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SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home (2019) – My rating: 7.5/10

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics’ character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker is recruited to face elemental threats from another dimension while he is on a school trip to Europe. I really had no interest in seeing this version of Spider-Man but wanted to write about the film hoping it would be of some interest. I didn’t love it;  see my thoughts explained in the last paragraph below.

Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in Ixtenco, Texas, with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) investigating an unnatural storm. While there, they encountered a horrifying creature, Earth Elemental. Quentin Beck / Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a master of trickery and illusion who also claims to be a superhero from Earth-833 in the Multiversearrives, arrives and successfully fights off the creature.

Meanwhile, in New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology restarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected in “the Blip” eight months earlier. The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker (Tom Holland), still distraught over Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) death, plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate Michelle “MJ” (Zendaya). Despite being forewarned by Harold “Happy” Hogan (Jon Favreau) that Nick Fury is trying to contact him, Peter, looking forward to his school vacation, chooses to ignore the call. Avoiding any communication with anyone from Stark Enterprises, Peter and his friends travel to Venice and are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city. Mysterio arrives and destroys the creature while Peter secretly attempts to help.

When Tobey Maguire was featured as Spider-Man, the aura was more adult-oriented. With each change of the Spider-Man actor, the aura changed to reflect a more youthful audience.  While the film was full of adventure, excitement and well-acted, it’s gotten a little too youthful for me.  The silliness and cockiness, often a big part of being a teenager, no longer appeals to the likes of my generation.  The plot has more twist and turns than one could imagine.  I didn’t particularly like Fury’s attitude as he tried to convince Parker to be a man by stepping-up and participating, now that the world has changed as a result of “the Blip”.  I felt going after Peter Parker to help fight the Elementals was ridiculous, as he could have asked a different agent.  I’m sure the kids will love Spider-Man: Far From Home — it has grossed over $603 million worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019 and was positively reviewed, with critics calling it a “fun and satisfying sequel” and praising the performances of the cast, particularly Holland and Gyllenhaal. If you haven’t seen Infinity: Endgame, you should see it before Spider-Man: Far From Home, as many spoilers are through-out the film.  Check It Out!

 

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017) – My rating: 7.5/10

This Kingsman sequel is an action spy thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Talk about an over the top fantasy — this is it!  The special effects were of the likes which I’ve not seen since the last Kingsman. This is really thrilling in every sense of the word. If it’s excitement you want, you’ve come to the right film. Crazy is as crazy does and Kingsman: The Golden Circle does a whole lot of crazy.

A year has passed since Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) and the secret organization called Kingsman saved the world from Richmond Valentine’s neurological wave broadcast. Eggsy has finally taken his late mentor, Harry Hart’s (Colon Firth) title of Galahad and is now living with Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden (Hanna Alström). One evening, Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft), a former Kingsman trainee who lost his arm and vocal cords during the Valentine incident, lays in wait and attacks Eggsy as he is returning home. A car chase ensues and Charlie loses his cybernetic arm, which hacks into the Kingsmen servers, destroying their headquarters and killing all their agents in Britain with a missile attack. Being the only surviving agents, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) follow the Doomsday protocol, which leads them to Statesman, a secret American organization posing as a bourbon whiskey distillery in Kentucky. There, they discover their US counterparts, Tequila (Channing Tatum),  Champagne “Champ” (Jeff Bridges), who is also head of the US organization and Jack Daniels / Whiskey (Pedro Pascal). Merlin’s counter is Ginger Ale (Halle Berry), who wants to work more in the field.  At this point, they are briefed about a secret terrorist organization called The Golden Circle headed up by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), head of the world’s largest drug cartel.

Poppy announces that she has developed and distributed a drug that inflicts it’s user with a blue rash that causes eventual mania before moving on to paralysis then death.  She makes her demands to every world leader in exchange for the antidote but of course, they are working against time.  The Kingman and Stateman begin their mission by following Charlie’s ex-girlfriend Clara Von Gluckfberg (Poppy Delevingne), who has developed the rash as well as Elton John, Eggsy’s girlfriend and hundreds of thousands more.

