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Badlapur - Movie Review

Verdict - "A unique revenge drama which certainly lived up to all its expectations on every scale."

What do we usually expect from a movie filled with vengeance and retaliation? A conventional tit for tat storyline between a good guy and a bad guy? Badlapur also transacts with the same traditional premise (which you would've speculated a long time ago), but that impulsive factor assisted the movie levitate its quality and eminence.

Substantially, the most intriguing part of the movie is its screenplay, which was totally erratic and irregular. In simple words, this movie can be described as a vicious labyrinth which keeps you guessing about the finale, but you just can't expect it. And that's the best part of the movie, it doesn't follow the typical three-act procedure but maintains a non-linear structure throughout the movie. 

Also, the callous, sadistic vibe set up the movie pretty well as I felt inconvenient in few situations and I really do appreciate the writer and director Sriram Raghavan for the distinct effort. Furthermore, the movie is also surrounded with a dark humor around it which constructs a good laugh even in a serious situation.

However, they are few pacing issues throughout the second half, which would've turned uninteresting after a while, but it gladly fall into that mess.

Varun Dhawan's mesmerized me with a rugged look and his distinct character of many shades from a lovable husband to a merciless vigilante. And he was totally incredible, as we can the transformation that he went through as an actor when compared to his earlier films.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a show-stealer in every aspect, with his cunning little smile and the futile innocence on his face, he just knows how to draw attention towards him in every single scene. Huma Qureshi and Radhika Apte were also astounding with their performances as their characters were written properly with a much-needed purpose.

As a whole, the enthralling plot, the offbeat direction, and the remarkable performances makes Badlapur a unique revenge drama which certainly lived up to all its expectations on every scale. A must watch!

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

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Instant Movie Review #14 (Roy)

Vikramjith Singh's - "ROY"

Positives:
1) Music
2) Cinematography

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Movie runtime

Analysis: Enthralling trailers, euphonious soundtrack and astonishing visuals, Roy has all the proper prospects for you to get excited about. Well! You're definitely misled. Directed with a perplexing screenplay and a tedious storyline, Roy has something new to offer but in an agonizing way and at a certain point during the course of the movie, you'll certainly question yourself about where the movie is exactly going.

Debutant director Vikramjit Singh's aspiring thought to narrate a movie in a contrasting way didn't entirely work as the movie felt all over the place. 

Performances: Ranbir's performance felt constrained, Rampal and Jacqueline were decent in their perspective roles.

Verdict:  To conclude, Roy is a horrifying experience and is a complete waste of great talent and ability. Skip it!

 

My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D (A hangover!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #13 (Temper)

Puri Jagganadh's - "Temper"

Positives:
1) NTR and Posani's performances
2) Story and Dialogues

Negatives:
1) Romantic and Comedic aspects
2) Generic Villains

Plot: In a society occupied with corruption, the movie narrates an imperious tale about Daya who's dream is to become a debased police officer and aspires to become a symbol of venality.

Analysis: Jagganadh's nonspecific storyline and few compelling dialogues held the movie really well without turning into something wearisome. But, for the most part, the movie did suffer in few aspects of romance and comedy, which really felt out-of-place. 

Performances: Playing a role of a desperado, NTR's distinct performance as an arrogant heel was completely mind-boggling which elevated the movie to a whole new level.

Verdict:  Overall, Temper is a watchable movie for NTR's performance all alone, but the thought-provoking theme of the movie felt significant and deserves a single watch.

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

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Instant Movie Review #12 (Jupiter Ascending)

The Wachowskis - "Jupiter Ascending"

Positives:
1) Visual effects

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Characters and Performances

Intro: Crammed with astounding visual effects and a mundane storyline Jupiter Ascending is a movie that you never wish to watch. 

Plot: Marketed as a modern day sci-fi adventure, Jupiter Ascending narrates an escapade about an alien race known as the Abrasax trying to hunt down a human Jupiter Jones for a prized possession.

Analysis: What's more infuriating about the movie was it's screenplay subsumed with a clichéd moment for every fifteen minutes, few poorly written characters and an overall premise that you're fascinated to watch. 

Verdict: Nevertheless, Jupiter Ascending is a startling eye-candy but is a huge missed opportunity which could've done wonders with an appealing story and a well-crafted screenplay. Give it a pass!


My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D (A hangover!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Shamitabh - Movie Review

Verdict - "Led by few astonishing performances. Shamitabh is a conflicting experience."

We go through different vibes in our life, but when it comes to a movie, few people seek it as a form of enjoyment while the other few, relate, inspire and relish everything on-screen. Being a movie fan for quite a while now, Shamitabh is an ecstatic experience which I can indefinitely remember.

Despite being vocally disabled Dhaanish's impervious dream to become an actor establishes him as a superstar with an undisclosed secret. But when a green-eyed chap is envious of your success, things start to fall apart abruptly. Confused?

The word "abrupt" perfectly justifies the screenplay of this movie, it started on an emotional note, I found it very relatable as I stated earlier and it solidified my belief in the movie.

But things start to get a little ludicrous and in the course of telling us a conventional story in a dreary atmosphere it completely misses to what it's aimed for and settles itself in a doleful place of uncertainty.

But on a brighter note, the movie played out well when it comes to the humor and satire. It provided a great commentary on the modern day blockbuster cinema of Bollywood, the comedic lines were unique and concluded with the timing and delivery.

Then again, the movie was buoyed up with an incredible cast and I really appreciate the casting director for that. 

Dhanush gave a mesmerizing performance out of the bunch and proved us again that he's a gifted actor who never ever disappoints and makes us remember him with his portrayal of the character. 

