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Could be made a lot better, but falls low
You know how you have been in a movie which says a lot but acts very little? Yes this is such a kind of movie
Movie will keep you immersed in the first 30 minutes, but once that is over, you will keep wondering why did that had to happen? what was the motive? Seriously such brutal scenes really would need a explanation but the movie offers nothing as such, does the creators really think the audience will watch whatever is thrown at us? No, not at all.
Then comes the real use of a time-travel, to romance of-course, nothing else. Hero pleases her lady with all gimmicks thanks to the time-watch, many said this was not needed, i disagree, in fact that was the only time the time-travel made sense in the entire movie. Anyone who wants to please his girl friend will do anything such as this and Surya is no exception, but again in this positive note there was one letdown. DIALOGUES. OMG i think the producers only paid half of what was agreed to the lyricist. The dialogues was only annoying as hell and repeated again and again until the point where you literally shout, SHUT UP!!
Second half starts with a different Surya but you get the drift by now, the movie wanders in all places looking for a story and a sudden filler is converted into a motto of the antagonist, he wants to go back in time to get rid of his misery, OK yeah i totally buy that now, only why didn't he have such a clear plan before makes me wonder the movie makers didn't really think of one earlier which would made the movie all the more likable
Granted post this, there are many twists and turns which will keep you engaged, but still you feel the movie is just dragging beyond the limit and is just delaying the expected. I agree in almost every time-travel movie this is the case, but the way it is executed makes all the difference, here the execution is sub-standard
Also the main concept is flawed, if you travel back to a time, you travel as you are at your current state, that's what makes time travel fun, in this movie when Surya goes back to his infant state, that totally collapses the entire time-travel. At that point what do you expect a crying baby to do? His father made some wild guesses and it turned out right, what if it was wrong? What was the point of coming back in time if you can't do anything? So what you are saying now is Surya has to re-live all of his 26 years again still remembering everything? isn't that cruelty to some one?
All movie makers need to understand this: A movie is not made in first 20 minutes, but only based on the character developments. If you kill the main character in the movie so quickly i will be least bothered and you will not leave a mark, so pace the movie in such a way that there is a proper backstory, reasoning behind the actions and then the final act is remove the character in such a way that it will leave tears in your eyes. For e.g., in this movie the character of Saranya was a step-mother: We all totally buy that, but when she says her backstory on the hardships she went through, you are really hit and feel bad for her. Now that gave her character more depth and respect which is what should have been done to all lead characters
The device as expected was set to be destroyed, but instead in this movie, the device was just thrown in the park. Am guessing that is a clue for us to say they would make a sequel to this. If so, i would happily pass and would advice everyone to do so.
Waste of potential at its best!
A fun movie with nothing much to offer
You can't say many things good about this movie. But you cannot saying anything that is so bad as well. For what the movie has set out to be i have to say, it actually works very well. I in fact enjoyed the movie and don't feel that it was a bad movie The biggest flaw anyone would notice in the movie is a lack of continuity and the scenes just feels separate. There nothing emphatic about the story and it just does not keep things together. Every scene in this movie can be watched separately and can be enjoyed, you don't have to watch the complete movie to have the fun. It was just like watching adhitya channel, so in that sense that is a negative to the movie but if you just want to laugh throughout and listen to witty dialogues this movie is certainly to go for.
The movie although suffers from many flaws, it would have been lot better if 2 things were taken care of, unwanted stunts and songs. If STR had not done this am sure this movie would be much better.
Having heard nothing positive about the movie i went in with a very low mindset and perhaps that's what made me enjoy the movie even more. Simbu and Santhanam steal the show every time and needless to say simbu punch one-liners are witty and sometimes well picked by the actor. Rather than blowing his own trumpet he sometimes tries to convey a message and works as a likable character.
I was particularly happy with the closure of the movie. It started off being nothing and end there, which is actually not bad if you think about it. You can think of some movie which starts amazingly well and ends really really bad, that is hellbender, but here it is simple, subtle and the hero was what he was in the beginning. No major transformation, no unruly masala fights at the end, so in those sense it was good.
Comedy was good, every character had done justice to their roles and is good to watch in the scenes they are in and kudos to the director for providing the right depth to each actor. This movie will not make you go wow, but you will not hate it as well. It is particularly hard to rate this movie, but go with absolutely no expectations and just have a good time with your family, you surely will.
