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Blog posts January 2015

Hawaizaada - Movie Review

Verdict - "A failed experiment both critically and commercially."

More often than not, what do you usually envision from a biopic? Inspiration? Courage? or Creativity? A life story discloses numerous things that we're not aware of a noble personality and motivates us in several ways, but in the case of Hawaizaada which spotlights the story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who constructed the first aircraft, things are different. In conclusion, did it egress as a movie that the nation is proud about? I would say no!

After being abandoned by his family members, Shiv (Ayushmann), a gifted and an intellectual teenager reaps the attention of Shastri (Mithun Chakraborty), an inexplicable researcher who fantasizes about building an aircraft, as they both pair up and continue to formulate creative things like never before.

Perplexity is the main drawback of this movie and we don't really comprehend to what it's aimed for. And at long last, due to the busy screenplay, we'll not be concerned about anything happening on-screen as the main perspectives are an absolute fiasco including love, inspiration and hard work.

But on a brighter note, few technical aspects of the movie were quite remarkable. Every frame in the movie was crafted beautifully with a very precise detail when it comes to the shade and luminosity of every object. And I really do appreciate Vibhur Puri's intent to make an engaging movie with few incredible camera shots and well-written dialogues, but the story and screenplay completely ruined the movie.

Ayushmann Khurrana delivers it every time he's on-screen and his diversified personality helps him a lot. He was phenomenal in the movie, but I didn't really pay any attention to his character and that's due to the substandard writing which also messed up the other characters in the movie counting Pallavi Shrada and Mithun Chakraborty.

In conclusion, Hawaizaada is an experiment that didn't succeed in any terms and will inevitably fail both critically and commercially. This is a type of movie that you want to love and share it with your friends but ultimately, you'll end up with anger and hatred. As I stated earlier, they're few appreciative aspects which are worth mentioning, but I don't really recommend watching this movie especially in a theater.

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

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The Theory of Everything - Movie Review

Verdict - "A remarkable storyline held up few staggering performances".

Reliving the prodigious life of Dr. Stephen Hawking, learning about his accomplishments in astrophysics and his relationship with his family and friends, The Theory of Everything presents us everything in a glimpse held up by few remarkable performances and an exceptional screenplay.

In a much more endearing way, the movie starts with the interaction between Stephen and Jane, two students from the Cambridge University working for their PhDs in their respective fields. Eventually, Stephen grapples with a neuron disease and upon knowing that he only has two years to live, Jane marries Stephen and the narrative advances on.

The movie can go in two perspectives here, it can either concentrate more on Stephen's successful career in astrophysics and focus less on his personal life or vice versa. Because the movie was based on a book written by Jane Wilde Hawking, we get to see more of his personal life, the dreadful stages of his disease and also few defining moments of his career.

When they are ample of things to narrate in a movie, the screenplay stumbles a bit and reflects on the movie. But screenwriter, Anthony McCarten did an incredible job in balancing the movie very well by constructing every scene astonishingly without protracting it too long.

With high praise and justified oscar nomination, Eddie Redmayne in the movie was astonishing, it was one of the startling performances I've seen in 2014. The way he transpired himself into this character with his body language and appearance was amazing to watch and I wouldn't be surprised if he scores an academy award this time.

Felicity Jones portrayed another strong and prominent role in the movie which put forwards the movie as a compelling narrative. Much like Eddie, Felicity Jones character goes through profuse emotions and she displayed everything effortlessly which is quite marvelous.

To conclude and appreciate James Marsh for a staggering directorial feature, The Theory of Everything is a fascinating petite yet a brief look at Hawking's career and family which totally procures every single nomination that it received from the Academy. Certainly one of my favorite and the best movies of 2014.

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

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Instant Movie Review #10 (Tevar)

Amit Sharma - "Tevar"

1) Direction
2) Manoj Bajpai
3) Few action sequences

1) Generic storyline and screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Tedious music
4) Lack of re-watchability factor

Analysis: Enhanced and recycled in an appalling way, Tevar is generic and looks like an obsolete version which we've seen many times before.

