Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Director: Jon Watts

Writer: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers (Screenplay) Steve Ditko, Stan Lee (Comic Book)

Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Favreau, Angourie Rice, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori

 

Plot: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: An Entertaining Jumble

 

Story: Spider-Man Far from Home starts when Peter Parker (Holland) and his classmates MJ (Zendaya), Ned (Batalon), Flash (Revolori) and others head off to Europe for a scientific school trip, Peter’s plan is to finally tell MJ how he feels, but things don’t go to plan.

Peter finds himself recruited by Nick Fury (Jackson) to help new superhero Quentin Beck known as Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) fight a new threat that is attacking cities in Europe, trying to decide if he is ready to tackle the added responsibility of being a superhero.

 

Thoughts on Spider-Man Far from Home

 

Characters – Peter Parker has two main storylines going on in this film, one side of him is the high school student that wants to tell the girl he likes his feeling, nervous and social awkward. The second one sees him facing the reality that he was hand picked to step up and help save the world, a decision which sees him wanting to just take a break from. Watching Peter balance the two is interesting because the high school one was the weaker side, the superhero side is very interesting to follow. Nick Fury is also adapting to life after the snap, where he isn’t in the same level of control on everything going on in the world, he wants Peter to come and work for him and doesn’t like being told no. They did try to recapture certain elements of the chemistry he had with Captain Marvel too. Quentin Beck is the new superhero dubbed Mysterio because of his powers and ability to defeat the elementals that have started attacking the major cities, he offers Peter a chance to discuss his position with having powers like nobody else has since Tony’s death. MJ is the girl of Peter’s dreams, she is very different to both versions of MJ we have seen before, being very distant to the rest of the class, but always manages to capture Peter watching her.

PerformancesTom Holland does do a very good job in the leading role, if it was just the high school side of the film, he does struggle at times, but it is the human effect of being a superhero that completely makes you believe what he is going through. Samuel L Jackson does what we expect from him in a supporting role, as does Zendaya who does everything without standing out. Jake Gyllenhaal though, he was a joy to watch especially in the second half of the film, he just takes his role and runs with it.

StoryThe story here follows Peter Parker on his high school trip that gets interrupted to help try and save the world from a new threat, testing him to see if he is ready to replace Iron-Man. This like the character of Peter Parker can be broken down into two simple positives and negatives, the high school trip stuff, is there, most of it gets pretty boring quickly, it is here to help show a human life that he could have though. The superhero side of the story is the highlight because it does get to show how the once confident Peter is starting to question if he is ready to step up after seeing the consequences to what has happened to people in their lives. The villain is a surprise and while I won’t get into details, it is very entertaining to watch and could be one of the best they have bought to a stand alone film.

Action/Sci-FiThe action in this film is brilliant to watch, it blends with the special effects and doesn’t turn into anything as ridiculous as it could be when you see the fights. The sci-fi element of the film does address the dangers of technology being in the wrong hands once again, but it all works for the story being shown here.

SettingsThe film gives us the basic European settings, we have Venice, Prague, Berlin and London, you know well know locations that have large populations which could get destroyed.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film did seem flawless, we do have large scale, dust, water and fire monsters used for battles which all look like they could be real along with certain twists in the story which only add to the effects.


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That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the high school stuff.

Final ThoughtsThis is a real mixed bag of a superhero movie, it could have been fantastic, only it gets too carried away dealing with the high school world which does drag things down.

 

Overall: Entertaining enough.

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Table 19 (2017)

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Screenplay)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rya Meyers, Charles Green, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Margo Martindale, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell

 

Plot: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Comedy

 

Story: Table 19 starts as we meet our six random as the table layout describes them guests to a wedding, we have former friend and partner of the bride’s brother Teddy (Russell) and now pushed out of the circle Eloise (Kendrick), couple who barley knows anyone Bina (Kudrow) and Jerry (Robinson), anti-social loner Rezno (Revolori), recently released cousin Walter (Merchant) and former Nanny Jo (Squibb).

The six find themselves on Table 19 in the corner and decide to make the most of the evening together after they learn they are the guests that were expected to decline their invitation, but the truth about their own lives will become clear to improve their futures.

 

Thoughts on Table 19

 

Characters/PerformanceEloise is the perfect example of what will happen if you become disliked by a bride just before the wedding you helped prepare, she has a bigger reason to be there and will learn more about why her life in this evening. Bina and Jerry are a long-married couple going through the slow times bickering through the wedding. Rezno is a teenager with a few friends, whose mum has controlled most of his life, he gets pushed into going to the wedding in hope of meeting someone. Walter is a former criminal that is invited to the keep the family open but not enough to be accepted.  Jo is the former nanny that is delighted to be invited but disappointed to be left out of the main family circle. The 6 all have their reasons to be at the wedding and help themselves improve the bad situation.

