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Avengers: Age of Ultron - Movie Review

Verdict - "Lower down your expectations, Age of Ultron is nothing special."

"The earth's mightiest heroes reunite." Topping every single movie fanatic's most anticipated movies list, Age of Ultron aggregated huge excitement all over the world with its impressive trailers and tv spots. It was destined to deliver a remarkable and a splendid sequel surpassing its predecessor but is it really possible?

After a hectic invasion for capturing Loki's scepter in Eastern Europe, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner discovers a hidden trump related to artificial intelligence inside the scepter which could be useful for completing Stark's Ultron program and decides to keep it under observation. 

Unexpectedly, things go worse when Ultron (AI robot) revives himself into an antagonist with a primitive armor and ensures that he will destroy the human race from planet earth making it a better place to live.

They're few aspects about the sequel that deserves appreciation, so let's set aside the good things about this movie. To begin with, the illustration of the characters in this movie felt very special to me, including Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner. Now, if you truly observe, we didn't really get to learn more about these characters that I just mentioned, only because of the nonexistence of their own stand-alone movies in this cinematic universe. 

Thus, we get to learn more about Hawkeye and his relationship with his family, the unsettling and ominous past of Black Widow and about an interesting connection that Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner share among themselves.

Now, we'll progress with the obvious question of every fan boy, "Will we get our pennies worth?" Yes! Joss Whedon certainly understands the significance of the comedic aspect of the movie and made sure that all the funny one-liners are delivered properly including the quick-witted humor these characters share in the movie.

The action sequences surpasses every single positive aspect of the movie, the movie kicks off with an immense action scene and ends with an enormous one too, and they're indeed mind-boggling to watch. However, here's my little concern, the movie is about 123 minutes long and the climax battle scene occupies 30 minutes from the actual runtime. Is it really necessary? With the contemporary fast-cut edit style, at a certain point, things start to get a little disconcerting, which is surely a letdown for the movie.

But, here's what I felt, are these superhero movies getting generic? If you pay a little attention, the climax of both the Avenger movies is partly the same, aliens replaced by robots, the vibe looks a little reminiscing, and it felt repetitive. 

The only upsetting reason is that, DC and Marvel released a long slate of their upcoming movies until 2020. At the moment, people are already getting tired following this substandard storytelling style; it's currently up to the directors and screenwriters to approach the audience in a different way but with an interesting premise.

Overall, Age of Ultron is an enthralling experience, with many riveting action sequences, funny humor, and interesting characters. Nevertheless, from a critical standpoint, the movie is a letdown when compared to its prequel, as it never tells a unique story which we've certainly not seen it before.

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

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Instant Movie Review #20 (OK Bangaram)

Mani Ratnam's - "OK Bangaram"

Positives:
1) Cinematograph
2) Music
3) Cast & Performances
4) Production Design

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay

Plot: In a contemporary world, OK Bangaram takes place in Mumbai and after an interesting first encounter, Adi and Tara become friends in a flash, as they find out that they share the same thoughts and opinions about marriage and many little things. Will the couple endure and carry through their relationship in love? 

Analysis: With one of the best storytellers in the business, Mani Ratnam, this film entirely suffers from a perplexed structure; many scenes for the movie feel random, slapdash, and it's either a hit or a miss. I certainly appreciate the mod offbeat storytelling aspect of the film, but when the screenwriter is trying to present a particular scene, he must make sure that it carries some importance to the content.

Bummed out with a sluggish story and screenplay, the cinematography is surely an astounding aspect in the movie. Every single frame in the movie had its own exquisiteness and magnificence, mainly PC Sreeram and the crew behind the camera and lighting department should be admired for their efforts.

Rahman's music stands out as another fascinating aspect, as it helps the movie throughout the process and renders support when it's needed.

Performances: The cast absolutely looks refreshing in the film, Dulquer Salmaan, and Nithya Menen were captivating and lovely in the movie. They had the perfect chemistry between each other and it surely worked even with a dull premise.

Verdict: Overall, OK Bangaram is a light-hearted movie filled with happy moments which are not plausible, as it never feels imposing. Watch it for the incredible camera work, euphonious and the appealing cast. 

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

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Mr. X - Movie Review

Verdict - "Mr. X is just atrocious! Ignore and let it go!"

More often than not, my expectations were pretty high for Mr. X, why shouldn't they? Take a trip down memory lane, partly, Vishesh Films and Emraan Hashmi had a superior track record working together. They make commercially successful movies and, above all, they always had the mettle to try distinct subjects. Mr. X felt like an unconventional film, but it's the execution which matters the most, and I felt it lacking in Vikram Bhatt's movies.

