I am writing this actually grinning because this is so crazy.
My part time job is being an SA in films. That is a fancy word for supporting artist, aka an extra. Last summer, this job extended to Marvel, where I was cast as an extra in Spider-man: Far from home. I am not going to talk about the ins and outs of my job because that’s not what this blog is about, nor am I allowed to and I respect that! Just that I am a huge Marvel fan and this was the most amazing call I could have got. So! I am in the London scenes, at Tower Bridge (Clearly the best scenes!) and I did actually see myself! Alas, I will review this brilliant film and I’ll try not to be too biased!
Spider-man: Far from home (2019) picks up after the events of Endgame (2019). Everyone on earth are getting their lives back on track, including those lost in the ‘blip’. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends, Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and his classmates, Betty Brant (Angourie Rice), Flash (Tony Revolori) are all heading off on a European vacation with their teachers, when chaos strikes the trip in the form of bad guy Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Beck tricks Peter to trust him and hand over Tony Starks system E.D.I.T.H. Realizing his mistakes, Peter works with Fury (Samuel. L. Jackson) to expose Beck and save his classmates, bringing the final fight to London, aka my scene!
To be the first film after the groundbreaking Endgame, is a big challenge. Thankfully Spider-man has lived up to that and re-entered the Marvel universe with a big bang. Let me get one thing straight, this film is hilarious. The script (penned by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers) is incredibly sharp and witty. This is clearly aided by the actors as the delivery of lines show a crucial element of chemistry between them all. Jon Watts, from the previous Homecoming (2017) has somehow managed to make a part two better than the first.
I really enjoyed the twist in this film. I was a little skeptical of Beck from the start, and from filming in London I kinda got that he was the bad guy (But I obviously didn’t say anything!) The twist does come in a really “oh wow okay” way. Especially the graphics when they reveal that the people in the pub are fake and some are holograms, exactly the same as the ‘elements’, the monsters he tricks Peter to fight. The CGI in this film really is next level, as a recent film graduate it still blows my mind what they can do to a film, and Marvel seem to be leading the way with this practice.
Now I guess no film is perfect, so my first and only criticism of the film would be that I found it jumped around quite sharply from scene to scene. I understand that they had to fit a lot into the two hours, but one scene that stood out was when Peter suddenly appeared on the Cathedral roof in Prague. It wasn’t a major point though and it didn’t impact the final grade. Likewise to Happy (Jon Favreau) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) I loved their characters in this film, and I wish they had more screen time.
Overall, I can positively say that Spider-man: Far from home was exactly what I wanted it to be. MJ and Peter were beyond a good pairing, Ned was again a great addition and freshness that Spider-man always brings to the Marvel Universe was once again there. Whether you love Marvel or not, Spider-man: Far from home will make you laugh and ‘marvel’ at the brilliant use of location, technology and imagination that this film ex-hurts into the cinematic world.
A massive 5/5 for it!
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