No Reservations (2007)
Totally uninteresting - had potential to do a whole lot better
A movie about a uptight chef, who faces a turmoil of emotions, happy, sad all at the same time. So tries to adapt to the new situations. That is a very strong script and yet the movie is boring as hell.
When i looked at the trailer i knew it would be really fun and Catherina Zeta Jones is a able actor to pull this off. But no, this is extremely dismal performance for the actress. By far this is the worst performance and am not just talking about being a perfectionist in the kitchen, her love interest with Aaron Eckhart and a likable aunt with her niece she falls in all places and really low.
The movie starts off in a very interesting note, and shows the actress in the kitchen and cuts back and forth with a therapist and then moves on to show the tragedy in her life and niece moving with her. It was very intriguing and i really thought this could go somewhere, but after all that am not sure what happened to all the flamboyance and grit that the movie had. It just fell apart and i was hoping despite this, the acting would be good enough to carry the movie and disappointment again.
This movie confused me a lot, i understand the little girl was going through a really difficult time, but many times her anger was totally not needed. Running off in the road, going to her mom's grave for a reason which was beyond reason. Standing in freezing cold for no reason, the girl looked appallingly bad. And there was Aaron Eckhart, he was again at his lowest low, when he came in to the movie i was hoping a bonding issue with the actress would eventually turn into love and would have its fun moments.
None of that existed, he was this exuberant and passionate guy and such a character will have to be fun in this uptight movie, he had no such moments. I don't even understand why was he fired in the first place and the chemistry between the characters was the worst. The aunt-niece was pathetic, lead actors chemistry was abysmal and the movie had lost all the finesse, passion and short did not have the heart to carry it through.
The screenplay was really bad, dialogues were worse and the scenes in the trailer where Catherina Zeta Jones blows out on a customer complaint was split into 2 sections. One in the start and one right before the end, which totally doesn't make sense. The characters should grown into you, not go back and forth on the same emotions and insanely annoy you.
The movie should have focused on the bonding between actress and little girl and build the story around it, it would be a really fun and interesting to watch, but instead goes in all different directions and loses our interests after the first 20 minutes which is a huge disappointment. Never seen such a wasted script and feel really for the sub-standard and lackluster attempt by the director on the script. A movie totally worth skipping.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Oh yeah, no second thoughts, just go watch it!
Salman, i knew it, i knew you could pull through such a amazing movie as well, my only question why didn't you do this earlier? Iam pretty sure most of the reviewers who are used to watching Indian movies are probably going to say the same thing about this movie, but for others who watch occasional Indian movies and mostly Hollywood movies, don't say this movie defies logic, don't say the movie has plot holes and any other crap coz i can list 100 Hollywood movies which has bigger ill-logical plot points than this. Enjoy the movie for what it is and it sure has got lot of depth in the script to make sure you do that.
Now, that we have taken that out of the equation, let's talk about the movie. This movie is really fun to watch. We all know what to expect in Salman Khan movies and i loved this movie because it did not have any of that. And still movie is one of the biggest bollywood blockbuster, so what does that tell you Mr. Salman? You have people who are willing to spend their time and money even if you don't rip your shirt and just have over-the-top action scenes.
This movie has a lot of heart, yeah lot of scenes where you might tear up, but apart from that it spends quite a lot of time in getting the characters in your head. It was very easy to do that cos you only care about 3 characters in the whole movie. Hero, little girl and the tag-along friend, Siddiqui. Each of them have been given the right character development and a neat story to get you in grip with the movies wants to accomplish.
So when they show salman khan's past, you surely wouldn't be surprised how the movie is going to pan out. No surprises anywhere in the movie, again with such a premise how would you engage the audiences? With acting of course. Everyone has given their best, Salman, Harshaali, Siddiqi and Kareena Kappoor. Given their best and have articulated the scenes so clearly that you really want to say "Oh man, that really hit me". I was hoping at some point you will really see Salman lose his cool and start bashing heads and am gonna hate the movie for it. But it did not happen, although there were a couple of mini-fights, they were needed, i mean anyone with such a heart as Bajarangi would have done the same thing, so totally justified.
But remember it is movie of a actor who is used to staying in air longer than a commercial airline during stunts, so you can't completely show a docile and mellowed down character of such a shooting star. So in that sense, movie suffers a few flaws and i really don't want to get into everything but i would say some parts in the movie where people had said..
