far From Home accomplishes itself is in bringing the MCU back down to Earth following such a hugely intergalactic adventure. Though the scope is still pretty big, for Spidey anyway, the movie itself is much more contained.

I need to point out at this stage that Sony executives ask that we follow the #dontspoilspidey hashtag and try not to reveal too much about the movie. We’ll discuss the opening and some other key details but review will be relatively spoiler light.

I felt that in the wake of Endgame, Far From Home did a great job of dealing with the aftermath. The movie wastes no time in catching the audience up on those who we lost in the battle and explaining about what is now referred to as “The Blip”.

Fans worrying about the weird age gap between students at Midtown High need not worry as this is explained away both quickly and rationally. I was impressed with how it was able to inject some humour into the catastrophes of Infinity War and Endgame. For a moment I felt concerned that I should be offended it was making light of it but actually in the context of the movie it works excellently.

Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have crafted a story which weaves in the brilliant teen comedy of Homecoming but with some more mature struggles for Peter (Tom Holland) to go through.

The opening scenes in New York, prior to Peter’s trip to Europe, setup his reluctance to continue on as an Avenger following the loss of Tony. That particular death in Endgame weighs heavily on Far From Home throughout.

What is nice about the New York scenes is we get a glimpse in to the Peter/Aunt May (Maurissa Tomei) relationship. Although we glimpsed her in Endgame our last real moment with her was when she opened Peter’s bedroom door and caught him in the Spidey costume.

I particularly enjoyed seeing them work as a double-act and charity fundraising for Blip victims. It was a nice way to take that aspect of the story rather than have her play the overly concerned parent. In fact it is May who pushes Peter to take his costume to Europe and then stows it in his suitcase when he “forgets” it.

The dynamic between the two is a highlight of the movie and made all the more hilarious given May’s blossoming relationship with Happy.

But it’s when the teens head to Europe that the movie finally gets moving. There’s something to be said for the school trip to Europe being a gimmick for the story but McKenna and Sommers really make it work for them.

The various European locations offer up some great challenges for Peter, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Mysterio/Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal). The locations also play in to the powers of the villainous Elementals.

The scenes in Venice are a particular favourite as, without a costume, Peter is much more vulnerable but also the stunts seem much more practical. The remainder of the movie features the usual insane levels of CGI but it was nice to see Spider-Man portrayed more practically in stunt sequences.

Of course the European locations also offer up plenty of chance for romance between Peter and MJ. Their storyline plays much more important to Far From Home than it did in Homecoming but in bringing it to the fore the writers have also really beefed up Zendaya’s character.

She doesn’t suddenly become a fully realised comic book MJ, she is still very much in the same vein as she was in Homecoming only know she’s bring some serious comedy to the piece.

The introduction of Quentin Beck is actually the cold opening of the movie. It’s a fun little sequence which sets up some serious intrigued for the storyline ahead. I felt I had his character pegged from the start and was pleasantly surprised to find out that I wasn’t entirely correct.

Gyllenhaal and Holland have some great chemistry. He does become a replacement figure for Tony Stark at times with a clearly defined fatherly figure role. But this is Marvel so we know there is far more to him that meets the eye here.

The rest of the supporting cast are all well realised characters. The teens have their individual personalities and all have their moments to shine throughout the movie. Likewise it was great having Maria Hill and Nick Fury back in a more leading role.

I can’t tell you too much more about the story without giving away spoilers. What I can tell you was that as the film wrapped up I felt both satisfied by it and immediately felt the need to watch it again.

There are enough twists and turns to keep it fresh although I did feel that fans with more comic book knowledge may find aspects of the plot predictable. Whilst that could be a let down for some it’s more than made up for by two revelatory credit scenes.

Marvel Studios has its usual setup of a mid and post-credit scene with one a little more serious and the other more comedy. One of those two caused the crowd to scream and the other caused a slightly head scratch. I’ll let you decide which is which.

The production on Far From Home is excellent. Cinematography is quite lively for a Marvel Studios movie and makes great using of the stunning European scenery. We were lucky enough to see the movie at an IMAX press screening and I can confirm that the film is beautifully formatted for the larger screen. The aspect ratio and direction really play in to the larger format.

