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Mini Movie Reviews - 2013 August to December
Drishyam - First things first, forget all the 'all time best' blah blah blah and all the fan club madness, because that hype is the only thing that could reduce this to just another movie. They took the theme of 'Deception through Images' quite seriously. Because though they sold the movie as a family entertainer, it's actually a serious thriller. The real movie happens in the 2nd half but the 1st half does have the benefit of seeing Mohanlal once again become (his long lost image as) 'an average everyday man', and though it does have an attractive soft song (Maarivil), it's him and Meena who carry the movie by easily personifying the average middle class Malayali husband and wife. Like all thrillers, the real deal is the last shot, and that surprising (world cinema-like) last shot is what makes this movie. Final Verdict - Don't let very high expectations devastate the movie and it will be fine for you. Just don't think it's some comedy movie and go for it (the guy next to me was going "oh crap!, dammit!" every 20 mins or so), so go with the right type of expectations. It's about a guy who uses ideas from movies to outclass the police and it's not a 'Whodunit' but actually a 'Where is it'. Since that's different in Malayalam cinema, that makes it Worth A Watch.
Dhoom 3 - What surprised me is that Uday Chopra got more claps than everybody including Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif! Full marks should go to the Chicago locations (refer Batman, Transformers 3) which ground the fast action sequences and the background music (you won't be able to escape this ringtone this year!) which give the movie its life and soul. You will have to 'Definitely Suspend All Logic' to properly enjoy this movie and though the 1st thirty minutes you will be thinking what sort of crap this is, don't give up on the movie. Because from the introduction of Katrina Kaif, the film just keeps on gaining speed and doesn't stop until the end. Songs are ok but it's the song picturisation that will make it worth your time. 'Malang' in particular has intense art direction and it can definitely catch your attention. Final Verdict - Forget logic, keep mid to high expectations, and then go to enjoy. Though if you can figure out the twist (the clue is Nolan & Bale), the movie will become quite predictable but it still has enough good things to keep your attention till the end. Despite all of its flaws, it is an enjoyable commercial blockbuster and so this is, at least as far as Bollywood is concerned, quite simply The Biggest Film Of The Year!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - After the movie i kept thinking for 30 minutes about what to write, then i realized - INCONCLUSIVE! The same 'Star Wars' problem is what is happening here because if it wasn't for LOTR these movies would have nothing to support themselves. It's still using video game aesthetics & (romantic, action/adventure) movie cliches to stay alive & though it does have some interesting visual gags in the 1st half, honestly if not for Legolas showing up & an interesting, Gorgeously Made Dragon, this movie's length would have been Unbearable. Final Verdict - This is An Improvement (compared to the last one!) so u can Survive it but i wouldn't recommend it because it's so very long & it ends so abruptly. People kept staring at the screen for like 10 seconds & then, oh that's it? really? huh? If u really really wanna go then go with low expectations but only if u can be Very Patient. Otherwise for you this film will be DESOLATION. In 1 sentence - it's all a setup for the 3rd film man, come on!
Krrish 3 - Question, if you are flying through the air but still keep on cycling, wouldn't that reduce your velocity & then you crash into a building? Well anyway, the movie takes ideas from X-Men 1, 2, Spider-Man 1, 2, 4, Wolverine 1, 2, TDKR, Transformers 3, even Shaktiman(!) etc & the music is inspired by Inception, Transformers, Batman series etc & and the song picturisation with Hrithik & Kangna is almost exactly like 'Guzaarish' from Ghajini & there are some plot questions at the end as well BUT it does take a little talent to add all that together & make it into 1 acceptable combination & so together it becomes what is quite simply a 'masala movie'. Final Verdict - It does have a lot of flaws like the movie is endless, the songs are useless, everything is too Bollywoodish etc but due to the exciting action sequences, cool graphics & of course Hrithik & Kangna in it, it will pass muster with the general audience. If you are going for a movie like this, then you know exactly what it's gonna be like. So let the inner cynic take a break & give this a shot. A Definite Weekend Entertainer.
