Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
Spiderman: Far From Home
Directed by Jon Watts
Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
Action superhero comedy is a genre that lends itself into goofball setups and often sight gags. Spiderman has long been the franchise that has kept a good balance of the goofiness of being a growing teen with superhuman abilities with a sense of moral justice torn between saving the day and protecting ones family and friends. Now comedy is hard. The two writers had a tall order with trying to give audiences some humor following the events of Avenger’s Endgame and Infinity War. I would like to say they did well with the comedy by only missing a few beats here and there, and overall this is a decent film. So let’s swing into the story!
Here comes the spoilers.
The film picks up eight months after the events of Endgame and Infinity War to what people are referring to as the ‘blip’. We quickly see that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is still heavily impacted by those events and the loss of his mentor and hero, Tony Stark. With Tony Stark gone, the world, and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) are seeking out the new superhero who will protect them when needed. In Mexico, Nick and Maria (Cobie Smulders) discover an elemental being that gets destroyed by a new superhero, named Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), from another dimension who is seeking revenge against these elementals who destroyed his home world. I felt this was a great way to expand upon the multiverse. I would have liked to seen a flashback here of his world being destroyed and the lengths he went through to track them down. This is the first misstep with Beck’s character. Marvel has been on a decent track record with humanizing their villains, but here they miss a step and it affects the entire film. This harkens back to the Iron Man 3 film with this one with the whole switcharoo on the villain plot. Granted they stayed true to the comics origins, but this is where I felt they could have changed it up a bit for sake of expanding upon the multiverse. The revenge twist is not so much a twist, and it just for me falls flat. The ending is a surprise cliff hanger with the return of a fan favorite J Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) announcing to the world the identity of Spiderman.
Now Peter’s handling of grief, new responsibilities, and the truth being discovered by his love interest MJ are all handled very well throughout the film. I would have liked to seen more scenes with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Happy (Jon Farveau) making Peter feel uncomfortable would have been some neat comedic moments. I would’ve had them take a surprise visit to the countries that Peter’s school trip was on. Like Peter would see them taking a romantic gondola ride while fighting the water elemental. Another scene would be them strolling by the Eiffel tower while Peter saves them without them knowing. This would explain Happy being close to keep tabs on Peter while trying to romance Aunt May. This I felt was a hug comedic misstep right here.
Yet comedy is film is hard to write because not everyone may laugh at the jokes. For the most part the film delivers a decent Spiderman film, but not a memorable one. Make us have compassion for the villain, and give us more Happy Hogan and Aunt May.
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