Rebel reviews movies

Staff writer gives his opinions about some of the top movies of the summer


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Within two weeks of being released, the latest installment in the Spiderman series landed in the 150 top-grossing movies of all time.

Spider-Man: Far from Home:

Having swung into theaters earlier this summer, “Spider-Man: Far from Home” has something that everyone can enjoy. The primary conflict is the typical Spider-man comic book drama of juggling being a hero and living a normal life. Despite having a typical Spider-man comic conflict, the movie isn’t afraid to venture beyond the frames of the comic book. The setting, the characters, and the antagonist are all changed to create a story that even the most die-hard Spider-Man fan hasn’t seen. The charming high school elements that made Spider-Man: Homecoming so relatable are also present in this movie: the trustworthy best friend, the goofy teachers, the awkward romances, etc. And speaking of romances, the one between Peter, played by Tom Holland, and MJ, Zendaya, is extremely well written and well acted; it doesn’t come off as a nuisance (unlike others in previous Spider-Man entries) and you genuinely want to see the characters get together. Overall, the combination of relatable high school antics and a solid superhero story make “Spider-Man: Far from Home” well worth the ride. Final Score: 8/10; Rating: PG-13; Run time: 2h 20m

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw:

Starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” is a nonstop thrill ride. Accompanying the ceaseless action scenes are some cheesy but enjoyable one liners delivered by both of the protagonists as well as playful banter between them. Despite the great chemistry between Johnson and Statham, the film plays into a lot of clichés: a cybernetic supervillain looking for revenge, an evil corporation bent on controlling/destroying the world, and two main character arcs about realizing the importance of family. The movie achieves its goal of being a cheesy action blockbuster. However, it’s just one action blockbuster in a swath of many. With the expectation that it will be over the top, “Hobbs and Shaw” is quite enjoyable but ultimately proves to be forgettable. Final score: 6/10; Rating: PG-13; Run time: 2h 16m