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Blog posts July 2014

Instant Movie Review #4 (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Wes Anderson's - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Positives:
1) Screenplay
2) Cinematography and Set Design
3) Performances and Characters
4) Film-making

Analysis: When it comes to film-making Wes Anderson has an unique style which can't be assessed by any director. His technique, elegance and bravura was inimitable and makes us feel like we're watching an impressive piece of cinema.

Set back in the 1930's, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" narrates you a typical cat and mouse story which takes place between two parties and is also accompanied with lots of affection, friendship and pugnacity. Complemented by few ingenious characters which differs from continence to ferociousness, Anderson's archetypal approach in filming the movie in a conventional way provokes you more and enlightens your visual experience.

Final Thoughts: Grand Budapest Hotel is a matchless attainment in film-making, absolutely one-of-a-kind. Ralph Fiennes implausible performance and Anderson's distinct flair can be witnessed all over the movie which makes it a must watch!

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Kick - Movie Review

Verdict - "Do yourself a favour and never opt for getting this KICK"

Jaded, exhausted and infuriated! I'm still searching for my kick on a tedious combat zone of ludicrous action, unappealing romance and humourless comedy.

As y'all are very well-known about the summary of the movie, it's just identical to Dhoom 3, a distinct intellectual superman who is finally gratified by nicking money from the blatant wealthy guys for obvious reasons that are adequate.

Let's clear things out! Back in 2009, when Surender Reddy presented Kick to the telugu audience, it felt fresh, comical and smart. Nadiadwala's adaptation falls short in everything it tackled with. And to be very clear, I'm not drawing any comaprisons!

The screenplay was stale all throughout the movie. It encountered a good amount of pacing issues, the romantic love segment between Salman and Jacqueline was never plausible and it practically debased the most pleasurable thing called "Love" in many ways. Neither did the comedic parts of the movie crack well, it just felt like an artificial humour which is just used to make it a complete movie.

In this age and time it all depends on how you sell the movie to your audience and Kick took off fashionably by marketing it's key aspects bordering on fast cars, boom-bastic explosions and fuming action. The question is, does it deliver well in the movie? I would say no! The action sequences were lazy as it ruined the fun because of the sluggish camerawork and it's simply not logical.

Randeep Hooda is splendid in his role, unfortunately his character never felt like an ominous threat to the main protagonist of the film and that's even one of my complaints for the movie. The good guy-bad guy thing never paid off due to the unappealing screenplay. Nawazuddin Siddiqui fairly entertains with his weird expressions and considering him as a tough menace is a bit irregular.

The big guy Salman is yet again an amusing, clever and a soulful man and he never disappoints in entertaining with his over-the-top action sequences and that's all we anticipate for. Jacqueline portrayed a significant character but is incredibly wasted with her minimal screentime, apart from showing her good looks.

Nonetheless, the purpose of the movie was convincing and it played out well after a string of debacle. And Salman who is popular with his Being Human campaign felt like a good front runner to coup these kind of subjects. But I'm never into the movie, despite of it's outlandish action and drama, Kick is not a good adaptation as per me and will probably be remembered only for a brief amount of time.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Reviews #3 (Need for Speed & Non Stop)

Scott Waugh's - "Need for Speed"

Positives:
1) Action Sequences & Spectacular Pursuits
2) Cinematography
3) Direction
4) BGM

Negatives:
1) Indolent screenplay
2) Goofy scenes
3) Pointless characters

Analysis: Hot pursuits, fast cars, aggravating cops seems to be a notorious scenario. But in NFS it gets real and exhilarating, that maybe the only reason I'm pleased about this movie alot. Crossing out the word FAKE in his realm, director Scott Waugh had delivered an authentic action movie by missing the mandatory component which is the story and screenplay. I would call it a disaster when it comes to the tedious storyline and the unwitty dialogue. Few characters and scenes were inane and it just takes the obligatory part of the movie from bad to worse.

Final Thoughts: Need for Speed is enjoyable, only if you're interested in watching your favourite s.fashionable cars drifting all over the place which absolutely makes no sense.

My Rating - 2/5

Jaume Collet-Serra - "Non Stop"

Positives:
1) Conspicuous storyline

Negatives:
1) Indigent climax
2) Unintentional scenes

Analysis: Liam Neeson as a badass once again! It never gets old. Delimited with a known repercussion of a posible hijack, director Jaume Collet-Serra crafted a stimulating piece of cinema which was "attention-grabbing" for every brief moment and I'm really immersed into the movie. Obliterating it's poor climax and over-the top action sequences, Non Stop doesn't disappoint to any extent for a normal moviegoer.

