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Spider-Man: Far From Home

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All Peter Parker wants to do is relax and enjoy his class trip to Europe. However, one does not simply stop being Spider-Man. Saving the world is a 24/7 job that waits for no one.

Tom Holland is adorably awkward, which makes Peter Parker relatable. And that relatability humanizes superheroes as a whole – at the end of the day, they want to be just like everyone else. Zendaya may play Peter’s love interest, MJ, but it didn’t seem to be a very big role. She and Holland had a few scenes together, but for the most part, he was busy saving the world. However, it might purposefully be a smaller role: she’s not a damsel is distress who constantly needs saving. She’s just as much of a hero as anyone else.

The turning point – and the unexpected plot twist – of this movie comes in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. He introduces the theme of innocence and what happens when it’s lost: How is Peter Parker going to handle himself when someone betrays him? Gyllenhaal’s presence also begs the question “Why are all the bad guys in movies attractive?” Or at least, they seem to be. If it’s an appeal for sympathy, it doesn’t exactly work.

The supporting characters in this movie, including but definitely not limited to Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau, provided the comic relief sprinkled throughout an action-packed movie. The comedic timing was perfectly unexpected.

The post credits scene might just be the best set up for a sequel ever. Marvel fans definitely won’t want to miss this.

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Yesterday

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In a world where no one remembers the Beatles because of a random, worldwide, 12-second power outage, Jack Malik makes it his personal mission to bring their music back.

This is the movie audiences didn’t know they needed. Rather, the world didn’t know it needed. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, while also describing the ups and downs of the music industry without the frame of a biopic. Lily James is as amazing as ever, Kate McKinnon makes things hilariously awkward like she always does, and Ed Sheeran was a nice touch to the movie. He didn’t need to act so much as be himself, but he definitely has potential as an actor. And last but definitely not least, Himesh Patel had himself an excellent big-screen debut. He makes Jack someone the audience can relate to. Apart from the musical genius that rewrites and re-records the entire Beatles catalogue, of course.

Perhaps it’s a subtle theme, but this movie also explores what’s known as “imposter syndrome”. As his fame begins to rise, Jack is so afraid – paranoid, some might say – that people are going to realize that he didn’t write the Beatles’ songs and expose him for the fraud that he is. Or at least he feels like he is. However, these scenes are somewhat jarring because the audience isn’t aware of them until after they’ve already happened. There’s no buildup to them like there would be buildup to a flashback.

This movie is a unique and refreshing tribute to the Beatles because it breaks from the biopic trend. Biopics are always nice, but once in a while a brand-new story is all you need to expose a new audience to older music.

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A Little Bit of What Now?

Back in May, I believe, Rachel Platten came out with a new song: “Little Bit of Love”. Well, it’s actually Tritonal’s song and she’s featured on it. But, as far as I’m concerned, same difference.

Like any of Rachel’s songs, this is good. However, it’s somewhat of a departure from her usual style. And that departure takes the form of the lyrics. The second verse and refrain are as follows:

I’m the protagonist

I’m not givin’ up on this

But can we just take a breath?

Everything you’re feelin’

I’ll make you question it

You won’t know what’s comin’ next

Why we fightin’?

When time is borrowed

So, let’s stop fightin’

Let’s get back to it tomorrow

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

And everything’s fucked up

And (But?) let’s pretend that it’s alright

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

I just need a little bit of love

If someone focuses on the refrain, it sounds like Rachel’s trademark positivity. However, the second verse describes an abusive relationship. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. I still like the song, of course, but an explanation of the thought process behind the lyrics would be nice.