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Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Returns! Spider-Man Far From Home Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Spider-Man Far From Home Movie Review by Ms. H

Yes! Everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood superhero is back.  It’s been awhile since Spider-Man was seen overpowering the bad guys on the big screen, so his return is probably welcomed by just about everyone.  Was the storyline of the Spider-Man Far From Home movie worth the wait? Check out my movie review to find out.

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Plot of the Spider-Man Far From Home Movie

If you haven’t seen the Spider-Man Far From Home movie, don’t worry.  I will not spoil it for you. I can reveal to you that Spider-Man is partaking in an adventure of sorts that some people may have the opportunity to do sometimes while in school and sometimes while out of school.  I think this plot was suitable for the title, even though as you watch the movie, you may wonder if the title is really applicable to the content of the movie.

Action Scenes in the Spider-Man Far From Home Movie

A positive of the Spider-Man Far From Home movie is you will not have to wait too long into the movie before what I would describe as a catastrophe occurs.  This is of course expected in superhero movies.

There is also a human element in this movie dealing with Spider-Man’s uncertainty, etc. I believe the writer tried to show that even with Spider-Man’s “spidey” super powers, sometimes, he may experience doubt regarding if he is able to be a formidable superhero.  You will know what I’m referring to if you watch the Spider-Man Far From Home movie.

LIttle Known Fact about the Spider-Man Far From Home movie:  There were some scenes that were cut from this movie such as the prep errand runs Spider-Man made and a fight scene between himself and a crime syndicate. 

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Chemistry between Spider-Man and Mary Jane or MJ in the Spider-Man Far From Home Movie

From the movie trailer, you probably know that Zendaya stars in this movie as Mary Jane-MJ as a romantic interest and Tom Holland remains Spider-Man.  In my opinion, the chemistry between her and Spider-Man was nil at best, which is a negative for the movie. Also, in my opinion, her acting skills have not improved much from the previous movie. However, her lack of acting abilities did not impact my overall rating for the Spider-Man Far From Home movie.

Assessment of the Spider-Man Far from Home Movie

Marvel Studios continue to make great movies that entertain audiences.  The Spider-Man Far from Home movie is yet another part of that portfolio. Of course, this movie is not quite up to the caliber of the Endgame movie which was a true blockbuster in every sense of the word.

To answer the question posed earlier -- I think this movie was worth the wait.  Of course there could have been some improvements -- but for the most part -- the Spider-Man Far From Home movie was ok to watch.

If you have been on the fence about seeing this movie -- by all means make that leap and give the Spider-Man Far From Home movie a “look-see.”  You may be glad that you did.

Rating of Spider-Man Far from Home Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Spider-Man Far from Home movie  4 stars.

 

Spy with a Feminine Take -- Anna Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Note: The Anna movie is rated R for mature audiences older than seventeen years of age unless accompanied by an adult parent or guardian 21 years or older.

Introduction to Spy with a Feminine Take -- Anna Movie Review by Ms. H

When I saw the trailer for the Anna movie, I made a mental note to see it once it was released.  My motivation to see the film stems from the action scenes as well as who was performing the action.  Of course, I’m sure there were stunt doubles for some of these scenes; however, I was glad to see that the actor shown was a woman who was not in the background -- but was front and center in the action scenes. In fact, the star of the film is model-actor Sasha Luss.

There were other points in the movie as well that made it a must-see movie for me which I will discuss below.  Don’t fret -- I will talk about the movie in general terms just in case you plan to see it.

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Plot of the Anna Movie

In a nutshell, the focal points of the Anna movie are spies and espionage.  You may be familiar with movie scenes where someone is sitting on a park bench pretending to read a newspaper, and another spy either sits next to or walks by him or her and passes along a suitcase, etc. that supposedly is unnoticed by others. While this may still be done in films, the movie Anna takes spying activities at a higher level -- both technological and plot-wise.

Acting Skills Displayed in the Anna Movie

I think for the most part, all the actors played their roles adequately.  Even though I was not a fan of Helen Mirren’s accent, she did an ok job as well.  Helen Mirren played the part of Olga, a boss.

