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The Mummy: Resurrection (2022)
A very badly written script with hardly anything happening in it, though the actors seem to have done the best they could with the script. The mummy hardly even appears for five minutes in the movie. The movie is mostly a conversation between the lead characters with some mention of the mummy thrown in for the sake of the name. The big buildup about the mummy adds up to virtually nothing. One also wonders about why the old man called in the "villain" for a meeting about his "inheritance" if he did not intend to give anything to the person in the first place. Seems like a lame excuse to bring in the character to the place in question. All in all, a very poor attempt by the director. I have seen school shows that held my interest better than this movie did.
Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
An irritating mishmash of old and new
A mishmash of old and new. The characters from all the previous Jurassic Park/World movies have been put together along with some new ones. This is so even for the dinosaurs - T Rex, Raptors, and so on. Seems that they just wanted a grand finale with all of them to make it a memorable last movie. Some new characters have been put in to remind us of the old ones (Caleb Hearon). Incidents also have been mirrored on the old movies, the lift scene, powering off and powering on of the grid, the car scene with Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler and Ian Malcolm, the dinosaur spitting scene where the villain meets his end and the cylinder with the DNA (I think) rolling away have are all reminiscent of the older movies. Not sure what exactly they have tried here. Seem to have packed as much as they could into one final movie. Can't say that it was not entertaining, but I somehow had a seriously hard timing sitting through the movie.
Can get through it once
Supposedly dedicated to all women, most of the movie features only the two characters played by Vijay. In comparison to movies like Chak De India, Saala Khadoos and Dangal, where a good portion of the movie showed the players and they were given roles of almost equal importance to the coaches, this is in no way a sports movie. Only a few matches involving the girls are shown and that too only in the second half. The "sports" scenes in the first half feature only Vijay. Even in the second half most of the importance is given only to Vijay's character. Almost all other characters, including that of the villain (played by Jackie Shroff), are only secondary. I would rate this as the worst Vijay movie to date.
Betaal Pachisi (1997)
A fantasy mishmash
Betaal Pachisi aired off and on between 1997 and 1998 on Doordarshan. It is a fantasy based very loosely on the Phantom. The titles song is by Asha Bhonsle, who also rendered the Tamil version (a very good accent though one can make out in places that it is done by a non-Tamilian).
There are several incidences narrated in this spin-off of the Phantom with several episodes being dedicated to each incident. Another quirk of this series is that the super-villains of these incidences become harmless jokers in later episodes (mostly after being done in by the hero and having been resurrected in one way or another).
Overall, a decent series for children below the age of ten.