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Blog posts May 2014

Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend: Movie Review

Verdict: “A New Scintillating Experience!”

Kochadaiiyaan, the most awaited movie released yesterday amid much fanfare. Having India’s biggest “Superstar” Rajnikanth enacting the triple roles and being India’s first movie using motion capture technology the expectations were sky-high. Have it lived up to everyone’s expectation?

Rajnikanth enacts triple role as Kochadaiiyaan, Rana and Sena. The plot is simple and deals with jealousy, betrayal and rivalry between two kingdoms. K.S.Ravikumar’s paperwork is truly impressive and keeps us engaged throughout the film. Being an historic film, dialogues were written according to that period.

The efforts of director Soundarya R. Ashwin stands tall in the film. Her immense hard work can be seen on the big screen. Her creative vision has been brought on the screen with her untiring efforts and hard labour.

The Motion Capture technology used to capture the actors action and succeeds in it but not their emotions. Animations were dull and gloomy in many places and were just average overall.

But that were not even a problem as they were brought with a minimal budget and less duration used for production works. This is just a one step by Soundarya, one giant leap by Indian Cinema Industry. Soundarya deserves a standing ovation for taking a path never taken in Indian Cinema yet.

Rajnikanth, the name is enough to make his fans go crazy. And this time seeing their matinee idol in never before seen Avatar makes them much excited. His mere screen presence is enough to keep the audience intact till the end. His chemistry, power packed and fiery punch dialogues and trademark style were such a delight on screen.

Deepika Padukone looks beautiful and impresses us with her expressions that too in animation. Nasser gets much screen time and does his part well. Jackie Shroff, Adi, Rukmini and Shobana have given their full efforts to make their characters perfect. Thanks to Soundarya for bringing the legendary comedian Nagesh back on screen and a big round of applause for the person who voiced him. It was just perfect.

A.R.Rahman’s background score is the main backbone of the movie. It was “Mozart of Madras” who steals the show with his amazing background music and ear pleasing songs. Especially during the fight scenes, the background score were magnificent.

Ultimately, Kochadaiiyaan will surely impress you and give you a whole new experience. It definitely full fills your four year wait and expectations if you really don’t bother about the average animation. But all the negatives were overshadowed by Rajnikanth and he surely keeps you entertained. Rajnikanth-the name and fame has gone even higher.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Godzilla - Movie Review

Verdict - “A praiseworthy addition to the Godzilla movie series, utterly pragmatic”.

Following the calamitous American adaptation of Emmerich's Godzilla in 98. Gareth Edwards imposing exposition on Godzilla was more lifelike and convincing to all it's original fans and to the normal onlookers.

The world is known for it's innate happenings, flipping through few disastrous events which were happened back in 1954 by a creature named Gojira. The narrative starts when Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) was dazed after finding a gigantic skeleton that was slightly pertinent a to Gojira. Subsequent to that, a titanic eathquake hits Janjira, Japan which upshots a tragic incident in Joe's (Bryan Cranston) family.

Traumatized with the aftermath, Joe continues his research and affirms that government is trying to restrain something from the outside world, as the story progresses, things get severe and unbridled with the outset of few colossal things.

Collaborating all the positives and negatives in the movie, the first act is more complex in it's narrative and didn't hasten for it's own good. The logical facet was plausible without creating an uncertainty factor in the viewers mind.

Trapped with criticism by the audience, in the second act, director Edwards stirred up the environment by enticing all the action sequences and for the most part we didnt't get more of the raging creature and that's slightly an incompetent try by the director.

With an adequate setup for the final showdown, the third act never tainted all my expectations. It was intended to deliver few breathtaking action scenes and it does that by cleverly concluding all the other sub plots. Also the realistic display and the actual inhumane characters of the creatures will conclude your doubt about the whole enormous destruction.

Performances from every single lead were pretty much decent and on a demanding standpoint, Cranston's role was a bit underutilized and minimal for an Emmy award winner. On a technical standpoint, the CGI was spectacular in consort with the sound effects and the background score.

The convincing attribute of director Gareth Edwards remains as the main highlight of the movie. What intrigues me more is the way he shot the entire movie with a human viewpoint that displayed the gigantic monster as a real menace for the entire world.

Ultimately, the movie uniformly impresses on every single prospect and was not overdone to any extent, that may crop up few protests on the movie that it lacked the spine-tingling action sequences. Do not expect a completely jam-packed action-thriller since it's a sensible yet a stimulating take on the character of Godzilla.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Yaamiruka Bayamey - Movie Review

Verdict - "Spine chilling horror scenes, made into rib-tickling comedies".

Last Friday, when Kochadaiiyaan was postponed to May 23rd two small budget movies were released. As I was kinda disappointed for the delay of Kochadaiiyaan, these two movies never interested me.

Over the weekend when this particular movie was gaining positive reviews from audience I was quite anxious to watch it. And the chance came on its way to me when my friend called and asked me if I could accompany him to a movie.

I didn’t want to lose this opportunity and we both headed to AGS Cinemas to check tickets and Yes! We got tickets for Yaamiruka Bayamey.

It has Kreshna, Rupa Manjari, Oviya and Karuna in the lead. Kiran (Kreshna) gets a Big Bungalow in Kolliyur village, that his father has transferred to his name before dying. Sarath (Karuna) and his sister Sharanya (Oviya) help Kiran in renovating the bungalow and make it into a resort.

Problems arise when all the customers who stay at the resort start dying. What happens next forms the rest plot.

