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Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Definitely worth waiting
As a teenager I had once seen the trailer of this movie when I was at the hospital. Afterwards I never got to see this trailer ever again. I didn't know the name of the movie and we didn't have an internet back then, so I could neither ask anyone nor look it up. The trailer showing Bowser and Eggman were just enough to have me sold. Then when the movie released I saw its name in the newspaper, but within the next week it was taken off (probably it didn't earn much here). So ever since then I wanted to watch it. I finally watched it in 2018 and I'm really glad I could.
Wreck-It Ralph is the story of a videogame villain who wants to be a hero, but he can't do it because of how much he's used to being the bad guy. After he meets Vanellope, they both embark on an adventure to help Ralph get a medal which Vanellope had otherwise given away as a prize in her own game Sugar Rush. There are many fun characters like Fix-It Felix, Calhoun and King Candy. There is even a cameo appearance of Sonic, which is like a dream come true for a huge Sonic fan like me.
The story is great for children, the visuals are phenomenal like all Disney animated movies, the voice actors are decent, the comic timing is hilarious and unexpected (the Oreo march, Felix fixing the prison bars while trying to hammer them, Ralph running around in Calhoun's game etc). I'm pretty sure if I was a kid and I had watched it, I'd have been completely blown away by it and it would have become my favourite movie. I watched it when I was 19, and yet I really enjoyed it (the rating is from that time so I have written this review from that perspective). For the veteran gamers there are a lot of hidden jokes, easter eggs and references scattered around everywhere.
I really want this franchise to expand even more. Ralph has come as a playable character in Sonic and SEGA All Star Racing Transformed. I mean, this is a movie about a game character. It would really be injustice if we don't get Sugar Rush in real life, or Fix-It Felix for mobile phones. The movie was pretty good, since it established all the ideas not even the sequel could ruin. Definitely a watch if you're a gamer and have a family.
The best Indian thriller serial
I had decided to bingewatch Breathe when my Prime subscription was about to end. I had taken my Prime subscription only to watch all the popular shows like The Boys, The Man in the High Castle, Mirzapur, The Family Man, The Tick etc. I had seen Breathe's ad sometimes, but I used to think it's just some cheap-quality show like Panchayat or Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare that has just taken Ram Madhavan because he doesn't get films nowadays. I don't know if I could possibly be more wrong. This is one of, if not the best Indian Prime Originals out there.
Breathe is not very long, and yet adds so much suspense that it makes a minute feel like five. I was doing my college projects on my laptop and the serial was running on my phone that I had kept beside. Initially I had thought I will only hear the dialogues during the conversation scenes and look at the screen only when the action scenes come in. But as soon as the action began, I immediately rewinded the video to see what all had happened which led to these events happening. And afterwards I was paying less attention to my work than I was doing to Madhavan's.
Remember what I said about the serial being cheap? This serial is exactly the opposite of it. It looks very well cinematographed. It is shot such that it looks more like a movie than a serial. The colour grading, the image balance, the rule of thirds - everything has been followed correctly. The story is such that the villain can never be considered a bad guy. The viewer can empathise with him. They can feel what it feels like to be him. On the other hand Kabir Sawant, in spite of being the correct person here, seemed more like he was the one who was interrupting everything. The acting is better than most serials that I have seen, so I don't think there's any point praising it further.
Breathe is the most underrated Indian serial that I have ever watched. Everyone who has a Prime subscription should watch it. It's way better than the Abhishek Bachchan sequel at least. I really wish that serial is just a spin-off and the second season of this show gets uploaded soon.
The Captain America-est movie
I really like Captain America's simplicity. He does not shoot out lasers from his hands like Iron Man, he does not stick on walls like Spider-Man, he does not have absolute accuracy like Hawkeye, he does not have psychic powers like Doctor Strange and he isn't a Superman clone like Captain Marvel (although he's also supposed to be the poster boy of America who fought a billionaire). He's just a very strong man. His only weapon is a shield. Not even a sword, just a shield. It's a way of saying that his arms are no less than a sword. He doesn't fight long range. That's how much he trusts his skills.
His costume is also very simple. It does not have any cape or coat. And unlike the comics, the MCU costume doesn't even have wings. They are just drawn on his helmet. And in this movie his costume is made even more sleek. I didn't like the stripes part from his costume. It looks too soft. It's like if he's stabbed over there he would die instantly. So this costume over here made that problem finish, plus it looks a lot more futuristic. I really wished Captain America only wore this costume.
Another thing that shows Captain America's simplicity is the introduction to Falcon. Since The Avengers had already established that all the superheroes are now good friends of each other, this was the movie which could have shown their first partnership since the big team up movie (this was later done by Ant-Man instead for Falcon). But instead of calling them, Steve trusts a new friend, someone he made friends with while he was out on a jog, something similar to what the people used to do back in the mid 20th century. He also calls Black Widow for the action (ugh!), and together they find Hydra.
In the end Captain America fights with the Winter Soldier, but instead of giving an actual fight, he tries pursuing him into giving up, something we won't expect a hero of such calibre to do. The fight scenes in this movie are pretty good, but what should I tell you? I mean it's a movie with Captain America, Black Widow AND Falcon. So there are over a dozen jump cuts every second during the fight scenes. This is the reason why I hate Natasha so much. She fights with so many scene cuts and never takes a single hit. She is the reason why I removed one star from my rating.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best movie that came from phase 2 in my opinion. It completely outshadows its prequel and sets the correct tone for the additional characters in the future movies without causing too much disruption. It leaves many memorable scenes and has a very good story. I wasn't expecting to be disappointed from a Captain America movie because I like him for his simplicity, but I wasn't expecting to say it's gonna be one of the best MCU movies either. I'd definitely want to give it a rewatch if I get a Disney+ Hotstar subscription.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
After Endgame, I thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ended. I didn't know the meaning of culmination back then. I used to think it means the final movie. So when I heard about Spider-Man: Far From Home releasing, I thought it's just gonna be to show from the perspective of one superhero as to how life has changed since the reverse snap. Since Endgame was 3 hours long they couldn't exactly show much about it from the point of view of the civilians, this movie could do it much better. After all, it's about Peter going to Europe (a place other than America) for a trip.
The only reason why I watched this movie is because it's Spider-Man. If it were any other superhero I'd have skipped it. Turns out it's a lot better than what everyone was saying it to be. There are a lot of things I liked about this movie, mainly Spider-Man himself. I really like Tom Holland's Spider-Man because of how much developed his suit is. Even if he just leaves his body idle the suit will allow him to continue fighting on his own. All those web mods are very interesting. I have talked about it in depth in my Spider-Man: Homecoming review so I don't feel like writing it again.
The movie really panders on the emotions for those who were fans of Iron Man. He has multiple references everywhere, since he was the mentor of Peter. Peter gets Tony's glasses as a gift from him which allow him to see many digital stuff. It actually draws many parallels between Tony and Peter, as to how they were both geniuses who have an AI-operated suit that helps them fight intensely powerful bad guys. Peter always looked up to Tony as his mentor, and in this movie it has been shown very appropriately.
Another thing this movie has shown very well is the life after the reverse snap. Many of our questions get answered over here. What happened to the people who came back is answered, how people are reacting, and most importantly what is to come for the Avengers. Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel - all of them are gone now. Only Spider-Man can be in contact of the Avengers in case a threat is to come on earth. And this brings me to why Mysterio is a good villain in this movie.
Ever since the snap people have been traumatised. There could be any amount of danger coming in from any place and of any intensity. Seeing some monsters in Europe was enough to scare the people, and Mysterio used this opportunity to portray himself as the hero. Even Spider-Man became his fan seeing his work. Although he did learn about the truth later, Mysterio continued to be brave. The focus over here was to target Peter's friends and not the world. The stakes here were completely different.
