When I agreed to review Far From Home I still hadn’t actually seen Homecoming. So I quickly watched that the night before Far From Home arrived at my door. I really enjoyed Homecoming for the most part and I was excited to finally sit down and get into it’s supposedly much better sequel! You can check out Jaz’s full review of Spider-Man: Far From Home if you’re looking for something a bit more in depth on the film itself – I’m here to tell you about the special features you get to take home with you on the home entertainment version! I will say, however, that Jaz enjoyed Far From Home WAY more than me. Actually, because of that I should probably give you some brief thoughts on the film itself.
Before I begin to tell you why I didn’t like Far From Home as much as I liked Homecoming, I just want to make it clear that I STILL ENJOYED FAR FROM HOME. It was a really fun, action-packed film and the third-best Spider-Man film I’ve witnessed. Watching both films back-to-back for the first time over two nights made the change in overall tone a lot more obvious to me than it might have if I’d seen Homecoming back when it first came out. Far From Home felt more contrived and even bordering on juvenile (the drone bus scene almost made me stop watching). Tom Holland’s Spider-Man also lost a lot of his boy-ish charm (I understand why *cough* losing father-figure *cough*), and just became so intensely and frustratingly stupid, it made it really hard to root for him. His sudden infatuation with Zendaya’s extremely dull MJ was very unconvincing and pretty disappointing. I think a big part of the film’s problem, for me, was that a lot of the new characters and relationships felt like spoofs or millenial cliches that were mostly there to serve up the laughs while being surrounded by a world supposedly recovering from a pretty major and crazy situation.
The whole thing felt jarring, like they couldn’t quite decide what they were going for. A lot of scenes felt like something you’d expect to find on the Disney Channel sitcoms – something I would enjoy in the context of a Disney tween show – but not something I was expecting to see in the follow-up to Homecoming. Was it an Avengers film? Was it a Hannah Montana crossover episode? It certainly didn’t feel like an authentic Spider-Man flick to me. I am aware that the majority of movie-goers probably don’t agree with my thoughts on Far From Home – but it’s important to me to be authentic in my reviews so the few people who do agree can be like “So I’m not the only one!”. Also, the reason I’m not going to go in depth about all the things I did enjoy about Far From Home, is that Jaz has already gushed about it enough in her review – which you should check out to get a more balanced view of what to expect.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES
I may have enjoyed the special features more than the film itself! There is A LOT of content to get through, but it is all so good! Some of my favourite bits were just seeing Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland hanging out like best buds – making each other get the giggles whenever possible. Getting to see how many of the stunts Tom does himself, and watch a couple of the more unpleasant ones unfold was also very fascinating and now I’ve got mad respect for Mr Holland. It also includes one of the better gag reels I’ve seen for a Marvel film, probably because the cast so obviously enjoy spending time together and having a laugh.
They also include a whole bunch of deleted scenes which are pretty interesting! Some of them I imagine would be kinda gutting to have cut for certain actors, definitely worth your while. Fun was clearly had creating a few little feature clips like ‘Peter’s To-Do list’ and ‘Teachers’ travel tips’.
Bonus Materials Include:
- World Wide Web-Slinger: An in-depth look at Spider-Man’s web-slinging adventure around the world featuring new interviews and behind-the-scene with the cast and crew.
- New Original Short, Peter’s To – Do – List: Peter has a few errands to run before he can leave on his class trip.
- Teachers’ Travel Tips: Mr. Harrington & Mr. Dell present a few tips on how to traverse the European continent.
- Stepping Up: Explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, the ways Tom Holland transformed the character of Peter Parker, and what the future holds for Spider-Man.
- Suit Up: The suit doesn’t make the hero – but it does play a big role in who they are and who they can become. This piece examines all of Peter’s different suits in the movie, and with behind the scenes footage, we see why some suits are better than others.
- Far, FAR, Far from Home: The film’s illustrious locations serve story points and establish tone, but they’re also amazing to travel to! Hear from the cast on their experiences filming on-location.
- It Takes Two: A special look at the chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland.
- Fury & Hill: MCU stalwarts Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson are back as Agent Maria Hill & Nick Fury!
- The Ginter-Riva Effect: A look at the villain sub-plot and how William Ginter-Riva ties Spider-Man: Far From Home all the way back to the beginning of the MCU.
- Thank You, Mrs. Parker: A look at Marisa Tomei’s reimagining of Aunt May, from Homecoming to Far From Home.
- The Brother’s Trust: A quick look into some of the amazing work Tom Holland and his brothers have done through their charity, The Brothers Trust.
- The Jump Off: Interviews with the cast & crew take us through all of the amazing stunts of Far From Home.
- Now You See Me: We examine the evolution of Mysterio and why Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect fit for the role.
- Stealthy Easter Eggs: Allow E.D.I.T.H. to reveal some of the hidden Easter Eggs you may have missed!
- Select Scene Pre – Vis: A side by side comparison of the Pre-Vis with the film
- Gag Reel & Outakes
- Never-Before-Seen Alternate & Extended Scenes
If you were a fan of the film, then this is a MUST-HAVE! If you had similar thoughts to me about the film (enjoyed it – but not as much as Homecoming) then I would still recommend grabbing a copy for the special features alone!