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Nathan celebrates after breaking the school record for the 3,200 meter race. Used with permission from Nathan Szubin.
Student breaks school record in track race
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 21, 2024

When junior Nathan Szubin stepped up to the line of the 3,200 meter race in the Johns Hopkins Invitational Meet on April 19, he had a different...

Arditi Zarouk (second from left) celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Perach with her team at the residence of Israeli President Herzog. Used with permission from Arditi Zarouk.
Former students and staff readjust to Israel in the wake of war
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 19, 2024

The Israeli embassy and military send over emissaries every year, and many of these families choose to send their kids to CESJDS. When they go...

A day of matzo meals
A day of matzo meals
Sophie Schwartz, Opinion Editor • April 18, 2024

Many people dread Pesach time, when their beloved chametz (leaven) is replaced with dry, brittle matzo. However, if presented well, matzo does...

Junior Evan Klepper gets ready for his WIS opponent to serve
Lions tennis fall short to WIS
Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Reporter • April 18, 2024

“Twenty four on 3, Mashiach on 6,” junior and tennis captain Evan Klepper said to the varsity boys tennis team before their match against...

Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Jonah Mitre, Reporter • April 17, 2024

To put their learning from government class into perspective, eighth grade students visited Capitol Hill on April 10 for a field trip. Throughout...

At the college fair on April 7, Pitzer College representatives boasted about their Students Justice for Palestine (SJP) club to a Jewish student.
Opinion: Colleges need to support Zionist students
Stella Muzin, Editor-in-Chief • April 16, 2024

On April 7, I attended the Washington Area Independent Schools College Fair, which was co-sponsored by CESJDS along with other schools from the...

Web out

Madame Web was released on Feb. 14 and is the newest movie in the popular Spiderman francise. Photo from Marvel Entertainment.

The sterling reputation of the Spider-Man franchise led viewers to anticipate great things from Marvel and Sony’s newest movie “Madame Web,” which premiered on Feb. 14. However, the movie failed to live up to its expectations because of its predictable plot line, surface-level characters and dull script. 

The movie follows the main character Cassie Webb, played by actress Dakota Johnson, as she explores her supernatural powers. This leads to her uniting with three teenage girls Julia Carpenter, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin played by Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor to protect them from a villain relating to her mother’s past. Through her discoveries, Cassie uncovers more about who she is and what she must do to protect the three girls. 

The villain, Ezekiel, appears to have been an important acquaintance of Cassie’s mother. He reveals his ability to climb on walls like a spider. 

Because of the previously well-known cast, including fan-favorites like Johnson and Sydney Sweeney, there was strong potential for great acting and emotional depth in the characters. However, the relationships between Cassie and the teenage girls developed too quickly and stereotypically. The quick shift from disliking the girls to feeling responsible for them was unrealistic and ultimately disappointed viewers.

However, the movie also included many jumpscares with an overall eerie vibe, giving viewers a thrill that enhanced the movie and gave it a depth that we don’t see in all Spider-man movies.

Despite the mysterious tone, the plot was shallow and predictable. In contrast to other Marvel movies that include elements of surprise and different plot twists, “Madame Web” followed a typical narrative arc that was boring for viewers as it could be easily anticipated early on. The storyline was unoriginal and felt like a compilation of other marvel movies put together into one. 

The script was generic and full of unnecessary, cheesy lines that hindered the plot and development of characters. Both the dialogue between the characters and the various monologues felt cliche and lacked substance. When Cassie goes to visit Santiago to search for answers, a friend of her mothers, she is told, “When you take on the responsibility, great power will come.” This line felt extremely easily anticipated, and much of the script reflected similar, predictable writing.

One of the movie’s strengths was its action scenes and its visual production in general. The special effects that were included with Cassie’s powers added to the plot and helped give the movie extra excitement.

At the end of the movie, I was left with unanswered questions about the plot, the characters and the resolution. Most Spider Man movies feature a climax filled with surprise and excitement, however this movie lacked this key element. Cassie’s fate seems unexplained and unrelated to the rest of the movie. Additionally, the future of the three teenagers is unresolved and there are no hints for what might happen next.

Despite the popular actors and eye-catching special effects, the two-hour film was not satisfying. “Madame Web” failed to reach its potential and was not worth the watch.

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