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'Lucy' is a visually stunning, illogical mess
A synthesized chemical gives our protagonist a way to use his brain beyond his normal share. With that, he becomes popular and rich. Wait, that's the plot of Bradley Cooper movie 'Limitless'. Well, in Lucy, synthesized CPH4 makes our beautiful Protagonist practically "GOD". It means, she is like Neo without sentinels or Superman without Kryptonite. Yet, her decisions takes this movie from a mere 30-minute story to 90 minutes movie. Lucy is an action,Sci-Fi flick directed by Luc Besson, whom once I admired because of the movies like Leon and Nikitha. Fair enough, he made an entertaining flick, still a head-scratching, exhausting one.
Even before I decided to watch this movie, I read about the criticisms it was having due to some inaccuracies about some scientific facts. So, I left my scientific curiosity out of the hall. Still, I couldn't betray my logic when I was going through the movie. Take it, CPH4 makes a person invincible. It gives her x-ray vision, agility, even ability to time travel.Hell, I even adjusted to the idea that Lucy is the mother of us all, and she is everywhere. But, why would someone, who is willing to kill a number of henchmen in split seconds, left the only person who will give her a threat alive at the first place. Then there is the instant Chinese translation. At one point she shoots a guy in the legs because he didn't speak English. In the next moment she can actually read Mandarin from nowhere.
Granted, visually Lucy is a promising watch, and have some appreciable philosophical undercurrents. But, when a movie tries to play with a lot of cards inside a specific circle, the results will be more misses than hits. For Lucy, it was really a miss, which could've been better. As a final word, Limitless, even though shares a similar environment, was a decent watch. But Lucy here, makes Limitless an instant classic.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
So far, the best entertainer of 2014....
It's always a hard job to make a sequel for a successful movie. It becomes harder when the first one is an epic. How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best animation movie ever made and it's one of my all-time favorites. So, when I heard about a sequel, I was more cautious than exited. First of all, How to Train Your Dragon was a perfect piece of cinema. It had everything that a moviegoer could ask, with which are perfectly blended together. It was also a bit conclusive. They had a problem and they found a solution, it was as simple as that. So, what was there to bring a follow-up was actually a few. With all these in my mind, I visited the movie house, and it's safe to say that the experience wasn't a disappointment.
Just like it's predecessor, How to Train Your Dragon is a fun movie with ravishing visuals- a must-watch on 3-D, awesome action sequences, adequate drama and sentiments. Though the movie derails a bit in the middle parts, the following action and visuals takes the wagon to the finish line in fashion. The plot goes as follow- Hiccup and his buddy Night Fury embarks on a voyage to find new lands, and they finds themselves in the hands of a group of dragon thieves. They are trying to capture and forward dragons to a man named Drago, so that he can build a dragon army. To persuade Drago to relieve from his evil task, Hiccup travels to find Drago by neglecting the warnings of his father. The story moves with Hiccup's findings through this trip.
Apart from everything technical, which are as good as the predecessor, what the sequel lacks is a strong plot. Well, it's a fact that it can't be matched with the original since it was entertaining and touching at the same time. It had to be concluded that plot-wise, the original can not be competed. But on every other aspects, the sequel managed to catch up with it's predecessor.
As a final word, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a worthy addition to the series, but it's no match for the original. Still, it manages to entertain us. Aside from a bit dark plot lines and some ambiguous back stories, this movie is a perfect entertainer for the weekend, and so far the best one of this year.....
Beautiful in every aspect.....
It's been a while since I watched a movie which is bound to be a feel-good one, and this one is amazing on it's merits. You can add this gem to the category of movies like Untouchable, Life is beautiful and Forrest Gump. Every one of these movies deals with tragic issues, and most of them are tear-jerker, but with happiness. While Untouchable deals with the relationship of a wheel-chaired noble man and his black assistant, Life is beautiful tells the story of a son and father amidst of holocaust and Forrest Gump is the story of an individual who is incompetent in the usual merits. But all these movies are presented in such a fashion like there is a world beyond their sorrow. it makes as happy and wonder at its sheer brilliance.
