Movie Review: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
Peter Parker flies to Europe with his high school classmates on a field trip that turns out to be an epic adventure.
In “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Peter Parker (portrayed by Tom Holland) is recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to fight elemental threats from another dimension while he is on a school trip in Europe. This fun, satisfying and action-packed sequel will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what happens next.
"Spider-Man: Far from Home” serves as an epilogue to the Avengers series and as a bridge to future films. The story begins with Peter Parker and his classmates reeling from the “snap” that occurred in “Avengers: End Game” when Thanos snapped people out of existence. Many high school students disappeared, but now Peter Parker and his friends are back five years later after the snap and find themselves the same age as when they left – although their classmates have since graduated and are in their 20s.
Peter Parker is now a junior in high school, and his class is traveling to Europe on a field trip. Peter is reluctant to bring his Spider-Man persona to Europe, because he needs a break. He is burned out from being a teenage superhero, and the only thing on his mind is his Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya). Peter’s aunt, however, packs his Spider-Man suit just in case.
The first stop on their school trip is Venice, Italy. Peter and his friends are attacked by the Water Elemental, a monster that emerges out of the Adriatic sea and threatens to destroy the city. Peter puts on his Spiderman suit and attempts to restore order. Meanwhile, a mysterious superhero fights the monster and slays him.
Peter is contacted by Nick Fury, the head of the Avengers, for a new mission: To stop these giant water and fire monsters from destroying Earth. The superhero who slayed the water monster turns out to be Quentin Beck, nicknamed Mysterio by Peter and his friends.
Mysterio says he’s from an alternate Earth, which has been destroyed by four giant creatures representing the four elements: earth, air, water and fire. In addition to killing the water creature, Mysterio has killed an earth creature. The most powerful elemental creature, Fire, is on its way to Prague, Czechoslovakia. Mysterio says if Fire gets access to the planet’s mantle, then the earth will be destroyed.
Nick Fury demands Peter Parker come to Prague and help Mysterio defeat Fire. Peter surprisingly refuses, even when Fury says the other Avengers are away on other business. Fury tries to shame Peter into helping, but Peter just wants to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-man. Peter insists that they can handle things without him.
The next day, Peter discovers that Fury has “upgraded” the high school vacation, adding a visit to Prague, where the Fire monster is projected to strike. Peter reminds Fury that, if he appears in Prague wearing his regular Spider-Man suit, his classmates are going to figure out that he’s Spider-Man. That's when Nick Fury gives Peter a black Spider-Man suit.
The stage is set for a showdown with Fire in Prague when a major twist occurs, and the villain is revealed. Peter and his friends are faced with a challenge that threatens to destroy life as they know it.
What Parents Should Know
"Spider-Man: Far from Home” is fast paced and suspenseful, with impressive special effects. It is probably best suited for teenagers and adults, but kids are young as 10 may be able to handle the movie. There are some funny scenes that help to lighten the dramatic tension, such as Peter’s chubby classmate Ned (Jacob Batalon) and his brainy blond girlfriend (Betty Brant).
Young or sensitive children may be frightened by the movie’s violence, but it’s very similar to the fighting that occurs in popular video games. The superheroes fight huge fire-water-air monsters who destroy buildings and endanger people’s lives. The gigantic monsters have faces, which may cause impressionable children to have nightmares. The villain attacks people and causes mass destruction. We see buildings and historical landmarks crumble to the ground. Airplanes and jets blow up. Spider-Man accidentally bangs his head into a giant bell and uses his sticky web-threads to stop the bell tower from crashing into the ground. There’s a scene where a man stitches a wound on Peter’s back while he winces in pain. In another scene, students are trapped inside a tour bus as the villain destroys the city.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is an exciting and suspenseful movie with a surprising takeaway about fake news. Without giving too much away, there is a villain who uses fancy technology to deceive the public. It really takes you by surprise, and even Peter Parker is fooled. If you watch this movie with your children, this aspect of the plot can make for good discussion afterwards.