Normally whenever there are any threats for a superhero, it's always on a big level: Someone is attacking the city, a family is in danger or the villain wants to take over the world. Here, however, the stakes are that Peter's friends are in danger. Since we have seen them for so long, we had grown fond of them. A threat to them will mean a lot more to us than the threat to a European city. And that's exactly what happens in this movie. This is the kind of a fresh air this movie is able to provide after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
In my opinion this should have been the last MCU movie. The end of the franchise is that everyone now knows who Spider-Man is and all the other Avengers have left earth. So now Peter has become the next Tony. It would have been a huge turnaround since Iron Man, as that movie was the one which showed for the first time that a hero doesn't need to hide their identity. This is a fun movie that can be enjoyed even if one hasn't watched Endgame, since everyone knows about the snap at this point.
Black Panther (2018)
If you mark my review Unhelpful I will raise my rating to 9
I have already made the mistake of writing a long and detailed review on Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman, with all of them being marked Unhelpful. That's why I remembered to check the reviews over here, and the same bashing is happening here also. That's why I think I should explain and warn you first before you make the same mistake. Tell me, what exact part of this review are you finding unhelpful? Am I not explaining something important? Am I missing some detail? Is my English bad? What is it that you want to mark my review unhelpful for? If you didn't like the movie, that's your personal choice. If you mark a review unhelpful it means the review didn't help you understand what the movie is about. I will do my best to explain it to you in a spoiler free format, and if you still mark my review unhelpful I will raise my rating to 9, not because I am some toxic fan (otherwise I'd have given it a 10) but rather to rub salt on your wounds. With all that said, let's move on to the review.
So before the release of Avengers: Infinity War, I had never watched any of the MCU movies before. It was only after the release of that movie that I saw everyone talking about it all the time, and that I had to watch all the movies before I could start watching IW. I had to watch all the movies so that I could catch up in time before Endgame. I had heard a little bit about some random guy named Black Panther getting snapped out by Thanos, but I really didn't care because I had never even heard about this guy my whole life. So after all the movies I had watched, Black Panther was next. I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie because it seemed so much culturally different, but I thought that if I had watched Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man without having known anything about them before, so I can do the same here also.
The first thing that strikes differently about this movie is that this is not exactly a character origin story. Black Panther was already previously introduced in Captain America: Civil War where his father had died, but he was never explained as to why or how he's the superhero. This is the movie which finally explains that part. The world thinks Wakanda is a poor country while in reality it is a powerhouse of vibranium. T'Challa is a leader and the saviour of the people. The king of Wakanda gets to be the Black Panther, for which they have to take the heart shaped herb that helps them acquire knowledge from all the previous Black Panthers.
Other than the superhero himself, N'Jadaka ie Killmonger believes he is the rightful ruler of the kingdom, because of which he challenges T'Challa. From Killmonger's point of view he should be the king because he wants to take revenge fromT'Challa's father T'Chaka for killing his father. The movie spends a good deal over it, such that it allows the viewer to sympathise with him, even though his actions are clearly wrong. Finally N'Jadaka beats T'Challa in the ceremonial fight which allows him to be the Black Panther instead. There are multiple moral dilemmas faced by the protagonists, as to whether let their kingdom be governed by someone who lets his emotions get the better of him or dare to overthrow their own king.
The moral dilemma is actually a very important point in the story, since in the scene where T'Challa, Shuri and Okoye are talking about this, Okoye says it's her duty to serve whoever sits on the throne no matter how the person is. That is a stark contrast from both T'Challa and N'Jadaka, since both of them see beyond their rules to see whom and what to fight for. The Wolf Tribe led by M'Baku is ready to help Black Panther, in spite of having previously faced a humiliating defeat by T'Challa in the Black Panther ceremony. While T'Challa makes allies along the way, N'Jadaka eliminates his allies.
Although the CGI was a bit off in some places, overall it was good. Since I had no idea what I was heading for, I didn't expect to see a Wakanda having such a high technology (I didn't watch any trailer before watching the movie or read any comics). The fight scenes were also pretty fun to watch, except for the Busan one. I didn't like it for some reason which I myself don't know. The acting was also very good. This movie absolutely deserved the Oscar for the costume design. I think it has the best interpretation of the suit as depticted in the comics (only Iron Man comes a close second since it's not as comicbook accurate).
Although this movie is not one of my favourites, it did leave some huge impacts on me. First of all, I have purchased almost all Black Panther comics. Secondly I have become a lot more open to watching movies from Africa, since now I won't be afraid of not understanding anything. And thirdly, it's something I will always remember Chadwick Boseman for. Rest in peace hero, you did a pretty great job.
If the Spartans could see it they'd love it
I'm really glad I watched this movie after growing up. I learnt about this movie as a kid when I watched the Deadliest Warrior episode, Spartan vs Ninja. They told about how Spartans were made famous with 300, so I thought I should definitely give it a try. I didn't even start watching it as a kid, since I found it so boring in the first five minutes. And I'm glad that I did, because this movie has a lot of things the 10 year old me would have hated to see. And as an adult those very things are what I like to see in this.
Simple review: This movie is metal. Yeah, that's all I could say about it. The grim tone, the bleak colour palette, the narration going on in the background which made it sound so melodramatic, the whole depiction of Persia in itself, the amount of slow motion violence - all of this is too much to handle for simple audience. For someone like me who is a big fan of Zack Snyder's style of cinematography, this is fantastic. Such movies give the feeling of those grim looking paintings which I love to see and feel nostalgic.
The thing about this movie is, it's not relying on the storytelling. The story is absolutely simple - The Spartan king Leonidas refused to bow before Persia and even killed their messengers. So now Persia is coming to crush them with their 10000 soldiers and beasts. Leonidas fights them back by handpicking 300 of his men. That's it. This is the story. And now they fight, which is the epic part. Like I said, as a kid I'd have hated it, and that's exactly what I'm talking about - the Spartans are completely naked and wearing red capes while the Persian Immortals are wearing black, and the Spartans kill them. They also kill the animals like rhinos, elephants and horses. These are why I'd have hated this movie as a kid.
There are many other things that this movie showed that I'd have hated as a kid, and these reasons are the same as any other family audience (I mentioned the reasons which were only specific to me before). The sex scenes, the slow pacing, the handicapped man whom Leonidas didn't let fight (I forgot his name), Xerxes and his army's camp with a goat man and weird stuff happening (people may not hate it, they'll just not get it). In the end it's told that all of this was just a story to motivate the soldiers. This is the reason why the story was demonising the Persians and portraying the Spartans as the heroes.
The thing about Zack Snyder's movies is that you can really enjoy them if you rewatch them. Because then you'd already know the story and you can just focus on how cool everything is looking. It's a pity everyone I know whom I can recommend this movie has already watched it, but at the same time it makes me feel nice about how popular this movie is. It literally made Spartans into a pop culture icon. If Leonidas were to somehow come back and see how this movie has portrayed him, he'd be really proud.
The Incredibles (2004)
Pretty much defines my childhood
Pixar has made an animated movie on all the different aspects that we see and admire in our life - there's Coco on culture, Soul on life and death, Finding Nemo on marine life, Ratatouille on food and Cars on, well, cars. But the one Pixar movie that completely stands out for me is the one made on the superheroes. I have watched The Incredibles about like, twenty times as far as I can remember (almost always in Hindi), I think I have lost count. And yet it interests me the same way as it did the first time. It's clearly because of all the hard work that went into making this movie.
