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MADAME WEB out everywhere
BY: CADEN FELLOWS
Madame Web hit theaters last week, and it certainly came flying in with a bang. Not necessarily a good one, though. The general consensus of this movie is that it may be Marvel’s most lackluster movie yet. This movie is Marvel’s newest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following after The Marvels, released not even six months ago. Although The Marvels was also quite lackluster, this one absolutely demolishes The Marvels.
This movie had some high profile names. The first being Sydney Sweeney, known for her work in Euphoria and The White Lotus. The lead actress, however, is Dakota Johnson, who became extremely popular from her work in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Unfortunately, these talented actors couldn’t save this movie from the trainwreck that ensued. The Guardian comes swooping in with a huge statement, stating that, “Not since Cats has a movie inspired such a combination of terrible reviews.”
Their statement is definitely correct, considering Google has nearly endless negative reviews of this film. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, easily the largest movie review site, Madame Web is sitting at a 13% rating. One Google reviewer rated this movie one star, thanks to the, “horrible execution, [and] poor acting.” The New York Times isn’t nearly as negative, and states that, “there are glimmers of wit and competency.” They also mention the fact that lead actress Dakota Johnson has, “a fascinating, seemingly natural ability to appear wholly detached from the nonsense swirling around her.”
“Not since Cats has a movie inspired such a combination of terrible reviews.” - The Guardian
Working at our local Cinemark, I’m lucky enough to have unique insight into the movies that are released, and there’s no exception to Madame Web. From what I’ve seen either delivering food or simply through watching when I get a break, this movie looks boring to say the least. My fellow coworker and current CCHS Sophomore Ellie Turner recently went and formally saw the movie, and backs up my observations. “Madame Web was incredibly boring. If I didn’t get free movies, I wouldn’t have bothered with seeing it.” Along with it being boring, she said that “the acting was pretty bad, and the plot made no sense.”
Not many movies can gain near universal agreement about the quality of the film. In recent history, the last movie to have near universal agreement was 2019’s Cats. But now, they clearly have competition, since Madame Web is now making waves in the community. Dakota Johnson was sending out a warning when she said last month, “I’m not even sure the final result will be good at all.”
what are your opinions?
CELLPHONES ARE RUINING MOVIES
BY: SHANNON BOND
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
Smartphones. It’s possible you could be reading this story on one. If not, you probably have one within arms reach. For better or for worse, they’re undeniably a significant part of our modern day society. Personally I have a not so subtle dislike for them, especially when it comes to film.
One of the ways in which smartphones have ruined movies is through the actual experience of watching one. Many have become so hooked to their cellphones that they can’t watch a single movie without checking or scrolling on their phone. Claire Harned, CCHS Junior said “I typically don’t care, but if they disrupt the movie with their phones I find it disrespectful to everyone else watching the movie and it’s kind of obnoxious.” Not only is cell phone use just bad etiquette, but I am starting to feel bad for the people who feel the need to use them.
“I don't mind when people are on their phones in the movies, but when films try to reference some phone fad or trend it's very cringey - they shouldn’t do it.” -Callista Sirrine
Movies are a timeless source of entertainment that can envelop you in a unique reality. Movies are designed to take you to another time or place, get a glimpse into another person’s story. But when you are constantly checking your phone it means that your mind is constantly being dragged in and out of the movie. Hindering the whole experience, and probably also distracting you from some key details that make the movie that much more incredible.
Besides ruining the film viewing experience, smartphones have also negatively affected the movies themselves. I’m sure you can recall a time in which a movie, or even a T.V. show, for that matter, has tried to include a character on social media or using their phones. It’s unbearable to watch. I think this is largely because social media and cell phones aren’t - dare I say - romantic, thrilling, comedic, or really all that interesting. Corner Canyon Junior, Chloe Maxfield, explains it well, “when they make movies about the use of phones it pisses me off because that is my everyday life, so I don’t want to watch a movie about it.”