While fans are stilling reeling and are down in their grief over what happened at the end of Avengers: Endgame with a few of their favourite characters, including Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr, Marvel Studios is out with the next film in line - Spiderman: Far From Home starring Tom Holland as the titular character. If you are one such person who is not sure whether they want to see the film or not, let us help by showcasing the reviews given by the international press for the film.
Tom returns for his second solo outing and this time he’s on a school field trip to Europe when he’s recruited by Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson to save the world from a new threat from extra-dimensional beings. Helping him is Mysterio essayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, a hero from that same dimension. While he’s doing that, he’s working to deepen his relationship with Michelle or 'MJ' played by Zendaya and learning to deal with a world without his mentor Tony Stark in it.
According to Den of Geek, "Spider-Man: Far From Home, which officially closes off Marvel’s Phase Three, is another new flavour for the studio: a fresh, youthful romp that also takes things back to basics. Far From Home feels like a Spider-Man movie first and an MCU movie second, and it’s all the better for it."
And what about Tom? Rolling Stone said, "Holland, who just turned 21, is a British actor who gets inside the role in ways that go beyond a spot-on American accent and a voice that squeaks when he’s excited. As Peter Parker, the Queens, NY, sophomore and the guiding light in his life is his unusually attractive Aunt May played by Marisa Tormei. "
"Far From Home begins like a colourful teen rom-com, ticking off memorable European locations underpinned with a jaunty score uncharacteristic of the MCU. The tone is light and funny, including slapstick sequences that largely land. Even when the first set of villains arrive on the scene to ruin Peter’s holiday and threaten the very existence of the world as we know it, things never get too dark", said Den of Geek.
If fans were wondering about Jake's entry into MCU, Indie Wire said, "Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, who later adopts the nickname Mysterio, is one of the absolute highlights of the film – a charismatic stranger with intriguing powers who arrives out of nowhere just at the right time to become something of a much-needed mentor to Peter, at first at least. "
After Homecoming, here's what Vulture had to say about villain Vulture, "Adrian, also known as the Vulture, is the Big Bad of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and he has instantly entered the top tier of the MCU villain roster. There’s an array of reasons he lands so well, primary among them that Keaton just crushes it."
The New York Times said, "Of course that isn’t in the cards. Spider-Man: Far From Home ends with the usual mid- and post-credits kickers that are meant to be surprising but are really the opposite. Spoiler alert: there are a lot more movies like this coming. In the meantime, enjoy the Blip."
But most importantly - Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man. This is what The Guardian said, "It is clear that the studio isn’t keen to allow all of Tony Stark’s fascinating tech to die along with Iron Man. There are more cool Stark gadgets in this movie but there is a sense that the MCU will never be quite the same for these absences." Time Magazine wrote, "The film keeps drawing parallels between Peter and Tony. Peter is shown with hair styled like Tony, wearing Tony’s glasses. He builds a new Spider-Man suit using Iron Man’s technology as the AC/DC song from the first Iron Man film plays in the background. Even their evolutions are the same, from men in pursuit of more selfish gains to men who evolve to act selflessly and heroically. "
So all in all, fans of the comics and of the '90s animated series should delight in Spiderman: Far From Home. The friendly neighbourhood running time of 129 minutes helps the film to feel like one of the most fun and crowd-pleasing installments, though do make sure you stay for both the mid- and post-credits sequences – they’re equally enjoyable and actually add to the story.
(Source: Den of Geek, Rolling Stone, Indie Wire, Vulture, The Guardian,Time Magazine and The New York Times)