The first time I had heard about The Incredibles, it was when it had a Happy Meal toy ad. I used to hate Violet and like Dash because of how that ad used to show her as someone who bosses him around. The reason why it did so was because it reminded me so much of my family, minus Jack Jack. The father, the mother, the elder sister and the younger brother. The entire theme of this movie is that this is supposed to be a family of superheroes. They are also people just like us, living their life in peace and quiet. It is also visible since they easily blended in with the normal people the moment they got outlawed. This clearly showed that the way we always treat them to be either gods or demons, they are more than just that.
Another great aspect about this movie is the animation. It is the reason why I liked to watch this movie over and over again. Now of course all American animated movies have great animations, but this is something completely different. It looks and feels more like a videogame. As a kid I used to often play with my Wii remote when Bob broke into Syndrome's lab, pretending it's a game and I'm controlling him. The textures, the way Omnibot moves around, the fight scenes, everything gives a very videogame-like feel to it, something similar to the PS4 Spider-Man or Batman Arkham.
And finally what makes this movie so great is the story and the character development. What made the Parrs so likeable? Because each of those characters are lousy, incompetant and just overall bored of their lives in the beginning of the movie. They have everything they need to make their lives fun, but they have no right to use them. So finally when they slowly get to use those powers, they are getting more excited about it and quickly adapt to the situations. In the aftermath of their fight they have made their lives better because now they are a lot more positive about their future.
The Incredibles, in my opinion, is a timeless classic. Everyone should definitely see this once in their life. It's one of the movies that absolutely defines what Disney-Pixar is. I'm really glad this movie got all the fame it deserved, and probably a lot more is to come in the future (games, cameos, spinoffs, even more sequels) since I just can't have enough of this.
Constantine: City of Demons (2018)
Constantine est très super que toujours
J'ai regardé Constantine: City of Demons en français parce que c'était le seulement langue quelle je pouvais trouver. Alors mon revior est aussi en français. C'est le premier fois que j'écris un revior (ou quoi que ce soit d'ailleurs). Je ne suis pas très bien avec la langue, mais ce n'est pas grave. Les sous titres étaient en anglais, que j'ai dû telecharger sur le web. Avec tout cela dit, passons à l'examen.
L'histoire a me dit très plus que l'univers cinématographique Arrowverse ou le film de Keanu Reeves. Maintenant je sais le passé de John Constantine, son groupe de musique et comment il est devenu le super-héro. Dans la serie Arrowverse, j'ai vu seulement comment il s'était battu avec les démons, en utilisant ses pouvoirs magiques. Il était Chas et Zatanna avec lui, qui l'aidés dans son adventure.
L'animation est très bonne. C'est quelque chose commun dans tous les films DCAMU. Je ne peux pas croire que tous les films sont dessinés avec la main, et pas la capture de mouvement. Certaines scènes étaient en fait assez terrifiantes, ce qui m'a agrippé à mon siège aussi longtemps que le film a continué. Le doublage est aussi souperbe. Je souhaite que les films DCEU étaient aussi comme DCAMU, seulement si Warner Bros n'étaitent pas interferu.
Constantine: City of Demons est un film que je vais regarder autant de fois que je peux le voir. Il s'adresse davantage à un public adulte, alors ne le regarde en pensent que ce sera un dessin animé amustant pour les enfants. Je ne savais pas que c'est un partie du DCAMU jusqu'à j'ai terminé la sèrie. Alors je suis très content que j'ai le vu.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
10 stars for Loki, -4 for the movie
I hadn't watched any MCU movie until the release of Avengers: Infinity War, after which I had decided to bingewatch all the MCU movies so that I could catch up with everyone else before Endgame. Since I was practically skimming through all the movies, I only remembered the ones that had something absolutely memorable to show. This one, however, I barely remembered anything, except for the scene where it was shown in the end that Odin was actually Loki. That's not to say that this movie is bad. That's just saying it's... forgettable.
Thor: The Dark World is a movie that I only remember in fragments. I remember a castle exploding in which Thor's mother died but nothing before or after that. I remember Loki being upset because he had been imprisoned and was throwing tantrums but nothing after that. Normally if a movie is so forgettable like it was in the case of X-Men: Apocalypse or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, I just watch the trailers, Honest Trailers, Pitch Meetings, Cinemasins etc to remember everything that happened in that movie. But I'm not gonna do it here. I want to see how much I can review based on what I thought of it on my first watching.
The cinematography of this movie is pathetic, so is the CGI. Normally I prefer aliens having a bad CGI as in the case of Zack Snyder's Justice League since it gives a video game-like touch to it, but here it's just... trash. And what's the deal with the camera always being tilted sideways in many scenes? The characters were straight up terrible. The whole "intern of an intern" and punching Thor in the face to check if he's real (I don't remember if it was a slap or punch) wasn't even funny yet both the jokes happened twice. Also Thor hung his Mjolnir on a nail so that we could know it's not actually heavy. As I'm writing this review I'm remembering what all happened in it, but still not very nicely.
I actually fell asleep while watching Thor: The Dark World, something I have never done for any other movie before. That's how slowly paced and boring it was. The talking scenes were a little too much and were barely audible. I think I really need to watch it one more time if I have to just get a basic idea of what it was. This could have been the MCU movie I hated the most if it wouldn't have been for Loki. He carried the whole movie on his shoulders. I remember all his scenes.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Just fun overall
I hadn't watched any MCU movies until the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Everyone was talking about it and I had just joined college. So I decided to bingewatch all the MCU movies so that I could catch up before AvengersL Endgame releases. As I was watching all the movies I was getting really impatient to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming. The reason is pretty obvious: It's Spider-Man, literally the only superhero I actually cared about before watching MCU. Sure Iron Man came a close second, but I wouldnt' know anything about Iron Man if not for MCU. Spider-Man, however, I was a fan of him since childhood. I had watched the Sam Raimi trilogy, I had played that 2000 game, I had his toys and I had seen his cartoons. So Spider-Man is the only MCU hero who is so close to my heart. And here he has been given a very faithful adaptation.
The first thing that makes this movie so interesting for me is how Spider-Man's suit is in the movie. Overall this is the third adaptation of the popular superhero (not counting any bootleg movies). Toby Maguire's Spider-Man has all his superpowers within himself. He shot webs from his veins (I guess?), was immensely strong, could climb walls and had the spidey sense. Then came the Andrew Garfield one. He used a web shooting device for shooting webs, like how it actually happens in the comics (other than the comic book fans no one knew this is actually how Spider-Man shot webs), but other than that everything else came from within him.
Tom Holland's Spider-Man, however, neither shot webs from his hands nor could climb walls. He required his suit for the purpose. His suit also did the work of the spidey sense, which made him have to do almost nothing for a fight. This is not just a good way of showing how much he is dependant on the suit (something which is talked about later), but also gives his powers a lot more scope. His web shooters have multiple mods, he has an instant kill mode, GPS, AI that gave him all the information he needed and overall made him pretty much like Tony Stark but with a Spider-Man suit instead of an Iron Man suit.
The second thing which made this movie so interesting for me is that it focused on what makes Spider-Man so interesting instead of focusing on the same storyline as the two previous interpretations. We don't have to listen to Uncle Ben's story once again, we don't have to listen to Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy's relations with him, we don't have to know how he learnt of his responsibilities. Rather we jumped right into the good part - how a child is trying to handle his responsibility as an amateur teenage superhero and balancing his school life at the same time. Who can possibly forget that Stan Lee cameo?
And finally the third reason why I like this movie so much is because of what is at the stakes. Normally if anyone like me skims through all the MCU movies we'd notice that the movies don't have stakes on a personal level but rather on a global level. Captain America isn't fighting Red Skull because he himself is in danger but rather for his country. Thor fights for his kingdom. Iron Man fights for what he thinks is right. And on the other hand there are those fights which take place due to personal reasons, like Iron Man 3 or Captain America: Civil War. Here, however, both personal and global levels are on threat. Spider-Man has to stop the Vulture so that his city can be safe BUT he can't attack him because he's Mary Jane's father. His morals cause trouble because of which Tony takes back his suit, but later returns it after seeing the good in Peter. These are some small moments that end up humanising a superhero and makes us care about his personal life.