Visual effect are, on the whole, excellent. There are some patchy moments where Spidey looks a bit elastic-y and fluid but nothing which detracts from the movie. The Elementals look brilliant and the special effects used for Mysterio whilst he is flying around are equally cool.

The costume designs are equally fun. Spidey wears a total of five different outfits across the movie. So far we’ve seen the Homecoming suit, Iron Spider, Stealth and Black/Red costumes in the trailers but there is a little more going on in the movie.

What’s more important is that this isn’t an excuse to sell more toys. All of the costumes worn in the movie has aesthetic and contextual reasons for existing. This isn’t like when George Clooney’s Batman needed to fight Mr Freeze so added some silver accents to his Batsuit in Batman and Robin.

Michael Giacchino provides another excellent score for this movie. Themes from the previous movie carry over and there are some accents of Avengers in there just to show the growth in his character. It’s well worth a listen and is available now on all digital platforms.

I have to be honest in and that after my first – and so far only – screening there’s is very little to criticise Spider-Man: Far From Home for. If this is a sign of the MCU to come then we are heading in to a particularly fun and fresh era for the long lasting franchise.

Verdict

Spider-Man: Far From Home is easily one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s finest movies. Fast-paced, bombastic action is paired with some genuine humour and heart to create a truly awesome cinema going experience.

10/10


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David Harbour comments on HELLBOY sequel

Hellboy was sadly not the success that studio Lionsgate were hoping for. Now lead actor David Harbour has confirmed something which we all expected, there is (currently) no sequel in the works.

Speaking with ComicBook.com the actor discussed candidly the prospects of a follow-up.

“There’s a lot of people who reach out to me who really loved it and really enjoyed the new take, and were just happy to see him back on the screen, but I know in the culture at large, I don’t think it was very well received,” said Harbour.

With no international figures available all we know is that the movie grossed $21.9M in North America based off a reported $50m production budget.

“I don’t think it made a lot of money. I don’t really keep up with those things too much to be honest, but I don’t think the perception was that it was a hit, and so in that way, I don’t know that the risk is worth it,” admitted Harbor. “I think the idea is to move on. The producers spoke to me just saying ‘Great job,’ they really liked what I did, but I haven’t heard anything about a sequel, and I’m not hanging my hat on anything like that.”

Would you have liked to see another movie starring Harbour?

Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. The movie is directed by Neil Marshall and arrives in cinemas April 12, 2019.


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Charlies Angels (Sony Pictures)

Sony Pictures debuts first CHARLIES ANGELS trailer

Last night Sony Pictures dropped the first trailer for Elizabeth Banks’ Charlies Angels.

The series reboot stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Naomi Scott (Aladdin) and Ella Balinska (A Modern Tale) as the titular team. The trailer clocks in at a whopping two-and-a-half minutes and shows off plenty of action from the movie.

Check it out in the player below!

EW also got to go behind-the-scenes on the movie as production shot scenes in Istanbul. Check out their feature on the movie:

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie’s Angels take flight. In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

The movie stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska with Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin and Patrick Stewart. Charlies Angels hits cinemas on November 29, 2019.


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Black Widow

New BLACK WIDOW set photos offer closer look at villain

Black Widow is still deep in production with the team now moving to Budapest for its latest scenes.

In a new batch of set photos we get a closer look at the movies villain. Is this Taskmaster? The villain has long been rumoured to appear in the movie but none of these photos confirm or deny that rumour.

In these photos the team film an action sequence with Widow escaping the villain as he (or she) pursues in a ginormous tank.

This is going to be an interesting movie Super Friends!

Black Widow will see the return of Scarlett Johansson in her first solo outing. The film currently doesn’t have a release date but is expected to occupy the May 1, 2020 release date being held by Marvel Studios.


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Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight (Insight Editions)

Insight Editions announces Michael Keaton to write the forward for BATMAN: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY

In celebration of 80 years of the Dark Knight in October, Insight Editions is set to release Batman: The Definitive Guide to The Dark Knight. A 304 page retrospective which will be an absolute must have for Bat-fans.

