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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Kaabil Review

Love at first sight. 
Kaabil Review- It's only January and I'm already into my 2nd Hindi movie after Dangal. Yes…even I’m surprised at this fact!
They maybe blind, but they are happy. 
Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) leads a normal life working as a voice over artist despite being blind until he ‘meets’ another blind independent girl, Supriya (Yami Gautam) who is a musician. Hesitant at first, they finally fall in love and get married. Just as the couple start their happy live together, tragedy strikes when Su is raped by Wasim (Sahidur Rahman) and Amit (Rohit Roy), brother of local politician, Shellar (Ronit Roy). With Shellar’s political influence, Amit managed to avoid from getting punished for his action. Failing to repent, Amit once again rapes Su and this time she commits suicide once witnessing Rohan’s agony after the first incident. Rohan’s world is completely shattered as the law fails to protect him and his wife while blaming the whole incident as a sham. Rohan then decides to take action by himself baiting Amit and those involved to avenge the tragic death of his beloved wife.  
....so in love with each other.
After witnessing the great Aamir Khan in Dangal, I didn’t expect much from Hrithik because I’m not really a fan of his movies, in fact this is my first Hrithik cinema experience. He however didn’t disappoint me with his quite powerful performance. My one problem was his over-enhanced expression to ‘look’ blind that was kinda over-whelming during some scenes. His other half in the movie portrayed her disability is much better way. I also had trouble with the way Rohan reacted towards his wife after rape incident, ignoring the traumatised wife and going on about with his usual routine only to apologise later which proved to be grave mistake. Perhaps if he had talked to her earlier about his feelings, things might have turned out differently but the Director needed a story so perhaps they made it such way to accommodate the storyline. If that’s the case, Bollywood movies still got a long way to go to change the mind-set of its audience. Some of things that happen in this film is only possible in the silver screen and not real life and hopefully real victims, blind or otherwise will be treated fairly instead of being accused of lying. I’m not totally against this flick but just saying it could have been so much better if reality based measures are taken instead of indulging in a fantasy actions.
Don't mess with this blind man. 
Overall it was entertaining but just didn’t make the cut to be a favourite repeat watch. 

Split Review

Are you ready for this? 
Split Review – Dear M. Knight Shyamalan, you will never get another better actor than James McAvoy (no disrespect to Bruce and Samuel) so don’t give us another stinker please.
Why hello there Miss Patricia. 
Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) develops a condition referred as dissociative identity disorder due to his abusive childhood which forms at least twenty three (23) different personalities ‘inside’ him. Despite his unique situation, Kevin can function properly with a steady job while also consulting with a psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Better Buckley). Unfortunately one of his ‘personality’, Dennis decides to kidnap three (3) teenage girls to ‘punish’ them for their impurity. Soon we get to witness ‘other’ characters show themselves much to the confusion of his kidnap victims. In the meantime, Dr. Fletcher sensing something is wrong drops by Kevin’s place only to realize her worst suspicion was right all along. What will befall his poor kidnapped teens and can Dr. Fletcher save Kevin before his 24th ‘individuality’ known as The Beast appears?     
Hey Hedwig. 
Proving he can be more than Professor X in the X-man series, James McAvoy carries the whole movie on his own with his amazing talent. His switch from one personality to another is flawless and during one particular tense scene he character swap was simply breath-taking. From the talking, walking, body language to even dressing, he managed to capture different behaviours perfectly. My offer to enhance the realism of the roles would be giving him hair instead of going bald which would have added extra umph to the portrayed alter egos. The movement of the story however did feel rather dragged at some points and the greedy part in me wanted to ‘see’ all of his separate individuals ‘take the light’ instead of focusing too much only on certain personality. Perhaps Knight was building a story to make a sequel if this release becomes fruitful. He also managed to tie in with one of previous work by throwing in his usual twist right at the end of this movie.  
Guess who is here to meet you. 
Overall it’s a pretty decent attempt by Knight to be relevant in the movie making business again. Let’s hope that he doesn’t fumble after making this proper comeback (sorta).

La La Land Review

Gear up your dancing feet for this.
La La Land Review – A rare musical jewel is here to rescue us from the sea of superhero flicks.
Jump if you have watched La La Land. 
Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress working at a coffee shop to pay the bills who stumbles upon Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist. They strike an unlikely friendship that turns them into lovers. Slowly but surely both finally find their footing in their respective field but this cause them to drift further apart from each other. With more fame and fortune come knocking at their door, can these two love birds stay together or leave their love on the backseat?
Will Mia and Seb only have eyes for each other by the end of La La Land?
Coming from the same Director that gave us the Oscar nominated Whiplash not long ago, we are once again offered another masterpiece of mixing story-telling with amazing music. The tunes are very ear friendly that you will find yourself humming and moving your feet to it in no time. It creates the good old days pleasant melodies while also capturing the current music trend in its arrangement. The camera work is another splendid feature moving flawlessly as if it is also dancing to its own steps. Of cause all this is made possible by the pairing of quirky Emma and dashing Ryan. Teaming up for the third time in a movie, this might be their own personal achievement to graduate from Superbad and Mickey Mouse Club respectively. This film will definitely take them to greater heights that they rightfully deserve. A simple story told in a whimsical way is sure to score big at the box office whilst having already collected heaps of awards so far. La La Land will surely become one of the classic treasure for Hollywood to enjoy for years to come.
The perfect couple? 
Drop your comic book and grab your seat for this delightful (although not all the way) silver screen gem.

