Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man for his third solo outing, but is it really an Avengers level experience or a case of don't believe the hype.
This is not such a straightforward film to review...I remember, that my initial problem with the first solo Tom Holland film (Homecoming) was that it had such a 'junior' outlook in comparison to every other Spider-Man outing we'd been given and that element completely caught me off guard. Why I hear you ask?
Well, in already having seen his depiction of the character play so well with the adults in "Captain America: Civil War" his interaction there, set my mind up to believe that in his first lone feature we would be given a certain level of mature storytelling - which didn't really happen. Well, I say that, but the Vulture via Michael Keaton's performance thankfully provided a presence which helped anchor the film to be something much stronger than the sum of its high-school parts.
For my second viewing of "Homecoming" and my first viewing of "Far From Home" I had reprogrammed my mind to accept the level of sophistication that the filmmakers had chosen to deliver around the 'kids' which was miles away from say the likes of "Teen Wolf" (1985) and more akin to "Sky High" (2005) and quickly came to accept and like it. Anyway, in saying all of this, NWH (for me) starts off at an even more junior level than its predecessors and has quite a lukewarm start considering the final events of "Far From Home". However, I can assure you, that NWH goes on to be a perfect Spider-Man ode rather than a perfect Spider-man movie and it had the people in the cinema (including myself) cheering, gasping and clapping at several parts.
And although I stated that NWH starts off lukewarm, trust me when I say that a) it rises to be a darn good film, with some very rewarding aspects and b) that the 12A certificate is warranted. One child in my row started crying and her dad had to comfort her - like face buried in his chest comfort. With the way the film ended, there is now a perfect opportunity to have a more grown up Peter Parker in the world and so I imagine we are going to see some harder battles in the future. Tom Holland has agreed to do another 3 films, so here's to Spider-Man adulting. Oh, by the way, there are two post-credit endings and how people are still leaving the cinema early - C'MOOOOON!
TDD, RC & IK talk: