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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 Paws

Madame Web

Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment and Di Bonaventura Pictures present a PG-13, 117-minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by S.J. Clarkson, written by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless and Claire Parker with a theater release date of February 14, 2024.

Cassandra Web (Dakota Johnson) is a paramedic along with her ambulance partner Ben Parker (Adam Scott) in the big city. Every day is saving a life day but one day Cassandra saw something happen before it actually happened and this special little power started to happen more often as time went by. It seems that her powers came from her mother a pregnant scientist back in 1973 that was trying to capture a rare spider in the Peruvian Amazon that gave special powers to humans from its bite. One day though she actually finds it but was never ever able to claim it thanks to an evil man, Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim) that was working with her in the Amazon.

So, thirty years later, Cassandra is discovering that there is a link between her special gift and her mothers work in Peru. Matters become more complicated when she envisions the deaths of three teenage girls, Julia Cornwall (Sydney Sweeney), Anya Corazon (Isabela Merced) and Mattie Franklin (Celeste O’Connor) all of which Cassandra feels compelled to rescue from the creepy wall climber, Sims, since her visit to the Amazon and her discovery of who Sims actually is. Once back in the city Cassandra is trying to protect the girls from Sims and the reason, he is trying to kill them is that he knows when those three girls realize that they have powers and own them that they are going to kill him for the monster he is.

Although I wanted to love this film because I am friends of Johnson’s family, I found that I would be kind and not trash it totally. There are good aspects to the film but the writing is lame making the film seem like a two-hour trailer rather than an action film. I stole that remark from my friend Gino at the screening but it is a perfect remark for this film. The special effects are well done and even the use of a green screen so the director was on game sometimes. I can’t say I hated the film but the entire foreplay of the film never really ended in a climax. The three young girls are all naïve about why anything is going on right to the end. The actresses do a decent job but never develop into who they really are. As for Rahim he was good and played the bad guy with conviction and as for the leading lady Johnson I actually thought she did a great job with what she had to work with around her. Thankfully there was a cat in the beginning of the film but damn don’t these writers know milk is bad for a cat! Madame Webb should have known better.

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