Despite the fact, that it's a remake of a Tollywood film Okkadu, the plot resides the same as its original and director Amit Sharma presented few emotional and action sequences fairly well which are the only positive aspects of the movie.

Performances: Arjun Kapoor looks fascinating with his fearless character, Sonakshi had nothing much to do except for few wearisome moments and Manoj Bajpai shares a vital role with a conceited character and he delivered it flawlessly.

Verdict: Finally, Tevar is a boring and a painful experience and is completely a ludicrous option for you to go watch in theatres.

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

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Imitation Game - Movie Review

Verdict - "An impeccable illustration of a biopic. The Imitation Game is poignant and stimulating. "

The Imitation Game narrates us the life story of Alan Turing who was the main person behind sorting out the enigma code, by which the Nazi Germans used to communicate in the second world war against the British.

The movie takes place in three generations, the preeminent storyline advances during the 1940's when Turing along with a team of five was picked by the British army officials to break the enigma code, which is nearly irresolvable, only because of the numerous constraints included in it.

Instantly, by judging the premise we all can come to an agreement that this movie is a World War II without guns and violence. But, surprisingly, this movie is all about Alan Turing and as I stated earlier it takes place in his teenage, during the war and after the war.

The torment that Turing went through for being a homosexual, the relationship with his wife, his conceit and insolence felt authentic and were displayed flawlessly. Director, Morten Tyldum comprehends the intent behind a biopic perfectly and when the movie concludes I'm left with a mixed feeling which is in between admiration and sadness.

Benedict Cumberbatch completely owns this role with his oscar worthy performance, we can clearly see the way he transformed into this character with his dialect and body language. He always brings the engaging factor whenever he's on screen and I should give some credit to the writers for creating that winsome vibe. Keira Knightley also gave an astounding performance and stood out as a great supporting character in the movie.

To conclude, The Imitation Game left me with tears, not on by it's stupefying storyline and direction but also with the performances from Cumberbatch and Knightley. It totally deserves an oscar nomination for best picture and I totally recommend watching it without any uncertainty.

My Rating - 4.5/5
Grade - A+ (Don't dare to miss it!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Gopala Gopala - Movie Review

Verdict - "Gopala Gopala is an entertaining and a gratifying experience for all ages".

Multistarrers are pretty scarce in our Tollywood industry and I'm pleased to see all the top actors finally making a move and assembling good movies. In spite of being a remake of the surprise Bollywood hit "Oh My God!" I really enjoyed "Gopala Gopala" and I'm overwhelmed with the effort from the whole crew behind this movie which was unique and enlightening.

There's nothing distinct about the plot of the movie when compared to it's original. Gopal Rao is an atheist when it comes to believing in God, after an appalling earthquake which wipes out his whole emporium, Gopal Rao claims for insurance and sadly the insurance company declines his policy and concludes it as an act of God.

Incensed with the circumstances, Gopal Rao decides to take this situation to the court, the only place that he believes in getting a proper judgement.

Regarding my complaints about the movie, the screenplay was a bit stale in the second half of the movie. It was a little tedious at times and for a movie which sticks to a particular message, a 160 minute runtime is not necessarily needed.

Director, Kishore Kumar and his whole crew had done a remarkable job in presenting the movie, it looked vivid and picturesque, the set design was decent, overall it was well done. Anup Rubens music supported the movie really well, the songs sounded appropriate to the situation which didn't spoil my attention towards the movie.

Venkatesh, who was the main lead of the movie gave a splendid performance with his diverse character which had numerous layers of emotion, arrogance and humanness. Pawan Kalyan's role was the main facet of the movie and for the poularity and the stardom he has among the audience, this is the most appropriate role which he can fit in and deliver.

