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Bohemian Rhapsody - Honest Movie Review

Celebrating the life of Rock's Greatest All-Time Entertainers, Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the inspiring yet involute life story of Queen's lead singer Farrokh Bulsara, professional known as Freddie Mercury. The film stars Emmy Award-winning Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek in the lead role and co-stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello as the supporting cast with Bryan Singer as the spearheader of this prestigious project.

Verdict - "A Celebration!"

The movie commences by introducing us to Freddie's initial working days as a baggage handler at the Heathrow Airport and builds up by narrating his first taste with the band to selling out arenas throughout different cultures and countries to his emotional and distancing complications with his band, friends and loved ones. 

Nailing all the right notes essential for a typical biopic, the movie, by and large, serves more like a Greatest Hits Collection of Mercury rather than a comprehensive in-depth look of his arduous journey to preeminence and beyond. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten offers a storyline which is, on the whole, paint-by-numbers and predictable from start to finish. Contrary to that, if you contemplate this movie as a celebration rather than a detailed observation, these criticisms might surface as a nonsensical argument.

But, the positives overweighs the negatives, as the rocking Oscar-worthy performance of Rami Malek and the overall journey of Mercury is engaging enough to keep you glued to the silver screen. Coming from a conservative family in Zanzibar, Mercury inspired generations of artists and millions of fans worldwide with his talent, music, charisma and flamboyant persona. However, although moving forward on a straight line shorn of any abstract deviations, the film did a decent job unveiling the man behind-the-mask, Farrokh Bulsara. His intentions were pure, but the ignorant decisions he made from time to time labelled him as controversial or hardhearted and distanced him from his friends and family perpetually. The movie discusses every aspect of love and emotions, highs and lows, success and failure, and Malek triumphs every hurdle with ease by making his exemplary character likeable, relatable and above all the focal part of the entire movie.

Adding to the celebration aspect, similar to its awards season counterpart, 'A Star Is Born', this movie had that concert-like-feel especially the glorious, breathtaking climax which will make you clap, cheer, and absorb that unreal musical experience to the fullest. 

Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody is not perfect considering the screenwriting issues, but, it is, in fact, a virtuous display of Freddie Mercury and his extraordinary life. This is more than just a movie it's a Celebration!

Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Visual Treat!"

Being one of the most anticipated films of the year, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald pleases the followers and surprises the muggles by acting more like a channel for the development of the story rather than independently being one. With highly renowned actors in the cast, the performances are enticing to watch and the visual effects and cinematography, enchanting!

Jude Law playing Albus Dumbledore maintains the poise as well as the playfulness of the beloved character, and Johnny Depp is flawless as usual. Eddie Redmayne connects Newt to the audience much more effectively than the previous movie while Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol manage to cheer the audience between intense scenes. The most impressive and fulfilling part of the film is Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz who were successful in giving impeccable and acute performances which were important because of the anticipation of their characters from the books.

The story picks up right from the beginning with grand escapades and entrances but towards the climax leaves you confused much like in the later Harry Potter movies. A few expected characters like Nagini (Claudia Kim), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) are given less screen time and also Grindelwald resembles The Dark Lord a lot which is why it is hard to acknowledge his unique personality.

Enclosing I'd like to say that David Yates has done yet another spectacular job making this movie a visual treat and for JK Rowling, well, I have only one thing to say - the brightest writer of her age!

Rating - 4.5/5 | Grade - A+

-A Just Stream Editorial by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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A Star Is Born - Honest Movie Review

Directed and starring alongside Pop Megastar Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born is a modern-day retelling of the 1937 film of the same name and co-stars notable and elite performers like Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay alongside a promising young talent Anthony Ramos.

Verdict - "A Beautiful and a Tear-Jerking Story!"

The story of the film narrates the journey of Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a beloved superstar singer but a reckless alcoholic and a drug addict. Maine runs across Ally (Lady Gaga), a day job worker and a discouraged singer, at a drag bar where he sees her perform and fells in love with her incredible singing talent. After exchanging a conversation with her in person, Maine recruits her into his band, and eventually, Ally receives multiple offers to record her first album and experiences success across every aspect. In the midst of her glory and fame, Jackson, on the other hand, deteriorates from raging alcoholism which affects their healthy relationship romantically and professionally.