Final Thoughts: I would definitely recommend Non Stop, just as an insouciant watch which can be enjoyable on a boring afternoon. Is this something silly? Absolutely! But it's overall a gratifying movie and we should appreciate it!

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Vellai Illa Pattathari – Movie Review

Verdict: "An Extremely Exhilarating Entertainer".

Being one of the most expected movies of this year, Dhanush’s 25th outing, hit screens today amid much fanfare and mammoth expectation among all the engineers. It has Amala Paul, Saranya, Samuthirakanni, Hrishikesh and Vivek playing pivotal roles. It’s the debut movie of Cinematographer Velraj as director and has Anirudh Ravichander composing songs and background music.

The film revolves around Raghuvaran (Dhanush), an engineering graduate desperately trying to get a job. After being constantly humiliated by his parents and friends, is Raghuvaran able to get a job and will he be able to survive in that job makes the plot.

Dhanush has perfectly nailed a commercial entertainer for his Silver Jubilee film and has given some praise worthy performance. He has perfectly characterised the role of an unemployed graduate. Amala Paul as Shalini plays the role of Raghuvaran’s love interest. She impresses with her looks.

Samuthirakanni and Saranya Ponvannan as Raghuvaran’s parents faultlessly depicted the role of typical Indian Parents.


Velraj has given a clean entertainer with a racy plot and engaging screenplay. There was no scenes in which the movie lagged. Each and every dialogue uttered by Dhanush and many scenes in the movie was just the reflection of every unemployed graduate. Anirudh’s background music was extraordinary and songs were received with huge applause from the audience.

Ultimately, Vellai illa Pattathari is a wholesome entertainer and a perfect ode to Engineers. Take your gang of friends and enjoy the movie. Vellai illa Pattathari is sure to amuse you.

My Rating- 3.5/5
Grade- B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania - Movie Review

Verdict - "A compelling DDLJ rip-off"

Yet another spoof of DDLJ and this time it was actually gratifying and fun to watch. Props to director for not messing it up!

Rakesh Sharma aka Humpty is a fun-loving graduate student with a little touch of a crook. Comparable to him is Kavya (Alia Bhatt) a soon to be married cheerful boisterous girl who takes a trip to New Delhi for her wedding errands. Humpty and Kavya meet, greet and find love just like the whole world. 

Let's get into the positives first! The films hints that it's a waggish DDLJ spin-off initially and the good thing is that we never feel exhausted for a while. Refreshing comedy, wholesome dialogues makes the first half diverting and engaging. 

To begin with the negatives, the second half gets trite and insipid, despite of it's back and forth slapstick moments the movie loses it's steam. And except for two songs the film's music didn't make the grade. Maybe few good songs could've aided the movie further.

Direction from Shashank Khaitan was pretty impressive. His dexterity in making the comedic scenes sizzle was imposing. And he's able to haul out few good performances from the lead stars of the movie. Alia Bhatt mesmerizes with her jocund screen presence as she kept enhancing her persona with every single scene. Varun Dhawan's character was parallel to what he played before, but it was never tiring watching him dance, crack few jokes and be an overall endearing jerk. For my part, I didn't really care about few characters, might be the fact that they were not well written and focused.

Nevertheless, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is sprinkled with all the trademark "Dharma Productions" components. It got that sumptuous guise, two charming leads, witty moments, soppiness and last of all an exultant love story. It just converges for giving a 150 minute entertainment and partially succeeds. Give it a try!

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Movie Review

Verdict - "A seamless sequel which tremendously outshines it's splendid prequel."

Surpassing an awe-inspiring prequel in every single aspect is a superlative accolade. Adapted from the original (68-73) Planet of the Apes movies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the new installment in the franchise and was helmed by Matt Reeves who previously directed two underrated movies Cloverfield & Let Me In.

Cordoned off in a post-apocalyptic wasteland conquered by Apes, human race is been wiped out by a "Simian Flu" as they lead an appalling life far away from the apes communion led by a formidable leader named "Caesar" who believes in keeping peace between the two ethnic groups and doesn't deem about futile hostility activities.

All hell breaks loose when the apes proclaims a war against humanity after a petite misunderstanding which gets brutal in every single aspect because of the anticipation factor.

Word of warning! If you deduce "Dawn" to be a summer-explosion-blockbuster then you're probably on a wrong page. The movie takes time to deliver the action substance and it's lucidly displayed in the first act when the writers took major screen time to develop the characters and the narrative aspects in the movie. It tells the story magnificently with a classic touch of inspiration, trepedition, companionship and audacity.

