SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME148 minutes
JUST imagine a universe where there are multiple versions of everyone.
Somewhere in the endless cosmos you’ll find a Labor leader with charisma, a once-married Katie Price behind bars, and a James Corden who isn’t boring.
There is also a chemistry between Holland and Zendaya, who plays her outspoken love MJ[/caption]
Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man movie takes the notion of the multiverse, first explored in an exceptional animated film Into The Spider-Verse, and jumps with it.
At the end of the previous movie, Peter Parker was unveiled as Spider-Man, which presents a whole host of headaches in this one.
The vigilante asks his old pal Dr Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, to play with the cosmic timeline so that no one remembers the face behind the mask.
The horrific consequence of this thoughtless action is that a host of villains from other universes are invited into his New York version.
If you don’t follow this, don’t worry. I also sometimes struggled with the complicated plot that sometimes threatens to implode under the weight of its ambitions.
The two-and-a-half-hour film is a bit slow as Parker grapples with cosmic decisions like whether or not to help ‘misunderstood’ villains.
Fortunately, No Way Home is a blockbuster that compensates for any moralization with big dollops of humor.
The jokes, which you might need to have seen the other movies for, made me laugh out loud.
There is also an alchemy between Holland and Zendaya, who plays her outspoken love MJ.
You will also discover a cast of stars who are having a lot of fun.
This includes Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, the brilliant Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, and Jamie Foxx as Electro.
There are also plenty of crowd-pleasing surprises that I can’t mention without spoiling the movie.
No matter which universe you’re from, Spider-Man is a comic book adventure that seems to find endless ways to reinvent itself and keep us entertained.
THE LOST GIRL
(15) 121 minutes
NOT since Chucky got such a scary doll as in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first movie.
This is the story of Leda (Olivia Colman), an academic who goes on vacation alone to Greece.
This is the story of Leda (Olivia Colman), an academic who goes on vacation alone in Greece.[/caption]
She finds a good spot on a secluded beach and settles down. But soon her peace is disturbed by a brash American family, which takes precedence over the tranquility with vulgar fast boats and bad behavior.
One of the calmest members of this crew is Nina (Dakota Johnson) whose beloved baby girl doll is missing.
Frantic research quickly becomes bizarre and strangely terrifying. The film slowly reveals who Leda is by showing her as a young mother (played by Jessie Buckley), feeling suffocated as she juggles her two children, her husband and her studies.
Buckley remarkably plays the role of young Leda, mirroring Colman’s manners and ways of speaking. The three female protagonists are fascinating, with Johnson sharp and edgy, and Colman both pitiful and cunning.
There’s a lot to understand in this story on many levels and the characters are often obnoxious, but it’s so vivid and unsettling that you can’t look away.
THE OFFER BAR
(15) 104 minutes
DIRECTED by George Clooney, this sepia-tinted coming-of-age drama is without rush and incident – but not without fun.
It was adapted from 2005 memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer JR Moehringer, who is played here by Daniel Ranieri while growing up in the 1970s in Long Island, New York, and then as an adult by Tye Sheridan.
From Charlie’s The Dickens bar, young JR is encouraged to read books, apply for Yale, and fulfill his dreams as a writer.[/caption]
His radio DJ dad is absent and alcoholic and it falls to his uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck) to provide him with a male model.
From Charlie’s The Dickens bar, young JR is encouraged to read books, apply for Yale, and fulfill his dreams as a writer.
As the boy becomes a man, JR gets his Ivy League scholarship, is heartbroken by Sidney (Brianna Middleton), gets a job at the New York Times in an attempt to win her back, and gradually finds her niche.
The pace is constantly slow, veering towards the drab at times, nothing untoward happens and there are few dramatic peaks in this sweet tale.
But his journey will resonate with many, as the dial of nostalgia has risen high – and the performance and 1970s soundtrack are enjoyable.
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