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Blog posts June 2015

Indru Netru Naalai – Movie Review

Verdict - "A well made Science-Fiction film."

Indru Netru Naalai has Vishnu, Karunakaran and Mia George in the lead. It also has Jayaprakash, T.M.Karthik and Sai Ravi playing pivotal roles. Directed by Ravikumar, the films music is composed by Hip Hop Tamizhan. 

Two friends, Elango (Vishnu) and Pulivetti Arumugam (Karunakaran) get drunk and meet with an accident. They get stranded in a lonely road with Parthasarathy (T.M.Karthik), an electronics and instrumentation engineer. During that night, they find a time machine which comes to the present year 2015 from the year 2065. What those guys do with the time machine and what problem it leads them to, forms the plot.

Debutant director Ravikumar has made a neat science-fiction film with minimal use of scientific reference and made the movie enjoyable. Though the films script looks complicated in some part, yet it’s convincing and highly entertaining. 

Hip Hop Tamizhan’s music and background score is a big plus to the movie. BGM’s were apt and in sync with the film. Perfect placement of the songs makes it a delightful experience. 

Vishnu seems to be greatly working on his acting skills. His way of choosing scripts should be appreciated. Mia George impresses us with her looks. Karunakaran with his big, wide eyes and weird expressions’ is sure to make us laugh. All other actors have done their assigned job well. T.M.Karthik, as a geek who invents a voice controlled car is sure to impress us.

Director Ravikumar, with help of all the technicians, marvellous script and great direction skills has made his debut film as an amusing science-fiction film that is worth watching in many ways.

My Rating- 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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ABCD 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A series of awe-inspiring dance sequences, filled with few exhausting stereotypical scenes in between."

Dancing is something I regard as a spectacle, an extravaganza that we all love to cherish and admire. Moreover, watching ABCD 2 with a wide range of audience members on a big screen was an enthralling experience. 

But does this movie need to be 154 minutes long? Definitely not!

Accused of cheating in a reality dance tv show, Mumbai Stunners (a group of talented young dancers) decide to respond to all their haters in an overwhelming way, by representing India in a World Hip-Hop dance competition that takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada every year.

Let's kick off with the good things first, as I stated earlier, ABCD 2 is a spectacle to watch and the director cum choreographer Remo D' Souza had done a magnificent job in displaying all the dance moves flawlessly on a wide frame. The significant effort and the hard work they've put into this movie were unprecedented and should be highly appreciated.

Unfortunately, those were the only good things I can point out about ABCD 2. Don't get me wrong, people performing few staggering dance moves is always to watch. But for how long? Maybe for 90 minutes? 

And here's my major concern about ABCD 2. It stretches and struggles throughout the run-time with few tedious subplots, dreary love story, and tiresome humor. With Varun and Shraddha joining the cast this time, it's quite foolish not to play a love angle between them. But they should've given the couple a lot more screen time together to blossom their relationship in an appealing way.

Also, they're numerous clichéd moments in the entire movie where the characters find obvious solutions for every terrible situation that points out the lazy screenwriting issue. Likewise, the screenplay could've been a lot sharper by editing out many irrelevant scenes that made me feel tiresome and exhausted.

Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor looked adorable as a couple, and they looked legit with their dance moves and the behind-the-scenes effort that they've put into should certainly be appreciated. But like I said, they were never given the importance that they deserve which was quite nonsensical.

Overall, ABCD 2 showcases everything you love to watch from a movie  based on dance. But sadly excluding the dance sequences, everything else falls flat in the movie and it's just wearisome to watch. 

Here's a better idea, wait till it premieres on TV on a rainy day afternoon and watch it if you have nothing better to do.

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

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Instant Movie Review #26 (Hamari Adhuri Kahani)

Mohit Suri's - "Hamari Adhuri Kahani"

1) Cinematography
2) Music
3) Performances
4) Action Sequences
5) Performances

1) Story and Screenplay
2) Characters
3) Direction

Introduction and Plot: By all means, Fox Star Studios is one of those big companies that you can't rely on. Just look at their track record in 2015. It's appalling! The story of the movie revolves around three main characters and their miserable lives which involves a lot of tears.