I see nowadays it has become something of a trend to bash Tom Holland's Spider-Man, which is mostly because people tend to compare him to Toby Maguire or Andrew Garfield. Among all the reviews sorting by Review Date are mostly critical of this movie. All I'd say to these people is dude, read the comics first. Tom Holland is the most comic accurate depiction of Spider-Man. Spider-Man is an immature kid who is trying to balance his life as a schoolkid and a superhero. He isn't as smart as us and gets those edgy mood swings, so we definitely can't expect him to be another Tony Stark. I really liked this movie, so much that I can watch it over and over again.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
I've grown up into liking it
Back when I had watched Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War for the first time, my verdict was absolutely clear: Batman v Superman is clearly the superior one of the two. In Batman v Superman I wanted Batman to win and that's what happened, while in Captain America: Civil War I wanted Iron Man to win but he lost. So I had already made up my mind - I was gonna hate every scene, every character and the whole story of this movie. I completely ignored what made this movie so great, just because it showed Captain America win. I had initially given this movie only 3 stars, but now that I gave it a rewatch, I have realised how wrong I was.
The thing that made this movie so great is what the stakes were. After the destruction that had happened in Age of Ultron, the Sokovia Accords were introduced. By convention anyone would think that Steve Rogers will support it being the patriot that he is, while Tony Stark will oppose it being the capitalist that he is. And if that had happened the entire movie would have come crumbling down. But instead, the opposite happened. Steve opposed it since he had seen what the Nazis were capable of, while Tony supported it since he was feling guilty of what happened over there. So here instead of their differences being created on the basis of their superficial ideologies, it changed to their personal ethics.
The team that they assembled was not based on similar reasons though. Spider-Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlett Witch, Falcon - all of them took their sides based on their likeablility. Peter and Rhodes, for example, liked Tony so they took their sides while Wanda and Clint liked Steve more so they took his side. As a result the airport battle resulted in Black Widow changing sides. If she had taken sides with personal reasons, she'd have never done this. Black Panther was the only one who had gone against Captain because of his father's death, and he wanted revenge.
Zemo was also a great villain. He was very underappreciated until Falcon and the Winter Soldier came up. He really deserved a lot of praise for his master plan. He made the Avengers fight among themselves, tortured officials and finally made Tony try to kill Bucky. Unlike Ultron, who was the previous big villain, Zemo actually seemed like someone who could do something on his own because he had a complete idea of what he was fighting and what all could be put on the stakes if he really wants to create a rift among the heroes.
The fight scenes are the only thing I have a problem with. All the fight scenes which have Black Widow or Hawkeye in them always have tons of jump cuts. This was quite visible in the fight from the beginning of the movie. In the end however, the fight of The Winter Soldier alongside Captain America against Iron Man was pretty well choreographed. The makers of this movie didn't make it seem like Iron Man was weak. The situation was created such that Iron Man couldn't win. His suit was uncharged, he was emotional, they were in close range and he only wanted to incapacitate Captain America. If it had been a proper fight Tony wouldn't have wasted a second to turn them both into pulp.
And finally what satisfies me the most is the comeuppance. Captain America and everyone who sided with him got arrested. It felt so good seeing Black Widow get what she deserves. This is probably one of the only MCU movies that actually had a consequence, something which only started happening in MCU after this movie took the bold step. The bad things that happened in this movie affected what will happen in the future. Otherwise one only those characters used to die who had been introduced in that very movie, bad guys always lost, the characters who had died came back to life (looking at you, Infinity War; especially Loki and Gamora).
Now that I have learnt to appreciate the good movies, I ahve seen that Captain America: Civil War is actually a very powerful movie. This is a term I use for movies which look great and are great, overall a masterpiece. It's one of the most memorable and impactful MCU movies out there. I'm really sorry about trashing this movie previously. Now that I've grown up, I've also grown into liking it.
Monsters University (2013)
I never got to know this movie existed. I used to live under a rock back when it released. So the moment I learnt that Monsters Inc has a prequel, I immediately watched it with my sister. We didn't know what we were going to witness other than the fact that the title itself says it's from the time Mike and Sully were in college. And it really stood on our expectations. It's funny, adventurous and has the character development that we want to see in a Pixar movie prequel.
This time around Mike is the protagonist. His life is shown from the school days to studying in college and then finally getting a job at Monsters Inc. Seeing him really reminded me of my own days of school, which is the reason why I liked his character so much over here. Sully is like one of those guys whom I'd always choose to stay away from in my school/college days. I absolutely hate people like him. And that's what made me side by Mike even more.
But eventually as Mike and Sully became friends and took part in the competition, I began liking Sully slowly. He's the kind of a character who may act that way, but is not completely bad. He does not behave that way because he himself wants to. He's just doing it because he thinks this is what will make him popular. Coming from a big family he never understood the way normal people behave. And once he became friends with Mike, he slowly began to change. Although he still didn't trust Mike, because of which he cheated to make Mike win by adjusting the dial of the scared child.
The ending was actually pretty unexpected. I was thinking they will graduate from college and then become employees at Monsters Inc. After all, the college name sounded just like the company. But the ending seemed completely random and hilarious. They slowly rose up to the ranks, answering the question within the last 30 seconds. I watched this movie about 3 years ago and I have very little memory of it. So I can't exactly remember every single detail that happened in it. I can definitely say that this was a very fun movie, although not exactly memorable.
I'd say Monsters University is a good movie, just like all the other Pixar sequels, if you're a fan of the previous movies and want to watch something fun for the whole family. It's quite surprising no one takes its name when talking about Pixar sequels. They only say Cars 2, Finding Dory, Incredibles 2 etc. I wouldn't have even known about it if I didn't open the Pixar Wikipedia page and scrolled through all the names of the movies that I wanted to bingewatch. This movie is definitely something I'd watch again if I get the chance.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
I'm not scared of you marking my review unhelpful
After the release of Avengers: Infinity War, I began bingewatching all the MCU movies so that I could catch up in time with Avengers: Endgame. I had heard of Age of Ultron before as I once eavsdropped my classmates when they were talking about it one time. The only thing I knew about this movie was the meme in which Captain America is lifting the Mjolnir. So it'd be pretty much clear to say that I had no idea what I'm about to watch. I watched it with a blank slate. And somehow it managed to be worse than The Avengers in spite of the bigger cast and budget.
There are many things I like about this movie, and many things that I absolutely hate. This is probably the only superhero movie I have ever seen in which I like the conversation scenes more than the fight scenes. And that's exactly why this movie is such a mixed bag for me. The cinematography is so good it makes all the previous movies look campy, and the CGI is easily superior to any movie released before this (not just MCU, any movie at all). However, I didn't like the depiction of Ultron. The movie made him look like a total loser. The way Vision just wiped him out in the post credit scene was the last straw for me.
The only fight scene I liked in this movie was the one between Iron Man (Hulkbuster) and Hulk, since I hate Hulk and this was finally the point where my favourite hero Iron Man beats him to pulp. Everywhere else I felt like getting in the screen and slapping everyone. Black Widow (bleugh!) and Hawkeye are killing all the Iron Man clones with just a pistol and a bow. Ultron always shows up like he's supposed to be the most powerful creature to ever exist, and then gets whooped and goes away. It completely undermines the threat he is, if it wasn't for the Sokovia scene.
