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Adapted from the book anthology by the same name written by Kyril
Bonfiglioli, 'Mortdecai' is silly fun! Though never hilarious, this
recent box-office disappoint isn't entirely bad either.
'Mortdecai' Synopsis: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
'Mortdecai' needed more wit & humor, no doubt. But what is served in this action-comedy, isn't unbearable. Some of it actually works, as the bumbling protagonist gets into a series of wacky moments. Even the supporting characters are fairly appealing. But, in totality, I wanted to laugh more.
Eric Aronson's Screenplay is continuously silly & on-track, but not foolproof. David Koepp's Direction is impressive. So is the Cinematography. The Editing, however, lacks sharpness. Costume Design & Action-Sequences, are fair.
Performance-Wise: Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, is in good goofy mode. The versatile actor seems to be enjoying himself, although his talent is much above a film such as this. Ewan McGregor is first-rate. Gwyneth Paltrow looks aged & tired here. Paul Bettany has his moments. Olivia Munn is seductive. Jeff Goldblum appears in a cameo.
On the whole, 'Mortdecai' won't make you fall of your seat with laughter, nor will it want you to pull your hair in anger. Its strictly a one-time watch.
Gaurav Pandey's 'Shukno Lanka' is a deeply stirring film, about Dreams
& Ambition. Its a story about hunger, passion, struggle, success &
power. Pandey's Story merits an applause, for the fact, that this is an
important film, about so many.
'Shukno Lanka' Synopsis: A Junior artist living in a tinsel town, who is yet to taste success after a struggle of 30 years of acting career, gets the shock of his life when a prolific filmmaker, offers him a lead role in his next film.
'Shukno Lanka' is often moody & slow-paced, but its an extremely arresting journey. Chinu Nandi, the protagonist, (played by Mithun Chakraborty, in an unforgettable performance), is instantly likable & well-written. You feel for the old-man, who's life has been nothing but being a nobody. His success is a triumph not only for him, but also for us, as we feel for him, in a very unusual way. Pandey's Screenplay blends the magic of films with the harsh realities of life, with maturity & some of the most precious dialogue you've heard in a while. He pens a story of an under-dog, with such sensitivity & clarity, that one only appreciates the storytelling once the show concludes.
The true power of 'Shukno Lanka' is its approach. Its not conventional, yet its an every man's story. Pandey's Direction is equally praise worthy, as he has handled the film with command. This critical darling may not be everyone's cup of tea, thanks to its pace & set-up, but for those, yearning to hear a story that blends entertainment with its own touch, 'Shukno Lanka' is waiting for you. Heavily Recommended!
Based on the novel of the same title by John Irving, 'The World
According to Garp' is A Strange, Wonderful Film, that talks about life
& relationships. Its sensitively handled & performed superbly.
'The World According to Garp' chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women.
'The World According to Garp' is at times, funny, and at times, depressing. Garp is a character full of melancholia, who has to face his overbearing, dominating mother & also deal with his wife's infidelity. Its a sympathetic character, whose journey appeals, because he has a charm of his own.
The Late/Great Steve Tesich's Adapted Screenplay is often heartbreaking, but engaging at most parts, nevertheless. Only hiccup, lies in its running-time. The film overstays its welcome by 20-minutes. Some trimming was needed for sure. The Late/Great George Roy Hill directs this story with genuineness. Cinematography is fair. Editing could've been sharper.
Performance-Wise: The Late/Great Robin Williams is simply magnificent as Garp. He enacts the sympathetic protagonist with rare ease & restrained. This performance has to be among his finest. Glenn Close is simply fantastic as the mother, delivering an act that's both, affecting & yet loathsome. John Lithgow is astonishing as the transsexual activist. He stands out. James "J.B." McCall as young Garp, deserves a special mention.
On the whole, 'The World According to Garp' is quite a memorable film, despite a few flaws. Definitely, worth watching!
'Trading Places' is instantly likable & enjoyable. This is a true
comedy from the 1980's, that hasn't lost its charm even after so many
'Trading Places' Synopsis: A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Laughter is the best medicine & 'Trading Places' offers a good dose of it. Its a nicely shaped story about two underdogs, who are forced to switch lives, only to lead to more hilarity. Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod's Screenplay merits praise. Also, a special mention for the delicious dialogue. John Landis's Direction has no flaws. Cinematography is rich. Editing is just as good.
Performance-Wise: Dan Aykroyd & Eddie Murphy are at their funniest best. Dan is extremely convincing, while Murphy is super-energetic. Together, they make a great on-screen duo! But its Jamie Lee Curtis who owns 'Trading Places'. She enacts the prostitute with a large heart, with sheer brilliance. Late/Great Actors Denholm Elliott, Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche provide very good support.
On the whole, 'Trading Places' is some really good fun.
'Premium Rush' is indeed A Thrill Ride! Its furiously paced, crisply
written, correctly directed & also well-acted. In short, a good watch!
'Premium Rush' Synopsis: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
'Premium Rush' works almost throughout. The story moves on a furious pace, although I must say, the pace slightly slows down in its second-hour. But, things get back on track with a lifting climax. The best aspect about 'Premium Rush' is its brisk pace, that never allows you to slow down.
David Koepp & John Kamps's Screenplay is indeed well-done, delivering an engaging tale. David Koepp's Direction, on the other-hand, is perfect. Cinematography captures all the madness with zeal. Editing is superiorly done, as well.