Kareena Kapoor: Everyone i spoke to was just saying she was completely dispensable, waste of money, even if you remove her from the movie nothing will change, etc. so for all those people, Yes, you are partially true, but do you really expect every character in every movie to be completely in-sync with the screenplay and involved in every scene? NO, that hardly happens and if not for her Bajarangi's mind would have been really narrow and maybe he might have never even started on the mission.
Harshaali: Again every soul said she had done exceptionally well, it is not true. We are all humans, we would have accepted the movie if the girl was just a picture and Salman went in search of her. We like such sentiments and happy endings. I am not saying she was bad, she was good, but over-hyped. If you really want to see a child actor perform there are many movies (Taare Zameen Par, Kannathil Mutamital (Tamil)) those performances are worthwhile mentioning.
Movie could have been shorter, it made the journey perilous for the heck of it. There could have been some scenes which could have been completely avoided and i also believe the parents were utterly underplayed. Their daughter is missing, i would have expected a little bit more screen time of them rather than some convoluted plot points. But that's my point of view.
Having spoken about these, the movie is worth watching and am sure i can watch this again and this will be in my list of top 10 best movies of Salman Kahan. Please continue making such movies at least once a while, i loved watching it and am sure you would not regret it a bit.
Thank you for reading, Ciao
Exceptional acting, great dialogues
The main character in this movie is no human. That's right, he just looks like a cyborg on a mission to excel in life and that is our Hero. OMG Jake Gyllenhaal is a great find, he can act like crazy. From the way he talks, where he lives, his work style everything has been throughly thought out.
The second most important point in this movie is dialogues, it was mind blowing, although sometimes you get the feel he is just talking like google, but that's the way people such as him talk. His rationale in everything his does is factual and you go along with it. If you are extremely career driven, this is how you will be. It will be great for your career but will make look and sound like a asshole The movie does not take much time in settling in, no back story or any of that to waste our time. It starts off with the thinnest of premise and just works way around it. This just shows anything that if you dream of, no matter how small it is, if you put complete hard work and be a crazy minded freak it will get you phenomenal results.
Also i liked the fact the focus on movie was clearly confined and you will not have to make your own premonition of things. He wants to excel and he will do whatever it takes to do it. And when i say whatever, i literally mean whatever. You will get really uncomfortable with the character half way into the movie and would just don't want to root for him, but at the same time intrigued to find out how it turns out. That is how thick the character development is in this film.
Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed have done their part really well. Again the dialogues were a selling point to their characters. In every frame they are in they contribute the right amount in the screenplay, they could have easily turned out to be extras in the movie who slow the screenplay, but thankfully they are not, they were absolutely perfect.
Yes, it was great acting, wonderful dialogues, a simple and effective story line, but still i wouldn't want to watch the movie again, may be because am human and i still believe death is end of life and not just another scene to be shot. I agree people such as him would come to think of it that way, but some sentiments wouldn't have been bad. People such as him would but really successful in life, but will not have anyone to share with and that to me a total waste of your efforts. So, in many levels the movie was good, it lacked the basic human instincts, rather than just framing your speeches based on numbers from internet and data from your computer human beings are still in charge of machines only because we bring the emotion part into the mix. It may not be right at all times, but i still believe it is needed and this movie did not have anything at all.
All in all, you will love the movie for what it is, but will not have one stand-out moment or would not recommend watching this movie to be a annual thing to do with your friends.
A boring animation movie, even for the kids!
When are these spin-off movies gonna end? OMG this is the first time and hopefully the only time i say this, i hate Minions.
When people said Dispeciable Me movies are a hit because of minions, i did not agree and with this movie my argument just stands tall.
They came out of no where in Dispecable Me and stole our hearts. And i think that is where they should have stayed. For instance, you go to a 7-course meal and don't just wish you had more of the cup cakes? and when you have more of them and nothing else you don't want to eat anymore, that is this movie in one line.
Minions with their mannerism and slapstick gave us a real treat in the first two movies, in this they are just plain annoying. If you guys have seen the trailer then that's it. That is all the laugh you will get out of this movie. I was really surprised by that, i thought trailers were supposed to be a sneak peek into the fun adventure we were expecting, not in this movie.
Iam OK with the minion language, it is funny as long as you have some actions showing what they actually mean, but here they just talk in the Gibberish and every minion laugh (The Coronation scene). I mean what is that all about? i paid money to watch the movie and don't even understand the language in which the joke was said? How is that fair.
