Spider-Man: Far From Home

Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes

Genre: Fantasy/Action/Sci-Fi

Cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Samuel L Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya

Rating: 4/5 stars

Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman is back! However, before we delve into the main message of this film, let it be known that this probably is the best iteration of this particular superhero on the big screen, till date. If you watched and enjoyed Avengers Endgame, this film picks up right where the latter left off, from where Tony Stark (Iron Man) placed his faith in Peter Parker as a top hero. While Endgame was a juggernaut of a movie at a little over three hours in duration, we have a movie that is lighter, and yet packs in the action, cross references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also sending across a simple message - that simplicity and a genuine goodness of heart triumphs over illusion, deception and trickery, as represented by the hero’ nemesis (Mysterio) in the film. Samuel L. Jackson, is superbly in character, and so is Jon Favreau.

Holland is a worthy torch bearer of the web slinging superhero who doesn’t forget his etiquettes. Painfully shy in front of his love interest and being genuinely honest, the surprise package here however is Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, a role essayed with the kind of mastery that naturally is expected from an actor of his calibre. Without giving away any spoilers, he plays a certain kind of role that will throw unexpected twists and turns. Holland’s Peter Parker initially comes across as a self-doubting superhero who seemingly only wants to pursue his romantic interest and shirk greater responsibilities, he gradually finds his feet, gains self-confidence and proceeds to fulfil his superhero duties.

The underlying message of this film is that should not see basic values like humility, kindness, simplicity with a jaded or cynical eye. The equation between Beck and Spider-Man is true cinematic gold. A parallel that comes to mind is that of Batman and The Joker. But this is quite unique, and original.

The motivational message is that good always triumphs over evil; however the latter is not immediately recognizable because of deceit and illusion. Vigilance, understanding and empathy for one’s brethren is what makes us better human beings. The plot twists and surprises courtesy a shape-shifters.

The entire screenplay makes the flick enjoyable and relatable for everyone from children to adults. Essentially, full family fare. You can expect the kind of top notch visual effects, production values and storyline, that is but natural for a film like this. There’s even a reference to Star Wars thrown in. The writers have pulled off a winner here with a script that straddles the fine line between fare that is not just for the Marvel fan boys and fan girls but also for casual viewers who want some good, wholesome entertainment with a positive message.

Do stay for the end credit scenes, there are two of them.

— Reagan Gavin Rasquinha, for The Examiner