Sony and Columbia Pictures are most definitely riding the Spider-Man wave right now. Following on from the very respectable Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the impressive Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) comes their latest offering Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). By successfully continuing on from the chemistry and fun of the 2017 movie and raising the bar in visual effects, as the 2018 film did, this new movie takes your friendly neighbourhood superhero to new heights setting up the next stage…
For me there is no other franchise in the MCU with a gulf in quality from one film to the next like Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Literally both Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) prop up my MCU ranking whereas this instalment is easily top four material. This is a vastly superior movie than its predecessors in every aspect and continues the ‘mini Avengers’ themed casting that made Captain America: Civil War (2016) so successful. There’s also clear influences from the very popular Guardians of the Galaxy series with its comedy, visual effects and setting.
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It goes without saying, this film had to be bigger and better than any other MCU movie to go before it...and it was, with eleven years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being celebrated in style. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo deliver an action film that not only pays homage to all the actors and filmmakers involved in this series to date, plus a few familiar movies, it also does it with a touch of class, some of the best visuals…
I admire Jordan Peele as a filmmaker, I want to be clear about this. His use of metaphors and undertones are intelligently woven into his material and his tributes to the films and filmmakers that have inspired him are tastefully done. Us (2019) continues in this vein, but there’s still something lacking for me that is preventing Peele from becoming the ‘complete’ filmmaker.
Us starts with huge promise and as the film begins to unfold we have a mixed bag…