The movie lacks any purpose at all. If you are making a prequel of how minions are with Gru, i just guess the movie could have started with Gru and how they bond, but it choose another villain for the heck of it and ended up making minions a hero? Sounds confusing, minions are adorable but they are henchmen for an evil guy and hence they are evil, why would the movie want them to be proclaimed Hero, no idea. So if the minions are working for another villain isn't it a rehash of despicable movie? It shouldn't have been scripted like that Aside that fact, i wanted to see some fun minion moments, again that was missing. Nothing even made me chuckle and as the movie went on and on, i started hating them. Making the Universal music in Minionese, not cool at all but i know what was into, still to bore with the same thing over and over is not fun.
Movie lacks story, fun, logic and conviction. If you just want to watch for Kevin and Bob just go for it, otherwise don't even bother.
The most underrated movie of the year, Totally worth watching
In a world where people are fighting against misogyny and sexual dominance, this movies takes a step back from all that and actually portrays Melissa Mccarthy as a unseeded rock star.
Iam serious, she is just fantastic in the movie and makes you carries the movie from the start to the end. When i saw the trailer i was wondering if they are gonna make a slap stick comedy and just add a spy element to it, but hell no! You get more refined, educated and thought out comedy.
I was surprisingly Laughing out loud for many comedy relief and the timing and length of comedy were just perfect. The premise looks like a spy-entourage movie, but ends up being a funny movie more a like a buddy cop move with much more heart.
The characters are very well used, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne placed perfectly and take their time in pacing things just to give you a feel for the characters, which is fantastic. Sometimes i thought Jason Statham was over the top, but he was so annoying and the movie made good use of such a a clever characterisation, kudos!! Melissa McCarthy was just very cool. I could see her as a back office operator, could see her as a Spy, a friend. You name she kills it, every role that she portrayed was just fantastic. It was just like a Get Smart but without the obvious over-hyped totally unwarranted portrayal of the spies I can watch this movie again and can easily watch with my friends around. I saw the plot twist coming so no real surprises there, but again the only downside with such movies has always been the end, and this movie suffers that as well. When the bag of tricks are all over the movie comes to a screeching halt with loud noise and mindless chases.
However that should not even bother you with the movie experience as a whole. A fun spy movie with witty jokes, very likable characters who have justified their roles with their innate acting skills
Dhanush killed everyone, i mean the audience
There are some gangsta movies which tries to be better but end up being being bad, Maari is not one of them. It starts off being bad and ends up being awfully painful. But this movie served one purpose, this is the movie which can be showcased for all aspiring actors, directors, screenwriters and pointed out how not to take a movie
I don't even know where do i begin with this atrocity. Everything was horrible, from the premise, the actors, the comedy relief, the stunts, heroine, Story (there was none). It is like a wasted potluck, anything you pick from this movie can taste literally horrible and you would wonder why do you need it at all I like masala movies, not a huge fan but still, as i saw the trailer i knew what was i into. All i was expecting from this movie was some really fantastic dialogues which will become the cuss of all Chennaiates in future and a equally good acting by Dhanush and some mindless action. Please anyone tell me if this is too much of an expectation. And the movie did not miss this by a pinch, it missed it by a huge mile.
Calling premise stupid would be a understatement, it was one of the most fun-intended-action-aspired bullshit. From there the movie lost me, but the comedy relief made me chuckle in the beginning and i expected them to carry the movie at least half-way, NO, not to be. Then came a face-off between the good cop and the rouge hero, i was expecting some action, NO the movie stops the scene and moves to elsewhere.
Nothing in this movie is continuous, the editing is so awful. It just looks like every scene was shot in intervals of years and patched together to give a grotesque screenplay. I am not kidding, many times i felt why was that scene there? Was it just for the next scene to happen? No other purpose, seriously?? OK i will not even comment on anything else, the least i should expect was some mindless action which will make me remember the movie for at least a week, again plot twist, the Director says NO. There was just 2 fights in the entire movie and both of them was so badly Stunt Choreographed it just felt like Dhanush was smashing Styrofoam shaped mannequin and not real people. What a waste, a DON movie where fight is awful, what more could go wrong? Acting was predictable and shitty. You have one of the best actors, Dhanush and this was what you can come up with? That guy can do anything, why make a mockery out of him.
Characters was worthless, none of them gave you that involvement that you want to root for them. I did not care if Dhanush dies, Vijay Yesudas dies or even the entire cast commit suicide and end the movie. Not a remorse for anyone, there at least could have been a strong back story justifying why the hero is the way he is.
