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Blog posts July 2017

Vikram Vedha - Movie Review

Verdict – “Dark, Deep, Raw and Fine Filmmaking!”

Vikram (R. Madhavan) is a rough, fierce cop whose only aim is to eliminate a ruthless gangster. He is married to Priya (Shraddha Srinath), who is a lawyer and also has a soft side in his heart despite being merciless. Madhavan is a perfect choice for the role as he pulls it off with ease with his evergreen charm and screen presence.

Vedha (Vijay Sethupathy) is the most feared North Madras Gangster, who is on a run as Vikram and his special team of police wants to encounter him and his gangster-friends. Vijay Sethupathy as Vedha is the latest baddie in the tinsel town. With his look, laugh, comical body language, dialogue delivery, Vijay Sethupathy produces what’s needed utmost for the characters evil outlook and joins the elite club of baddies in Tamil Cinema. 

Pushkar and Gayathri are serious couple goals. The director duo is only three films old yet the never failed to impress us with their narrative style and direction. Coming up with a not so new base story, however, the way in which they have recited is what that matters the most. 

Bringing the mythological characters Vikramaditya and Vedhalam as the main leads characters, every time Vikram catches Vedha, the latter narrates a story from his life and ask him for his judgment on what he should have done during that situation. But Vikram realizes only later that Vedha has given him hints through the story he had narrated to him.
In the end, backed up by sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released this year and one of the finest crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep characters. 

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

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Meesaya Murukku – Movie Review

Verdict: “Fun-filled, breezy Rom-Com”

Adhi narrates how he, along with his childhood friend Jeeva, went on to become music sensation and pioneer in Indian Hip Hop and established a brand named “Hip Hop Tamizha” after facing lots of insults, disappointment, and struggle. The film is a mixture of fiction and some chapters of the duos life. 
Adhi, being the story and dialogue writer for the movie has come up with a perfect script with right elements needed for a commercial film. He gives us many nostalgic moments through the college scenes and the harsh reality faced by a middle-class teenager with passion and dreams. 

Vivekh as Adhi’s father gives a flawless performance. ‘Smile Settai” RJ Vigneshkanth as Jeeva steals the show. Along with Adhi, the duos are smart and witty in their act. 

Songs and Background score by Hip Hop Tamizha blends with the film and is flawless for a musical film. The film doesn’t look like a debut for Hip Hop Tamizha, as they have handled it so maturely in technical aspects with not so big flaws to mention. 

Overall, Meesaya Murukku is a light hearted film, showing the pains faced by Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi & Jeeva before they rose to fame, also takes us back to our college days and a trip down our memory lane. 

My Rating – 3.75/5 
Grade – B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Shamanthakamani - Movie Review

Verdict - "Misses on Being a Better Film!"

Directed by Sriram Adittya and starring Rajendra Prasad, Nara Rohit, Sundeep Kishan, Aadi Saikumar and Sudheer Babu in the lead roles, the plot of Shamanthakamani revolves around a stolen five crore Rolls Royce vintage car and in one way or another all the lead characters in the film were trapped in the same web that eventually leads us to the whereabouts of the stolen car. 

First off, Tollywood is known for its crowd-pleasing multi-genre commercial films, they're always a safe bet for the producers to invest and honestly, the trend of making a bad commercial film is getting over-saturated these days with one or two films in a month failing at the box office miserably. Following the success of experimental movies like Pelli Choopulu and Kshanam last year, director Sriram Adittya made the right choice to stick to a particular genre and not worrying about commercializing the film. He believed in his script and his crew to carry the movie forward and for that reason, I gave major props to Mr. Adittya.

Now, dedicated only to a particular genre (which is an Action Thriller in this case), the storyline has to be seamless to make an enjoyable 120-minute film. Although Adittya added few twists and turns to the storyline in the third act, the first two acts of the films were slightly on the downside. He executed the film remarkably, he made sure that all the five leads had equal importance in the film, the camera work was unique and creative, the background music by Mani Sharma was on point but in regards to the storyline of the overall film, it felt a bit dreary at times.

Overall, Shamanthakamani had everything going in its favor except for the storyline that had its own issues until the third act. I'm a big fan of experimental films and they're very much essential for the industry moving forward and Shamanthakamani is a decent example (like Vedam) that a multi starrer experimental film will be appreciated by the audience if executed right.

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

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War for the Planet of the Apes - Movie Review

Verdict - "Emotionally Riveting!"

Serving as the last installment of the coveted Planet of the Apes franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes saw the return of Andy Serkis (the caesar of Motion Capture) and director Matt Reeves (soon to direct The Batman starring Ben Affleck) and also stars Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn and Amiah Miller in supporting roles.