Having already been told three times before in 1937, 54 and 76, the story of this A Star Is Born is, for the most part, predictable, but Cooper along with his co-screenwriters Eric Roth and Will Fetters does a decent enough job to keep the movie fresh and captivating. But, at times, the plot tries to wane in the background, thanks to the electrifying chemistry between the two main leads. And that brings me to the primary and the most intriguing aspect of the film, the alluring scenes between Cooper and Gaga. The movie never tries to fortake anything away from both the characters as their lengthy yet very compelling moments of love, anger and affection are what makes it feel poignant and very much sentimental.

Now, making the characters relatable is a task, but Cooper takes it up a notch by making his hard to connect dipsomaniac character engaging. His role felt authentic and pitiful, everything from his deep-toned voice, messy look to his wrinkled clothes made me feel sorry for the man, and Cooper gives his career-best performance as a disgruntled dwindling rockstar. Accompanied by his stellar acting display is Lady Gaga who gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the innocent yet supremely-talented singer, caring girlfriend and overall an inspiring individual. As a real-life singer/songwriter (who might have a similar path to stardom as Ally), Gaga impresses not only with her astounding singing talent but also with her phenomenal acting ability which surprised everybody in the audience. She gives an equally valiant performance as Cooper and will no doubt be a frontrunner for the Best Actress category.

Furthermore, Bradley Cooper, who fills five different roles in the film as the actor, director, screenwriter, guitarist and singer, does a heroic job by putting together a movie with marvellous skill and perfection. Crafting subtle changes to an already told story, Cooper made it seem all seamless by making the film follow a consistent tone throughout its runtime. Moreover, the music and the songs all through were breathtaking to watch and listen as it felt like I'm sitting in a concert with Gaga and Cooper, kudos to the sound mixing department there.

Overall, A Star Is Born tells a beautiful and a tear-jerking story of a polar opposite couple in the most convincing way possible. The chemistry and the scenes between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were the most riveting parts of the film along with their dominating performances. I teared up a couple of times watching this movie, and that doesn't happen very often.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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First Man - Honest Movie Review

Directed by the Youngest Academy Award-Winning Director Damien Chazelle, First Man stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in the lead roles and chronicles the inspiring yet complex journey of the First Man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The storyline gets underway in the year 1961 and takes us through the eight-year journey of Neil Armstrong till the Apollo 11 mission. It delves into the personal life of Armstrong, him dealing with the loss of his young child, getting promoted from a test pilot to the Mission Commander, and his complicated relationship with his wife, friends and family.

Verdict - "A Heart-Stirring Theatre Experience!"

Damien Chazelle is without a doubt, the main star of the film. Right from the opening scene, Chazelle locks you in with his incredible ability to make you feel that you're right there sitting next to Armstrong in his hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft. The most captivating aspect that Chazelle stands by throughout the runtime is not sugar coating the film. He doesn't display the epicness of space-travel as we saw in movies like 'Apollo 13' or 'Gravity' nor does he use extravagant shots of the Moon or the Earth to make us believe that it's all happiness and joy comprised in travelling to the ether. His unique filmmaking style helps the movie to feel much raw as every scene including the spaceships felt real, brutal and visceral accompanied by some extraordinary camera work by Cinematographer Linus Sandgren who uses the shaky cam gimmick in the right away and gave the movie more of a documentary look than a space drama.

But the only drawback of the film lies within the protagonist's character which slows down the pace a bit. Neil Armstrong is a very professional, stubborn and has his separate ways of dealing with his family problems or the passing of his young daughter. That might not be relatable or engaging to the audience member as we do not see Armstrong getting disturbed emotionally with his past experiences nor having a healthy conversation with his concerned wife. However, it is what it is, and as I stated before, Chazelle doesn't try to get you sympathetically connected to his focal characters. He makes it very clear that it's not an easy journey for anyone involved and sacrifices were over it.

Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy's performances were yet another plus point for the movie. Gosling, similar to his previous outings in 'Blade Runner 2049' or 'Drive' is a silent murmuring guy, but he had a wide range of emotions to go through from anguish, aggravation and self-confidence. Foy, on the other hand, did her part exceptionally well as the stern mother of two kids and the fretful wife of Armstrong. Her character clocked up a substantial chunk of the storyline, and it never felt mundane to watch.

Overall, First Man is unlike any space movie I've ever seen before. It's harsh, emotional, gut-wrenching and the most realistic take in this genre. Everything from Chazelle's remarkable direction, breathtaking camera work, soothing background music and the performances from the lead actors worked and is most definitely a heart-stirring theatre experience.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Venom - Honest Movie Review

In a nutshell, Sony Pictures is similar to that 'stubborn boyfriend who doesn't seem to have gotten over his ex-girlfriend' and keeps recurring despite multiple missteps. Soon after the 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise debacle, MCU rescued the much-beloved teenage superhero character with 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', that left both critics and audience spellbound. Sony, on the other hand, still hungry for creating their own money minting superhero franchise, somehow managed to rush out a 'Non-MCU, Spider-Man Universe (Without Spider-Man)', and the first blunder is Venom, which is indeed 'A Turd in the Wind' (no pun intended).

Verdict - "Worse Than a Turd!"

Eddie Brock [Tom Hardy] (who alternates as the junkie cousin of Lois Lane) is a rockstar reporter in town, has a caring girlfriend (Michelle Williams), a simple life and cruises through the streets of San Francisco with a Ducati Scrambler. Soon after his disruptive interview/encounter with billionaire businessman, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), Eddie loses his job, apartment and regrets his frozen food-eating lifestyle until he comes across his monster looking, liver eating, always hungry parasite (brother), Venom.

Loomed with predictability, Venom primarily suffers from its premature writing and storyline issues. The plot jumps from one scene to another, without any throughline, and at a certain point, I found myself deep down in a sh*t hole and stopped paying attention to what's happening on screen. It is a mess ponging with bad dialogue, glaring plot holes and unbelievably dumb scenes which cracked me up a little because of its stupidity. 

The characters do things which will make you go "Wait! Why didn't that happen?" say things which will make you go "That's so dumb!" and take decisions which will make you go "Well! I'm not surprised!" Maybe, I'll be in a situation to accept these stereotypical clichés if you wipe out the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Nolan Batman Trilogy where storytelling and character development were given utmost importance. We live in 2018, in a planet half-wiped out by a Purple God, and bad storytelling is just not tolerable anymore.

Let's talk about the characters, Golden Globe winner and a four-time Oscar-nominated actress, Michelle Williams, did next to nothing in the film as her character only required her to show up at different instances, spit out some terribly-written dialogue and then disappear for the next thirty-five minutes. Riz Ahmed, who is a crowdpleaser in 'Nightcrawler', could've felt guilty playing this bland, mundane antagonist character which we've already seen a million times before. With absolutely zero character work, his character felt like he's planted in the film only to experiment and do evil work and fight the protagonist in the climax in a Last Man Standing match. The other characters were equally worthless in the film as they do and say incoherent things which makes no sense.

However, if you put aside everything negative with the film, the only aspect I can appreciate is the weird bromance between Eddie Brock and Venom. The back-and-forth between them was the only entertaining part of the film, and Tom Hardy is capable enough to make his junkie character likeable. Honestly, I'd much rather see a film of Venom and Eddie hangin' out in the streets of San Francisco instead of the flying sh*t box that we've got.

On the whole, Venom is an atrocity when it comes to writing, and at some point during the film, I stopped concentrating and giving a sh*t. So, if you're one of them who don't care about storytelling and character moments, go watch Venom. Similar to the 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', this film is a gigantic mess, and I still smell the stink whenever I'm thinking about it.

