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Blog posts November 2015

Tamasha - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Perplexing Movie With Many Redeeming Aspects."

When it comes to Imtiaz Ali's movies, it's always quite difficult for me to come to a circumscribed conclusion, I have to sit down for a while after watching the movie, compose my mind and then have to share my thoughts with you guys. And unsurprisingly, Tamasha tumbled down to the same class where my brain got perplexed for a good thirty minutes, and that's what artistic films normally do, right?

Tara (Deepika Padukone) encounters Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) in Corsica, France and instantly establishes a hysterical relationship with him, as they both decide to lie every time, not to reveal their real names and never meet again once the trip is over. After coming back to India, Tara realizes that she has some feelings for Ved and nearly after four years, after moving from Kolkata to Delhi she comes across Ved and decides to spend some time with him. Will their relationship unfurl into something special? Find out in Tamasha.

Here's my problem with this movie, complexity. To start with, Imtiaz Ali's screenplay in the second half of the film was a little convoluted and felt all over the place without a definite structure. If I try to summon up about what I saw, I found it quite inexplicable and moreover, I only remember a few scenes. Subsequently, I doubt that this will hold up even after few years like Rockstar did?

But when it comes to the positives, they're many things to consider. Similar to all the other Ali's previous movies, Tamasha had a sensible message to convey and Ali managed to enlighten it amazingly by turning the spotlight on his actors in a few heartwarming and tear-jerking scenes that were a little poignant and touching. And coming back to the storytelling aspect of the film, although it's quite complex for at least forty minutes, I appreciate Ali's contemporary approach that is not atrocious.

A.R. Rahman's euphonious music and score were an incredible facet of the film mainly due to its mod narrative structure and premise. Similarly, Ravi Varman's cinematography had a lot to offer and the film remarkably beautiful.

Conclusively, the performances from the two main leads are one of the main reasons why I'm able to get through the entire movie without hating it. Primarily, Ranbir Kapoor did an incredible job with his distinct character which allowed him to shine in numerous scenes throughout the film. Deepika Padukone played an equally important character that carries a lot of emotions, and she never deluded my expectations.

Overall, Tamasha certainly had a few problems when it comes to the abstruse narrative structure. But, the heart-wrenching moments, astounding performances and the dulcet music are the few attributes that defined the movie magnificently. I recommend watching it in a movie theatre, cause it's worthy enough.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Thoongavanam/Cheekati Rajyam - Movie Review

Verdict - "A cutting-edge-action-thriller."

Subsequently, after an abrupt incident that involves drugs and gunfire, Narcotics Control Bureau officer Diwakar (Kamal Haasan) gets hemmed in a relentless situation where his son gets kidnapped by a callous goon Vittal Rao (Prakash Raj) due to some unfinished business.

Kamal Haasan's commendable screenplay is undeniably one of the finest aspects of the film, as the narrative strictly takes place in one bustling place, Mr. Haasan made sure that the writing surpassed all its expectations and be strong enough to keep the audience engaged and entertained with few intense and amusing scenes.

Under a technical standpoint, this movie is well shot, and the action sequences were well choreographed and executed. But the background score plays a very significant role in every single action-thriller and as a result, Ghibran's intense electronic BGM made the movie a lot better to watch.

On the other side, this film might not seize the interest in a particular set of audience that don't like to watch an offbeat movie. The pacing felt quite bogged down, especially in the second half, maybe due to the reason there's nothing much left in the film to enlighten as a narrative.

Nonetheless, Thoongavanam is undeniably a hard movie to sell to the movie audience primarily because of its offbeat premise. But, if you're thrilled to watch a thrilling cutting-edge-action-thriller like me, then you'll definitely appreciate this film a lot. 

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

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Spectre - Movie Review

Verdict - "An entertaining and a fine-looking Bond film."

Remember the last time we saw a good 007 movie? Well, it's not too long ago when Skyfall came out in 2012. But, if you take a trip down to the memory lane, James Bond movies are always a hit or a miss, we've witnessed few great movies like Casino Royale and few trainwrecks like Quantum of Solace in the recent past. Therefore, my expectations for Spectre were much low, I sat alone in the theatre expecting nothing but a decent action movie and surprisingly, I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected. It might not be the best in the Bond franchise, but it's certainly not the worst.

