Spider-Man: Far From Home
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With his foot firmly at your throat at all times, Alexandre Aja excellently captures the nerve-wracking impossibility of Haley and Dave's situation, harmoniously pushing and pulling the tense pacing next to Elliot Greenberg's editing job and never letting up until the film's final moment of catharsis only seconds before the credits roll. Even the buildup to the gator trap, usually a horror film's weakest part, turns out well thanks to its driven, short and sweet flow. The primary basement set looks somewhat same-y and doesn't convey a good sense of space or dimension, but otherwise, the gross, grimy, very wet production looks and feels excellent.
Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' is a challenging film to probe, but also a challenging film to reciprocate with. Though there's likely some good content to nibble up within the piece, Aster's sophomore screenplay and directing wall off any reward with an insurmountably poor vision.
Save for Jake Gyllenhaal's fantastic performance, 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' isn't rich in the character, narrative, or story departments, but the film's plentiful fun lives up to the MCU standard of quality.
There's a lot of provocative and thoughtful material to savor in 'The Last Man in San Francisco,' but also just as much, if not more filler content from Joe Talbot's artistic vision that harshes the film's powerful affect.
Thanks to good characters and performances taking the lead, 'Annabelle Comes Home' isn't the same phoned-in slap to the face the last two 'Conjuring Universe' films have been. Still, its underwhelming story and total lack of atmosphere or ingenuity end up leaving leave it in the dust of much better recent genre films.