Allied Review

Spy -vs- spy
Allied Review – Yes…that movie where Brat and Marion (allegedly) hooked up!
The happy couple? 
French-Canadian Wing Commander Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) arrives in Casablanca during the World War II circa 1942 and pretends to be French agent, Marianne Beausejour’s (Marion Cotillard) husband until they escape from the Nazis. Pretty soon they fall in love for real and Max decides marry her and live in London. They start a family together until Max’s superior delivers a shocking revelation about his wife. Left with no option, Max takes matters into his own hands to prove his wife’s innocence but is Marianne really who she says she is or has she been lying to Max all this while?
We have a surprise for you Max!!!
I shall start with the positives, the cinematography is simply breath-taking capturing the exotic and modern landscapes beautifully. The antic cars, fighter planes and costumes are carefully picked to match the timeline of the movie. The storyline that touches the emotion between having to choose between your loyalty towards your country or love for your wife/family. Marion easily takes the cake with her eloquent banter in French/English, her elegance and demure personality. No wonder Brat (allegedly) fell for her. Sadly, the same can’t be said about Brat as he seems a bit ‘old’ to be matched with Marion. Even his acting seemed a little wooden in comparison to his partner. This made the scenes between him and Marion lack the spark that he natural had with his now X-wife, Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Can they live happily ever after?
Sadly this wonderful movie received some serious flack due to the rumour of Brad leaving Angie after hooking up with Marion which is waste because the work done was truly marvellous. Let’s hope that Brad will soon learn his lesson and stop making the same mistake of falling for his co-stars in the future (hopefully). 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Patriots Day Review

Don't mess with Boston.
Patriots Day Review – The winning combo of Director, Peter Berg and his muse, Mark Wahlberg offers us another film based on true story.
May the innocent souls rest in peace. 
Year after year, the people of Boston look forward to their annual marathon but on April 15, 2013, the world were shocked when two (2) bombs blasted at the location of the event. The film captures the moment before, during and after the effects of the blast. Mark Wahlberg plays Boston Police Department Sergeant, Tommy Saunders bent on capturing the criminals responsible for the destruction. With the help of the local and federal agency along with local residents, the Boston PD work around the clock to keep their beloved city safe while they hunt for the culprits.
Boston PD always around to help those in need. 
Mark is the go to guy to depict what true American hero looks like when their civilian comes under attack. With his macho persona yet humorous side taking perfect time to shine, he can still pull crowd to flock a movie with mere mention of his name in the casting list. The other veterans such Kevin Bacon and John Goodman also deserve credit for their real to reel roles. As heart breaking as it is to watch what happened on the fateful day, one can’t imagine how the survivors felt living thru an experience of that magnitude. The film also captures what was going thru the mind of the ‘terrorist’ when they decide to go ahead with their evil plan. What would motivate someone to commit such horrendous act? Nobody knows until it happens and some sad soul becomes an innocent victim.
Mark does what he does best. 
Sadly nothing brings humans close than tragedies but hopefully one day we can all just live in peace despite our differences.

Arrival Review

Adams and Renners ready to face off some sotong kurita. 
Arrival Review – Another year, another compulsory alien landing on Earth movie….zzzzzzzz
Huh?.... I dont speak circle. 
Erm…where do I even start? From what I gathered, alien decides to ‘pick’ twelve (12) spots around Earth to ‘park’ their spaceship without any form of communication understandable to human. The US government elects language expert, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and a mathematician, Ian Donelly (Jeremy Renner) to help them investigate the extra-terrestrials intention. Just as they are making progress, other nations involved gets anxious and begin their own way of dealing with the visitors. Will this end in tragedy or human race discover something new about their own existence?
Oh my....what big (hand) palm? you have there alien.
I'm not a big fan of alien movies but casting of Amy and Jeremy intrigued me to give this flick a chance and let’s just say, I was sorely disappointed. The rave reviews by others didn’t seem to strike the same feeling in me. Both Amy and Jeremy were much better in The Hustle communicating with other rather than trying to ‘interact’ with the ‘sotong’ like aliens. The movie was too slow paced to my liking, I almost dozed off few times. Add that with symbols, maths and in no time, I felt like a ‘Martian’ myself trying to figure out the story. If this movie was trying to send a message to me, I totally missed it or perhaps it didn’t arrive quite well to my head.
Errrr.....so yeah....what's the purpose of this movie again???
Reminder – Think twice about watching another alien movie in the future ok Mani. Plus coming from the Director of both Sicario  and Prisoners, I should have known better to give this a miss. Oh well....

The Icebreaker Review

Tsk tsk tsk 
The Icebreaker Review - *Warning – this is a Russian dubbed into English movie.
Your Russian shipmates. 
If you are feeling hot as in warm not hot--sexy and want to ‘experience’ some freezing temperature, by all means…try to sit your arse thru this film based on Russian cargo ship getting caught in Antarctic for over hundred (100) days. Can the crew make it out alive?
Case of cheated by the poster.
It could have turned into a master-piece but what we got was a half baked and overly undercooked movie instead. I almost wanted the maker of this movie to suffer a slow chilly death. Bluek.
Your Russian cast. 
Moral of the story – Don’t be fooled by a movie poster. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.