Advancing after the incidents of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which are still haunting in Caesar's reverie), Caesar's clan is now at war with a military group known as Alpha Omega led by their Colonel (Woody Harrelson) who is blatantly aggressive to end the existence of the Apes tribe from planet Earth for various unknown reasons.

With a mighty 140-minute running time, Matt Reeves proved to be an exceptional storyteller by taking the time to develop the character of Caesar remarkably. His relationship with his family and tribe, his incredible leadership skills, his perspective on humans and his ghastly memories surrounding his former adversary Koba were all showcased masterfully and Andy Serkis did a terrific job by portraying the character of Caesar in a film that is more ape-centric.

Regarding few negatives, the pacing of the movie is a little on the slower side at times, the storyline is quite predictable and with a movie with a 140-minute runtime mainly centered on developing the emotional side of the characters, it's understandable that the film is, for the most part, slow-paced.

Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a solid conclusion for one of the best franchises in recent years. Although this is my least favorite film when compared to the other two, it is an amazing emotional film that gave us a finer outlook on the character of Caesar as a dad, leader and an emotive individual.

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

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Spider-Man: Homecoming - Movie Review

Verdict - "The fun Spider-Man film that we deserve!"

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the third rendition of the character of Spider-Man with Sam Raimi's trilogy and Marc Webb's duology under the Sony Pictures Network's umbrella and now the new version is supervised by both Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Networks. Starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture and Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man, Homecoming will be the fourth film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) releasing after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and to be followed with the release of Thor: Ragnarok in November of this year.

Shortly after the events of Civil War, Peter Parker returns home to Queens, New York in high spirits excited for his next 'big' mission with the Avengers. Continuing his high-school, Parker impresses as a hometown hero after helping the locals by stopping crime and chaos. After stumbling upon Adrian Toomes and his smuggling business (involving 'exotic alien materials' from the Battle of New York), Parker sets his sights to put an end to Vulture and his crew's malpractices which in return causes Parker bigger disturbances than expected.

Unlike any other Spider-Man film we've seen in the past, Homecoming had a genuine coming-of-age vibe bordered around it with the essential facets like the jokes, action sequences, drama and the relationships between the characters. Everything blended in flawlessly with the storyline and it felt like a straightforward standalone Spider-Man film and not like a film that is heavily tramped down with the appearances of Iron Man and the Avengers.  

On the heels of a critical success, Jon Watts who directed a much different and a smaller film previously called 'Cop Car' had done a tremendous job in portraying the character of Spider-Man with an easy likable tone, the film was well paced, the action scenes were choreographed competently and gave a well-defined picture to the audience of what can they expect from a future Spider-Man film. Regarding the performances in the film, Tom Holland was great as Spider-Man, Michael Keaton unlike every other super villain in the MCU did not prove to be a paper desperado and had a well-written thoughtful character in the film and his performance was decent as well.

Overall, I had a great time watching Homecoming, it's definitely not in my Top 5 Best MCU films list, but it was an enjoyable standalone Spider-Man which is far more superior when compared to the Marc Webb's duology. 

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

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Transformers: The Last Knight - Movie Review

Verdict - "I am Michael Bay! And I'm here to make another garbage Transformers film!"

Directing for the fifth time in a row, Michael Bay doesn't seem to stop making bad Transformer movies once in two years and it certainly doesn't look like there's an end of his illustrious run. Starring Mark 'I'm sick and tired of this film' Wahlberg and Anthony 'I'm just here for the money' Hopkins in the lead roles, the plot of Transformers: The Last Knight is based on a magical and a mystical staff which Megatron, Quintessa from Cybertron, the TRF and Cade Yaeger try to chase with each other to gain access to. 

Like him or hate him, Michael Bay certainly knows the pulse of his International Audience a little well and he continues to do a great job in filming epic action sequences magnificently. He certainly doesn't experiment something out-of-the-box nor unorthodox, but on the big screen, everything looked grand and ostentatious especially the medieval stuff.

Now when it comes to the plot, there's nothing interesting left to make a two-hour thirty-minute movie. Sure, Optimus Prime and Megatron had few reasons to claim the throne and rebuild their homeland but is it necessary or is it appealing to the viewer? Certainly, not! And also, the over excessive unnecessary humor that Michael Bay tried to inculcate in the film was totally unfunny and boring to watch.

Overall, with a needless 150-minute runtime and humor which is mundane to watch, Transformers: The Last Knight competes with its predecessors to earn "The Worst Movie of the Franchise" title. And the most stupid thing is there is another Transformers film on its way to the theaters soon. God hates me!

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

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