My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D+ (A Hangover!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Casablanca & 12 Angry Men - Classic Movie Reviews

"Casablanca (1942)" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 5/5

“Of all the Gin Joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” The woman who breaks a man’s heart walks into his bar with her Husband. Casablanca will forever be one of my favourite movies. With the right blend of comedy, action and suspense as well as a tight script, it’s no surprise that Casablanca is one the most well-known movies of its time. The terrific Humphrey Bogart, with his wisecracks and wit, romances Ingrid Bergman, and it’s a love story that is subtle and works very well. Bogart aside, it was wonderful watching Ingrid Bergman play the very conflicted Ilsa Lund, who has to now choose between her Husband and the ex-lover that she presumed to be dead.

The entire movie was littered with quotables and much of it works because of Bogart’s screen presence and his character portrayal of a cynical American with a broken heart. Casablanca was directed very stylishly, you could see the emphasis on Bogart’s quote-heavy monologues or the really sublime quality of the Bogart-Bergman pairing and screen time together. Approximately 75 years since the release of Casablanca, it still remains a gripping romantic noir. Casablanca, A masterpiece!

"12 Angry Men (1957)" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 5/5

Sharp and Engrossing, 12 Angry Men is a sincere examination of the jury system that may still be relevant today. The plot revolves around 12 jurors who comb through the case files and evidence to declare if the accused, a Puerto Rican boy should be sentenced to death for knifing his father. Though many people have trouble accepting the concept of “reasonable doubt” which is the belief that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. There was no action in this film, only strong body language, tension from the dialogues and a clash of personalities. I always liked the idea of a movie is shot in just one room or at one location throughout and I’m pretty sure that 12 Angry Men was one of the pioneers of the concept. Who knew debating evidence could be this fun? 12 Angry Men, Absorbing.

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The Nun - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Terrible Justice to an Intriguing Character!"

Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is the new spin-off movie which is part of the 'Conjuring Universe' after last year's smash hit 'Annabelle: Creation' and stars Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir in the lead roles. The movie takes place in 1952 Romania, where Sister Victoria hangs herself to death trying to escape from a demonic entity, Valak, who we all know and love from the 'Conjuring 2'. Later, the administration at the Vatican dispatches their loyal representatives Father Burke, and Sister Irene to investigate the suicide at the abbey and shortly after their arrival, they discover daunting spirits stalking them during the night, as things start to flip-flop around them at a rapid pace.

Now, let me give you guys a little prelude, 'Conjuring 2' was one of the most daunting theatre experiences I've ever had, and unsurprisingly, Valak (The Demonic Nun) haunted my dreams for two weeks and still continues to do so. Therefore, walking into The Nun, I was prepared and ready to welcome her back to turn my dreams into nightmares with her not-so adorable face and demeanour. To make a long story short, I was not only scared to see The Nun but also equally terrified of these hysterically laughing, seat kicking, loud talking, popcorn crunching chumps who tend to spoil almost every horror movie experience for me. But, surprisingly, two things happened, the college kids who sat behind me were amazingly well behaved, and the movie didn't panic me at all, cause it's horrible.

Let me explain, one of the primary reasons why people anticipate for Horror Movies is for the chilling experience. Consequently, plenty of elements like a good storyline, unsettling background score, remarkable performances and masterful direction factor in to make a Horror Film unnerving and memorable. 'Conjuring 1 and 2', along with Ari Aster's recent film 'Hereditary' were great examples of exceptional Horror Dramas. 

However, The Nun fizzles to impress in almost every aspect, the storyline was mundane, nonsensical and an abhorrent introduction to the character of Valak loaded with goalless scenes, absurd subplots, and maniacal Nuns walking in and out-of-frame every time. The jump scares felt like a heap of screeching sounds that are annoying and easily predictable. The characters were pretty much the prototypal ones you'll see in every horror drama, and Taissa Farmiga at least tried to give her best and is the only shining light in a very dark uninteresting film.

Furnished with a dreary storyline and lacklustre screenplay, The Nun is a combination of mindless jump scares, horrible dialogue, and had done terrible justice to an intriguing character, who is Valak. All I saw was a myriad of Nuns slowing walking into darkness and jumping out of nowhere demonically. A casual evening watch at best!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Upgrade & Tag - Double Header Review

In this week's edition of the Double-Header Review, we're reviewing two movies which are not a gigantic success, but, they're on my watchlist for a long time, and I had the chance to check them out in the past ten days cause it's very much significant to relax and watch these under-the-radar movies once in a while.