No story, awful characterisation, dismal stunts, sub-standard dialogues and all so not all important comedy relief. If the entire world was coming to an end and this was the last movie that i could watch before the apocalypse, i would still gladly pass
It's just riveting and picture perfect
Yes it is remake, but that doesn't mean it's any lesser. In fact i believe making a remake is a difficult job. For all the people who say the original movie was better, of course you would believe that as this concept and movie did not exist before the original script so you will like it more. But now that you have a frame of reference, doing a remake of a successful movie is very difficult as you have cater to the demographic who know what the movie is about.
Yes people might say it is hit only because of a remake, but i would strongly disagree, it is a delight to watch because the remake is done just right. Kadhalaku Mariydhai, Nanban are prime example.
Leave aside all those controversies, from the premise till the end, this is one movie that paces really well. Though a simple concept of saving the family, the actors have brought their A-game, fantastic performances from everyone. Needless to say anything about Kamal Hassan, he makes everything looks so easy and so realistic, he has always been best in any role that he plays and even here he just steals the show. Having said that, it would be easy for the director to be tempted to keep Kamal in all frames and make the movie a success, but not to be. Everyone has been given a fair share of the screen space and they have given a scintillating act every time.
Although i know the movie was long, i never felt bored at any point, a feel that i get from a Tarantino movie. The screenplay was perfect, the actors were placed in the right place at right time. The plot twists were great and just when you thought you know everything the movie creeps with something new, i really loved that.
In a intriguing movie like this, you have to feel for the characters and you really do. That's a exceptional win-win for the actors in the movie. Even though ethically what they are doing are wrong, you understand what will happen if only you were truthful at all times, and you totally buy that. Frame by frame the movie passes with wonderful continuity and even when it ends, it just does not snap, it is a thorough and clear closure, which says a lot about the director It's easy for movies such as this to be absurdly stupid and leave many plot holes for the audience to explore but the director covers all plot syncs and when you backtrack what went on, you can easily connect the dots and agree to the fact though the hero is selfish, you have to be selfish at some times to survive in this world.
What happened was a accident, but in a perfect world you could come out with the truth and people will look at 2 sides of a coin and take the right judgment, but we are not in a perfect world. At the end when Kamal explains what would happen if the tables were turned, it is a right explanation. How a Mother would handle would be different from what a Mother with power would handle a situation.
A Small negative would be that the premise about the Hero could have been shortened a bit, maybe less 15 minutes, his love interest for his wife was totally unwarranted, looks like Kamal's personal choice than anything else. But that does not affect the movie in anyway and can be easily overlooked.
You will like every character, you could relate to the fear in their eyes, the plot was simple and understandable, the connectors were very well used and screenplay was paced just right. A movie for everyone in the family and through entertainer
Why do i watch this again and again and again and feel WOW
If anyone can answer this question, that would be amazing. I have seen a lot of TV and nothing has struck the chord like this. Granted its got flaws and plot holes, but who cares?
Then i start to think what was this that made FRIENDS the way it is
The characters are likable, relatable and pretty legit for the time
The situations they go into are the situations almost each of us get into
Your reactions would be the same if you had friends such as them
No convoluted plot points to make sure you savor the moment
Every character was given equal importance and their part in making sure you tear up
There was no re-casting, which made you so involved
Every guest appearance was unique in their own terms, they were not stereotypical, characters and just felt like part of the team
Friendshp is personified, work life balance depicted in the best way
It does not strive hard to spread any message at all, which makes it a treat to the eyes The jokes are timed perfect, sarcasm is used appropriately
Premise is way too simple and so is the end. It just feels like end of a episode but its the end of series.
Everyone's job is unique despite the fact that they were in high school together
I don't think any show was made biggest public influences than this None of the cast of any other TV show was on Oprah explaining to whole world their personal aftermaths of ending the sit-com I just could keep going on and on. but the list would be endless and it would different from every person's perspective of life and that again is a success. Each person could look at these episodes from their lens of life and can relate to them. Any party i have been whenever i say can we watch FRIENDS, there has never been a NO. That is how powerful and loving this is and By the way the opening song, best for any Sit-com.
I hated that they ended it, but looking at the actors now, i think its good that they did. They had their run and it has to stop somewhere and they stopped at the right time. Thank you to the cast and crew for giving us this marvel and i cannot thank enough the cast for their exceptional involvement and giving us this treat which i will cherish for ever and ever