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Blog posts March 2015

Yevade Subramanyam - Movie Review

Positives:
1) Cinematography
2) Dialogues
3) Music
4) Performances
5) Story

Negatives:
1) Editing
2) Screenplay

Plot: Straight off after completing masters in business administration Subbu (Nani) is an ideal professional with a clear-cut ambition and goals set in his life. On the other hand, is his best friend Rishi (Vijay), a jovial and a heartwarming person who lives his life to the fullest without any boundaries. 

Eventually, Rishi reminds Subbu about their childhood pact about travelling to the Himalayas together and visit a place called Dudh Kasi. Will Rishi's wish come true?

Analysis: Firstly, I love experimental movies which at least try to be distinctive, unique and heartwarming. I'm glad that the crew including director Nag Ashwin and actor Nani proved that a movie can be entertaining without the generic and the comprehensive formulae, it totally took place in a different world with an offbeat storyline and intention. 

When you're telling a unique story, the execution should be spot-on and peerless. Here's what I felt, in the second half when the movie is trying to advance its storyline, the delivery was stale, most of the scenes were not concluded and moreover it felt very abrupt. As a result, the emotion in those scenes was dry as a bone, I never felt convinced and there's a lot of room for improvement. It could've been better.

Performances: Nani entertains throughout the movie, he had his own unique alluring presence and when he's on-screen, he lights up the atmosphere instantly and makes it delightful to watch. Malavika Nair along side with Vijay Devarakonda were entertaining and enjoyable with their welcoming characters and I never felt that I'm watching a rookie on-screen.

Verdict:  Overall, Yevade Subramanyam is a refreshing ride and is a complete opposite of all the stereotypical movies we usually get. If you're ready to accept a unique movie with few noticeable flaws, I certainly recommend you go watching it with your friends and family.

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

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Insurgent - Movie Review

Verdict - "A prototype of boredom."

After the ruins of Chicago, Insurgent follows all the ace adventures of Tris (Shailene Woodley) along with Four (Theo James) as they shoot the works of all the inexplicable things that took place in the prequel.

Although the movie is just a prototype of boredom, I'll start with few positive aspects. To my surprise, the action few sequences were filmed remarkably with the proper expertise and no shaky-cam, as a result, they're entertaining to watch and made the movie tolerable. Also the cinematography and the set design made the movie look authentic in consideration of the dystopian vibe.

Regardless, here's the big question, why is this movie two hours long? The answer is undeniable, it's because the story has been adapted from a book and it has to follow everything which was written. 

But in my exploration, I did hear that few scenes in the movie were not written in the book by any means. It was a dire compilation of tedious scenes of nothingness, terrible dialogues, characters moving from one place to another as well as the pointless sub-plots with no proper description.

In addition, this is a three-dimensional movie and my major complaint is that when you're making the viewer wear a pair of glasses to watch a movie, the special effects should be astounding and enthralling. But this movie partially fails in the use of VFX and in few particular scenes we can clearly recognize that a green screen have been used.

Shailene Woodley is a stand out believable character in the movie, we can notice the anguish and the guilt she's going through in her eyes and Woodley gives a credible performance that fits the tone of the movie flawlessly. 

Two great talents, Kate Winslet, and Miles Teller were wasted in their roles from top to bottom due to silly dialogue and the complete absence of character development.

Nevertheless, Insurgent is watchable to a certain extent, but it suffers to reach the standard of a fascinating sequel for Divergent and fails in building up the next one (Allegiant). If you're not a fan of the books or if you're not aware of the movie series, I would suggest you to skip this movie.

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

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Hunterrr - Movie Review

Verdict - "A guaranteed disappointment."

It's quite clear to root for an amusing and a campy guy like Hunter and the same goes to the movie, with a beguiling premise and an appealing trailer, Hunterrr seized an enormous attention among the audience with uncertainty and was expected to hugely entertain.

Mandar Ponkshe (Gulshan Devaiya) is a player and has an obsessive habit of wooing girls in his ordinary life which is certainly not perceived well by his well-wishers as they suggest him to be mature and get married soon. 

Soon after, in the pursuit of meeting an appropriate life-partner, he meets Tripti (Radhika Apte), a carefree and a perceptive girl who had few setbacks in the past with her relationships. Will their relation win through or does it fall flat?

Apparently, this movie is a character study which was made-up to introduce a unique personality. In this regard, the screenplay has to be sharp and captivating enough to make us engage in this person's routines and the things he does in his everyday life. But, unfortunately, this movie deteriorate in setting up characters and when it demands us to feel emotive in a particular scene, we don't really feel concerned and that's the major drawback of the movie, it was not compelling.