Upgrade made 12.5 million worldwide with a production budget of 3-5 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%. Tag made 77.3 million worldwide from its 28 million dollar production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 55%.

"Upgrade" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is one of those movies where a majority of fans cheered for it online when it initially released to the public, but it didn't go on to become a surprise hit, unlike every other Blumhouse film. Starring Logan Marshall-Green in the lead role, the story takes place in a futuristic world where Grey, a vintage car mechanic finds himself paralysed in a hopeless situation and receives indecisive help from his friend, who promises to make him ordinary by injecting an experimental A.I stem into his body.

Like I tweeted on the day I saw this film, I'm very much confident that this movie will remain as the Best Action Movie of the Year by the end of 2018 cause the action scenes in Upgrade were one of the most stylishly shot and remarkably choreographed ones I've ever seen. The approach that director Leigh Whannell took to shoot the disturbing and equally entertaining action
sequences with a steady cam and on a wide angle were exceptional, and the entire vibe felt very analogous to films like John Wick, Robocop, and the latest Dredd.

The predictable storyline wears down the movie a bit, but, the unexpected twists and the crisp screenplay keep it engaging, and overall Upgrade is by far one of the best movies I've seen in 2018.

"Tag" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring an incredible ensemble cast of  Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner in the lead roles, Tag is surprisingly enough, based on a true story and the storyline involves a game of Tag and group of middle-aged men who are devotedly playing it for the past thirty years. 

As stupid as it sounds, this movie had a wide range of emotions from the beginning till the end, it started off on the right note, the jokes were funny, the characters were charming and likeable, and the complete cast was appealing enough for me to sit through and enjoy the film. Isla Fisher with her standout performance, Jeremy Renner with his slick action sequences, and Ed Helms play the same driven dorky character as we've seen in The Hangover films. 

Overall, aside from being funny and entertaining, Tag also struck the right chords when it comes to emotion, especially during the end credits when they showcase the real-life 'Tag Gang' who played the game for 23 years. Watch this movie, and I'm sure it will remind you why it's essential to have a goof-gang around you.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Oceans 8 & A Quiet Place - Double Header Review

Hello everyone! Happy to see Y'all return back to yet another Double-Header Review, and for those who are unaware what a DH Review is, it's simple, we take two different movies, combine them together and review them (frankly, to save time, space and effort). But, before we roll, let's see how well the movies we're about to discuss fare critically and commercially.

Ocean's 8 made 289.9 million worldwide with a production budget of 70 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 67%. A Quiet Place made 332.6 million worldwide from its 21 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 95%.

"Ocean's 8" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

With an elaborate and fabulous cast, Ocean's 8 is the smartest heist movie to watch this year. The story is about Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who is introduced as the younger sister of (assumably) Late Danny Ocean, plans to steal a vintage diamond necklace in the Met Gala event with seven talented women, after getting out of jail. 

Now, while the movie was funny to watch, it is not successful in bringing back the magic of the Oceans Eleven trilogy. Anne Hathaway (Daphne) and Helena Bonham Carter (Rose) were the funniest to watch, and Sandra gives major fashion goals with every outfit she wears throughout the movie. Mindy Kaling (Amita) and Sarah Paulson (Tammy) were not given enough screen time but are funny nevertheless. But, the coolest one has to be Cate Blanchett (Lou) with her boyish charm and eternal cool vibe. The music in the film is decent with most of them borrowed, and the screenplay focuses more on the fashion and the instantaneous humour more than the accuracy of the story. 

Overall, Ocean's 8 may not be a successful match to the original Oceans trilogy, but, it is without a doubt one of the most cheerful comedies of 2018. 

"A Quiet Place" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles, A Quiet Place tells us the story of a family trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland where even a tiny amount of sound, triggers monstrous creatures which as displayed in the movie are indestructible.

