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Star Trek Beyond - Movie Review

Verdict - "A conventional summer blockbuster"

Directed by Justin Lin who previously directed the very recent Fast and Furious films, Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and is willing to invoke the same global commercial success the first two films have been. 

After completing three out of five years in their exploration trip, the enterprise and the crew arrive at Yorktown to restock their supplies. Subsequently, the controllers in Yorktown track down a nearby alien ship heading their way and were confronted by an outsider who claims that she lost contact with her ship and the team. Disrupting their time off, the entire crew of the enterprise were dispatched on a rescue mission which is considered unsafe as the communication system inside the enterprise will disable when they enter the nearby nebula.

The progressive aspect of the overall film was the screenplay written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, the dynamic and the interaction between the characters of Spock and Bones, Kirk and Chekov, Scotty and Jayla were magnificently presented on-screen. Especially the humour, which was perfectly elongated throughout the film primarily through the performances of Karl Urban and Simon Pegg. 

But, the conventional storyline (although presented well) will make the film forgettable after its fruitful run. Sure, I had a good time watching this movie in the theatre, the action sequences were enjoyable and the CGI was noteworthy and it's an entertaining summer blockbuster, Yet, the striking enduring factor that I expect from a Star Trek movie was clearly missing.

Nonetheless, excluding few flaws which could've been easily improved, Star Trek Beyond is still a delightful movie to watch in a movie theatre and will surely bring in few staggering benefits to the studio and the franchise.

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

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Sultan - Movie Review

Verdict - "Enlivening and Entertaining!"

Galloping with its mind-boggling box office collections, Sultan is set to a proper start with a good word-of-mouth and positive reviews buzzing across the B-Town. With the stage set for it to hopefully become the highest grossing movie of all time, let's jump right in and analyse the good and the bad it had to offer.

With the lack of entertainment, support and finance, Aakash (Amit Sadh), founder of Pro Take-Down (MMA) deduces that the sport doesn't have a future in India. But, his father suggests negotiating with Olympic gold medalist and former Wrestling World Champion Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) and insists that an Indian attraction will help reinforce the entire competition critically and commercially. Aakash immediately flees to a small town in Haryana district and proposes the deal to Sultan. Aggravated with Aakash's behaviour, Sultan says that he decided not to step back into that ring years ago and modestly declines the offer. Why?

With nearly three hours of runtime, this film undoubtedly had few pacing issues primarily in the first half as it reached to a point where the fans sitting beside me nearly thought the theatre management forgot to include the interval scene. I slightly felt exhausted and when the critical events started to divulge, they felt tardy and sluggish. 

Also, the second half, although it was exhilarating to watch, felt like a combination of many films we've seen before. But the primary storyline that involves Sultan's family and his struggle to reach his goal backed up the auxiliary storyline perfectly. Consequently, the film didn't feel lifeless or mundane. 

Supporting the story that certainly had few issues were the remarkable performances from the entire cast especially from the supporting actors like Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra and Anant Vidhaat who flawlessly portrayed the role of Sultan's patron and friend. 

Salman Khan plays the character of an inspiring wrestler, a humble gentleman and a stubborn cavalier who takes doesn't take a break until he achieves his goal. And he mesmerised me with his surprisingly decent performance throughout the film. His build and persona suited his character appropriately and he splendidly responded to all his critics by giving a great performance. 

Anushka Sharma's character felt a bit asymmetrical considering her goals and ambitions seem to rapidly disappear when the storyline progresses, but nonetheless, she was never misused by giving a minor role in the film.

Overall, excluding the fact that its nearly three hours long, this film still had many moments to shine and enthral you as a viewer. The immense screen presence of Salman Khan as an underdog wrestler and the incredible performances from the supporting cast made this film a worthy watch in the movie theatre. 

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

This review is sponsored by Videocon D2H which as displayed in the film had more subscribers than I thought.

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The Legend of Tarzan - Movie Review

Verdict - "Borefest!"

Directed by David Yates (known for his tremendous work in the last few Harry Potter movies), the Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson commences in London, England in the mid-1880's where Tarzan now known as John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgård) leads a peaceful life as a King in his mansion with his lovely wife Jane Porter (Margot Robbie). As he comes across a strategy proposed by Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz), John travels back to Africa to reunite with his friends and family not knowing of the fact that Rom had few evil plans that involve enslaving the entire country.

Now, judging by the trailers, I assumed that this will be an entertaining film assorted with humour and action. But, alternately we get a film which was over dramatic with limited action scenes and less fun. Why? The storyline progresses by giving us little flashbacks about Tarzan's childhood which was actually the most interesting part of the entire film.

Now that generates my question about why didn't they make this as a big budget origin film that we all intended to see on the big screen? The studio might have many reasonable answers, but when the film cut back to the ongoing storyline about Tarzan fighting against Rom, it felt dreary and mundane by taking the obvious twists and turns which we can analyse in the beginning of the movie itself. And the lack of elation and excitement tarnished the film's quality as the action sequences were improperly showcased. 

Alexander Skarsgård's portrayal of Tarzan was commendable because the man looks the part with his giant stature and immense physique. His chemistry with Margot Robbie felt authentic and I should say that the studio made the right casting call for Tarzan and Jane. Christoph Waltz had no moments to shine but was decent with his performance. Samuel L. Jackson had the most amusing character to play in the entire film and he never disappointed. 

Overall, considering the cast, crew and the director who worked with this big budget film, this could've been a better flick if the writers included more elements of fun and delightful action. I was anticipating to watch a good live-action Tarzan film for many years but this movie tired me out in the first fifteen minutes itself.

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

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This review is sponsored by the two kids who sat beside me in the movie theatre and yelled out every single animal name every time they appeared on the screen.

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