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Review of the movie Spider-Man Far From Home

Spider-Man is getting closer and closer to home, ironically.

We have the feeling that what we see on the screen is closer to the essence of the comic books even more, something it seems that many do not want to understand, and I am sorry. For them and for what I want to explain. The film is increasingly faithful to the essence of what Peter Parker is, a young man with a huge burden of guilt over his shoulders who is unable to reconcile his powers with his mundane life, and who despite his intelligence, remains a teenager who is not prepared in many ways to face the world. Spider-Man is romance, adventure, action and humor, a sometimes strange humor that comes from the verbiage of the character in action and his peculiar way of being out of place when there is no action.

That's what took me out of the film in Homecoming, that mania for ridiculing the hero when he was dressed in a suit and in full fatigues, not understanding what it is then when Spider-Man is not a clumsy young man, but a hero. But a nervous one, because he is young, and he is afraid, so he frees him by talking nonstop during a fight. But he is not clumsy. Here we have the step to the maturity of the hero, who is still 16 years old, but he must decide if he wants to accept that responsibility, that enormous burden, or if he becomes just another teenager (kind of). It is not a simple decision and the film manages it very well because, as in the comics, after a light and humorous moment, comes one more devastating for the character. One moment that breaks him. And that works wonderfully.

Brightburn ★★★★

10 May 2019 Escrito por

Crítica de la película El Hijo

A magnificent perversion of the Superman myth.

Also James Gunn, producer of the film, has a lot of experience with the superhero genre. Not only has directed the first two installments of Guardians of the Galaxy, also prepares the third and the sequel to Suicide Squad, without forgetting Super, a movie that mocks on vigilantes with mask from 2010 that made us laugh a lot. This film is more serious, but Gunn has been very close to the project all the way, which gives the film that black humor and irreverent tone that his first films had, the least unknown but the wildest. And also with all the knowledge treasured by the director, here producer, from his time doing superhero movies, which means that the film is not merely a joke.

Imagine the story of Superman, which could be his evil version from the comic books for example, but with a slight, or maybe huge, change. The child who falls from the sky in a ship, adopted by a family of farmers in Kansas and that soon discovers that he has incalculable powers (the same as Superman) is not our savior, but has come to end all those who oppose him, maybe in his way to become a tyrant who will dominate us all. That is what the film proposes and knows how to overcome the initial story anecdote to create an universe of rich and interesting characters, led by that inexhaustible mother who is Elizabeth Banks, but without forgetting her resigned husband, David Denman, or Gregory Alan Williams as the sheriff ...

Avengers: EndGame review 

It is Marvel’s perfect storm.

It is the movie that we all wanted and more, much more. A journey that has taken us to the length and breadth of 11 years and that has its first big jump here in Endgame, the end of the game, no more, no less. A risky bet, made throughout the length and breadth of two dozen films that culminates with a high note, at very high one. And one doubt, if Marvel will be able to live up to what Endgame offers us, a powerful, epic film, full of adventures, drama and narrative intelligence at all levels. No, as the screenwriters said at one point, it's not the movie we expected to see. But not because of what we thought, but because it is not a movie full of action, but an adventure film during most of its three hours of footage, and it leaves the action for a final hour that becomes something we have rarely seen in a movie theater before ...

Bumblebee ★★★

14 Dic 2018 Escrito por

Bumblebee movie review

One of the best films of the Transformers franchise.

One of the best films of the Transformers franchise. Possibly it is not the most expensive or the one with the best visual effects, nor scenes as huge as the previous ones because of the special effects or the grandiloquence of Michael Bay's cinema. But it is undoubtedly the best written and possibly best interpreted, also taking advantage of the visual talent of its director, Travis Knight, responsible for the magnificent Kubo and the Two Strings, accompanied on this occasion in the script by Christina Hodson, one of the most required writers of Hollywood this days, which shows here her talent and is also responsible for the Batgirl and Birds of Prey scripts. If something similar to Bumblebee comes out of those movies ... we are in good hands, truth be told.

Aquaman ★★★★

13 Dic 2018 Escrito por

Aquaman movie review

One of the best blockbusters of the year and the proof that DC can do very good things.

And no, I do not mean by this that I have changed my mind about other DC movies, I just think that this time they have done something possibly closer to what the public expects from the comics company in movies. It is true that it is superior to Justice League, for example (I do not understand how it may have cost half of the cost of Justice League and it seems that it cost twice as much, although we know all the problems that the shooting of JL had ...) and it is even with Wonder Woman, or better certain times. But, above all, it is a perfect Christmas entertainment and a blockbuster as competent as well built.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

A step back in the Fantastic Beasts saga, which entertains but is an overlong film. Whether or not you are fans of the Harry Potter saga, you're sure to know that this weekend premiered around the world Fantastic Beasts 2, the sequel to the spin off prequel to the original saga. And that it has offered us a film that seems half done, halfway between an epic magical adventure and a telenovela. No, I do not mean to offend when I say these words. But whoever has seen the film will not deny me that there are a couple of moments in which to follow the genealogical trees of the characters (almost all of them) is more complicated than guessing the number of the lottery this week ...

Halloween ★★★★

10 Oct 2018 Escrito por

Halloween 2018 Review Movie

Finally, the tribute that the original film needed and deserved. The father of all the slasher films as we know them, Michael Myers who appeared in the seminal film Halloween by John Carpenter, is finally recognized as such in a film that makes him, for the new audience, the mythical figure that he has always been, or at least that he should be. Maybe some forgot about it, giving more importance to Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, but Myers is the father of them all, in the same way that Norman Bates was the grandfather. No, I did not forget about Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it’s just that, that movie was not a slasher, it was another type of horror cinema, essential in the same way, but it is not the same type of cinema. Although it presented a similar type of masked villain.