The second act is stuffed with all the action and adventure we anticipate, but what stands out here is how they flawlessly blended the ongoing drama with the splendid warfare. Few desired shades of disparity between the two races and the treachery factor were sported in a proper way.

Matt Reeves is a greenhorn to this franchise, his approach in telling a momentous tale should be appreciated, the personality and complexion of the Apes are reconnoitered very well, as we get to learn more about them in a precise way. The wide angle shots used by Reeves shows how detrimental these Apes can be and also plots the fear factor perfectly.

Also the best compliment I can give to this movie was that we actually forget that these Apes are unreal when we actually watch the movie and that is plausible only by the efforts of the CGI team, they were certainly the best I've ever seen and we never feel tired for a split second watching these illusory objects move and talk.

Andy Serkis, the darkhorse of the movie does a remarkable job here and portraying an immense character through a motion capture technology was a challenging task and Serkis does it effortlessly. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell had done their part well and exhibited the needed human aspect which was completely missing in "Rise".

Apart from the pointless action blockbusters we usually come across every summer. "Dawn" reprieves us for a bit and doesn't disremember the fact to provide entertainment. It elongates the franchise with a substantial storyline augmenting every single attribute to a better level. Undoubtedly, one of the best movie of this summer.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Reviews #2 (How To Train Your Dragon 2 & About Last Night)

Dean DeBlois - "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

Positives:

1) Action Sequences & BGM
2) CGI & Panorama
3) Direction

Negatives:
1) Conventional storyline

Analysis: Disparate to other summer movies, HTTYD2 sets an example on how a blockbuster summer movie should be made. Following the success of it's prequel, HHTYD2 mesmerizes the standard movie going audience in a splendid way. With it's audacious thrill-seeking storyline, HTTYD2 is packed with an exceptional score, astounding visuals and few staggering action sequences that enriches the movie in every standard.

Final Thoughts: Setting a skyscrapping benchmark in a sea of animation movies, HTTYD2 is an astonishing movie going experience that will admired by people of all age groups. A perfect summer blockbuster.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A

Steve Pink's - "About Last Night"

 Positives:
1) Comedy & Drama
2) Likable characters

Negatives:
1) Stale storyline
2) Formulaic screenplay

Analysis: Steve Pink's modern day reboot of 1986 movie (with the same title) was on the whole an enjoyable watch. Hart's humour and Ealy's emotion blends perfectly with the movie. We actually foresee what was going to happen next but it's an amusing and a gratifying ride for a pleasurable evening watch.

Final Thoughts: If you mingle well with Kevin Hart's comedic humour and an affable storyline of a young couple then About Last Night is definitely for you. It explores nothing in it's genre, but it keeps you entertained all through the journey.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Fault In Our Stars - Movie Review

Verdict - "TFIOS will definitely leave an emotional impression inside your heart that you just can't resist”.

Book adaptations had been customary these days, few movies fall flat while others prevail. However, TFIOS astonishes with it's ecstatic approach and doesn't descent as a disaster.

Desolated in it's instigation, The Fault In Our Stars opens with Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) a reticent teenage girl battling cancer as she meets a perky bloke Augustus (also suffering from cancer), who entices Hazel right away with his affable attitude. Conscious with their infirmity, both Hazel and Augustus find an eternal relationship in each other hearts comprehending that it doesn't end in a delighted way.

Hasty in it's appraoch, the movies omits all the gratuitous build-up and gets to the point right away. It deals with authenticity and wastes no time seizing our attention when it needed the most. Also keeping our listening skills operative, the dialogue in the movie was heart-trending with a little touch of humour just to digress the mawkish vibe and it's really tearful to watch these two individuals suffer with pain as the movie supplicates us to cry.

Director Josh Boone's atypical style in film-making helps the movie shine vividly. His visual representation in creating an imperative scene was profound and remarkable (props to the screen-writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber too). Yet another admirable thin about Boone's direction was that he didn't let the movie fall flat, he triumphed over the cliched instances the movie is occupied with.

On a negative note, the movie did feel a bit underwhelming with a steady tempo until the second act where it started winding things up one after the other. Nonetheless, the weak spots in the movie were completely overshadowed with few glorious performances from Shailene Woodly and Ansel Elgort who were absolutely impressive in their roles and they're actually relatable to viewer as a real life persona, which enriched the tone of the movie.

As a coming-to-age teenage romantic movie, TFIOS exhibits the significant thing that was missing in a modern day love saga. Surprassed with soppiness, TFIOS will definitely make you shed a tear in the end and is definitely worth watching for the performances all alone.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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