Speaking of the Sokovia scene, Quicksilver was the most terrible introduction to any superhero shown in the franchise. The X-Men Quicksilver and the MCU Quicksilver remind me of the Buff Doge vs Crying Cheems meme. His death in Sokovia made me go, "Oh no! Anyway...". Wanda was a much better character, but there was no way to tell she's the legendary Scarlett Witch if we don't know about it already. Same could be said about Quicksilver, but Scarlett Witch got a lot better in Captain America: Civil War, which made her redeemable for me.
Another thing that annoys me throughout the movie is that Black Widow has finally been reduced to what we always expected Joss Whedon to want her to be - an eye candy. Bruce Banner fell on her in one scene (I feel it's hypocrisy if we only talk about Flash and Wonder Woman but not this) and in one scene she kissed Bruce and then pushed her in a pit so that Hulk comes out. And Hulk is a completely separate entity yet he never seems to harm Natasha, even though he did it once in The Avengers.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is like the black sheep of all the Avengers movies. In spite of having huge potentials it simply falls flat in terms of everything. I really like all the characters in their own individual movies and MCU was going so great until this movie came. It's kinda weird The Avengers picked up from The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 yet made them so cool while this picked up from Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier still couldn't live up to their expectations. I'd give it another shot when I have nothing better to do, but until then I'm not gonna be liking it.
Aged like milk
Back in 2017 I had this weird idea in my mind - why not watch every single Salman Khan film? My 12th class had just ended and there was no one to stop me. And so I began to watch this film when it was coming on TV when my entire family had gone out and only I was at home. I missed a little from the beginning but I later learnt what happened in that part from YouTube. I had only heard that this film is something about wrestling/MMA, so I decided to give it a try.
The film is a bit illogical, of course, because it's a Salman Khan film. The entire purpose is to showcase how cool Bhai is. So I'm not gonna cherrypick all the logical parts from the film like why a retired wrestler seems to be a better option than the current mixed martial artists especially when he is no longer in his prime, or why he is being considered a "Romeo Wrestler" just because of having a wife who abandoned him (even though I'm 99% sure most mixed martial artists have a wife/girlfriend). I'm just gonna judge it on the basis of what it is - a Bollywood masala film.
The story feels very satisfying to watch overall. It's like the ASMR of all Bollywood sports films. A loner man deciding to become a wrestler to prove Arfa he isn't lazy, then becoming better than her, then winning Olympics (I'm sorry, I can't say this one without laughing), then having everything destroyed. He joins MMA, wins and gets his wife. The end. I mean, it's a Salman Khan film. What more could we expect? At least the music is good, the dialogues are memorable and the acting is above average.
Initially I had given it a better rating since I had never watched good films before, and also because I was into Salman Khan back then, but now I've matured enough to realise how stupid it used to be. It's the kind of films only Salman Khan fans / TikTok audience / T-Series subscribers will like. If you're literate, it's not for you.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Damn, we have come so far now!
After the release of Avengers: Infinity War everyone was getting hyped for Endgame. My board exams had just gotten over so I thought this was the perfect time to bingewatch all the MCU movies so that I could catch up by the time Endgame came up. The very first movie I watched was Iron Man and it was so cool. So I had really high hopes with The Incredible Hulk. And it fell absolutely flat. There are many reasons why I hate this movie, so I'm gonna go one by one through all the reasons.
So first of all, since I was bingewatching all the movies of the greatest superhero movie franchise of all time, the only scenes that stood out for me were the absolutely fabulous ones. This is the reason why I'm easily able to judge which movies are memorable and which ones are not. This one had a very memorable starting, but afterwards nothing huge happens in it worth remembering. Stan Lee died because Hulk's blood fell in a bottle that he drank, some junkies in Brazil thrashed Bruce Banner and got beaten up by Hulk, Hulk ran from the police/army, Bruce was captured and tortured to make him angry, Hulk fought a creature which looked better than him but had the same powers. Yeah, that's all I remember from this movie.
Secondly, the quality this movie offered. I really liked Edward Norton. I have no problem with his role. In fact he looked more Bruce-almighty to me than Mark Ruffalo. But the CGI ruined everything. This is the reason why the movie felt like a drag to watch. Most of the time it was just talking, talking and even more talking. The volume was also very low so I couldn't even take any interest in the talking. There was even a sex scene where Bruce starts turning into Hulk so he gives up trying.
Thirdly the villain in the story was a lot more likeable than the hero, because of which I was absolutely certain in whom I should root for. And it was definitely not Hulk. The lizard dude was looking way better than Hulk. It's kinda sad that this is the only Hulk movie, but considering Hulk's enemies look better than him, there shouldn't be any more either. And lastly, the final result of this forgettable story. What did we get from this movie? It didn't progress the plot forward in any manner. It played very safe with the general superhero movie plot trend - Hero gets powers, tests them out, villain who has the same powers wants to take over the world, hero villain fight, hero wins, roll credits.
It seems weird thinking this movie is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because this one looks absolutely nothing like the otherwise colourful, vibrant, story-rich movies. I really wish Marvel remakes this movie by editing the colour grading, CGI, sound etc. Because without that, sadly, you really HAVE to watch this movie if you want to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Beautiful but cliched
I have just finished watching the movie on Prime Video and everything is absolutely fresh in my mind right now. I had no idea what I was going in for. I didn't read the original book or watch any trailer before seeing this movie. All I had heard was that this takes place in the same universe as Harry Potter, which is why I watched it. And honestly speaking, this movie is nothing different from what I expected it would be.
The problem with this movie is that it's very, very cliched. It uses those exact plot points that make an annoying movie, well, annoying. That's literally how this movie begins: Making an annoying creature do things for which the protagonist gets in trouble. This is just like how Dobby was in The Chamber of Secrets, except over there he was doing it because he had been asked to do so. The marsupial mole over here wasn't doing it for any particular reason at all, except for being cringy. If I were Newt I'd have just let him get caught and die.
And then of course, Newt is unregistered. The way the movie began made it seem like Newt was a complete idiot, except that the whole point behind his character is that he's smart. He's the only one person who cares about the beasts of the magical world unlike the zoophobic wizards. Every species in this whole movie - muggles, wizards, magical creatures - everyone was unlikeable. They all did things which made me want them to get their comeuppance.
The only thing that saved this movie for me was the world building. I have heard that the book is actually a guidebook for all the creatures living in their universe. So this, being an adaptation, was the only good part in the entire movie. And it was so beautiful that I enjoyed this otherwise irritating movie. I really wish that was the main focus of the movie instead of them being about fugitives running from the law and something something Ezra Miller.
Another thing I really liked about this movie is the depiction of the 1920's America. All the characters looked like they belonged in that age. The ignorant, hateful behaviour of the people from that time was very well depicted, if that was intentional. The acting was great. People reacted just like how they would if the CGI was present before them in real life.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a movie that seems to be more oriented for a young audience, since they are the ones who will find it more appealing. It has cool and cute animals, funny scenes, childish storyline and overall the 90's and early 00's vibe to it. It's a one time watch for the adults, since the only good thing to offer for a mature audience is the phenomenal CGI. It won't remain as interesting if watched for a second time, which is why I'd recommend you to not ruin the experience by watching it for the second time.
A crossover I never realised I needed
This is a movie I didn't realise I wanted to watch until I saw it on Prime yesterday. I am a huge fan of Batman, while my sister likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So this movie was for both of us. I had seen its trailer and I wasn't really interested in seeing it, since it's neither a part of DCAU nor DCAOM, and it seemed to be just a gimmicky movie (like Batman and Scooby Doo). But still I decided to watch it because, well, the streaming service has already been paid for and there isn't anything else I'm gonna watch right now. And it's a good thing I decided to do so.