Nonetheless, Gopala Gopala is an entertaining and a gratifying experience for all ages. It doesn't contravene the original source and enlightens the message perfectly. Watching Pawan Kalyan and Venkatesh together on screen for the first time is indeed a spectacular treat for everyone.

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

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Taken 3 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A pointless sequel from a lifeless franchise. Taken 3 is ridiculous!"

I adore movie franchises, especially if there's a vital story to tell or an enjoyable facet that left the audience wanting more. But few movies like Taken 2 hinge on it's ancestor's (Taken) success, dig up another pointless storyline and make money. Perfect example of a "cashgrab". Is Taken 3 any different? No! It's much worse.

To summarize the plot of the movie, in a world filled with crazy Russian maniacs, after returning back to his place with hot bagels, Brian Mills finds his ex-wife Lenore murdered in his bedroom and immediately after the cops enter the scene, Brian escapes with a perplexed mind thinking about the possible assassin and is now a fugitive and the primary suspect of the murder.

As I stated earlier, a sequel for these movie was actually something needless except for the money it's making everytime. This is a dead franchise, there's nothing more to tell and by one way or another the writers recreated another storyline which was awfully long, sluggish and ridiculous.

It's pretty easy to guess that you're not in a safe place by watching the first ten minutes of the movie. The scenes look reckless with a swift speed and all these aspects that they're trying to setup didn't look convincing for me and I partly lost my interest.

What's more terrible in the movie? Definitely the action sequences! This movie was by far the worst shot action movie I've seen in a while. It's completely awful! Director, Oliver Megaton (who also directed Taken 2) was not a right fit for this genre at all. The fast-cut edits, shaky cam really made my eyes strain a lot and when you're cutting an action scene for every one second, it's not gonna work.

On a positive note, in spite of hating the movie a lot, I liked watching Liam Neeson as a dominant lead force , his appeal and screen presence added a little credibility to the movie. Forest Whitaker did an okay job, he was given a generic brainy police character and there's nothing he added to make it special.

To conclude, I really do hope that this is the last movie of the franchise and I want it to be buried forever. Taken 3 is a movie which disrespects it's genre in the way it was shot and is something so lazy to piece up a good storyline. It may appeal, if you're a casual fan of action movies and is definitely not the one which I recommend you to go watch in theatres.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death - Movie Review

Verdict - "Loud and annoying, The Woman in Black 2 is a perfect example of a preposterous horror film."

The month of January is upon us and without any startling surprise it begins with a sluggish horror film, but, be that as it may, it's my insanity to expect a good film from January.

The plot of the movie is totally absurd, back in 1941, at the time of WWII, couple of teachers along with a group of school children move into an old abandoned house in a nowhere land, mainly because of the treacherous conditions in the city. Shortly after being warned about the ghost by the local madman, children start to die in a bizarre way and the reasons start to unfold eventually which advances the narrative of the movie.

Primarily, the movie had few major drawbacks regarding the plot, is it something we've never seen before? Absolutely, not! This is the same expended and recycled storyline we're tuckered out with. It falls into the same clichés and even if you're numb, you can still predict what's gonna happen next in a particular scene.

However, director Tom Harper can still carve a good creepy movie with some genuine scares, but the movie doesn't even put the effort to do that. It was stale and lazy with all the false jump scares which has nothing to do with the plot and they're ridiculously predictable. To start with, this never felt like a horror movie, it never had the story to tell and it failed incredibly to give the audience a spooky feeling other than disturbing them with a loud sound.

The actors in the movie did a decent job and almost saved the movie from being a debacle. Lead actress Phoebe Fox was surprisingly good, but as destined the characters in the movie were horribly written which made the actors look awful and I totally blame writer Jon Croker for that.

Nevertheless, this is an atrocious attempt and I genuinely feel that horror movies these days are degrading the genre without actually knowing the importance or the potential it has. Never go watch this movie, it was not worth your time and money.

My Rating - 1/5
My Rating - D (Absolutely Awful!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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