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Michael Bay and company should be sued for this disaster
If you are a Transformers fan and haven't seen this movie yet you can consider yourself lucky because the title of the movie is misleading. The movie is NOT ABOUT the transformers, it's about the stupid, useless human beings. Michael Bay has achieved the rare distinction of taking a high-potential franchisee about robots and successfully changing the main characters to humans throwing the Autobots and Decepticons somewhere in the background. I will list some of the disappointments I had:
1. The movie has no soul whatsoever. It's like Michael Bay taking revenge against every Transformers fan who criticized the 2nd part.
2. Only blowing up cars and lots of noise doesn't constitute a Transformers movie. There has to be a story.
3. Megan Fox should have been there. Because it was stupid without her. Rosie's role was written around Megan's but since they were two different people it didn't make sense. Also falling from buildings and escaping from bullets will leave at least a dust particle on her face wouldn't it? Why did it always look as if she had just taken a bath?
4. The stupid human characters are the main heroes and villains. John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Alan Tudyk have been given undue importance. Shia had to prove he was a hero so the whole movie he keeps on fighting (and defeating) Decepticons who were strong enough to capture the Autobots. Even Rosie had to rise above the eye candy tag. So she was given the most important role in the end. Fox would be laughing.
5. Now for all these super humans we needed a human bad guy too right? So here comes in Patrick Dempsey. So unnecessary it's difficult to express in words.
6. Bay has made this movie like any other Hollywood Alien invasion film along with the 'American Spirit' part. This was supposed to be a Transformers movie. I can't figure out why they have done this.
7. The humour is juvenile. When will Hollywood let go of ' the two men coming out from the same toilet booth' scene?
On the positive side, technically the movie is sound. The 3D effects are amazing, although the slowed effects at times are kind of irritating. This movie was a disgrace to the Transformers franchisee.
I am utterly disappointed. All that hope of a movie as good as the first was in vain. Remove the visual effects this movie doesn't deserve more than 3/10.
The Prestige (2006)
Probably Nolan's and the decade's best.
The Prestige - It is undoubtedly Nolan's best yet. Better than Dark Knight, better than Batman Begins and definitely better than Inception. It wouldn't be an understatement to say it is probably one of the most underrated movies of all time. All Nolan movies that followed have been exceptional but still won't be able to match The Prestige. The Prestige is an instant classic. It will leave you amazed and more importantly it will leave you wondering, why haven't you witnessed this masterpiece yet.
The direction by Nolan is flawless, and so is the screenplay. The dialouges are honest with no hint of pretension. There is a unusual flow in the movie which helps Nolan switch from one story to another inter-wined story but still doesn't leave you confused. The movie from scene one is as gripping as it can get. And at the end of the odd 130 minutes, it doesn't end there. It stays with you.
Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are very believable as magicians and illusionists with an obsession to perform the greatest illusion. Michael Caine is very natural as usual. Even the supporting cast do justice to the script of the film.
But what really makes The Prestige stand out is the script. Full credit to Christopher Priest on whose novel the movie is based as well as the Nolan brothers for the gripping screenplay. I have not read the novel but I don't think it can better than the movie. Imagining magic happen will never be the same as witnessing it.
The standards set by Nolan in this one will be tough to match up even in the coming years.
But you never know, what magic will this magician come up with. The magician called Christopher Nolan
Just another superhero movie?
I wonder how can people actually say it was a classic, or the ultimate disaster film. It was the ultimate disaster of a film. I expected to see something believable, something which could connect the Mayan prophecy to reality. Something plausible. But. I am still in shock. It takes a lot of courage for a producer to put in all that money in a no-script movie. But maybe because it is meant to do well at the box-office, keeping in mind the hype which surrounds it. But this is no-where close to art. No visual treat really. All that effort goes in vain. You don't want to watch the whole world die helplessly. There is nothing breathtaking about St. Peter's Cathedral's roof falling on praying priests, who believe in God. What's worse is, the movie used the tag line 'WE WERE WARNED'. Warned of? Makes us believe there is something we can do. We really can't. It is a result of some random cosmic event, and nobody is to blame. But still we all die. And yes i mean we. This movie apart from making you angry, will make you feel so unimportant. Because you know, you are also dying when the whole world is. And you have nothing that you can do. You know there are these group of idiots, who have been selected to go on to the Ark leaving all of humanity behind to die. Including You. It's a terrible feeling trust me. I think the makers should be sued. The Mayan Prophecy and all the hype that surrounds it, makes it such a great plot for a movie. But after this disaster, I am very sure other people won't try their hand at the theme, and thus a potential blockbuster is lost forever. And it doesn't end here. At a certain point of time, I started wondering, whether it is a superhero movie. Who can drive cars with rocks falling (not even one hitting), fly planes below falling buildings, run from a volcano, come out of a crater, do everything superman couldn't and still be unhurt. To conclude I just felt that the writers were again on strike.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
If there is a movie which defines "masterpiece" this will be it. It has been a long time I saw a movie which really surprised me. You will never know what is about to come. And when it ends, you find the glimmering shine of hope. If this movie released any year other the year of the Forrest Gump I am sure it would have swept the Academy Awards.
I usually don't like watching a decade old movie, but since this movie, i have already gone through a dozen on the top 250 list. Morgan Freeman is great as usual. So is Tim Robbins and James Whitmore. The whole cast brings alive the spirit of the movie. And my suggestion to all who haven't seen it already would be- add this to the top of your to-do-list.
Fan of such Hope-giving and Inspiring films: Shashank