Director Deekay managed to make a decent horror-comedy movie with an unusual plot. All the actors have done their part well, especially Karuna, he deserves a mention here. Cinematography and Background score were the movies backbone. I liked the way the ghost in the movie was portrayed. Not many cooks, to spoil the broth. It was simple and yet scary too.

Finally, Yaamiruka Bayamey is worth every paisa you spend on the ticket. It is a perfect movie to spend your leisure time. Don’t miss it!

My Rating: 3.75/5
Grade: B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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Instant Movie Reviews #1 (That Awkward Moment & The Monuments Men)

Tom Gormican - "That Awkward Moment"

Plot: Occupied and unfulfilled with their own personal relationships. Jason, Daniel & Mikey, the three waggish teenage friends vow for an unfeasible oath to stay single for a certain period of time. Concerned with few other intimate reasons, did they adhere to their promise? Find out in That Awkward Moment.

Positives:
1) Music
2) The Cast & Performances
3) Humour
4) Chemistry between the leads

Negatives:
1) Witless storyline
2) Asymmetrical screenplay
3) Sloppy direction

Analysis: I generally label these kinda movies as a guilty pleasure, where it's decently bad but then again you still enjoy watching it. That Awkward Moment falls into that certain category where it has no specific target to stretch out and only concentrates in relishing the present moment.

The story don't really wind-up rapidly and it feels choppy in it's approach. But on a convincing standpoint, the three main leads (Efron, Teller & Jordan) were absolutely amusing and they positively enjoyed playing the fussy-unfussy characters in the movie.

Final Thoughts: That Awkward Moment can be an enjoyable movie if you don't really bother about the essential attributes of the movie. Watch it if you're planning a late night boys reunion and you'l definitely have a lot of fun.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C+ (Meh! Probably a rental)

George Clooney's - "The Monuments Men"

Plot: In the course of World War II, Lt. Stokes (George Clooney) was allotted on a mission to recover all the historic art and sculptures from the Nazi realm, were he was sent into the war zone along with a group of other talented grandees.

Positives:
1) The cast
2) Storyline
3) Production & Cinematography
4) Music

Negatives:
1) Insipid screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Direction
4) Unamusing jokes

Analysis: As I listed out above, the movie had an incredible cast with an extremely fascinating storyline surrounding the incidents during World War II. But regrettably the narration falls apart with it's lackluster screenplay, the scenes don't really connect to each other and they really feel lifeless and insignificant. The lack of character development clobbered the movie for the most part and with an enormous extent of A listed actors it doesn't really movie responsibly. Director George Clooney had to be blamed!

Final Thoughts: Unlike all other historic movies we've seen in the past, Monuments Men falls short in every imperative aspect. But on a lighter note, it's not a catastrophic attempt which can be enjoyed privately on a television screen.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - “A generic version of the superhero universe, which doesn't really smack an impact.”

Conflicted and cherished between two different shades of a menacer and an idol, New York City's much-loved super-hi-flyer is back again to compete against the two ruthless underwhelming villains or maybe three if you want to count in the three minute troll known as Rhino.

With that being said, we do anticipate something staggering with that premise itself, but in a world of shattered promises, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pursues the same overused formula that might just appeal for a normal moviegoer. Nothing was been introduced or pioneered for the superhero universe and it's indeed a wishy-washy way to begin the summer movie season.

Puzzled with the happenings of their parents, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) relishes his Spider-Man character everyday along with the relationship with his lady friend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Eventually, Peter encounters his old childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who was the new CEO of the Oscorp industries and we later comprehend that Harry needs Spidy's blood to prevail over his inborn problems.

Meanwhile Max (Jamie Foxx) initially a Spider-Man fanatic, collapses down into a container of distorted electric eels and gets bitten by them horrifyingly, he then transforms into human generator and names himself as Electro. Ultimately Harry joins hands with Electro to take down Spider-Man and they onset their combat on the streets of NYC.

Positive side! Andrew Garfield's portrayal as Spider-Man was undeniably perfect, he is quirky, compelling, emotional and completely believable as the protagonist of the city. His on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone was striking and congenial and their back and forth romantic scenes stood out as the best part of the movie.

The amusing and the emotional parts of the movie were evenly balanced. At times, they were a little bit streotypical, but it added a much needed charm to the movie. The speedy, slow-mo action sequences were definitely a treat to watch with some spectacular visuals that are enthralling on a giant 3D screen.

With a delicate complex basis, here are the drawbacks of the movie. The screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner felt like an usual broken piece of glass, as I stated earlier they generally tossed up every single admired formula into a uneven script which was unsatisfying. Every single sequence didn't really blend with one another as it tried to accomplish something extraordinary with a feeble strategy.

The antihero aspect in the movie was a huge let down. The appearance and the look was remarkable and for the visual aspect I was genuinely attentive. But on a characteristic standpoint I was disengaged completely. They've had few brief moments, but it never felt convincing and the way each of them were handled in the climax was tremendously hasty and rushed which felt like a needless throw away.

Moreover, the marketing tactic of the movie was excessive and deceitful. Accordingly fifty percent of the major actions sequences were completely spoiled in the trailers and previews. In addition to that, it was ridiculously unwise to promote few scenes that were not even found in the movie, that can clearly illustrate the strategy to lure the movie going audience into the theatres.

With it's extreme amount of promotions and marketing ploy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has nothing new to deliver and was a giant mess up with a customary recipe. However, Andrew Garfield's portrayal as the Spider-Man and the action sequences were an obvious pleasure to watch. It shall leave you with an immense visual extravagance, besides that, it's just another tolerable superhero movie that we often experience every summer.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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