There are many Batman characters from the sides of both allies and enemies. Among the Bat Family there are Batman, Robin (Damian Wayne), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) and Alfred. Among the enemies there are Ra's al Ghul, Joker, Harley Quinn, Two Face, Bane, Mr Freeze and Poison Ivy. From TMNT however, not many characters are present. It's just the four turtles, Shredder and Baxter Stockman. It has just the perfect amount of characters needed to show the heroes from New York who have come to find Shredder in Gotham City.
The action scenes of this movie are all awesome. Both Batman and TMNT are all about action, so combining them both together in a single movie we get tons of it. While characters like Batman, Leonardo and Raphael were all in for the action, characters like Michelangelo, Alfred, Harley Quinn and Joker did the work for the comic relief. There were characters like Batgirl and Donnatello who fluctuated between the two, and that made the movie perfectly balanced between action and comedy.
I really find it amazing how Warner Bros Animations movies always have such good animations in spite of being traditionally drawn, and most of them go usually unheard of. These movies deserve a lot more praise than what they usually get. Everyone who has a Prime subscription (at least in India) and is a fan of Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should definitely give it a shot.
Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
A good way to show the Bat family's potential
I always found one thing to be really annoying in DCAMU - why was Batman in almost every movie? He was in all the Justice League movies, then every second movie would be about Batman, even in movies of other characters he played an important role (Flashpoint Paradox, The Death of Superman, Justice League Dark. Back when I had begun watching DCAMU I didn't know much about DC characters. So for me this whole cinematic universe was a completely new experience. And as the series went on, I kept understanding Batman better.
And over here Batman himself isn't present to save Gotham City from The Heretic and Mad Hatter. It was funny to see how Dick decided to wear the Batsuit and thought no one will recognise him, but Damian and Kate do it immediately. On a careful look it becomes apparent that Dick's fighting style is more lenient than Bruce's, which is the reason why those people who are very close to him are able to figure out the difference. The Bat Family is able to save Batman from the Mad Hatter's influence. Later on Batman does come back and he along with the rest of the Bat Family are able to take The Heretic down.
Like all the other DCAMU movies this one also has a pretty good animation. The action scenes are also very well choreographed, and I find it really interesting that WB Animations movies are all traditional frame-by-frame drawn movies and still they have action scenes choreographed better than most motion capture movies. The voice acting is also pretty good. Since I have gained a lot of knowledge about Batman since having watched this movie, I believe there are tons of characters and events that Batman fans will find enjoyable.
The problem with this movie is, however, it is very forgettable compared to the other movies in DCAMU. It has nothing to make it stand out from the rest of the movies. No new character is introduced, no big event takes place, nothing of significance happens here which is later mentioned in a future movie. In fact even is someone simply skips it, they won't be having any problem understanding the sequels. And most importantly, it didn't even teach me anything important that I might not have known about DC universe, except "that one time when Dick Grayson became Batman".
If you've just begun to watch DCAMU, I'd recommend you to definitely watch this. It has a very mature touch to it, just like all the other movies in the series. But if you are just wanting to have a quick bringewatch so that you can understand what DCAMU is all about, it's gonna be a one time watch. I won't recommend to skip it, since it has been over a year since I last watched it and probably it does have some things that could be used in later movies, that I don't remember. It's definitely not so good that I'd want to watch it again, if I compare it to the rest of the DCAMU movies. In spite of having little to nothing to do with those movies, it only stands next to them. As a solo movie it has absolutely no worth.
Loki and Stan Lee's cameo are the only things I remember
I had been bingewatching all the MCU movies after the release of Infinity War, so that I could catch up before Endgame. This is the reason why I have a good hunch of which movies were very memorable and which ones were easily forgettable. This one here, however, comes under the same category as I'd put Guardians of the Galaxy under: It's memorable and forgettable at the same time. The only thing I remember from this movie is how awesome Loki was and Stan Lee's cameo appearance, but other than that, well, let's just say it all jumped over my head.
It's quite surprising to see how Thor has changed so much since the time we first saw him. Since I am writing this review 4 years after Thor: Ragnarok, I think my idea of Thor has changed a lot by now. Earlier I used to think Thor can never be an interesting character, thanks to this movie. But after seeing what Ragnarok, Infinity War and Endgame did to him, it seems the entire fault was of this movie's director. He made Thor a weird looking guy. Although there's no doubt everyone looks straightup ugly in this movie, the CGI is actually pretty good.
The story is pretty much straightforward: Thor has done a battle which he ruined because of his pompousness and so he has been banished on earth. His hammer has been put at some construction yard or something, and he's no longer worthy enough to lift it. It seems a lot like a copy of the first Assassin's Creed game, since there also Altaïr was the one whose post was stripped and he was sent back to the beginner's ranks. Meanwhile Loki found out he belonged to the enemy demon race and Odin had adopted him after killing his father. Loki teams up with those demons to attack Asgard.
The CGI, I'd admit, is pretty good. Every time I see the Asgard road I always feel like driving a sports car on it. Humans were really boring. All they did was talking, talking and more talking. This isn't something that one'd expect from MCU, and that's pretty obvious since MCU wasn't even decided until this point. But still there should have been a good tone. The twist in the end where Loki decided to save Odin and kill the monster after the monster mentioned Loki helped him was pretty good. I had always wanted a villain to do this: Don't leave yourself vulnerable after being exposed; try to defend yourself and show that the person is lying. And after Loki lost the battle, he pretended to commit suicide in order to show that he only wanted what he believed was justice.
Thor may have been a very forgettable movie, but I do remember it wasn't worth watching the second time. This movie made me fear that MCU could be boring in the future. It also ruined Thor's entire expectations for me. Throughout the movie I was only hoping it would end. The only reason I've given it a good rating is because of Loki, the CGI, and the way they were able to show Asgard's culture. Good movie, but a one time watch.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018)
Redeemed Suicide Squad for me
Before I begin to review this movie I would like to take a moment to tell how much I lived under a rock when it came to superhero stuff. So as a kid I never liked superhero cartoons. I always found them over the top. So I had no idea whatsoever about superhero stuff. I thought Batman is just like Superman except he wears a mask, Superman is weak af because I always used to see him get beaten up every time I skimmed through the cartoon channels and saw a glimpse of Justice League or Superman. And the best part - I didn't even know what DC was. I used to think all the superheroes are made by Marvel.
So when Suicide Squad was announced in 2016, our teacher had asked us which movie we want to watch. I had said Rustom (a Bollywood film) while the rest of the class said Suicide Squad. I had seen posters of Suicide Squad and I used to think it's just some mindless action film like all zombie movies. So my friend told me it's gonna have Joker in it. I combines two and two together and understood that Suicide Squad is a DC movie. And no, my stoogeness is still not over (wait for it): I was now excited for the movie, because I thought Joker will be played by Heath Ledger!
So of course, then we know what all happened. The movie was bad, everyone lost hopes from DCEU, yada yada. But anyway, why I brought this story up is because my very first introduction to Suicide Squad was by the 2016 movie, and that's surely not a good way to be introduced. Sure I understood the concepts, but I had no respect left for the franchise. It's like learning about Green Lantern or Fantastic Four from their movies (...okay, I'll admit. That's how I learnt about them too). So now that I was watching DCAMU, I was a little nervous from watching this movie.
But then I thought, let's just go with it. What's the worst that can happen? And surprisingly this is way better than the trashy movie. Now don't get me wrong. I'm all in for the Ayer Cut, provided it fixes that movie. But now I have already been introduced to Suicide Squad the wrong way and nothing can fix that. This is much better. Finally this was the movie that brought the Flashpoint Paradox back to relevance with the rest of the DCAMU movies, which was otherwise never talked about again.