Queen is such a movie where you see an individual who tries to overcome her inner turmoils. Rani, beautifully portrayed by Kangana Ranaut, is an ordinary Delhi girl who is expected to marry her lover in a matter of days. Due to some ambiguity, the groom decides to cancel the marriage. To set her mind Rani embarks on a journey, her honeymoon, alone. The plot deals with the issues of woman empowerment, cultural dissimilarities and existence of love affairs in a much more comic manner so that we won't be exhausted with it.
Much like Forrest Gump, it's a one wo/man show. Queen can be considered as the most iconic role of Kangana till date, and I'm pretty sure if it was released in Hollywood, she would've bagged the best actress Oscar. Supporting actors like Rajkumar Rao, Lisa Haydon and Mish Boyko were also brilliant, so that it became an assemble of talented actors. The soundtracks were also beautiful that it made the movie so much moving.
As a last tip, Queen is one of a kind movie which is made in Indian Cinema rarely. There are other movies like English Vinglish and Jab We Met that are similar to it in nature. If you are satisfied with queen, you should try them too....
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The return of the prodigal son....
X-Men is considered as one of the very first superhero-movie franchise that proved superhero movies have it's market. It also was a franchise that chopped away from it's roots right when it was flourishing at it's peak. Then came a lot of spin-offs. In the beginning, there was the visionary Bryan Singer. Then came Brett Ratner, who somewhat broken the hearts of fans worldwide. The spin-offs and directors extended into a long list including Mathew Vaughn and James Mangold. There were movies that we love, movies that we hate and movies that we tries to forget. it was inevitable that the circle should be closed so that the franchise could survive, and who might be the better person to do that other than Singer???
X-Men:Days Of Future Past is a movie which is prepared with so much grace and soul, so that every bit of it feels enjoyable. Not only it gives a clean chit for the franchise, it also saves the movies from being rebooted. Much of the courtesy goes for the directors Bryan Singer and Mathew Vaughn. X-Men:First Class was a unique movie that presented a strong ensemble cast and a much deviated yet successful story-telling. It was that cast and storyline helped singer to rebuild his once adorable franchise.
The word is at a verge of extinction, for both humans and mutants. There is only one way to stop these from happening, and is by rewriting the past. so, the X-Men sends Wolverine in to the past to fix it. The plot goes like that. It is kind of familiar since most of us are repeated viewers of Back To The Future movies. Just like Biff gets the sports almanac, something undesired happens on the past and certain measures should be taken to prevent it from happening. What moves the plot forwards is the path that Logan chooses.
As mentioned earlier, the greatest asset Singer had was the cast of First Class including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. This trio shared the major amount of screen time and they utilized it with electrifying performances. Others including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen have also done their part impressively. Evans Peters as Quicksilver was a treat to watch and Peter Dinklage has done another important part. The visual effects and background scores were so much in tune with the visuals that it all came in as a single block of visual treat.
There isn't much of a negative side for the movie aside from a few facts that were left unanswered such as old Logan's metal claw and Kity's time-phasing power. Even though the movie is brilliant in its own marks, I won't deem it as the best of X-men since I still love X2 and First class the most. Still, the importance of this movie over the whole franchise is immense since it gave a new platform that can be used for a lot more movies, and lets hope 2016's Apocalypse going to utilize it to it's maximum.....
The Alpha Primate Ultimatum...
I had been a fan of Godzilla ever since I watched the 1998 movie. Don't get me wrong, I was then 6 years old and it was one of the very few Hollywood movies that released at my place. After 10 years, when I had a second watch of 1998 Godzilla, I understood why it was panned so deeply. Still, that movie made me research through the Godzilla mythology and I was pretty much impressed. That's why I visited the movies for this 2014 take on the Alpha Primate. I must say, as a movie fan I'm not quite satisfied with it, but as a classic Godzilla fan, it was more than merry.
