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Blog posts October 2015

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan – Movie Review

Verdict: "A visually rich film which is totally enjoyable in every aspect." 

‘Pondy’ Pandi’s (Vijay Sethupathy) only aim from childhood is to become a rowdy. But his Mother (Radhikaa) who is a cop, takes all necessary steps to make him a Police.  Without his mother’s knowledge, he becomes a self-made ruffian with his friends. 

Meanwhile, he meets Kadhambari (Nayanthara), who seeks his help only to know that he is actually not a rowdy.  Eventually, they both fall in love and he learns that her only aim is to eradicate ‘Gilli” Vallavan (R.Parthiban). Why does she want to kill him? Do they both succeed in killing a terrific rowdy? The movie answers these questions in the climax. 

Vijay Sethupathy gives a great come-back with Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. His dialogue delivery, body language looks enjoyable than his earlier movies.  Teaming up with RJ Balaji, both of them make us laugh our socks off. 

Nayanthara steals the shows with her looks. She had given her career-best performance as a deaf girl and looks gorgeous and extremely adorable in this movie and her costumes and hair style add to her beauty. With back-to-back movies, Nayanthara ruled Kollywood this year. 

R.Parthiban as the cool dude villain makes us freak out and laugh. He was at his best in the climax scenes. All other actors did their assigned jobs to the best of their ability. 

Director Vignesh Sivan comes up with a simple and predictable plot and makes it in an entertaining way. With the help of all technicians, he doesn’t bore you in any of the scenes. George C. Williams’s cinematography is top-notch. The movie looks colorful through his lens and has captured the locals of Pondicherry in a vibrant way. 

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’s biggest positive and backbone is Anirudh’s music. The songs were well placed, euphonious and ear pleasing. The song ‘Thangamey’ had been well choreographed and Sid Sriram deserves applause for the soulful rendition of the song “Ennai Matrum Kaadhaley”. 

Finally, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a perfect movie to watch with your family and friends this weekend.  This movie will surely entertain you in these festival holidays and worth your money too.

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

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Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A comical blast!"

When was the last time that movie fans actually urged for a sequel? It only happens for few movies in very rare instances. And Pyaar Ka Punchnama is one of the few movies that received a lot of attention and popularity among the 18-30 age demographic right after its release back in 2011. I often see a lot of people pulling out references from the movie, posting a bunch of internet memes and I've been excited about the sequel soon after its announcement and was a little worried after watching the theatrical trailer because I'm in the minority of people who wanted to see Liquid (Divyendu Sharma) back to do another diverse role. But, finally after its release I watched the movie with a bunch of my friends and let me tell you that's the best way to watch this movie.

The storyline for Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 was a big throwback and felt very reminiscent to its prequel where a group of three friends fall in love with three beautiful girls and then few months later, their relationships come to a grueling state where problems become a big concern that finally unlocks the door for a breakup.

Even with a tried premise and storyline, the writers, and director, Luv Ranjan constructed an entertaining movie with a series of jokes throughout the first half where I busted out laughing for every single scene. It never decelerated it's momentum for a minute and enthralled me to the most. And the most commendable part about the first half is that it never neglected the storyline and altered the movie into a silly nonsensical entertainer.

But the movie certainly miscarried the celerity going into the second half where the entertaining aspect dried out a bit and it truly felt a little dismal and it felt quite long and would've been trimmed for at least twenty minutes. I have no complaints about the performances from the complete cast and I have to mention about Kartik Aaryan a little, the man gives out his best every single time and he never gets any other major opportunities in other films. I wonder why? That's another topic for another day!

Altogether, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 delivered everything that I ever expected. It was funny and compelling at the same time that made every single person in my theatre laugh-out-loud and enjoy the movie for the most part. Is it better than the first part? Absolutely not! But, I had a fantastic time with this movie. Watch it with your friends, I bet you will have no regrets.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Crimson Peak - Movie Review

Verdict - "The striking visuals and a decent directorial effort from Del Toro makes Crimson Peak a watchable movie."

What happens if the most publicized and anticipated horror movie of the year is not really a horror film? People will be upset about it. 

But what if it backs itself up with sublime cinematography,  exquisite set design, and splendid direction? We get a decent movie. 

Reasonably, I describe it as a gothic-horror-romantic-drama, Crimson Peak takes place back in the 1890's where a young and an aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) meets an adept attractive lad named Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and instantly falls in love with him despite the disapproval from her father. Unfortunately after her father's sudden death, Edith marries Thomas and moves to his spectral mansion in England where she experiences eccentric paranormal things that tie into the storyline that primarily involves Thomas's sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) who appears pretty equivocal.

Guillermo del Toro is a mastermind when it comes to crafting movies with astounding visuals and the way he and cinematographer Dan Laustsen shot this movie by utilizing vibrant colors and a crepuscular light was staggering to watch. When it comes to the set design, the old fouled up house where the movie primarily takes place was truly unsettling. We heard Del Toro affirm in his interviews about how he wanted to make this house as the focal character in the movie and for that aspect, he certainly succeeded.

Then again, I feel that the storyline was one of the most dismal parts in the movie. It didn't reinforce pretty much anything and it kept building this creepy and shuddersome vibe which didn't pay-off appropriately in the climax. And like I stated earlier if you're looking for a scary horror film, then this movie was undoubtedly not made for you. The ghosts are just used as a metaphor and the uncanny sound might surprise you a little, but the graphical presentation of the ghosts was ghoulish but not at all scary.

