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Rinzy Reviews ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

Release Date: July 5

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marrisa Tomei, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, et al.


Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ rides high off everything we know and love about the MCU. There are a few missed, but, as expected, the glitz and glamor of an MCU-entry makes Mysterio’s illusion and Iron Man’s farewell more believable.

I read somewhere online after the release of Avengers: Endgame that if that movie’s the end of the Infinity Saga era then this one’s its epilogue, and I agree. Spider-Man: Far From Home is like the love song to Tony’s sacrifice to defeat Thanos in the biggest movie of all time, and for the most part it works. Even though I for another Spider-Man movie not to overly reference or feature Tony Stark/Iron Man, I’ve come to a place where I can coexist with this iteration. Here’s the MCU, where Spidey’s Tony’s prodigy, and even in death, his shadow still looks over the lad.

Tom Holland does a great job as Spidey as usual, it’s as though he was born for the role. Happy Hogan gets a more prominent role in this sequel, and I like it. Zendaya, too, gets more to do, mostly because Holland’s Peter Parker is finally making his move to secure his own MJ just like all the ones before him.

Jake Gyllenhaal shines bright as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio, master of illusions. Jake’s the new kid in the block, but excels at not feeling out of place; this is mostly due to his terrific range as an actor. Though marketed otherwise, Mysterio’s from the comics and animated series is well-known to be a villain, so that’s not the big twist Kevin Feige and his team have planned for this movie. To know what it is, you’d have to go see the movie at the cinema, or wait for its release in digital.

So you know, the twists are mind-blowing. Make sure to stick around for the mid and post credit scenes, in my opinion they’re the juiciest part of the movie.


Directed by: John Watts

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Aladdin’ (2019)

Release Date: May 24

Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, et al.


Aladdin is the latest entry in Disney’s recent obsession with remaking its animated classics. The big question that follow these remakes is if they live up to the high standard set by their originals.

The 1992 animated movie is one of my favorites from the mouse house, and although most part of this remake stays same, there was something about seeing these characters come to life I found novel and very appealing. So, yes, I think it does live up to its original.

Mena Massoud’s Aladdin is still the same urchin with the heart of gold we know and love, and I thought his portrayal of the character was pretty good. Naomi Scott’s Jasmine’s fashion style and curves might be far from the original’s, but she, too, shines in the role. Both actors have palpable chemistry, and the movie wastes no time throwing them together since viewers already know they’re endgame. It’d be pointless to change that because the core message of the movie is at the heart of their love – appearances can be deceiving; the content is always more meaningful than the container.

But even with these two powerful leads, the movie doesn’t really get off the ground until Will Smith’s genie enter the mix. I thought the first 10 minutes we’re cringe-worthy. For an actor whose casting as the fan-favorite character was greeted with much scrutiny, Will Smith turned out to be the best thing about this movie, eventually filling Robin William’s large boot many once thought impossible. Smith’s genie is still hilarious AF, but more human than his predecessor’s. He even gets a love interest; they bear two children, and live happily ever after, in fairytale style. Beautiful twist if you ask me.

This Aladdin is fun, lively, colorful, and lives up to its predecessor in ways many feared it wouldn’t. I love the spin Guy Ritchie puts on the story, especially in the third act with the events leading to Jafar’s downfall. It might not be a whole new world, but it’s a fairly used one, and we’re good with it.


Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Men In Black: International’ (2019)

Release Date: June 14

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, et al.


MIB: International isn’t half the bad sprout the news made it out to be. Yes, it isn’t what it was during the time of Will Smith and Tommy Lee, but what usually is after the being in existence for over 19 years. Growth is the only thing permanent in life, and that includes the MIB franchise too. Sub-themes of feminism and gender equality abound, clearly reflecting the modern leaps in human relations with one another and what it’d look like if aliens were known to us.

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth have palpable chemistry taken straight off their MCU history, but even that doesn’t save their respective characters of Agent M and H from feeling a tad estranged.