The technical side is the most note-worthy on this take, since the creature design was so much rooted with the 1950 classic. The scenes which depicts the menace of Godzilla was nearly breath-taking, and the roar was something special. The design of MUTOs were also appreciable, and the CGI works and 3-D effects are also passable. At least, the 3-D didn't made me scratch my head.
Considering the story side, it was a weak script, though pretty strong for a disaster movie. It wasn't a throughout smack-smash, or a 2-hour collision of the giants, but had a good human point-of-view over the subject, which takes me to the weak point of the movie.
The acting section wasn't that bright. It had a good platform for the actors even though the concentration was on the monster. Bryan Cranston proved it with his charismatic performance. He didn't had a major part on the screen, but was a core element on the script and with the high-voltage sentiments and rage he portrayed the lone crusader for truth brilliantly. Sad thing was, nobody, including Aron-Taylor Johnson and Ken Watanabe, was that much competing. It made me to long for the creature sequences more. But considering the script and the director's intentions, the final product is an adequate one to pass both fans and casual users.
As a final note, Godzilla is a classic incarnation of Gojira movies with appropriate human emotions. If you are a classic Gojira fan, never miss it. If you are a movie-goer who likes movies with a strong mythology, go give it a try.........
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
A jumble of clichéd sequences and EFX.....
Marc Webb's attempt to reboot Spidey from the successful Raimi franchise wasn't a bad one as everyone considers. Apart from the familiar origin story the reboot was much more rooted to the source material and much more stylish. The first-person sequences, web slinging machine, and a much more cocky Spidey was a remarkable improvement over Raimi's Spidey. But, watching the sequel, I am having a feeling that Webb could've done better.
First of all, the movie was a mix of all sort of things and not even a single element convinces the audience. There is romance, which is ridden with clichés. Stone and Garfield wasn't enough convincing as they were in the previous one. The opening shot which was pretty good, but doesn't gave any serious contribution to the plot. The script was so weak that it had to compensate with action. With more than enough slo-mos and destruction, the action sequences became a bi-product of 3-D effects. As a result, we got a partially structured story and characters with lots of visual effects. No wonder Chris Nolan despises 3-D.
Granted, there are some good moments and performances in the movie. The hint of Sinister Six and eventual death of Gwen are brave decisions from the director so that he could follow the comic's root. It could've been turned in to a better, engaging script. But instead, we have to be satisfied with this one. It could've been better than this. Way better.........
'Marvel'lous fanboy dreams....
A superhero movie with it's usual pack filled with action and mayhem. Along with the lines of political thriller and roots from the comic book storyline. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier has everything that a fanboy can cheer for.
Compared to it's weak prequel, The Winter Soldier Excels in every aspect. Whether it is story or action. Aside from the movie milestone Avengers, this might be the best movie in the MCU. Chris Evans, now in his signature role shine as ever. Samuel.L.Jackson, Scarlet Johanson and Anthony Macke are also joyful to watch. But it was Sebastian Stan's winter soldier was the treat for eyes. With cool movements and skills he steals the show.
As for the downside, the plot was a predictable one, and the whole Hydra business was a bit overlooked. Aside from that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a perfect blockbuster for every age.
Fountain all over again......
Darren Aronofsky built a reputation in world cinema with his brave ventures like Requiem for a dream, Black swan and Wrestler. Among these, there was a movie named Fountain, which dealt with the concepts of life and death. The movie was a box-office failure but nowadays considered as an underrated classic. When I watched Noah, it reminded me the fate of Fountain.