It has now been announced that the legendary actor Michael Keaton, who brought Batman to life on the big screen in 1989’s Batman, has written the foreword to the book.

Not only that but the introduction is to be written by Kevin Conroy, another legendary actor to take on the role of the Dark Knight. As if that wasn’t enough the preface will be penned by none other than Denny O’Neill!

What more could you ask for? Check out the Insight Editions website for more.


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Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd joins GHOSTBUSTERS 2020

It has been confirmed that Ant-Man and Avengers: Endgame star Paul Rudd is joining the cast of the latest Ghostbusters.

Variety initially broke the news which was then confirmed in a video released across social media. Director Jason Reitman also confirmed that the movie is currently titled Ghostbusters 2020.

Following the casting announcement, Reitman shared the following statement to express his enthusiasm, “I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ at Sundance. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.”

Check out the announcement video below!

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Ghostbusters 2020 is set to star Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace. The movie is scheduled for release on July 20, 2020.


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Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME what did the critics say?

Yesterday the review embargo lifted on Spider-Man: Far From Home and now we can tell you what the critics thought of Tom Holland’s latest adventure.

The film currently holds a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a critics consensus which reads:

A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.

We saw the film last night and will be working on our review today! But in the meantime here’s what some of the other critics thought of Far From Home:

LA Times

“Far From Home,” for all its dazzle and speed, has simpler, humbler aspirations and fulfills them well enough.

Chicago Tribune

How’s the new movie? It’s good. It’s fun. [3/4]

EW

I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade. [B]

The Guardian

Tom Holland is still very winning as Spidey. [3/5]

The Telegraph

Spider-Man: Far From Home offers a breezy, Europe-set intermezzo between Avengers: Endgame and whatever is coming next – a kind of sorbet in blockbuster form to punctuate the binge. [3/5]

IndieWire

The Spider-Man we find at the end of the movie is no different than the one we met at the start…you can’t help but feel like he could have learned all of the same things without leaving Queens or wasting our time. [C]

Discussing Film

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a bristling extravaganza which lands ten times better than Homecoming. It is hilarious, charming and the twists are brilliantly intriguing. [4/5]

Screen Junkies

Not just a fun movie, but a great summer movie. Big action, a great cast, some laughs, some thrills, and you can go see it again. [8/10]

Bleeding Cool

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the perfect way to end the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; with humor and a ton of heart. [9/10]

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Spider-Man: Far From Home is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It is scheduled for release in the UK on July 3, 2019 and North America on July 2.


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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Tom Holland details deleted SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE cameo

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was a huge hit in its own right when it was released back at the end of 2018.

Given the multiverse nature of the movie fans wondered if a crossover between the Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland era versions of the character may happen.

Sadly that did not come to pass, but now Tom Holland has confirmed he was originally due to cameo in the movie! Could they be saving him for the sequel?

“At one point I was supposed to be in it,” the actor said in an interview with JOE. “There was going to be another Peter Parker… There was like a scene in a train station or something, and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background and say like ‘Hey, kid’ or something. Never happened. Heartbroken.”

You can read our review of the movie here.

https://youtu.be/SZKeYacz4ao

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Watch the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer now, in cinemas December 2018.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey and is due for release on home video soon.


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Midsommar (Entertainment Film Distribution)

MIDSOMMAR brings a new type of horror to the big screen

Writer-director Ari Aster (Hereditary) is bringing us a whole new type of horror movie with Midsommar. As you can see from the trailer below the movie is bathed in light, shunning the usual black bars for white ones even.

From the outset the movie looks to subvert expectations and create a whole new, chilling experience. Check out the teaser trailer below!

With their relationship in trouble, a young American couple travel to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where a seemingly pastoral paradise transforms into a sinister, dread-soaked nightmare as the locals reveal their terrifying agenda.

Midsommar is written and directed by Ari Aster and stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper. The movie hits UK cinemas from July 5, 2019.


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