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World - the real problem with this movie is that it takes a 'tv series' approach (the director has experience with Game of Thrones) with a marvel film. First 30 mins u will be thinking "what is going on?" & last 10 mins u will be thinking "what is going on?". There are so many ideas & stuff here & there in it that u are seriously gonna feel that this would have been way better & more effective as a TV series. Some of it is fantastic, some stupid & even some of the dialogues are silly (rom-com style!). Plus the dark 3D reduces the visual opulence of the fantasy world & none of the actors who play the villains are recognizable inside the metal (TV style) costumes. So basically, if u can deal with that kind of a 'TV' approach then ya it will be fine, otherwise it is neither here nor there as in not a movie & not a TB series. Final Verdict - If u are looking for timepass, since it has a nice amount of humour in it, it will be Ok. But other than that, please keep low to mid range expectations. P.S. The final shot is a Zinger! (next season! see what i mean?). Thor: Not So Bad World.
Gravity - 1st things 1st, some of the things in the beginning don't make any scientific sense, some of the dialogues are just stupid & after the plot setup, the 1st half drags in places so do keep mid range expectations, but then don't worry, the real movie is now just getting started. Some movies are inherently philosophical & so the music here is suitably half spiritual, half desolate but due to its cinematic 3rd act & ending, its gonna be both a critical smash & a crowd pleaser. Because there is a shot where the main character is in the shuttle like a baby in a womb & then u will understand that the whole 2nd half is a Wonderful & Soul-Stirring, Pure Existential EXPERIENCE! Final Verdict - For the first 15 minutes i kept thinking where is the cut? U will understand what i mean once u see it, so maybe Oscar nominee for cinematography. It's about a human being who faced problems that were big (& kept pulling her down, hence the title 'Gravity') but she became bigger & then faced & conquered them. Till yesterday i thought Pacific Rim would simply walk away with the Oscar for FX but no, maybe its Gravity, because this picture is A 'Technically Flawless' Masterpiece. Don't think twice about going...
Rush - From the pages of racing history comes the story of 2 racers played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin) who had egos darker than death & were obsessed with winning so much that they quite literally placed their lives on the line to win. Though there is some schmaltz here & there (that's ron howard being ron howard) 3 things standout in the movie - Hans Zimmer's music which is like a heart pumped up with Adrenaline, an Incisive screenplay with poignant dialogues like - 1) about divorce - its the best win of my life 2) about marriage - happiness is the enemy 3)about life - what's the point of winning if you are not having fun? And it also has the final race in the rain with blinding, disorienting, wonderful images along with its nerve-wracking tension of the last 30 minutes. Final Verdict - As far as commercial entertainers go, this is one heck of a weekend entertainer & it's Well Worth A Watch. As they say about F-1 cars in the film, for all practical purposes, this movie is... A Bomb on Wheels!
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - considering the fact that this is the only legit competitor to HP (no not Hewlett Packard i meant that kid with the glasses) its kinda sad that they are still aiming for a mid range movie for an average teen fantasy audience. the producers of HP were smart enough to realize that they had a global franchise on their hands but on this one they are simply playing it safe & making a low level 'kids type' movie. BUT the graphics are good and depending on the 3D projection on your theatre it could be either slightly interesting or just another teen adventure movie. Final Verdict - keep low expectations and the mechanical bull is definitely interesting and so is the final villain's graphics (in good 3D) so its worth a watch. and ya its not there yet but could it have the kinda success that HP had? maybe someday in the future.
The Conjuring - even in the 4th week this movie has 90 percent occupancy! which means its getting a phenomenal word of mouth!!! its made by a director who has maybe watched over a 100 horror movies bcoz its like a horror check list from all the old movies where everything like creepy sounds, creaking doors, bursting bulbs, fallen crosses, broken pictures, worried people etc are all there and its like a mix of the exorcist, ghost hunters, paranormal activity etc leading to One Heck Of A Movie. plus it doesn't have any gore at all (phuck u torture porn, u bloody uncinematic bastard sub genre). the girl next to me almost broke her guys arm & the guy next to me was telling everyone 'ur not scared right? coz im not!' Final Verdict - a horror movie in the old style with lots of deep zoom, this is a movie you should spent money and watch. its got Chills, Thrills, Shivers, Shocks, Everything U Want and its also one of the most Entertaining Horror Movies in a very long time. 1 word - SUPERB!
The Best Movie is...?
Currently a tie between Gravity and The Conjuring...
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