Raghu (Emraan Hashmi) and Sia (Amyra Datsur) were two ATD officers and just after the day they decide to get married, Raghu has been put in a perplexed situation and was given an ultimatum to choose between his country or his fiancé.

After making the best out of the situation, he was betrayed and was allegedly murdered by few thugs who were apparently his own office colleagues. How will he seek revenge? And how does he turn into Mr. X explains the other part of the movie.

Judging by the plot of the movie, you can comprehend that this is nothing more than a traditional revenge drama and in that situation the screenwriter should be concerned with the plot and should deliver something unique to pep up the experience. 

Instead, we get a stale and an inconsistent storyline which shatters the entire movie into pieces and to add insult to injury; the atrocious logic in the movie totally demolishes everything left as they relate Raghu's obscure powers as a sign of God and were something beyond the scientific reach.

Furthermore, this movie was specially designed in 3D for a unique movie-going experience and when you're making a movie which is heavily relying on CGI, this is a wise move to make, but it always depends on how good it looks on-screen. In this case, although the CGI impressed me, to some extent, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. 

Emraan Hashmi is a distinct actor with a commendable on-screen charisma and at this point of his career; it feels like he was always getting doomed by many hideous scripts and Mr. X will remain as one of his worst movies of his career. 

The female lead, Amyra tried to give her best, but she didn't feel significant to me, as her conflicting character was horribly written in every scene, and it just ruined everything for her.

All things considered, Mr. X could be an interesting take in a three-dimensional format with a solid script and few fascinating characters. It simply missed the mark on every scale and doesn't create any interest for the viewer throughout the movie or for a possible sequel. Ignore and let it go!

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

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Ek Paheli Leela - Movie Review

Which aspects of the movie do you take into consideration, before tagging it as a "horrible" movie? Story? Screenplay? Direction? Acting? Disconcerting for the most part on every perspective, Ek Paheli Leela is a train-wreck of a movie and is certainly one of the most disappointing movies of 2015. 

Followed by a recycled and a depleted storyline, the movie takes place in two different timelines, the past and the present, where the two main leads (Sunny Leone & Jay Bhanushali) were haunted by few nightmares of their past life which involves love, grief, and betrayal.

As I stated earlier, from the get-go, this movie is absolutely annoying to watch, the predictable storyline with a dreadful twist in the climax, the awful dialogue, the unwitty humour and the terrible performance from Sunny Leone were few of the appalling parts in the movie which will make your mind go numb and the absurdity factor was always there.

As a whole, Ek Paheli Leela is an unpleasant movie going experience and will surely find it's place in this year's worst movies list. It had the potential of partly being an average flick, but it never uses any given opportunity.

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

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Son of Satyamurthy - Movie Review

With an imposing combination of a gigantic cast and a skillful director, Son of Satyamurthy recounts a striking story of Viraj (Allu Arjun), an affable moneyed man, who finds himself in a dejected situation after the death of his father as the narrative transacts between human values, relationships, and emotions. 

Quoted as a "Trivikram's Celluloid", this movie had all the attributes and traits we insist on. The complex and the eloquent dialogue raised the quality and made the movie much more compelling to watch. And the director's writing was competent when it comes to comedy and the way he articulated the moral values in the movie.

But, on the other side, the slapdash structure and the mundane screenplay (notably in the second half) which didn't really give the substance to few characters, made the movie a little tedious to watch.

Congested with a mighty potent star cast, performances from Allu Arjun, Samantha, Upendra, Rajendra Prasad and Nithya Menen were overall decent and could be better if they're given few brief characters.

Altogether, Son of Satyamurthy is filled with good thoughts and intentions and is a definite entertainer for a casual one-time watch. 

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

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Instant Movie Review #19 (Furious 7)

James Wan's - "Furious 7"

Positives:
1) Enthralling action sequences
2) Climax and Paul Walker's tribute
3) Direction
4) Cinematography

Introduction: Celebrated as #OneLastRide, Furious 7 marks as the last film of Paul Walker and it totally succeeded in celebrating his life and proved to be a commercial success worldwide. 

Analysis: Geared up with all the enthralling aspects, we can consider this movie as a dumb spectacle, where you should sit back and enjoy the beguiling physics-defying stunts, nonspecific storyline and accept the movie for what it actually is. 

Direction: Experienced with his skill of making distinct horror films, director James Wan made the right use of CGI and delivered a handful of "wow!" moments throughout the movie and I positively appreciate the technical crew for making it happen. 

Verdict: Nevertheless, Furious 7 was one of the best movies from the franchise and is undoubtedly a heartwarming  tribute for Paul Walker. Worth a watch!

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

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