The whole Ticket to Heaven storyline was awesome. Everyone was dying at some point, so it was very thrilling to root for any one character. Although I had a hunch that Harley Quinn and Deadshot will never die since they didn't die in the movie either, yet I was really tensed for them. This is in spite of the fact that I don't like either of the two characters. But seeing them all travel in a bus and interact with each other for the first time was very nice to see. The animation, fight scenes (especially Zoom cutting down Bronze Tiger in the end), everything was so awesome. It's nice to see how much DC can do if WB does not keep meddling it.
If this movie didn't exist, or rather should I say, if I had not decided to become interested in superhero stuff and not just looked at what the normies are looking at, I'd have continued to hate Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the possible Ayer Cut - I'd have hated them all and not even bothered to see them. Thanks to this movie I have become a lot more accepting towards this franchise and can now watch it without the fear of getting bored.
Iron Man Three (2013)
What's there to complain? It's Iron Man!
I don't know if this is supposed to be an unpopular opinion (I will know it is after I see people marking my review Unhelpful), but I really liked Iron Man 2. There is something about MCU's Iron Man that I really like. The only Marvel comic I have read which has Iron Man in it is Avengers vs Thanos, and I really didn't like him in it. So to be specific, I really like everything about Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man. When I had watched the Iron Man movies for the first time, I used to always talk and behave like Tony Stark. That's how much he influenced me. And now that this was the fourth movie (including The Avengers), of course I was gonna like it.
As usual Robert Downey Jr was the star of the movie. Whenever he's in any scene, his charm always makes it interesting to watch. The movie begins with Tony having PTSD from the climax scene of The Avengers. And now he also has to battle The Mandarin. I had heard that people did not like what the movie did to him, but it was only after watching some videos I learnt why people were unhappy. Like I mentioned, I have only read one Iron Man comic, and that too I began just a few weeks ago. I watched this movie a few YEARS ago. So obviously, like Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and Ryan Reynold's Green Lantern, I really enjoyed it until I learnt I wasn't supposed to.
Other than that I like everything about this movie. Once again the CGI, the acting, the music is all great. This movie also has much, much better action scenes than most other MCU movies, considering Iron Man movies always have those. I get excited seeing one new Iron suit, here there are dozens. Consider me sold. The only one problem I had was how weak Iron Man had become, that his Iron suits are getting beaten up by normal humans with weapons.
You know those movies that stay in your memories but you don't talk about them until they are brought up? For me this is one of those movies. I watched it after he release of Infinity War, since that was the time I started watching all MCU movies to catch up before Endgame. This movie clearly stood out in my bingewatch. This is the reason why I'm all praises for it.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Was this movie made IN 1984? Because it's that campy.
I'm guessing that after the poor critical response of Batman v Superman and the critical acclaim of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros must have thought of something any layman would have thought of at first glance: Zack Snyder cannot make Wonder Woman as nicely as Patty Jenkins can. So this time only Patty Jenkins was around to make this. This movie came on Prime yesterday and I finished it just now, so everything is still fresh in my memory. First of all, let's get the praises done with. This movie has amazing CGI and the action scenes are pretty well choreographed. With that said, let's move on to all the problems with this movie.
The beginning of the problems is the elephant in the room, Wonder Woman herself. First of all, her costume is way too bright. I think they probably reused the same costume that they used in Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League. Since those movies had a darker colour palette, the bright costume was needed so that the costume's colours would be visible even after the bleak filter. Here however, just like all the costumes from the 2017 Justice League, she stands out of the crowd, something like a cosplayer. Secondly, in this movie Wonder Woman looks way too weak. In the previous movies she ran super fast and dodge bullets easily. She could rip guns without breaking a sweat. Now she actually gets hurt by bullets (shown in a scene in Middle East), gets blown away by a little wind and needs to use her full strength to break a simple lock. It's quite contradictory because in the beginning of the movie she is shown to toss away a speeding car by simply shanking it. Also her powers are very vague, but I will come to that point later.
The next big problem is the story. It's literally Bruce Almighty's plot (or God Tussi Great Ho if you're an Indian like me XD): Everyone gets their wishes granted which causes chaos in the world. Initially everything seems to be fine but slowly bad people start asking for bad things and now the whole world in on a brink of a nuclear war. So now everything has to be restored back to normal. And for that Wonder Woman has to let Steve die because he also came back to life because of her wish. This is what we call a superhero's sacrifice.
And finally the problem that bothers me very much - the plot holes in this movie. If you start thinking about the things happening in this world, it will collapse immediately. The idea that an artefact can make anything come true immediately is kinda unbelievable, especially if it's something like having more nuclear missiles or asking all the Irish people to be deported. There should have been some random events happening which finally lead to the consequences. I would have believed this if it was a Doraemon episode, but this is a movie that belongs to the same cinematic universe as Man of Steel or the prequel, Wonder Woman itself.
Like I said, Wonder Woman's powers are also very vague. And she gets them for no reason whatsoever. Just as she walks away from Steve, she suddenly gains the power to fly. It's impossible to tell whether she's flying or falling with style. She also swings on lightning bolts because why not. When she lands, she is wearing the Kingdom Come suit. Don't ask when she changed the costume. She uses her lasso to spin it around so fast that it can block bullets, but she can't use it to grab Max Lord immediately in the end. Speaking of Max Lord, why does wind start blowing when Max Lord starts granting everyone's wishes? What was the need for that to happen?
Even Cheetah's creation was so ambiguous. "I want to be different from everyone else, like an apex predator." - who talks like that? Her motivations were also not clear at all. She became strong like Diana, yes, but what now? Yes she lost her humanity, but that doesn't mean she should become insane. She could just be a normal person who doesn't care about anyone. Now I haven't read the comics so I don't know if this is the actual story from the comics, but they should have altered the story to fit in more with the tone, like how Harvey Dent was in The Dark Knight or Joker in, well, Joker. Alistaire was also a cliched "innocent child" who just wants daddy to come back home. I have never felt like slapping a child so hard my whole life. And all the bad incidents that take place look so forced. It's almost like everything was deliberately made to go bad, like some Phineas and Ferb episode.
Most importantly, what was the whole point behind making this movie? No character development takes place, no big incident happens, no new character is introduced (the ones introduced are then abandoned). Out of everything that ever happens in it, the only major event is that Wonder Woman can now fly, which is something that could be introduced in some other movie also. There was literally no reason for the movie to exist. I'm not even going to use the spoiler tag, so that you can just read this review and know what all is going to happen in this movie.
It doesn't matter whether you like Zack Snyder or not, this movie is the final proof that removing him from DCEU was a mistake, even though it didn't seem like that before. While trying to remove the serious tone, they made it super childish. This movie is to Wonder Woman what Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is to Superman or Batman & Robin is to Batman. I hope DCEU doesn't make this mistake again.
So after being in development for like, 8 years, what do we finally get for a sequel of one of the greatest Tamil movie of all time? A blatant natalist propaganda. To be honest this movie seemed to just go with the flow. Like the famous saying goes, "Maybe the treasure was the friends I made along the way.", this movie's saying is, "Maybe the movie is the trends I picked up along the way." Because that's literally what this movie has done - pick up everything that came since 2010.
So the movie begins with Nila, Vaseegaran's new robot. Now I have several questions. Firstly, how on earth did Vaseegaran make another robot? Wasn't it clearly mentioned at the end of Endhiran that he is not allowed to make robots? Didn't Chitti get dismantled at the end and then get shown to be that way till 2030? Secondly, in the first movie it was said that Vaseegaran took 10 years to make Chitti. So how did he make Nila like, almost immediately? Even if we consider he just copy-pasted the codes, still he has to make an entirely new model from scratch. And thirdly, why did he make it after Amy Jackson? Because she had become very famous back then? They don't even talk about Sana, as if she just, disappeared.
