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Thor: The Dark World - Movie Review [Repost]

[Thought it would be cool to re-post few reviews that I wrote in the early days of my career on my old website. My writing skills were not that great back then, so, bear with me.]

Verdict - “Extremely Fun to Watch and a Decent Extension to the MCU.”

The main plot of the film circles around Dark Elf Malekith who intends to destroy the whole universe by using his unsolidified weapon Aether and to take his desired revenge against Asgard and it's civilization after being trounced by Bor (Odin's father) and his army. 

Meanwhile, Thor fears about Jane's disguise and voyages to Earth. After discovering the fact that she's been infected by Aether, Thor takes her to Asgard seeking medical help. 

After the Dark Elves invasion on Asgard, Thor decides to team up with his evil brother Loki in taking down the Dark army and also to protect the nine realms of the entire universe.

As per the amendment factor, Thor 2 is a step up in imposing visuals and enormous action sequences when to compared to it predecessor, following with the humor. But things were flat insipid at times which slightly takes you out of the experience. The comedic sequences between Darcy (Kat Dennings) and her intern were completely annoying and didn't quite mingle up with the film.

The movie did spend more time on Asgard, as we get to know further things more about its civilization and culture, consequently, the cinematography and set design are astounding and were completely gorgeous to look at. 

Commencing with his familiarity of the popular TV show Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor is in fine form here. His proficiency and vision in capturing immense action sequences worked out in a comprehensive way and shaped out the movie really well and made it a fun watch.

Chris Hemsworth's charisma and persona are captivating, at this very point his portrayal of Thor are unsurpassed and undoubtedly he's the perfect fit as Thor and cannot be easily replaced. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the strong asset of the movie, he's extremely amazing with his sneaky look and is a complete treat to watch him teaming up with Thor and kicking some ass. Natalie Portman's character is pretty much essential and significant and she does a good job with her portrayal. 

Indeed, I've got few flaws with the movie regarding the villain's boring insubstantial character and the lack of overwhelming sequences and the additional humor in the climax was disturbing and didn't work out on the most part.

Nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is a fun gratifying experience. The movie did have some serious weak spots but it's pleasurable vibe and stunning visuals made the movie a definite watch which you'll completely enjoy.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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Gravity - Movie Review

Verdict: “A Visualistic Masterpiece In Every Aspect .”

If you're a genuine movie lover, Gravity never confiscates your attention out of it; you'll get glued to the breathtaking cinematic experience and finally comprehend that it's a masterpiece. 

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity explains the narrative of two astronauts who are on a space mission trying to fix some hitches. Suddenly things go wrong, and they need to abort the mission immediately and get back to their space station. 

Now! I'm looking forward to Gravity, the trailers blew me away, and my expectations were extremely high. Did it reach up to my expectations? Yes! It was beyond everything I expected it to be, technically and visually. And undoubtedly one of the best theatre experiences I've had this year.

Alfonso Cuaron's technique in delivering a catastrophic space movie has to be appreciated. The shots in space, in particular, were astounding and gorgeous to watch. Mainly the opening shot which lasted like about 15 minutes was a visual splendor. And what impressed me the most, is that he left much more room for character development which was quite a thing to fit into a 90 minute fast paced movie. Every shot was handled with care, and I'm amazed at the fact that the whole film was shot behind a green screen.

Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki was noteworthy. The long takes with rotating camera technique is brilliant, quite a hectic job to imagine things around and move with the characters. Emmanuel does it with extreme ease, and there was no single moment that I felt that the camera work was disturbing. Extraordinary work!

Visuals in the movie are astonishing, undeniably the best I've seen till date. Every shot was crystal clear and pragmatic, mainly the visuals of the earth are an absolute treat to watch. A must watch in IMAX 3D; you'll ultimately love it!

Sandra Bullock is terrific in the movie, her character was beautifully crafted with much needed high emotional value, and she indeed outplayed it well in critical timings. An Oscar-worthy performance. George Clooney was decent in his minimal screen presence and stood as a backbone to Bullock's character.

To conclude, Gravity is a masterpiece in every aspect and is a complete inspiration for visualistic movies. Unquestionably, the best film of the year till date and I hope that it'll stay on my #1 spot by the end of the year. I'm going big and healthy; I'm giving five out of five stars to Gravity.

My Rating - 5/5 | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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