First Man Review Movie

One of the best movies of the year, without a doubt.

Damian Chazelle returns after La La Land, to surprise us, completely changing tone and style, to offer us a film with personality, with a sensational force and with Ryan Gosling who is a candidate for all the awards from this moment on. The film will be nominated in many categories, without a doubt, but that should not make us forget what is really important. That First Man is a fantastic movie, a story disguised as a biopic that turns into an epic adventure and that leaves us the taste of the great cinema. Script, acting, direction ... the film has all the necessary elements to stand out. And if Gosling stands out, do not miss what Claire Foy does with her character...

Venom review ★★★

03 Oct 2018 Escrito por

Film review Venom

It is not what we expected, for better and worse. For days we have been receiving different information about what we were going to find in Venom, the film starring Tom Hardy and directed by Ruben Fleischer. Some said it would be the worst movie of the year. It is not the worst movie of the year, nor the best one. It is a mixture of brilliant and mediocre ideas, of genius themes and love for the comic books, with blockbuster needs for all audiences. Because the movie does not have R category, so the audience will be higher in numbers (or so they think), but we will also see less blood on screen. And Venom's character needed that blood to make the movie that fans have been demanding for years.

It’s better in every possible way than the previous movie. A breath of fresh air in the franchise with a scent to the original film by Steven Spielberg, served with great elegance and know-how by our J.A. Bayona, a director who has managed to carve out a career within our cinema full of incontestable successes and that also had the scent of Hollywood cinema, but they were very much Spanish films, such as The Impossible or A Monster calls, and that also served to draw the attention of the American film industry, who first offered him the sequel to World War Z and he finally refused to do that one, and took the leadership on this sequel to Jurassic World that is already the fifth installment of the most famous dinosaur saga of the history of cinema. To be honest, the change could not have been better. You all know the problems I had with Jurassic World, an entertaining movie, correctly shot, but without personality, leaning more on the pure and hard visual spectacle than on telling a good story, with characters often unbearable (those children…) and with a script that had too many mistakes to not tell anything new ...

I do not know to what extent they have allowed Bayona to get into the script of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly, the creators responsible for this return to Jurassic world, especially Trevorrow who also directed Jurassic World ... I repeat, I do not know to what extent they allowed Bayona retouch some things on the script, although surely it has not been easy if he has achieved it, but the script is better, without being amazing, and the failures, weaknesses and faults of the film, are almost all due to that very same script that sometimes tends to think that, by the fact of having dinosaurs, the public will accept absolutely everything that appears on the screen without protest. And it is not like that. The resolution of some plot points are not very credible at best, some characters are still unbearable, and logic is not always present in the story... But it improves a lot compared to the previous movie. The plot is more elaborate, the protagonists are more defined and have evolved, the character of the girl is better developed than the children in Jurassic World... And incorporates elements of, for example, horror movies, which in the hands of the director, become key elements to the film.

Elements that appeared for example in the first movie, but that were lost piece by piece in time and with the sequels. But it seems that Bayona is willing to recover them, with a first part of the film with a more adventurous tone and close to The Lost World, which also pays tribute, and a second part of The Lost World, but also, and about everything, from the moments of Jurassic Park terror, the use of shadows, darkness, scares and even a pinch of violence that here appears in a very direct way , and that leads me to wonder how they will have avoided the R rate and achieved the PG13, in addition to avoiding explicit bleeding (because we have some amputation and quite graphic deaths, with a tribute to Jurassic Park included). And in those elements of terror, Bayona moves like a fish in the water, with signs of author but also elements that remind of Frankenstein (even with Doctor Frankenstein included), Little Red Riding Hood (including the encounter with the Big Bad Wolf) or Nosferatu, which gives a cinephile flavor of first category, of real talent.

The film, in addition to having these references to horror films, does not shirk the visual spectacle, especially in its walk around the island, with scenes that are memorable (the aquatic scene, the lava moments, the "farewell on the dock" ... ) and that then lead us to a far more intimate world, if that can happen in the universe of Jurassic Park, with a couple of more than interesting twists. That space where darkness is greater and where those moments arrive that are going to be the most remembered ones of the movie, even though they do not have so many visual effects. They have them, of course, but not so many or so big as in the island. And also throughout the film the director puts a lot of tributes to the Jurassic saga but much less evident than in the previous installment, whether in a shot, in a death, in a scene ... he does not point continuously on the homage, he places it subtly and let the viewer discover if is known or not. It is more effective in that way, because it requires, first of all, the attention of the spectator, it allows it to be like a game in search of Easter eggs that the director has hidden, which are not few.

The film runs for over two hours and entertains a lot. It makes us forget those little script failures, which are less than in the previous movie, and we also have the two leads from Jurassic World, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, displaying charisma and improving their characters, which evolve and grow, without as much nonsense as they had before (notice how they laugh subtly at the topic of the high heels of the first film, and notice how they resolve romantic relationships ...) accompanied by names like James Cromwell, Toby Jones (a villain as topical as adorable ... because the real villains are the dinosaurs), Ted Levine (another tribute to previous films ...) or Rafe Spall. Not forgetting the return of Jeff Goldblum, the always interesting presence of BD Wong as usual, and Isabella Sermon, the great debutante that makes us forget the mediocre children of Jurassic World. The presence of Daniella Pineda and, above all, Justice Smith, does not contribute much ... not because of the actors, but because of how the script deals with the characters ... Minor problems. It is a fun, entertaining film and, finally, a worthy heir to the original, with its mixture of horror and adventure genres for the whole family, with its great narrative pulse and with those details that give it the personality that the others did not have ...

Jesús Usero




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