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The Maze Runner - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dark, spooky and wicked. The Maze Runner is an imposing attempt."

What can we expect when a teenage best-selling novel twirls into a movie? An enchanting love story from an endearing couple? or our friendly homo sapiens known as vampires running around in a forest?

Every novel with the word "teen" in it will be converted into a movie these days and that's the latest trend my friend. Now, with such ludicrous impression on these movies, I thought the Maze Runner will be a debacle like many others and to my surprise, I actually liked this movie and I'm quite surprised with the outcome so far.

What made this movie unique when compared to others? Maybe because of the plot which was quite familiar with Hunger Games? I don't quite agree with that, the story was fascinating indeed. But then again, the dark and the somber vibe that was carried till the third act made me submerse into the movie completely as I was left with no objections.

Now with a quite a massive setup till the climax, we do expect something grand to happen which was favourable and gratifying. But things do change abruptly, nonsensical things happen and in the end the climax felt a bit juvenile. I don't say that it's horrible, but with a plot that was arranged to a great extent for ninety minutes was deflated with a mediocre acme.

This movie is for sure a bolt from the blue, Wes Ball known for his short films from the past, is an absolute newbie to the director's seat and he did a splendid job in my opinion, he took the movie seriously and didn't countenance any cheap teen jokes to ruin the experience.

On top, the cast in the movie is what got me worried about the movie, I thought that it'l be outlandish to watch them, but they smacked me out completely. Dylan O'Brien was remarkable in the movie accompanied by the complete cast including Blake Cooper, Thomas Sangster and Aml Ameen. Also a special mention to Will Poulter for his amazing performance as a depraved heel.

Furtherless, The Maze Runner is an impressive movie for me, I went with completely zero expectations and I found myself enjoying the movie till the grand finale and as I mentioned above the climax was a bit stale and ordinary. Aside from that, I'm pumped up for it's sequel and I never thought I would say that.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Daawat-e-Ishq - Movie Review

Verdict - "Tame and lifeless. Daawat-e-Ishq is a lazy film enacting in a safe-mode."

Let it be a success or an unfortunate failure at the box-office. I eternally buoy up movies which think out-of-the-box and try something diverse and new, but with Daawat-e-Ishq I just can't sustain it.

Hyderabad's Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) is a typical fantasist who dreams about an enchanted life all the time and after a bad relationship with her dreamy boyfriend, things start to dwindle away from her. As a consequence, she formulates a new thought that can fulfill all her dreams. What is the plan behind Gulrez's iniquitous brain? *facepalm*

By judging from the first thirty minutes of the movie, although it appeared to be little asinine, I thought that the movie took it's chances to try and deliver something unusual and diverse. There's always a possibility to turn things around, incorporate few startling twists and produce a fascinating climax, but the movie was lazy enough to do that, it falls into same redundant clichés we usually expect and moreover people want to experience something remarkable other than a happy ending.

Now! Who should we blame? Director Habib Faisal? I'l give him points for the try, but there's nothing to crave about. The story started on a good note by developing the characters and getting to the focal point rapidly. Once it gets to the actual plot it started to descend and by the end it is nowhere to be found.

On a brighter note, I genuinely liked the performances in the movie. Aditya Roy Kapur sparkles each and every time he's on screen. He brought the vivacity to his character and even in the lackluster moment of the movie he cheered me up a bit and I completely enjoyed him doing these type of characters.

Parineeti Chopra in one of a kind, she chooses challenging roles and executes them flawlessly and she's splendid here too. Her charm and vitality completely worked to every extent and her performance is one of the reason why the movie is tolerable. Honorable mention to Anupam Kher for his distinct character and a decent performance.

Nonetheless, Daawat-e-Ishq can be described as an appealing gift box which is eye-catching to gaze at, but when you start to unwrap it, you will get the weary feel to put aside and move on with other things. Unusual things happen, but I do expect something remarkable. It was disappointing and completely has no appealing components to boost up your expectations.

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

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Finding Fanny - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Gratifying Play Which Is Neoteric, Candid and Totally Likable."

Now! How often do we catch up with movies like Finding Fanny that are very distinct in their method and approach? It's pretty occasional right? Consequently, I recognize the value of the movie and before I get into furthermore details, I'm thankful for Homi Adajania amd Dinesh Vijan for making an unique attempt.

Deep inside the interiors of Goa, the story kicks off with five insipid characters existing in a corroded inert village that nobody knew or ever talked about. After finding a reason to depart from their monotonous lives, the quintet takes on a road-trip to discover Stephanie Fernandes (Naseerudin Shah's long lost love) with various other reasons involved with it.

When you prolong the movie with only five characters in it, the screenplay has to be superior to every single extent and for Finding Fanny it actually worked for the most part. To wrap up the storyline with significant character development and imperative scenes in a shattered road-trip, there has to be some hard work behind it and in that case the duo Homi Adajania and Kesri Khanbatta had done a decent job and brought the engaging component to the movie.

The humour was very casual and insouciant throughout the movie, they didn't toss the witty one-liners on our face, but it was hysterical in the way the scene was decked and delivered with facial expressions and the gestures encircling the environment.