Also the contemporary back and forth storytelling aspect was a little infuriating to watch as it introduced the perplexity factor to the movie and strengthened the fact that the screenwriter had nothing more to tell, they're definitely few aspects in the movie which had nothing to do with the storyline involved and it was totally tiresome.

But, they're few bright spots in the movie, few comedic scenes were amusing at times, the climax felt a little heartwarming to watch and concluded the movie on a good note. Also, the director and his whole crew did a great job in setting up the ambiance, the production design was impressive especially when you're filming the movie in a different timeline.

Regardless, Gulshan Devaiya did a decent job with his character, it was t phenomenal and with the ample amount of time he was given on-screen, I didn't really felt bored watching him. Radhika Apte was always mesmerizing to watch, as she got that alluring look on her face which was conceivable.

Anyhow, to cut a long story short, Hunterrr is nothing what you expect it to be, it had the ability to tell a unique entertaining story which is  pretty scarce in our industry, but in all fairness, it never really turned out into a movie which was memorable and the one which changes the game. In a generic way, I can quote it as a "missed opportunity."

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

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Instant Movie Review #18 (Chirunavvula Chirujallu)

I Ahmed's - "Chirunavvula Chirujallu"

Positives:
1) Performances 
2) Cinematography
3) Production Design

Negatives: 
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Two-hour runtime

Introduction and Plot: Chirunavvula Chirujallu starring Jiiva and Trisha whirls across the layers of friendship, love, emotion and narrates an underlying story about three childhood friends who creates a pact about being single their whole life but when things start to crumble, will their opinions on life change? 

Analysis: Initiating with the positives, the movie had endless comedy with few best one-liners, the sentimental aspect was executed well and the chemistry between the leads felt appealing. But the screenplay was out-of-place especially during the second half of the movie which really felt stale and obvious.

Performances: Performances from the cast was delightful mainly from Jiiva, Vinay and Santhanam.

Verdict: In spite of all, Chirunavvula Chirujallu is not a terrible movie, it definitely had its moments and is certainly a good enjoyable watch.

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

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Instant Movie Review #17 (Focus)

Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's - "Focus"

Positives:
1) Performances 
2) Cinematography
3) Production Design

Negatives: 
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Two-hour runtime

Introduction and Plot: It's quite inappropriate when the characters in a movie with a stale and an insipid storyline discuss on never "losing focus." Confused? Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the lead roles, Focus narrates the story about a con-man and a woman and their abrupt journey of love and emotion.

Analysis & Performances: On a brighter note, the movie had an imposing non-linear structure which is quite distinctive and made the movie look neoteric and mod. But the inadequacy of an engrossing storyline undermines the movie to a great extent and even few exceptional performances from Smith and Robbie couldn't save the movie.

Verdict: The cinematography and the production design looked elegant, but to conclude, Focus is simply a two-hour long saga of nothingness. Probably a rental

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)  
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #16 (NH 10)

Navdeep Singh's - "NH 10"

Positives:
1) Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues 
2) Direction
3) Performances

Introduction and Plot: Dark, spiteful, ferocious and the list prolongs if you ask me to describe NH10 in one word. Starring Anushka Sharma as the main lead, the movie narrates a beguiling story about a married couple whose honeymoon trip turn into a horrific nightmare in a heinous environment.

Direction: Director, Navdeep Singh maintained the realistic vibe exceptionally well and made it look like a no-nonsense thriller by enhancing the movie with few emotional and gruesome scenes which will lift up your interest level. 

Performances:  Anushka was offered a brief character and she gave her career best performance in the movie, the same goes for Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumaar.

Verdict: Nevertheless, NH10 is riveting and a wickedly entertaining thriller which absolutely deserves your attention. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | NH10 Movie Posters and Stills: Click here

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Instant Movie Review #15 (Surya vs Surya)

Karthik Gattamaneni's - "Surya vs Surya"

Positives:
1) Story
2) Dialogues
3) Cinematography
4) Music

Negatives:
1) Screenplay

Plot: Agonized with a genetic disorder, Surya (Nikhil Siddharth) relishes his life only in the evenings because he was not supposed to go up against the sun. In a perplexing situation, Surya falls in love with Sanjana (Tridha Choudhary) who often says that she hates nightlife. Will their love story prevail?

Analysis: On a brighter note, the movie had a distinctive and an appealing storyline to seize your attention and interest. But the story-telling aspect of the movie was my biggest concern, despite being supported well by every technical aspect of the film, it never had that intriguing and exciting factor which enlivens the movie-going experience for a viewer and I totally blame the screenwriter for not capitalizing the story in a proper way. It had few well-written one-liners and a worthy message which didn't really carry the importance because of the screenplay.