Performance-Wise: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the right guy for the part & he shines. Michael Shannon is the show-stopper, though. He nails it as the antagonist. Dania Ramirez is effective. Jamie Chung is very sincere.
On the whole, 'Premium Rush' has merits.
Based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series, 'Batman: Mask of the
Phantasm' is pure Awesomeness! A very fun ride, that's packed with
twists & sharp action-sequences.
'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' Synopsis: Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.
'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' works from start to end. The main plot is extraordinary, offering an all twist in the caped crusader's legend, while the romantic-track, though slightly lethargic, has moments of emotions. And the Action-Sequences are sharp. In fact, the Animation is just top-class!
Alan Burnett, Paul Dinim, Martin Pasko & Michael Reaves's Screenplay is excellent. Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm's Direction is of high-standard. Vocal-Performances are sure to mesmerize. Kevin Conroy as Batman, gives the legend a voice with sheer restrain. Dana Delany as Andrea Beaumont, is a delight. Hart Bochner as City Councilman Arthur Reeves, is deliciously despicable. Stacy Keach as Carl Beaumont, doesn't lack conviction. Mark Hamill as Joker, however, steals the show. What a frighteningly stunning performance!
On the whole, 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' is a massive winner!
'Khamoshiyan' rides on a stunning premise, but what is eventually
served, is under-whelming. The sole saving grace is its melodious
'Khamoshiyan' Synopsis: An erotic love triangle revolving around a writer adrift in the icy slopes of Kashmir where he discovers a woman with a strange, silent past.
The problem with 'Khamoshiyan' is its Screenplay Written by Vikram Bhatt. It's so confused between being an erotica and a horror/thriller, that it never achieves its aim. Despite a few spine-chilling moments in the first-hour, the second-hour is devoid of scares or thrills. How one wishes if Bhatt simply concentrated on just one particular genre.
Karan Darra's Direction is claustrophobic. Cinematography captures some moments well. Editing is fair. Music by Various Artists, is fabulous. Each & Every song is melodious.
Performance-Wise: Ali Faizal is earnest, but not memorable! Sapna Pabbi looks gorgeous, but is leaps away from being called an actress. Gurmeet Chaudhary hams. He's more funny, than being vicious.
On the whole, 'Khamoshiyan' is a great idea, gone wrong.
'Ek Paheli Leela' is centered around Sunny Leone, in every literal way.
Its basically a showcase of Leone's sex appeal, which has been made
into a feature film. It rides on her strength, but is low on content.
So the story goes this way: A supermodel, played by Sunny Leone, comes to India, only to realize that 300 years ago, she was an Indian, who was killed by a maniac lover. So this is a reincarnation.
'Ek Paheli Leela' is a long mess. A running-time of over 135-minutes seem endless, while the twists & turns in the narrative seem forced, even though there is one clever twist in the finale. But, honestly, this is a film made strictly for the masses, who'd drool over Sunny. She looks gorgeous & flaunts her body with zero inhibitions.
Last Word? If you wanna watch a women who's genuinely got all that it takes, watch 'Ek Paheli Leela'. Otherwise, you know exactly what to do!
An official remake of the 2010 British comedy film titled The Infidel,
'Dharam Sankat Mein' is a well-intentioned, honest film, but sadly, its
not very entertaining. Reason? The half-baked Screenplay, which appeals
only in bits.
'Dharam Sankat Mein' Synopsis: At the age of 55, a Hindu man discovers that he was born Muslim and adopted by a Hindu family. Chaos follows...
'Dharam Sankat Mein' has a terrific premise & to an extend, the film works. The narrative is nicely paced until its first-hour, where its protagonist gets into a series of unexpected events. But, the same can't be said about the preachy second-hour. All of a sudden, this light-comedy becomes a drama about the Hindu-Muslim conflict & the depiction of god-men in a bad taste, seems to be getting repetitive now. First OMG, then P.K & now 'Dharam Sankat Mein', have been primarily based on religion & god-men. The only difference between the previous 2 films, were, that they were extremely well-made, but 'Dharam Sankat Mein' falls short on expectations.
The Screenplay begins with skill & even the dialogue are clever, but the second-hour is strictly a no-no. Fuwad Khan's Direction is fair. Cinematography is standard. Editing is fine. The Songs, however, add nothing to the narrative.
Performance-Wise: Paresh Rawal can never be doubted. And although he has enacted a similar part in OMG before, the screen-legend enacts the central part with amazing ease. He's delightful all though as the man in question. Annu Kapoor, also, is in fantastic form. His scenes with Paresh, work very well. Naseeruddin Shah, as an exaggerated god-man, hams. His performance stands out like a sore thumb.
On the whole, 'Dharam Sankat Mein' is certainly made with noble intentions, but as a cinematic experience, its strictly okay!
'Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker' is a dark superhero fare, that
despite being grim, is genius. I was engrossed & entertained.
'Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker' Synopsis: The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
'Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker' has confounding moments all through. And the vocal-performances are excellent. Mark Hamill as Joker, delivers a spine-chilling turn, that's easy to loathe, but impossible to forget. Kevin Conroy as an aging Bruce Wayne, adds restrain & maturity to the legend. Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis / Future Batman, provides wit & energy to the young blood he voices. And Dean Stockwell as Tim Drake, is simply superb.
With top-notch animation, a tight script & true thrills, 'Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker' is unmissable. Go, have fun!
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