Tuesday, July 16, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 19
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
ALADDIN
ANNABELLE COMES HOME
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: A.P. BIO
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: Green Porno
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: STREET FOOD
BLAST FROM THE PAST: GODSPELL
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BOOKSMART
CRAWL
DARK PHOENIX
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
ROCKETMAN
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
STUBER
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
TOY STORY 4
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
YESTERDAY

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF MARVEL STUDIOS

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME


Where is it playing?: Santa Maria RPX, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Clown) directs this story that follows the events of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joins besties Ned (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya) on a European vacation, hoping for a little heroics-free rest and relaxation, but when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) comes calling, Peter works to uncover the mystery of otherworldly attacks plaguing Europe.

Maybe I’m suffering from comic book movie overload, but this new Spider-Man installment just didn’t “wow” me the way it seems to for most reviewers and audiences. Rotten Tomatoes rates it a 91 percent with critics and 96 percent with audiences. It’s entertaining enough, but I don’t see what all the hype is about. It’s just another big-budget comic book adventure.

Peter is mourning the loss of Iron Man and questioning Tony Stark’s belief in him. He’s just a kid, after all, not a ‘real’ Avenger. All he really wants to do is go on his school trip to Europe, where he hopes to generate some sparks between him and MJ.

Meanwhile, a new threat is menacing Earth. We see Nick Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) investigating an unnatural storm generated by a forces they learn are called an Elemental. As the storm rises again, a powerful new superhero named Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) shows up to defeat the Elemental.

To remind us that Peter’s just a high school kid, there’s some teen drama between him and some classmates. Another boy is flirting with MJ, and even nerdy Ned manages to find a girlfriend in overachiever Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) while Peter seems to be getting nowhere with MJ.

When the class arrives in Venice, Italy, another Elemental shows up in the form of water, menacing everyone. Beck arrives to save the day again, and Peter works with him. Fury arrives, scolding Peter for avoiding his calls and giving him Stark’s glasses, which contain an artificial intelligence system called E.D.I.T.H., which controls Stark Enterprises’ weapons systems. We also learn that Beck comes from a different reality and that the Elementals killed his family.

Even though Peter at first rejects Fury’s call for him to fight impending Elemental attacks, Fury finds a way to involve him anyway by redirecting his school trip to Prague, where the first Elemental is predicted to strike. Things become even more contrived from there. I won’t bore you with the details.

Basically, the film is flawed. Its big switcheroo is too obviously projected, Peter is too gullible (where are your “spidey senses,” dude?), and the entire affair lacks the coherence of its predecessor. There’s nothing I can say that will stop fans from flocking to the theater. The film’s already made more that $90 million. For me, it simply had nothing new to say—just sound and fury signifying nothing.

If you’ve got a couple hours to waste and need a distraction, hit a matinee. These comic book spectacles are best seen in the theater. Hopefully you’ll like it more than I did. (129 min.)

—Glen Starkey




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