On a technical standpoint, the movie was fabulous. Cinematography by Karthik Gattamaneni (also the director) looked elegant and attractive, he captured the movie well, giving it a glittering look which made it look like an eye-catching experience. Also, the music in the movie was incredibly easy on the ear. Few melodies and an astounding background score held up the standard of the movie.

Performances: Nikhil Siddhartha is always a treat to watch in these distinct experimental movies and he puts out his best every time he's on-screen. Tridha Choudhary and Madhubala were quite decent in their roles, but then again, Tanikella Bharani completely stole the show in a never-seen-before character, his comedic one-liners, and his incredible screen presence made the movie a lot more enjoyable

Verdict: To conclude, Surya vs Surya is not a movie at all, it had all the enthralling aspects which include a distinct story, euphonious music, and a few great visuals. But the screenplay of the movie was a major let down which made the movie barely intriguing. 

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Dum Lage Ke Haisha - Movie Review

Reviving the glorious days from the 90's, remember the troublesome two tape cassette recorders and the mighty VHS tapes we used? No matter how funny those things look when you compare them to the contemporary improved gadgets, we can't really regret the fact, that we still love our early days.  

Subsequent to that, Director Sharath Katariya, takes you back to the memory lane to those early days and narrates you a sublime love story with an authentic vibe which is very relatable to every person in some aspect.

With an ingenuous and a half-witted attitude, Prem (Ayushmann) marries Sandhya (Bhumi), a bold and a conceited character in an unpleasant and a timid situation where Prem is really unsure about him marrying Sandhya who was slightly unattractive with her looks. Will their married life prevail?

It's the little things that matter! Katariya's screenplay is the main aspect of the movie, all the petite laughs that he tried to deliver from the cast was amusing to watch. Keeping up with his notable work, he also made every character in the movie relatable as an real person in our daily lives and at the same time it keeps you engaged with a tender feeling and makes the movie a pleasant watch.

But the movie falls flat when it comes to the second half of the movie, things get a little grim and in the process of progressing the storyline leisurely, it felt a little convoluted with its approach and definitely missed a slightly better finale.

Following a disastrous movie (Hawaizaada) from this year, Ayushmann Khuranna's performance felt a little refreshing, he always attempts to do distinctive characters with a distant subject and I always do respect him for a choosing an alternative path. In this movie, he carried his character amazingly making him believable as a legit naïve person.

Bhumi Pednekar completely gave a staggering performance and her bold character felt appropriate to her, and I never really felt that I'm watching a newcomer in the movie.

Counting out the best aspects of the movie, Dum Lage Ke Haisha is an easy, delightful experience where you can just have a break in your busy life and watch a well-made movie and you'll end up with no regrets but with a refreshing feeling that you can take in.

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

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - Movie Review

Verdict - "Unique, spectacular and enthralling! Kingsman deserves a watch."

Paying homage to the vintage slick James Bond movies from the 80's, Matthew Vaughn's directorial "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is an impressive compilation of modish action and congenial humor which engages the viewer and provides a stupefying fun-filled experience in a movie theatre.

Bummed out with the death of one of his trustworthy agent, Harry Hart who works for Kingsman (a super-secret spy organization) conveys his condolences to the agent's wife and their young son Eggsy with a heavy heart.

Seventeen years later, Hart proposes Eggsy (upon his agreement) for a vacant post as an agent for the Kingsman service and in the course of Eggsy's training, Kingsman encounters an intimidating menace in the form of Valentine, a billionaire who is planning a contemporary war against the world.

Also illustrating an identical vibe similar to the Bond movies, the movie looked sleek and stylish, Matthew Vaughn is a complete genius when it comes to action movies, he makes the movie looks unique, complies with the genre flawlessly and never weasel out the fun experience. 

In this regard, the actors in the movie should also get the accolade who actually had given a try to do few stunts physically which really helped the action sequences look distinctive.

However, the movie did have few pacing issues and it easily starts to feel wretched when few scenes get insipid at times and it did suffer the two-hour runtime.

To my surprise, Colin Firth's distinct character, as an undercover agent was a definite positive aspect of the movie and he gave an astounding performance here, I do remember watching him from his earlier movie, The King's Speech, but this is completely an eye-opening performance he'd given in a while.

Rookie, Taron Egerton was also quite impressive as the main lead in the movie, he carried out his character well, has the charisma of an action star and the most importantly he didn't really feel like a young star who was generic.

On the whole, Kingsman is a fun spy action thriller which was unique, over-the-top and remarkably executed by director Matthew Vaughn. Apart from few weak spots, the movie definitely had its moments which will keep you enthralling throughout the run-time.

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly entertaining)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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