Spider-Man: Far From Home – My restrained views.

It is so difficult to write about Marvel films without letting out a spoiler. Especially in the second installment of this franchise.

It is a fun film. As usual. Since it gives you a very teenage kind of feeling, everything is really advanced, rapid and modern. I loved Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers‘s script, having just the right amount of everything. The story put through is obviously the next chapter, post Avengers: End Game and explains casually, how Peter Parker is affected, after the sad demise of Tony Stark (Iron Man).

The direction (by Jon Watts – who also directed the first part) is great. The technological/graphical parts of the film [which is most of the film] will impress you. A lot. It is really mind blowing what all you can create by just putting green screens everywhere around the actors and letting a computer do it’s part. Undoubtedly, the graphic and/or VFX (visual effects) designers do most of it.

One thing I couldn’t understand is that how Mary Jane’s (MJ) character has completely taken a turn from what we had witnessed in the Tobey Maguire‘s Spider-Man series. Herein, MJ (played by Zendaya) is completely obsessed with Peter Parker [and weirdly stalks him too] since the first part, Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was a complete different scenario in Sam Raimi‘s directed Spider-Man franchise.

It is rejuvenating to have a new character, Jake Gyllenhaal (as Mysterio) who actually enhanced the film. He is truly a brilliant actor. Sober, yet effective. The twists and turns in this sequel, along with great suspenseful moments will keep surprising you every now and then. The comedy portion is a little less, however present, compared to other Marvel films.

Everything has changed, ever since the brilliant Tom Holland (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man) has taken over. The costumes, the actors, the names, the villains. For the most basic examples, Aunt May/May Parker’s character is now played by the sizzling Marisa Tomei or Peter Parker has a best friend, Ned Leeds (played by Jacob Batalon). Beginning from 2002, what Spider-Man (played by Tobey Maguire) used to be and what it is now. How the characters revolving around him have altered. How Spider-Man got involved with Avengers. The inclusion of Tony Stark/Iron Man in his life. I have accepted it. It’s great. Yet, deep down somewhere in my heart, I will always miss Tobey Maguire. What he created on the screen was something else. Unspeakable. Magic.

4/5

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Game Over – Half a film.

Taapsee Pannu admitted that a lot of big shots from Bollywood industry had said that she won’t make it. Not only behind her back, but to her face as well. She had the belief in herself, the determination kept her going and her ability and skill is what made her reach to the position she is at today.

It isn’t a Bollywood release, this film. It is a Tamil-Telegu film just dubbed into Hindi language for the cinemas of the same. One reason also being that Pannu now has fans and/or an audience aside Tollywood and Kollywood film industries. In our Hindi cinema, Game Over is presented by Anurag Kashyap and the production company is Reliance Films. Not that he has directed this but I surmise, even if his name is mentioned anywhere in a film’s details, the mind automatically gets an affirmation that the plot or the direction is rock-solid.

Herein, you get a feel of it being a Tamil/Telegu direction because of the melodrama. Plus, the fact that the dialogue is dubbed and has voice overs by different actors than of the ones behind the screen (except Taapsee‘s, she’s done her own), we all are aware of how these films sound and seem like. Gives you a tad feeling of fraudulence. You must have seen one on Television, surely. Thanks to Ashwin Saravanan (director & screenplay) and dialogue writers, Kaavya Ramkumar (Tamil) and Venkat Kacharla (Telegu). Although, there is the background score and the cinematography which makes sure you are seated upright, even in a comfortable theater recliner. Not only that, but Taapsee‘s brilliant performance too, as you must have heard/read over the news.

Notwithstanding, there is a catch. The above scenario starts only when the second half begins, whilst the first half is only the introduction of the story AND tries too hard to create a mystery in your mind, leaving the prediction part to you. Fails though. Agreeing to this, that the concept is most definitely one-of-a-kind. You’ll be blown away. The film is given the genre of a thriller but it’ll give you chills of horror as well, adding to their own benefit, of course.

3/5

John Wick 3: Parabellum – Just for the action.

I was shocked to see the amount of people in the theater, cheering and applauding, for Keanu Reeves (as John Wick). My question to them is that where were they in the first two parts?

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Yes, there is a huge audience for insane action films with a hint of the thriller genre in it. Yet, I still remember vividly, there were ten or probably fifteen people in the theater, when the first John Wick (2014) had released. I am glad, for Keanu Reeves, for the fact that his fans have outnumbered the amount of how many there were before this. But were they really fans? When many of them weren’t even present in first two parts of this series?

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Let’s now get to the ultimate topic. The film. Look, it has always been a mediocre story-line when spoken about John Wick films. The director, Chad Stehalski and writers Derek Kosltad (lone writer of the first two parts), Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Marc Abrams tried their level best to evolve the film, making it vast, including more actors and better villains. It is also appreciable that in that ‘vastness’, it’s not only guns what he is playing with this time, it’s horses, dogs, knives, axes, swords and motorbikes too.

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The drawbacks of this film might not be too many but one is that too much of Keanu’s physical skills were being displayed, where he looked fatigued and laid back. Now, there was an action scene [might be interesting for some], a fight scene rather, with one of the Japanese foes, where too much of screen time was being used and it literally felt elastic, given the fast-paced state of the film. Nonetheless, the background score excelled and the comedy content, taking a good portion in the film, also, makes it worthy of the extra point.

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Fortifying actors who reprise their roles, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Randall Duk Kim and Lance Reddick and the new ones, Asia Kate Dillon, Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui and Jerome Flynn are simply fantastic, in their little roles.

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With all that being said, John Wick 3: Parabellum proves to be slightly better than it’s previous two parts. I will remind you to watch the first two parts before going for this one. It is not a standalone. It is connected.

3.5/5