Overall, Crimson Peak was a solid movie to watch in a movie theatre for its flamboyant visuals, splendid performances, and Del Toro's decent direction. It is certainly not a scary movie nor the top contender for the best movie of the year. So, don't get your hopes too high because it might not reach the bar that you implanted way up in the sky.

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

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The Walk - Movie Review

Verdict - "A breathtaking cinema with few noticeable flaws."

Based on a true story of a French high-wire artist named Philippe Petit, The Walk directed by Robert Zemeckis stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley in the lead and follows Philippe's preposterous dream of walking on a high-wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Now, a high-wire act between the twin towers makes an exciting movie to watch, the level of joy, interest and admiration will be immense and skyscraping. But remember, this is a two-hour long movie and there is a lengthy one-hour to fill-in the characters, drama and emotion which are most certainly the major drawbacks in the movie. The first half felt quite underwhelming for me, it indeed had few pacing issues and the screenplay never picked up that made the movie a bit torpid at times.

But the major attraction was without a doubt the second half where we finally get to see the thirty-minute long finale and it was breathtaking. Deliberating that these stunts were actually done back in 1974 without any legal permission was mind-boggling. And the approach that Robert Zemeckis took in shooting this movie was remarkable. The wide aerial shots with an addition of some spectacular visual effects felt very authentic and I surely felt the tension in the entire final act which call it as a spine-tingling experience. 

Overall, I recommend watching The Walk for the second half all alone, but the dismal first half made me a little disappointed about the movie. It is surely one of the best movies of the year that could be enjoyed even more if you watch it in a movie theatre.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with noticeable flaws!)

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The Martian - Movie Review

Verdict - "An amazing survival thriller with a great touch of humor."

Who else thought the two-minute trailer of The Martian gave away too much about the storyline of the movie when it was first debuted? Yeah! Include me in the minority of people who hates when trailers give away an excess amount of information and spoils a good part of the movie. But, The Martian is an exclusion, there's so much more in the movie to explore and get ecstatic about.

In the course of their manned mission (Ares III) on Mars, the crew of Hermes led by commander Mellisa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) is hit by a huge storm that makes them leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon) presuming that he is dead. Unexpectedly, Watney survives the attack and was left alone on the red planet that makes him create few ideas about his survival for the next three years until the arrival of the next of Ares IV.

Now, if you're reading my reviews for a while, you know that I focus more on the screenplay. I always loved movies when they are well-paced and executed. Stunningly, The Martian was on the money when it comes to the screenplay, the sense of humor and the comedic aspect of the movie was cleverly executed without holding back the viewer with its stern premise.  

Being aware that it's a survival movie of an astronaut stranded on a dead planet. Director, Ridley Scott made sure that lead character Mark Watney was well developed. The optimistic thinking of his character accompanied with his humor and intellect kept the movie going and moreover, I didn't bother to check my watch for every fifteen minutes. 

Reinforced with a gigantic cast, the performances from every single actor in the movie was outstanding. Matt Damon's representation of his character was a treat to watch along with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig.

Altogether, The Martian was one of the best movies I've seen in 2015 and indeed one of the best Ridley Scott movies we've seen in a very long time. Remember The Counselor and Exodus in 2013 and 14? This man is in a desperate need of a splendid hit and he captured it in a remarkable way. The Martian is certainly a must watch in a theatre and in 3D. I'm sure that you'll love it.

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

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Singh is Bliing - Movie Review

Verdict - "Hey Kids! It's a Disaster!"

Strangely, a few days ago, the makers of this movie made clear that "Singh is Bliing" is not a sequel for "Singh is Kinng". Makes sense? Not much! Conversely, I call it as a spin-off that nobody really needs. 

Howbeit, with the Indian Michael Jackson and the dreaded filmmaker Prabhudeva taking the director's seat this time, my expectations were horribly low for this movie and fortunately; it really helped me a lot, cause this movie was straight out awful.

Let's start with the storyline of the movie... Oh, wait! Let me rationalize, was there an eloquent storyline for this movie? How is this movie even being made with a hefty seventy crore budget? It honestly felt like a lazy script with a series of cheesy jokes, nonsensical action sequences, generic romantic and emotional moments and few unbearable songs.

Now, who do we blame for all this? The makers or the director? Firstly, how did the entire team at Grazing Goat Pictures looked at this script and thought it would work? It was a mess! However, on a positive note, cinematography by Dudley was tremendous; he made sure that every shot in the movie appears visually amazing and with a decent amount of production design, the movie didn't at least look bad.

And moreover, when I see Akshay Kumar starring in these sort of futile movies once in a year, I feel bad for him. With Entertainment in 2014, Boss in 2013, Joker and Khiladi 786 in 2013, the list keeps growing, and it ends at no time. On the other hand, Amy Jackson was never given an opportunity to display her acting skills in the movie. She added a lot of glamor to the movie, and her action sequences were tolerable. And Lara Dutta was completely wasted in an insignificant role that didn't mean much to the movie.

Altogether, Singh is Bliing was indeed a train wreck of a movie on every significant standpoint and is without a doubt one of the worst movies of the year. Here's the thing, save your money and spend some quality time with your friends and family or as an alternative watch some good movies like Baby or Special 26 if you're such a big fan of Akshay Kumar. Stay away from this terrible, inferior, abysmal  disaster!

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

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