Story, screenplay, characters, performances, background score and sound effects were the main traits that Krasinski (who also directed the film) used to make a heartwarming and an extremely terrifying film. The dialogues are pretty much non-existent and to tell an engaging story within 90 minutes, and at the same time developing the relationship between the characters is a tough task, but, Krasinski did a masterful job. Furthermore, this is a well-paced movie and did not waste time explaining how, why or when certain things happened, it leapt right into the focal part of the storyline which made the film much more frightening and suspenseful.

Overall, I'm literally kicking myself for not watching A Quiet Place in the theatres cause it's a complete bloodcurdling experience which shouldn't be missed.

-A Double Header Review by Nikitha Kashyap and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Good God!"

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise (good God!) and stars Tom Cruise in the lead role who is 56-years old which is unbelievable. Normally, when any franchise is six films deep, we expect pretty mediocre stuff. Like, what's left to explore further right? But, the Fast and Furious franchise produced eight movies and they're still fun to watch and Mission: Impossible franchise falls into the same class where every film keeps getting better or are at least consistent when it comes to quality.

Nevertheless, the storyline kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his gang intercepting the sale of three plutonium cores and things go south, they lose the plutonium and Hunt goes on this insane mission to acquire these elements which involve running, racing, diving, and loads of zany stuff Cruise loves to do.

The Mission: Impossible franchise is well-known for its notorious action sequences and in the previous two films we've seen Cruise climb one of tallest buildings in the world (Burj Khalifa) and maniacally hang to the side of an A400M aircraft which is still breathtaking to watch. At this point with Cruise approaching his 60's and breaking an ankle in the midst of shooting the roof-top scene in London, I thought that this film might revert when it comes to action, but, bloody hell, it took two steps forward and delivered much more than I expected.

Tom Cruise who is upping the ante every time we see him in these movies once again proved why he's called The Greatest Action Movie Star of our generation by performing few awe-inspiring stunts which are spectacular and at the same time concerning to watch. Advertised and been told as the largest practical action film ever shot, I was astounded to see the amount of hard work, courage and dedication Tom Cruise and the entire crew had put through to entertain the audience and make the big-screen experience memorable. To name a few, the HALO jump, the helicopter scene in the climax felt incredibly special to watch cause it's in fact Cruise doing these deadly stunts without any help from a stunt-double.

Trampled with action scenes, the storyline of the movie was relatively underwhelming when compared to the previous two and although it had few twists and turns, for the most part, it was predictable. The characters excluding Hunt didn't have much of an impact as I anticipated more from Cavill, Ferguson, and Benji who felt like they're just present in the film.

Overall, Fallout is a magnificent theater experience permeated with mind-boggling action sequences that are totally worth your penny. Watch it on the biggest screen available and let Tom Cruise take care of the rest. This is undoubtedly the best action movie I've seen this year and rightfully deserves all the praise and acclaim that it's been receiving across the world.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Ant-Man and the Wasp - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Dumb Fun!"

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th movie in the illustrious Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña in recurring roles and Hannah John-Kamen portrays the villainous character of Ghost alongside with Walton Goggins.

Facing few repercussions due to his involvement in The Civil War, Scott Lang is in house arrest spending quality time with his daughter and his helping his waggish gang in running a security company. On the other side, Hope and Hank Pym were in a hideout trying to find, explore and create the possibilities of going inside the quantum realm in hopes to find Janet (Hank's wife) who is lost and trapped in the abyss. But, they soon find trouble with the arrival of the Ghost, who has her own agenda when it comes to capturing something significant.

Let's start with the positives, as always, much like every other MCU movie, the action sequences were a delight to watch. They're enough exhilarating scenes sprinkled all throughout the film to keep you entertained despite few storyline issues. Furthermore, the visual effects is another noteworthy positive of the film, as it is amazing to experience the marvel of CGI and the up-and-coming de-aging effect on the silver screen.

Advancing to the characters, the relationship between Scott Lang and his daughter Cassie is once again one of the primary highlights of the film and it is heartwarming to watch them together on-screen. But, Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp is the stand-out character as she had much more delve into in this film and she served as the perfect counterpart for the Ant-Man. 