So let's get the idea behind Pakshi Rajan. He's an ornithologist who wants to remove cell phone tower radiation because it kills birds. Dude, first of all, get your facts straight. Towers only cause disturbance, they don't KILL birds! Throughout the movie whenever anyone said no one dies of tower radiation, he would always reply by saying that they should try spending 24 hours under a tower. I mean, okay then? I lived in a village which had a huge tower right next to it. I stayed there for about 17 years, and at max I only got tinnitus. So there goes your emotional appeal. This movie was clearly made with the intentions that kids will stop using their phones with the fear that it may damage the ecosystem. To this I will say only one thing: Okay, boomer!
And the CGI. The goddamn CGI. Baahubali was made at 1/3rd the cost of this movie and had a way more realistic CGI. The way Pakshi Rajan's soul peacefully comes out and then turns evil with a jumpscare was so predictable and hilariously bad. All the birds clearly looked animated. The action scenes were okay-ish, but I found Pakshi Rajan's CGI kinda disgusting. He needed more than just fake feathers. There's a reason why humans aren't birds. Such a look is only good for a KFC mascot, not for an intimidating villain.
Finally, the part that bothers me the most: The message that this movie wants to give. Like mentioned above, this movie wants us to stop using cell phones because it will destroy the environment. Vaseegaran blatantly speaks it out in the end. And the other message that this movie wants to give is, also briefly mentioned in the beginning, natalist propaganda. No matter how many wrong things humans do, even if they kill and destroy the environment for their own greed, they will always be considered correct. I wouldn't have had this problem if Pakshi Rajan won in the end. I was absolutely routing for him. But this wasn't the case. So I'm absolutely disappointed.
2.0 could have been one of the best movies ever made if it was made with a proper story, decent CGI and any relation with its prequel. Instead it felt like a cash grabber that just wanted to make enough money to get out of its production hell. I'm really disappointed and trust me, I get no fun trashing this movie. I had been waiting for it for the last many years. They could have just hired me. I would have worked for free.
The Last Hour (2021)
For those who didn't understand the last episode
Dev is a Jhakhri (I hope that's the spelling, I saw the show with Hindi captions), and he has the power to go back in time and witness the victim's death. Throughout the season he was only going one hour back in time to get a good picture of what happened and to meet Pari and send the victim to the other side. However, after killing Pinto he went only a few minutes behind in time to see Pinto's relation with Yama Nadu. Yama Nadu has the power to see how a person dies, and so he had already seen how Dev will die (Yama Nadu kills him in his meditation). No matter what Dev does, Yama Nadu will kill him.
So the only way to stop Yama Nadu was if none of these things would happen, to be precise, if Dev hadn't stopped Pari twice from kissing him. It was one event after the other, because of which finally this situation came. He changed the time when he stopped her from kissing him the second time to stop Pari's rape and killing, but that's the reason why Yama Nadu was finally going to kill him. And now that Yama Nadu killed Dev, Dev's own soul met his own body to go even further back in time when he had stopped Pari from kissing him the first time.
Because this time they kissed, and the show ended with the hope that they were in love, Pari would no longer be depressed, Dev would no longer hide from Arup, he won't be a prime suspect, they will never separate ways, Pari won't be annoyed at her father, Yama Nadu would never take advantage of this opportunity and they will all be safe. Obviously this won't go as happily, because from what The Flash has taught me, timelines can never be completely fixed no matter what we do. Now THIS is some genius writing right there!
It's not very common for Indian shows or movies to have a setting in Northeast. As far as I can guess, normally they don't do it thinking the audience will not "relate" to it. And it seems The Last Hour absolutely decided to go all out on that - Fine, we won't relate at all. Personally I like those kinds of styles more. And style is literally what this show is all about. The Last Hour is a non-conventional show that isn't something any layman can understand just by looking at it. The top review thinks the last episode left it unanswered and made him fool (I don't know why he said "us", because at least I understood, and I haven't talked to anyone else yet who has seen this), that's how complicated this show is.
Unlike normal Prime Originals that have an A rating, this one isn't filled with profane language and nudity. In fact it has only 3 F-bombs in the entire season, only 2 sex scenes and 3-4 kissing scenes (2 of them being the important to the story). In fact this show is so peaceful and relaxing that I used to watch it on our family TV with my parents also seeing what I'm watching. I have literally no idea why it has an A-rating. It should have been U/A.
There are a lot of deaths that happen throughout the series. This always makes the audience feel uncomfortable regarding who might be next, or how the story moves ahead. In the very first episode itself the police officers who escorted Arup, Dev's brother and Amu's father got killed (I hope that's her spelling, since I was watching with Hindi captions). Seeing all that happen, my first reaction was like, "Wait, did half the cast just die in the first episode itself? Then what are they going to show in the remaining 7 episodes?" Even Pari was about to commit suicide if it wasn't Dev who came just in time to stop her.
I liked everything about this show - the settings, the acting, the story, the music, everything. Sanjay Kapoor did justice to his role, and the show did justice to him. I hope he gets more popularity with time. Also like I mentioned above, the show really makes the audience think. It's not for the Mirzapur or Four More Shots Please audience. The way the last episode ended, I have a hunch that it will keep getting more and more complicated as time moves on.
I've never seen a movie so forgettable and so memorable at the same time
After the release of Infinity War, I had been bingewatching all the MCU movies to catch up with everyone before Endgame comes. And of course I was watching them all very hurriedly. The memorable movies were the ones that I still remember very clearly to date (it's been nearly 3 years), while the ones that were terrible and a drag to watch, I forgot them instantly. I'd say this movie comes between the two categories, and as far as I can think right now, it's the only one to be in this exceptional category.
No matter what everyone says, I absolutely hate baby Groot. Cuteness only suits on creatures we are used to perceiving as cute. And thus Groot, a tree, looks very, very awkward with those chubby cheeks. It seems as though that face wasn't meant to be on that body. Also the entire point of his innocence is very irritating, especially the part where he wanted to use Rocket's buttons in spite of him repeatedly telling him not to do it. That scene does not even make any sense, since other than that part Rocket and Groot seem to understand each other literally all the time. Groot becomes stupid or intelligent, strong or weak as the story demands it, which is why I absolutely hate him.
The visuals are absolutely gorgeous. Though it feels as though there is too much yellow in the colour palette and the overall tone is more inclined towards the warm shades, the CGI world is marvelous to look at. Ego is a great planet to look at. I have seen Ego in the comics now so I can't believe they were actually able to translate him so well on the screen. Seeing the spaceship battles always kept me on the edge of my seat. It's just like how I was expecting the movie to become better as time progresses.
But the way the conflict between Peter and Ego came was very bad. First of all, the way they bonded was wrong by their characteristics. Peter is a gullible guy who always thinks by his emotions while Gamora is the sensible one. Yet here Peter was the one suspecting Ego while Gamora wanted him to trust Ego. And then the way Ego revealed his mother's death, ugh! Why did he even need to say that! Firstly no matter how much you are in a flow, you'd never say something like that. And secondly if he knows so much about Peter, how did he not know saying that would make him angry?
I really liked Mantis. I never understood why her character arc was about her being ugly. She looked way better than Nebula or Drax. She was kinda cute though. I couldn't hear any of Drax's jokes so I won't be talking about him. Yondu was also a very nice character. As much as I rolled my eyes seeing him in the movie, I really enjoyed seeing what he had become. His character development is fantastic, because of the redeemed person that he is. His whistling and shooting arrows was very much fun to watch.
Overall this movie is a very mixed bag of opinions for me. I think it's really bad compared to the first movie, but at the same time really entertaining compared to most MCU movies. There is so much CGI, so much world building in GotG that I can't possibly hate it. I'm just gonna try to remember this one. I had forgotten everything about it except the good scenes, so I had to watch the Cinemasins video to remember it. I hope Volume 3 surpasses my expectations.