On the other side of the coin, Amitabh Bachchan made his character look authentic and convincing in every way possible and this is probably the best I've seen him in a very long time. Debutant Akshara Hassan gave a startling performance and I'm completed astounded with her performance. 

On the whole, Shamitabh is surely not the best work from R. Balki, the movie had its moments from time to time filled with astonishing performances, but it didn't feel consistent in its approach. Should you go watch it? Well, my answer would be very reluctant.  

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

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Yennai Arindhal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A classy Gautham Vasudev Menon flick."

After several postponing, the most anticipated film of the year Yennai Arindhal starring “Thala” Ajith Kumar in the lead, hit the screens on Thursday. It has Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka Shetty, Vivekh, and Anikha playing the supporting roles.
 
The background score for the film was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film was edited by Anthony while Dan Macarthur handled the camera.  

Yennai Arindhal could be called as Director Gautham Menon’s cop trilogy that began with Surya starrer ‘Khakha Khakha’ and renewed with Kamal starrer ‘Vettaiyadu Vilayadu’. 

The film revolves around the life of a tough cop Satyadev (Ajith) who in an undercover mission befriends a gangster named Victor (Arun Vijay) in jail, only to kill the head of a powerful gang. The rest of the story is about how Satyadev tries to save Thenmozhi (Anushka) whom he met on a flight from getting killed and protects Isha (Anikha), daughter of Hemanika (Trisha) whom he met and fall in love during one of his investigation. 

The plot could be consi dered as a mash-up of Gautham Menon’s previous films, but the unique factor in Yennai Arindhal is the emotional tale of Satyadev and his daughter Isha and the matured love story between him and Hemanika which is very much adorable. The film lacked the main theme, and the exact reason for Victor to take revenge on Satyadev was not clearly portrayed. 

Ajith Kumar has given some electrifying performance and was the best of the recent times. Whether it a fierce action scene or an emotional scene or a romance scene, Ajith has done it with his full energy. His mere screen presence was enough for his fans to go crazy. 

Trisha, the beauty queen impresses us with her looks. The onscreen chemistry between Ajith and Trisha was luscious. The breezy romance between them with the typical Gautham Menon touch was delightful. 

Arun Vijay as the bad person amazes us with his acting skills. All his hard work for this film could be seen on the screen. Anushka had very much little to do in this film and looked aged and dull in the film. Her romance part with Ajith falls flat.

Harris Jayaraj background score was unimaginable and he is sure to give Goosebumps with his music. Dan Macarthur exquisite cinematography was top-notch. He has beautifully captured both the tense and emotional part of the movie. Editing by Anthony was fair enough.

Finally, Yennai Arindhal is a typical Gautham Menon film with “Thala” Ajith adorning it. Watch out for Ajith’s gigantic screen presence and the emotional aspect of the film.  

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Birdman - Movie Review

Verdict - "An eye-popping experience."

Distinguished with its academy award nominations, Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is a beguiling experience held up with every single aspect of a movie counting its direction, story, screenplay and performances.

Displayed as a Broadway play, the narration of the movie comprises the life story of Riggan Thompson, (Michael Keaton) a washed-out actor who was well-known for playing the character of Birdman in a blockbuster movie franchise back in 1992. Instantly after realizing his current status in Hollywood, he decides star, direct and put together a Broadway play in hopes to revitalize his career and life.

With its cutting-edge approach, the three main attributes which were taken aback from the movie is the story, screenplay and above all, the filmmaking style. 

In accordance with the narrative thoughts, the movie had a lot to recount about life, struggle, duality, modern-day blockbuster movies and film criticism. It retold every single aspect with an audacious technique which were rousing and dynamic.

Breaking new ground with its ingenious concept to make the movie look like a single take, it surely should have a helping hand with the screenplay and director, Alejandro Iñárritu did an awe-inspiring job in creating that captivating vibe to the movie. With the emerging expertise in the digital edit technology and a perfectly penned screenplay, the movie looked incredibly on-screen.

After a brief truancy in his career, this was undoubtedly the best performance he had given in a while, his reformation was perceptible and the psychotic demented character he played was prominent pier for the movie. Also, Edward Norton and Emma Watson were completely astounding and they do deserve their oscar nominations.

To conclude, Birdman is a genre based film which will appeal to only a particular set of audience who admire a film as an art form. The narrative and the filmmaking standards were immaculate in the movie accompanied by few marvelous performances from the cast. I'm  predicting that Birdman will take home the oscar for the best picture this time. 

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

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Instant Movie Review #11 (Baby)

Neeraj Pandey's - "Baby"

Positives
1) Second act's Screenplay and Direction

Negatives
1) The 160-minute Runtime
2) The First Act

Analysis: Assembled as an enthralling thriller, Neeraj Pandey's "Baby" compiles a provocative screenplay and a wholesome storyline together making it a unique movie we usually come across from Bollywood.

Initiated with a zestless and an overused storyline, Baby commences on a lighter note and manages to rift its pace and direction in the second half which never refrains till the very end. It succeeds in acquiring your attention together and ultimately, I didn't really feel that I watched a generic movie.

Performances: Led by Akshay Kumar, (who was quite decent in the movie) the performances from the cast didn't seem appealing to me as there's nothing exclusive added to their characters. Consequently, the performances were satisfying but not incredible to watch.

Verdict: As a conclusion, Baby will be an entertainer if you watch it for the first time without reaching a judgment by the first act. The movie takes it time to engage you as a viewer and conclusively turns out to be a watchable movie. Recommended for a casual watch.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with Noticeable Flaws!)

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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