Performance wise, we all know I will watch anything with Anna Kendrick is and once again she doesn’t let us down, it is also great to see Lisa Kudrow in comedy once again, Craig Robinson is one of the comic actors you can see pull anything off. Tony Revolori continues to show he is someone we should be noticing in film having a comic ability unlike others and June Squibb is fast becoming an actress I want to see all of her films. Stephen Merchant steals the show here but to be fair I think everyone did a great job in this film with Wyatt Russell offering another genre piece for us to see if he can follow in his father’s footsteps.

StoryWe will all get invited to weddings, we will all have different seats and different connections to the couple. This film shows how different people can come together and learn the truth about situations to improve themselves in the most unlikely place, learning from unlikely people. The story is charming throughout which can be enjoyed by all.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy through the film works without becoming anything all laughs, we do get a romantic angle which comes off nicely too.

SettingsThe whole film is set in the wedding party which is great because it all happens in one night which shows us what can happen in one night.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that truly can be enjoyed, it has the laughs, the heart and the real effects of what you would expect from a wedding if you are an outsider.

 

Overall: One of the comedies of the year.

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Dope (2015)

dopeDirector: Rick Famuyiwa

Writer: Rick Famuyiwa (Screenplay)

Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Rakim Mayers, Kimberly Elise

 

Plot: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Where is the Hype?

 

Story: Dope starts as we meet Malcolm (Moore) who lives with his single mother and considered a geek with his two best friends Diggy (Clemons) and Jib (Revolori) who are not like the rest as they want to have their own punk band while getting good grades as they are looking to escape their rough neighbourhood.

The threes lives will change forever when local drug dealer Dom (Mayers) invites them into an adult drinking party where the high school students get their first experience of the drinking culture and the gang culture. The three’s life is turned upside down when they get caught in the middle of a drug deal gone bad as they learn about the other side to the drug world.

Dope is a film I only ever heard great things about and I found myself thinking really, what is the real hype about this film. It has a coming of age feel about it while also have a wild crime story. I found the over use of the ‘N’ word completely unnecessary for this film and takes away the creditability of this film. I do think the actors all do a great job and I do think the character arc Malcolm goes through to be brilliant I just found all the stereotypes to be almost insulting to us the viewer.

 

Overall: Great character arc but poor dialogue usage takes away from final story.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

logoDirector: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (Story)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

 

Plot: The adventure of Gustave (Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

 

Verdict: Quirky Comedy

 

Story: You always know you are going into something slightly different when you see the name Wes Anderson directing. He brings his unique storytelling to this crime caper which will have you laughing quietly throughout. The story is told as a memory of a story of a story of a story and yes it is that deep but we only flashback to the last first telling of the story while the main one continues. I would say this needs the right taste on comedy to enjoy but the fans will enjoy this style of storytelling. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Ralph Fiennes: Gustave the flamboyant hotel owner who looks after his guest with an extra personal touch, he travels to see the will hearing of one of his favourite guests and ends up taking what is his and being hunted down by the police and family members. Ralph doing comedy who would have thought that and he does pull it off very well. (9/10)

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Adrien Brody: Dmitri the son of the deceased lady who wants the fortune for himself, he sets out to get what he thinks is his. Good supporting performance offering a villainous role but sadly gets overshadowed. (7/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Jopling ruthless hit man trying to hunt down Gustave and the painting along with all loose ends in the case. Dafoe steals nearly every scene he is in, be it the moment he throws someone’s cat out the window or the epic ski related chase. (9/10)

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Tony Revolori: Zero the young lobby boy who becomes the most trust man of Gustave who ends up going on all these adventures with him. Seemingly coming from nowhere in this absolute all-star cast and fits in perfectly.(8/10)

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Director Review: Wes Anderson – Wes brings his unique style to what could have been a very plain crime caper. (8/10)

 

Comedy: You will need the right sense of humour for this but I think there will be enough small laughs throughout. (8/10)

Settings: All the settings are used well as well as some being cleverly created animated sequences. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try but if you don’t get the humour you will be very bored. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Ski chase.

Worst Part: The comedy is very particular.

Funniest Scene: The police show up to arrest Gustave.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Maybe but unlikely.

Box Office: $157, 724,997

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

Overall: Quirky Crime Caper Comedy

Rating 81