Agreed, MIB: International is a pointless remake, another attempt by Hollywood to cash out on an already famous property, It plays if safe – start to finish, but it’s still far from the senseless movie it’s made out to be.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Euphoria’ Season One (2019)

Network: HBO

First episode aired: June 16

Starring: Zendaya, Elordi Jacobs, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Eric Dane, et al.


Euphoria is the most realistic teen show you’ll find on air at the moment. The way it handles mature themes is most certainly commendable. Unlike idealistic beliefs, high school kids experiment – they have sex, they do drugs, and they consume large quantities of alcohol even though it’s illegal. Euphoria does its best to tell a realistic story around these themes without romanticizing the idea or making light the struggles of real life people.

Zendaya as Rue is one very interesting character. Her struggle with drug addiction is quite relatable. Actually, most of the characters actually are relatable. In Euphoria, we see teenagers struggling daily to cope with teenage stuff, and sometimes adults secrets – like with Nate Jacobs.

Euphoria‘s season finale left me with mixed feelings. To put it simply, I expected more, but seems the show’s more concerned with setting things up for future season than laying most of its cards on the time, which may be fine for most people, but not me (for some weird reason).

Nate (Elordi Jacobs) is depicted as a character struggling with demons inherited from his father’s secret. He’s let these demons define him for so long, that he’s obviously lost his way, and would do anything to maintain status quo. I wanted him dead by the season finale for what he did to my Fezco, but that didn’t happen, which is both good and bad . That I hate the character so much is testimony that he’s a good one and that the actor and writers have done a great job. I’ll like to see him pay for his sins; poor upbringing isn’t an excuse for bad behavior.

The acting in the show is phenomenal; the casting is perfect. The characters are intriguing, and their personal journeys fascinating. Zendaya does some of her best work yet here. She’s got a way of making you root for Rue to get her way even though you know she desperately needs helps with her addiction. Rue and Jules (Hunter Schafer) have a lot to talk about next season; I hope their fairytale love survives the bomb of the former leaving. And talking about bomb, Maddie has a weapon of mass destruction in her possession, Nate’s dad really should be scared.

This season was a good one, and I’m glad I got to see it. The cinematography bringing, costume, and make up constantly translating what the characters are feeling onto the screen is commendable, and one of the reasons I just can’t get enough of the show. Although I’m not really happy with the season finale, I’m still excited for the future, and the many ways the show can progress. Great job as always, HBO.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Money Heist’ Season 3 (2019)

Release Date: July 19

Network: Netflix

Starring: Alvaro Morte, Miguel Herran, Ursula Corbero, et al.

***

‘Money Heist‘ has taken the world by storm! At least that’s what social media would make us believe. I do miss the days when we that followed it were just a small community.

In a perfect world, a group of criminals bold enough to declare a robbery revolution on the system sounds like an interesting material, one that’s strong enough to hold viewer’s spellbound for a long time. But watching this third part, I couldn’t help but feel like Money Heist’s outlived its welcome.

Don’t get me wrong, this season isn’t a bore, it’s just doesn’t start out like the rollercoaster, suspense-filled ride of the first two seasons.

After the fairy tale ending that was the second season finale, I hoped Money Heist wouldn’t fall into the temptation of some of the most popular ones before it (remember TVD?) But it did. Netflix just had to commission another season because for the streaming giants, a two season run is a failure. What Netflix didn’t factor in is that the entire premise of the show packs it into a tight corner, making it difficult to hold strong the moment the premiere heist ended without feeling monotonous.

It’s obvious Netflix’s all about milking this cow for what it’s worth.

We see this in multiple facets throughout the season, particularly through Andrea/Berlin’s return through past encounters with Sergio/The Professor. But then, it feels like a loss for fans because this version is less appealing than the misogynistic bastard who gave his life to save his crew.

The season gets off to a mostly boring start, by the last two seasons’ standard. For the first four episodes, it struggles to justify its existence, and in so doing relegates its signature move of suspense to an afterthought. But that mistake is fully rectified going into the last lap of the season, when we see Alicia (the new inspector-in-charge) go head-to-head with The Professor’s plans.