I must admit, the first Kingman movie had all the surprises in it for me.  The special effects were out of this world and pretty new.  I don’t feel this sequel equaled or topped the first one.  The Golden Circle actually got a little sloppy, crazy and unbelievable. The film is 2 hours and 21 minutes long but still managed to keep me entertained.  Some scenes were down right silly and not even Elton John could make a difference.  There is still a whole lot of story to be explored along with some interesting concepts.  I think if nothing else, it’s a complete joyride with a great fantasy plot.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

 

 

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HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016) – My rating: 8/10

hellorhighwaterHell or high water is another summer flick that flew way under the radar. Hardly advertised, it has a semi-quasi cowboy taste to it. It could have been an exciting story but it is overcast by the oh so slow progression of events and flow to the bottom line. I, who am a very detailed person, got bored waiting and waiting and waiting…well, you get my point. The movie was too slow! Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good story and well acted.

Two brothers, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster), stick it to the system by paying back the bank that holds their family mortgage with money they just obtained by robbing banks. Tanner is an x-con who had just gotten out of prison for killing their abusive father and was all too happy to assist his brother, who was not a criminal, achieve this goal. Additionally, Toby has two estranged sons he wants to leave the farm to.  Lots of story here (I won’t spoil it for you).  After pulling off a couple of bank robberies, two Texas Rangers, Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) were sent to get to the bottom of the case and catch the two robbers.  Toby and Tanner had worked out a clever way to exchange the stolen bank money for legitimate, untraceable bills that allowed them to move forward with their plans.  They also planned to rob banks first thing in the mornings so that there would be no customers and less chance of getting caught.  Since Tanner is a little wild, despite being considered the smart one, he impulsively went off course, leaving a big trail of clues for the rangers.  Toby was constantly frustrated with his brother’s shenanigans but stuck with him anyway.   This would be Marcus’ last case since he was due to retire shortly, so he wanted to go out successfully.   There are nicely orchestrated car chases, humor, sex and of course, the gorgeous Chris Pine.  It’s my opinion that waiting for the DVD release would not be a bad thing.

[HELL OR HIGH WATER is nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, and Original Screenplay]

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SEVENTH SON (2014) – My rating: 6.5/10

SeventhSonIt looks like the fillers have begun.  Seventh Son is a pretty good story with lots of action but it’s equates to just more of the same.  I will admit, I like the way this film’s story was told better than some of the other season fillers but the fact remains, it is what it is.  I keep wondering what the near future will hold for the movie industry.  What hasn’t Hollywood filmed about.  What’s new on the horizon?  There are always biographies, true life events, super heroes and fantasies/sci fiction but how will the story change?  They’ve already run out of new looks for aliens and new horror situations.  They brought back most of the action heroes so much that they’re bordering on silly.  The period pieces are becoming stale, making my point about Seventh Son.

Some of the characters that make up this film are the evil queen, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), Master Gregory aka, The Spook (Jeff Bridges) and the Spook Apprentices (Kit Harington who plays Mr. Bradley and Ben Barnes who plays Tom Ward) amounting to good vs evil.  Speaking of evil, the ever popular Djimon Hounsou plays Radu, one of the evil queen’s followers. Good wins, thank God, but not until many are dead and much is destroyed.  BTW:  a Spook, in this film, is a demon or evil spirit hunter and a filler is a so so movie, not meant to be an epic block buster, just something to do until something better comes along.  Sometimes a filler gets away and becomes a block buster, but you don’t have to worry about Seventh Son, it’s a filler for sure.  With veteran actors like Moore and Bridges, how bad could it be, plus we were honored with the familiar face of Kit Harington who play Jon Snow,  from Game of Thrones.  You won’t want your money back or consider walking out on it since it’s actually entertaining.  It’s also shown in 3D for those who want to spent some extra money — Personally, I think you should skip the 3D.  Over all, Seventh Son is an okay movie with nothing new to offer.