As I alluded to previously, the main character is model-actor Sasha Luss who had the opportunity to stand out, especially since she has the starring role. In my opinion, she could have displayed more emotion in some of the scenes -- but this may have been the fault of the director, so I will not hold that against her.

Little Known fact about Sasha Luss: Did you know that Sasha Luss appeared in the 2017 movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? She played the part of alien Princess Liho-Minaa.

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Realism of Actions in the Anna Movie

Some of the actions in the film Anna were sort of far-fetched including several switcheroos that occur during the movie -- but that is not a problem, since afterall Anna is a movie.  That being said, the movie story unfolded in such a way that it was easy to follow and the movie ended at a point when I think it should have.

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Assessment of the Anna Movie

I’ve seen several  action movies with women at the forefront.  I think the various action scenes were not overdone and did not seem repetitive to me as in other movies such as in Atomic Blonde. I also like the fact that she did not de-feminize herself in order to be perceived as a woman of strength in the movie Anna.

While I do not condone violence of any kind, I enjoyed seeing a woman as the action star of the Anna movie. If you are a fan of action/adventure/suspense films, you may want to check out the movie Anna for yourself.

Rating of the Anna Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the movie Anna 5 stars.

 

Aladdin Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Aladdin Movie Review by Ms. H

There was a lot of hype about the Aladdin movie before it actually reached the movie theaters.  You may already know that plenty of this hype came from a well known actor -- Will Smith. Did the hype match the actual movie once it was released?  Check out my movie review to find out.

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The Aladdin Movie Synopsis

The main characters in the Aladdin movie are Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie (Will Smith).  There are other characters in this movie; however, the storyline is simple and revolves mostly around these three characters and of course a villain. The synopsis is sort of a cliche of a boy meets girl story, except this villain of sorts was thrown in the mix as well as a Genie with magic powers.

Realism of the Aladdin Movie

Aladdin is a Disney film so it is to be expected the story would have many unrealistic factors complete with a gesturing, flying carpet, etc.  Regarding the content --the Aladdin movie borders on being a musical, which was a surprise to me. Fortunately, the musical numbers were few and far between. In my opinion, some of the songs were too broadway-like in nature and did not particularly keep my interest.  On the flip side, there was a song by Will Smith that gave the movie an uplifting and positive mood called, “A Friend like Me.”

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Focus of the Aladdin Movie

Spoiler Alert: A segment of the movie story seemed to be an "add-on" plot dealing with the villain attempt to marry Princess asmine who is Aladdin’s romantic interest. To me, this seemed way off-base and far-fetched when during the movie it looked like the villain Jafar played by Marwan Kenzari who demanded Jasmine’s hand in marriage had no connection with her.  In fact, this character almost became a leading character during the second half of the movie when I guess the director thought it was time to try to add some type of drama and more conflict in the movie.

Aladdin Movie Little Known fact -- Did you know that in 2017 over 2,000 actors auditioned for Aladdin movie roles probably when it became known that no big name stars -- other than Will Smith -- would be in the movie? The parts of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine eventually went to Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott respectively.

Will Smith As Genie in the Aladdin Movie

Because of Will Smith's prior publicity for the Aladdin film, I was expecting to see him appear in the movie a lot sooner than he did.  However, when his character, the Genie finally did show up, I think it was worth the wait.

Spoiler alert: A downside to the Genie character is when the villain took control of the magic lamp and  thus had three wishes -- you could tell from the facial expressions of Will Smith that the Genie was not happy to carry out the villain’s wishes.  I think this was done mostly for children’s sake to send the message of who the “bad guys” were; however, actually I think, even in a fairytale, a genie will fulfill wishes without any emotion or concern as to who the wishes were requested by.

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Assessment of the Aladdin Movie

There is action, suspense, adventure, humor and do not forget the singing in the Aladdin movie. I will not watch this movie again, at least not in the movie theaters, but I may take a look at some of the performances in the movie on youtube, including the one where Will Smith sings the Friend Like Me song. Even though I think the hype for this movie was overstated -- Aladdin may be a Disney movie you might want to check out -- especially if you are a Disney movie fan.

Rating of the Aladdin Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Aladdin Movie 3 stars.

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