Feminism continues to play a big role in the show. With fierce characters like Nairobi, Tokyo, Lisbon, and Stockholm at the center of the action, demanding to be accorded as much respect as their male counterparts. teammates, the show’s clearly preaching the gospel the best way it knows how to.

New additions to the team – Bogota and Palermo – add new dynamics to the show, and for the most part they’re cool. But for Alicia the story’s different. She’s a beast. If you’ve ever thought about what pregnancy would look like on someone without being termed a disability, try Alicia. I hate to admit this, but I think this woman might just be the end of Heist crew.

With that explosive season finale, we pray by some miracle season four arrives earlier than planned.

If you can, do watch this show in the original Spanish with English subtitle — it’s more beautiful that way.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Batman: Hush’ (2019)

Release Date: July 20

Starring: Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Geoffrey Arend, Maury Sterling, et al.

***

Batman: Hushintroduces a villain that might not be well know to non-comic enthusiasts. One well-versed at manipulation, not just of the Dark Knight, but of some of his most infamous rogues as well.

If you’ve been following the DC animated movie universe for as long as I have no doubt you’d be pumped for this one too.

Lurking in the dark and pulling the strings of infamous DC villains like Bane, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Catwoman, Hush’s supremacy in villainy is quickly established when he causes Batman to fall hundreds of feet from the ground. And if there’s still any doubt about him, it’s cleared by the time he captures The Joker to ransom Harley Quinn into doing his bidding.

The movie which starts out as a tale of money for Hush is soon revealed to be all fun and mind-game for him. It’s all a means to an end, to prove that there’s evil in everyone. Hush’s able to do something even The Joker’s struggled with for a long time – breaking Batman.

Bruce Wayne’s (Batman) on-and-off relationship with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) takes center stage in Hush. Their love is the pedestal on which every part of this movie flows. It’s the real reason Batsie’s alter-ego is ousted to Hush, and why there’s death and carnage all over Gotham.

If you ask me, Hush turned out to be a worthy adversary. The face behind the mummy cloth wasn’t one I was expecting, and I thought the reveal was impressive.

At the end, it was sad to not see Bats and Cats relationship work out. It was expected, but that didn’t make it any less sadder.

Batman: Hush follows the long time tradition fans are now better accustomed to, of the DCAU having better story quality than their DCEU counterpart.

Directed by: Justin Copeland

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Money Heist’ Parts 1 & 2 (2017-2018)

Thankfully, I managed to avoid watching the trailer for the third part of ‘Money Heist’ after its was released to avoid spoiling the first two parts for myself. I’m successfully caught up, and really grateful for that decision.

Money Heist‘ is exhilarating. Very few shows triumphantly achieve what this one does to your blood pressure. It is suspense personified.

Although there are few lapses in logic and choices certain characters make, like a police inspector falling in love with an odd guy while on a life-altering mission, it’s really nothing distracting, and can be chalked down to pacing for the purpose of dramatization.

I’ve never really been a fan of non-English based contents, but this show got me intrigued enough to consider other contents Spain and the rest of the world have to offer. The top-notch acting coupled with how interesting the major (and some minor) characters are makes the show quite addictive. If I were asked to pick my top three, it’d be – Berlin, Tokyo, and The Professor. I couldn’t get enough of their personal arcs and backstories; they were really fun to follow. The cinematography, set pieces, and props (particularly those heavy machineries) were beautiful sights to behold too.

The ending of the second part leaves a bit to be desired; the fairly happy ending came across as cliche, and if we’re being honest didn’t justify another season. From what I see in this trailer, for the next adventure we’re going from money heist to prison break, and that’s a clear sign that the show’s fulfilled destiny and should call it quits. Considering its recent popularity it’d be hard for #Netflix to cut it lose, but if they do I believe it’ll help preserve fond memories, which is certainly for the best.

PS: Arturito should be crowned the king of annoyance; man’s so annoying I wanted the heist-men to shoot him multiple times. Argh!

The third part of Money Heist arrives today on Netflix

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5