‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ lacks the thrills to trap us in its web

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ stars Tom Holland as the titular superhero. (Supplied)
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The film is directed by Jon Watts. (Supplied)
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The screenplay was by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. (Supplied)
Updated 07 July 2019

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ lacks the thrills to trap us in its web

  • ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ stars Tom Holland as the titular superhero
  • The film is directed by Jon Watts

CHENNAI: Tom Holland returns as 16-year-old Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in Marvel’s latest adventure, in which the awkward teenager hits Europe to spend a summer vacation with his schoolfriends. 

Parker is excited about the break, mainly because he has a secret agenda: He hopes that his crush on MJ (Zendaya) will transform into mutual admiration and love as they cruise through picturesque, romantic European destinations. One of the film’s most endearing scenes comes right at the start as Parker tries to ensure that he’s sitting next to MJ on their flight to Venice, with some amusing results.

As Parker tries to avoid the burden of responsibility placed on his “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” alter-ego, it is easy for the audience to sympathize with this story of a teenager who simply wants to be a kid, despite his superhuman powers.

As the school group — with some wonderfully comedic members — explore the byways of Venice, things get Marvel-ish as a watery beast rips through the canals and Parker has to switch between his two lives — one as a socially inept teenager, the other as the world’s favorite superhero.

Mayhem follows the school group as they travel through Prague, Berlin and London and we are introduced to a new villain (although the villain’s motivations, once revealed, are less than convincing).

Also falling short are Parker’s efforts to combat the other-worldly villain — somehow the special effects here pale in comparison with previous “Spider-Man” movies, and Holland himself never really seems comfortable in Spidey’s suit. It’s all a little tame.

One cannot blame the screenplay by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers or Jon Watts’ direction, but the movie just fails to overwhelm in the way that Spider-Man’s earlier exploits did. 

The relationship between Spider-Man and MJ is sweet, and it is enjoyable to watch two shy young teens grapple with their feelings for one another, but the action sequences could have been amped up to match.

Demi Lovato steps out in Jordanian-Romanian designer after engagement

Updated 03 August 2020

Demi Lovato steps out in Jordanian-Romanian designer after engagement

DUBAI: American pop star Demi Lovato has been spotted championing a pair of sandals by Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi, who is famous for her signature flared heels. 

In a picture the star shared with her 89.7 million Instagram followers on Monday, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer was seen wearing Muaddi’s glitzy Naima leather sandals in white during a romantic dinner date with her fiancé, actor Max Ehrich, at the celebrity hotspot Nobu in Malibu, California.

The two-time Grammy nominee matched the heels with a dusty rose velvet form-fitting minidress that had a low-cut neckline and cuffed sleeves.  


Date night at Nobu I love you @maxehrich - also shout out to @brianbonifassi for the pic!!!

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She accessorized her look, which featured a sleek low bun hairstyle, with a pair of golden hoop earrings and a glittery purple purse. 

The 27-year-old star announced her engagement last month on Instagram with a series of heart-warming images of her dreamy proposal.

The couple, who confirmed their relationship in May, celebrated their special moment by a beach in Malibu.

Lovato also shared images of her wedding ring by celebrity jeweler Peter Marco.

Muaddi, whose eponymous footwear label is designed in Paris and produced in Italy, has also been in the spotlight, with the likes of Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber showing off their favorite pairs at a number of star-studded events since the launch of the brand.

The 34-year-old designer, who grew up in Italy, launched her eponymous footwear line in August 2018, approximately one year after departing from her role as co-founder and creative director of luxury footwear label Oscar Tiye.


Kylie @aminamuaddiofficial

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Just last month, the entrepreneur released a limited edition Fenty x Amina Muaddi footwear capsule collection in collaboration with singer-turned-entrepreneur Rihanna. 

Multi-hyphenate “Wild Thoughts” singer tapped Muaddi to design a collection of shoes for her luxury label Fenty back in December, the designer revealed in an interview with Footwear News.

The news wasn’t all that surprising, considering that Rihanna has been a longtime fan of Muaddi’s glitzy footwear.

The singer and beauty mogul would go on to be spotted wearing Muaddi’s designs on multiple occasions, including a trip to Barbados where she accessorized a long, green sweater dress from Jacquemus with a pair of strappy sandals by Amina Muaddi.


Rih & me

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