Analysis: Written by Mahesh Bhatt, the movie deteriorated a lot with an indistinct storyline, tiresome sentimental scenes, and a prolonged runtime. Although the performances were astounding in the movie, the characters were completely under-developed and felt uninteresting to watch even with an impressive camera work and euphonious music we usually get from a Mohit Suri film. 

Verdict: Altogether, HAK tries hard to make us feel emotional about its prospect that's not quite impactful.  Skip it without a doubt!

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

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Instant Movie Review #25 (Jurassic World)

Colin Treverrow's - "Jurassic World"

1) Storyline
2) Characters 
3) Direction
4) Action Sequences
5) Performances

1) Sub-plots and Dumb Character Moments 

Introduction: It's been 22 years since we have seen a good Jurassic Park movie. After an inferior response for the sequels in 97 and 2001, will Jurassic World turn into an astounding movie that we're waiting for?

Plot: Despite the uncertainty factor, Isla Nublar is now a fully-fledged theme park with a deteriorating feedback. But things go terribly wrong when a new cooked-up attraction backlashes with rage.

Analysis: Honestly, this is the best sequel after Jurassic Park in many ways. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt significant and the action sequences were astounding. 

But at times, the pointless sub-plots and few dumb character moments made the movie a little underwhelming. 

Verdict: Overall, Jurassic World is a fun movie going experience that cannot be missed.

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

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Instant Movie Review #24 (Kakka Muttai)

Manikandan's - "Kakka Muttai"

1.    Story
2.    Screenplay and Dialogues
3.    Performances from the Kids
4.    Direction

Plot: The plot is about two brothers known as Chinna Kakka Muttai and Periya Kakka Muttai and their desire to eat Pizza in an outlet nearby their slum.

The kids make up their living by stealing coal in a railway yard and are raised by their mother and grandmother since their father is in the jail. 

Analysis: With a simple story and a well written elegant plot, debutant Manikandan gives a light-hearted movie which leaves a lasting impression in us.

The director had filmed the movie in such a way by beautifully illustrating the life of slum dwellers through the lead casts and explains what globalization has to do with poor people. With a crisp narration of 110 minutes, Kakka Muttai gives the satisfaction of watching a film of international standard. 

Verdict: Kakka Muttai is surely a must watch movie. Such a flamboyant movie isn’t to be missed and you’re sure to leave the theatre premises with a smile on your face. 

My Rating: 4/5
Grade: A (The best one around!)
 -By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Dil Dhadakne Do - Movie Review

Verdict - "DDD is just one step away from being a failure. Thanks to the cast and the distinct approach of the movie."

Affluent look, gigantic cast, ingenious crew and with an eighty-six crore budget things should never go wrong for any movie. But in the cinematic universe that we live in right now, everything is uncertain, movies may disappoint and indeed can turn into a disaster (take Bombay Velvet as an example.) So my expectations were extremely low for Dil Dhadakne Do and I never envisioned it to be good. But with the benefit of doubt, I ended up liking the movie and cherished it for being authentic.

Advancing with a bumpy journey of love and hate, Kamal and Neelam Mehra (prominently known as The Mehra's) decide to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on an extravagant cruise as they invite their arduous family and covetous friends to join them on their journey of splendor. But?

The two leading ladies of the movie -- Zoya Akhtar, and Reema Kagti made sure that their message was up-front in the movie and they never felt timid to display the distinct side of a well-heeled person. Moreover, it was interesting to watch the silliness and lunacy between these people and the way it was executed was totally amusing.

Here's my problem with the movie. All the fun, love, emotion, despair and empathy can be a solid two-hour long entertainer. But this movie stretches far too long till it reaches an exasperated place of tedium. It is nearly three-hour long for no clear reason and struggled deliriously during its runtime. 

But a pleasing and a satisfying climax is the most worthy and essential aspect for a conflicting movie. For a second time, the finale was never satiating for the entire movie and felt unexpected. 

Backed up with tremendous star power, performances from the entire cast in the movie were astounding to watch. Everyone had a moment or two to shine and the chemistry between them worked well as they're believable as a family.

Nevertheless, Dil Dhadkne Do is a refreshing movie with an admirable message, lavish look, and amusing humor. But the 172-minute runtime and few mundane parts makes the movie a little tiresome to watch. Keep your expectations low and you'll never be dissatisfied.

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

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