Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, J B Smoove, Martn Starr
Director: Jon Wats
Rating: * * * *
Intense and thrilling, Spider-Man: Far from Home is a worthy sequel to the Avengers: Endgame and SpiderMan: Homecoming chapters, playing out as an expository connecton to upcoming instalments from the Marvel Cinematc Universe.
Tom Holland is endearing as the humble, insecure Peter Parker who only wants to pursue his studies and hang out with love interest MJ (Zendaya) and best buddy (Jacob Batalon) since he feels he is unworthy of the legacy bequeathed to him by Iron Man (Robert Downey).
As the ttle indicates, our protagonist must go far, literally and fguratvely, before arriving at the decision that will forever change his life and the world. The story arc moves then from NYC where he is raised by aunt May (Marisa Tomei) to the hotspots of Europe – Venice, Prague and London – in the company of his classmates and teachers, one of whom tries to be funny and fails.
Curmudgeon crime fghter Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) pursues the students to Venice where he forces our hero to don a new costume to save the world from the Elementals, four sentent monsters consistng of earth, wind, fre and water. Lots of gags about how Venice is sinking are followed up by Spidey teaming up with an alien called Quentn Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) who claims the Elementals destroyed his planet.
As we soon see, it is not just the mythic that inspires the scriptwriters, it is also science and pop philosophy. Mysterio talks about multverses (which Creatonists could explain as the diferent levels of existence in the Scriptures) The plot also incorporates illusion, but the smoke-and-mirrors spectacle skips the profundity of Indian thought while it makes up with mayhem. Poor Spidey also gets knocked around a good bit so much so you want to hug him and nurse his wounds.
To their credit, screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers underline courage, humility, truth, perseverance and the theme of duty and the responsibilites that come with power. All in all then, this editon of the Spiderman saga is well worth a watch. And do keep your ears peeled for the snappy Konkani, yes Konkani song on the soundtrack.