On the other side, even though I appreciate the movie for being unique, I cannot skip the fact that the movie was tad slow in few sequences which are rather important, the direction of the movie was a bit vague, but it's just a minor complaint as per my perspective.

The performances by every single lead were perceptibly phenomenal in the movie, but I want to shift my direction to Naseerudin Shah for a moment here, the man has been wearisome in many of his recent movies, but this is a comeback role for him, he's been used extremely well as the main lead of the movie and I'm happy for him. Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur were diverting in their roles and that's the best part of the movie, the characters were real and phlegmatic and we start to like them instantly.

To conclude in a generic way, Finding Fanny is a bit of relief from the cheesy-action blockbusters we usually get from Bollywood. It's fresh, light hearted and totally laid-back in it's approach and I enjoyed it for the most part and I'm also glad that the movie didn't really compromise to any level. Definitely worth a watch!

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Mary Kom - Movie Review

Verdict - "Typical yet an inspiring biopic!"

As I specified this for the thirteenth time by now, this year from tip to toe belongs to women-centric movies. They're just getting better and better every single time, the best part about this ascendancy is that, there is some inspiring message conveyed on every occasion. Well! they're many more to come and I'm totally delighted that they're getting the seamless attention and appreciation they deserve.

What more can you expect from a biopic? A stirring tale filled with struggle, emotion and passion? That's exactly what you get from Mary Kom, nothing more or less. But, what's noticeable about the movie? That depends on your approach about the movie and the way you get along with the storyline.

Screenwriter Saiwyn Quadras role is significant here, it all depends on how he appends all the little details in the movie with the significant ones. The screenplay is quick on the mark as it didn't really waste much time exploring a single detail like the other movie did last year. *wink*

But it's a bit typical, you can effortlessly summarize and expect what the movie is going for. I'm not criticizing it, but it's a bit traditional that biopics are only told that way. The movie do have few imposing moments scattered all over it, but in the end the finale is always the same. And that's how this genre operates, deal with it!

But on a serious note, I appreciate and could connect to the real-life character of Mary Kom while watching the movie. Watching her go through all these appalling situations in life made me ruminate and I was completely dumbfounded. Also the credit goes to Priyanka Chopra and director Omung Kumar for putting me in that condition throughout the whole movie.

Also there's a lot of criticism surrounding with the fact that the movie is enclosed with many unknown/new actors except for Priyanka. In my opinion, it was a great move, considering the main attraction of the movie was only Mary Kom, did I mind watching other characters being played by new actors? No! Would I like to see a prominent actor play that role? Sure, why not. But what they actually did with the casting choices was completely understandable.

Now the big question is that will Priyanka be honored for what she had done in this movie? And my answer will probably be yes, as this is one of the best performances of the year and also from her career. She was totally astonishing throughout the movie and with all the anticipation, I concur that this is the perfect movie that she should be rewarded for her hard work and determination.

Nevertheless, Mary Kom (Movie) is an imposing biopic told in a precise and in a superior way. The screenplay is not indolent and the direction is incisive to some extent. The movie doesn't deliver something contemporary, but it's a vital movie which I recommend everybody to watch.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ 
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Movie Review

Verdict - "TMNT - Everything wrong with a movie in just ninety minutes."

I often quote these type of movies as a "deceitful" entertainer. With that being said, following up Transformers 4 which is a catastrophic insult to all film fans, Michael Bay produced TMNT is yet another insolent remake of our awe-inspiring childhood cartoons. Or I'l just put it in the most generic and a customary way "Thanks for destroying my childhood.... Michael Bay!"

Let's get rid of the positives first. I must confess that the bright spot in the movie were the turtles. They were fun, amusing and entertaining. There's also an objection made that they're CGI generated, but I didn't really mind that. As long as they entertain me even in an inferior way, I'm okay with it!

The plot of the movie can be explained in just five portions, which is a complete waste of time to get into. Yes! I did hate the plot of the movie. Why? Cause we've already seen a thousand times before. Is it the worst way to start a franchise? I agree with that argument. What do I usually expect from a franchise kick starter? A significant plot with some good character development, a genuine (not just a throw away) reason to get into the climax and a splendid bad guy who doesn't find a generic excuse to destroy the city.

Let's not throw the blame completely on director Jonathan Leibesman. As per my speculation (which may be wrong) and observation Michael Bay's awful expertise is all over the movie, over bloated CGI work, gigantic explosions, fast-cut edits were all his point of references. Like I said earlier, there is unfortunately no soul in the movie it felt like a ninety minute three dimensional game where you just endure two-three levels to eventually confront the big guy.

Megan Fox's character was just underwhelming in the movie, playing a significant role she was just used as an eye-candy for the movie with few notable scenes which were just stale. Also William Fitchner and Will Arnett share some screen-time in the movie. Ridiculous!

Let's wrap up rapidly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just a bad reboot and when I just say it's bad, it completely justifies that word. There's nothing in the movie worth watching except for few over-the-top action sequences which you may/may not enjoy wholeheartedly. And there's also a sequel confirmed! Damn!

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

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