After receiving an order through a video message from his former boss, M (Judi Dench), Bond starts to track down a secret terrorist organization known as the Spectre who are planning for multiple radical attacks in few major cities around the world. But, in the course of his inquiry, he realizes that these current attacks are some way linked to his previous encounters that took place in Skyfall and Casino Royale.

Now, I like when movies refer to its prequels, it certainly increases the significance of the franchise and makes the viewer immerse into the storyline a bit more. But when it comes to Spectre, it's been the total opposite, the writers had inexplicably failed in setting up these focal plot points, as it felt like a trendy sports car only used for displaying purposes. 

Also, the storyline aspect of the film was overall quite underwhelming, cause it did feel like an overly used premise that we've seen before in a spy-action movie. Especially, they're few significant subplots included in the film involving the characters C and M that didn't feel superior to me. Furthermore, the romantic angle between Madeline and Bond was just bland and wasn't give much time to ponder. As a result, when the couple act that they have feelings for each other, it felt quite inferior to me.

When it comes to technical aspects of the film, the cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema was outstanding, the way he shot the entire movie using wide-angle shots was soo remarkable and the scenery was totally jaw-dropping. The guy worked for the films Her and Interstellar before, so that wouldn't surprise me a lot. Likewise, another intriguing aspect of this film were the action sequences. Director, Sam Mendes made sure that these scenes hold up to the expectations that we all normally have for a Bond film and didn't disappoint a lot. The performances from the entire cast were satisfactory, overall, an impressive show.

Nevertheless, Spectre came off as a surprise to me may be due to my partially low expectations, I found myself appreciating the movie a lot mainly due to its technicality aspects, cause it's a spectacle to watch in a movie theatre. Excluding few apathetic aspects, I surely recommend watching this film even if you're not a 007 fan.

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

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dramatic Torture - 80's Style!"

I don't even know how to describe this movie, that's how baffled my brain is right now. Let's put it this way, it honestly felt like an atrocious roller coaster ride in a grand fancy theme park. Didn't Sooraj R. Barjatya realize that by fitting together all his trademark aspects (family drama, envious brother, filmy moments) in a perplexing movie will not work in 2015!? In an exhausted social world where we spend more time by taking selfies, are we still excited to watch these outdated Bollywood dramas? Of course! I'd like to watch a fine movie like K3G from time to time, not Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Without spoiling anything, the storyline revolves around Prem (Salman Khan), a cordial and a gracious person from Ayodhya, as he catches a glimpse of the Princess of Pritampur, Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) and instantly falls in love with her. With the princess getting married very soon, will Prem be able to confess his love and affection towards her? Watch it in a nearly three-hour long dramatic extravaganza with a mundane bonus that includes a song for every ten minutes.

As I stated earlier, I completely have no problems watching a feel-good Bollywood drama, and to pull off a movie of such caliber, the story and screenplay should be flawless. That's exactly where PRDP countered a major setback. Excluding the storyline which has nothing new to offer, the screenplay was straight-out tedious, the major plot points didn't get focused appropriately, the characters were half-baked and few random scenes made no sense whatsoever. 

Also, the 164-minute runtime was woeful and made me feel completely uncomfortable as I didn't find the movie enjoyable with its nonsensical humor and tiresome songs. But on a positive note, the climax was quite well handled and ended the film in a superior way. The production and set design was ostentatious and bought a flamboyant vibe that is very much required for the storyline.

Salman Khan acts as the frontrunner throughout the movie, and he never disappoints anyone with this amusing jokes and charismatic screen presence. Sonam Kapoor gave her best as she felt like a proper fit for the role and Anupam Kher was given a brief character, but it felt lifeless for me even though his performance was decent. 

The other actors were completely wasted in their inferior abysmal inferior characters especially Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepak Dobriyal, who in my opinion would've stolen the entire movie when proper screen time and a well-rounded character were allotted to him.

Overall, PRDP would've been an atrocity even if it's released in the 1980's, the disconcerting screenplay which includes a whole lot of nothingness is certainly a gigantic drawback for persons like me who take films a little too seriously. This movie was rough and made me check my watch for every ten minutes and I finally felt relieved when the doors got opened nearly after three hours. I'm going nowhere near this movie in the future.

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

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