Tag Archive: Jake Gyllenhaal


Don’t think it was an all time Marvel movie (admittedly that bar is pretty high now) but I didn’t really dislike it either. A few non spoiler thoughts:

  • Tom Holland: these kids don’t know how good they have it. Tobey was fine, Andrew was fine, but man this kid IS Peter Parker. Young looking, earnest, always in just a LITTLE bit over his head in and out of costume. It feels like it’s going to be awhile before I get tired of this kid in the role. Likewise…
  • Zendaya: as MJ is also pitch perfect. Their chemistry together is fantastic. Playing ‘too cool for school’ as a defense mechanism as opposed to actually playing too cool for school, she’s great on her own, and teamed with Holland they have the high school crush thing nailed down.
  • Mysterio: genuinely knew nothing of the character going in, I had a feeling of what the reveal would be, but HOW they did it was interesting. Don’t know if it felt completely plausible, that’s my biggest nitpick with the movie. But the special effects tied to Mysterio’s character were fantastic. Scary in the right way.

Not completely sure yet how Marvel’s next Phase is going to play out, but I’m still interested. Recommend.

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‘Nightcrawler’

 

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How timely. I mean, it’s always been a ripe issue for the movies (going back to ‘Citizen Kane’), but as social media has become a perfect tool for forcing the issue, it’s really become a hot debate: who decides what is ‘newsworthy’?  And from there: where’s the line between reporting/documenting what you see, and creating/instigating the news to drive profit/get attention?

That’s the bigger theme in this film anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal (reminding us that yes, you can build a movie around him).  I say this with the utmost respect, actor to actor, because who really turns down the ‘franchise movie star’ roles and paychecks if they’re offered to you?  But I don’t find it remotely coincidental that when Jake went back into Donnie Darko/Brokeback Mountain/’You have nice eyes but there’s something…not quite above board going on’ territory, he nails it again.

The setup here by the way is Jake is one of these creepy night owl types who worms his way into the news business as a journalistic, version of an ambulance chaser.  You know, one of these types who uses his police scanner and GPS to show up at crime scenes to sell their footage to the news stations.  I can’t be too mad, these types have been good about staying out of my way and not trying to discover my secret iden…

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You know, it’s a good movie.  Check it out.