Similar to Fountain, Noah also deals with the issue of our existence in this world. Aronofsky chose a popular biblical relic for the purpose.The director's intention was so much innovative that it deserved a much more focused approach. Noah is flawed, no doubt about it, but it would've been a better movie. It deserves multiple watches for grasping the whole idea that Aronofsky forwards. As a director, Aronofsky excels like his any other movie. With cool visuals, striking montages and a mind bending plot, Aronofsky gives everything he got.
The problem that haunts with Noah is the presentation. Paramount swears that they have given the complete creative control to the director, but it's bit hard to believe. If it was meant to deal with the inner struggles of Noah, they should have portrayed that instead of flying doves. Seriously, I'm fed up with those goggles. You have to wait for an hour to the real movie to begin, while you are dealing with the 3D gimmicks. When the movie actually started to deal with the real script, when it started to became serious, it ended so soon that you will feel like 'what???'.
Noah is a movie with a strong philosophical platform. The Eden sin and the story of Cain and Abel are not just myths, but are the very lives of human race. The forbidden fruit represents the violence and greed which lurks in every human being. Tubal-Caine becomes the snake to Ham, when he offers the flesh of beast to him(Spoiler, whatever). This movie is food for thoughts. Go watch it by yourselves and if you feel the same way, let's call it deja vu.
As a final note, if you are going to movies to see some action and to crack some popcorn, wait for next week's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But if you are a serious moviegoer, you should watch this one.......
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
The Rwandan Schindler...
The world is a hell. People derives the humanity according to color and race, and conflicts results in blood-shedding riots. There were a lot of incidents, which will will make the modern men to lower his head in shame. Still, there will be a few men, who amidst these crises works for the greater good. Those people are the real heroes who gives us a ray of hope to carry on with our lives. Hotel Rwanda is one of those movies, which shows us the painful realities around our world, and those people who risked their lives to save others on those occasions.
Among many movies, I gives Spielberg's Shcindler's List a special place due to it's artistic production and truthful portrayal of one of the most darkest time of our history. Hotel Rwanda is basically a similar portrayal of how a single man saved a lot of lives by risking his own lives. The movie doesn't compete with Schindler by any of the artistic characteristics, but it deserves praise on it's own merit. Don Cheadle done an excellent job with his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed thousands of Rwandan refugees. The supporting cast including Sophie Okonedo and Nick Nolte also done an impressive job, and soundtracks are daring and charming.
Hotel Rwanda finishes with a note of hope, and it is mostly appreciated. Still, the conflicts between people around the world are going on with due to several reasons, without the understanding of the rules of humanity. Let's hope people like Paul will remain in the coming days to help them....
Outstanding effort by every single artist on board....
Indian Cinema is not just Bollywood. It has a number of regional languages to deal with, and each region contributes it's share. As for Mollywood(Malayalam movie industry), it was one of the most prominent contributers for Indian Cinema. Big names like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji.N.Karun are internationally acclaimed directors and actors like Mohanlal and Mammootty are the gems of Indian movies. Recently, Mollywood produces movies which are intolerable in quality, but still there are movies like Dhrishyam which will provide us sheer joy about our movies.
We grew up by watching movies of the big M's and we are proud of their potentials. We were also disappointed with their recent products which were dull and boring. Some say these actors were not meant to be working on Malayalam, instead they should work on some high-level industry. They also complains that here, we don't have much opportunities too. But we do make our merry with what we got, and Dhrishyam is one of those movies which utilized every bit of resource that provided by our industry.
The story is about a common man who tries to protect his family from a mishap, which took a young man's life. The script is good , and direction is also impressive. What makes Dhrishyam brilliant is that the unique performance of the lead actors. Mohanlal, famous for his flexible acting skills, dazzles as Georgekutty, a farmer-businessman who cares about his family through every event of the movie. Meena, Asha sarath were also good to watch. Shajon, normally type-casted as a comedian, Makes a brilliant turn-over to a character role.
As a final word, Dhrishyam is becoming a cult classic in Indian Cinema, and it spawns a new genre family crime thriller. Watch it. You'll never get disappointed...