However, here are the negatives. Back in 2015, in my review of Ant-Man, I openly wrote that I'm not a huge fan of the film's storyline cause it's too ordinary or orthodox for me. Now, with this film, the story felt much more uninteresting, unimportant and overall mundane to watch. You might make a point or even argue that MCU needed a much lighter toned film coming off the chaos of Infinity War, but, if you take this as an individual film or maybe watch it after few years, I'm sure that you'll most probably find it lackluster.

Also, due to the insipid plot, the screenplay also suffered substantially as the writers tried to narrate the story in a perplexing fashion which did not do any favors. The villains were once again disappointing as nothing felt like a serious threat to Ant-Man, Wasp or even Luis. Likewise, Michael Peña's comedic act quickly got stale and unhumorous after a certain point as it carried on hit to the same beats again and again.

Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp felt like the majority of the Marvel films; packed with entertaining action scenes, quick-fire comedy and a minimal intrigue added to the plot. I consider this as dumb fun cause it appealed more to the 8-year old sitting next to me who flabbergasted when the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser came out flying from the back door of a van and I have to say that he started to annoy me after a while with his buddy by screaming and jumping out-of-the-seat several times. Anyhow, back to my verdict, fortunately, there's plenty of fun that you can have with this film but it just felt like an ordinary film which is easily forgettable the next day.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (A Decent Flick!)
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Gruesome! Engaging! Soldado Delivers!"

Directed by the Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima, Day of the Soldado is the sequel to the 2015 film Sicario which went on to become a fabulous hit on home video and streaming platforms and is directed by one of the best directors working today, Denis Villeneuve. Starring  Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin in recurring roles, I was very much excited to watch this film cause Sicario is one of my favorites from 2015. I still remember that day leaving the theater feeling quite uncomfortable because the film felt so real and gritty with its vibe and is one of the best and memorable movie theater experiences I ever had.

After a few devastating and destructive human bombing incidents, the United States government comprehends that these events are heavily orchestrated by the Mexican Drug Cartels and their interference in transporting illegal immigrants across the border. So, the Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) appoints Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) for a secret contentious mission that sets our movie underway.

Written by Taylor Sheridan, who also penned the script for Sicario ensured that the storyline is engaging enough to sit through for two hours. Much like Emily Blunt's relatable character in the first film, in Soldado, Sheridan focused on how Cartel war and gangs disturb and affects the lives of teenage kids and told the story in two subplots involving a boy and a girl. These underplots had a through line and added a much-needed emotional impact which is one of the main positives applauded by the critics and the audience in the prequel.

Furthermore, I'm happy to see director Stefano Sollima maintaining or even elevating the franchise's gruesome tone and the ghastly vibe as they're quite a few terrorizing scenes which are agonizing and not at all entertaining to watch. But, the magic that Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins created in the first film is certainly missing, the scenes from the border or in the tunnel from the climax were one of the most intense and skillfully shot and directed sequences in recent history and sadly Sollima dropped the ball when it comes to delivering those high-intense prospects.

As far as the characters, Benicio del Toro is once again on top of his game, the way that he carried his demeanor is profound as he shaped his character as likable even though he continues to do awful stuff. Josh Brolin's character had so much more to explore in this film with a significantly more range and parts to deal with.

Overall, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is an engaging and a spine-tingling thriller in all respects and the best part is I can still remember or can recall everything in the film, therefore, it is also memorable. It had a few pacing issues and lacked the intensity as nothing can top the masterpiece which is the first film. Nevertheless, Soldado is still a solid movie to watch with low expectations.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws)
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Love, Simon & Red Sparrow - Double Header Reviews

Hello Movie Freaks! Welcome back to yet another Double Header Review and the last time we did something like this it is for two movies that I enjoyed quite a bit; Den of Thieves and Game Night. But this time, it's different, two diverse films that I'm wanting to see for a very long time. So, let's get right into it.

But, let me stop you right there! You guys know the drill, let's see how well these films performed critically and commercially. Love, Simon made 60.8 million worldwide with a production budget of 10 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%. Red Sparrow made 151.3 million worldwide from its 69 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 47%. 

"Love, Simon" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 4/5

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson in the lead role and is a coming-of-age story of Simon who is gay and is extremely afraid to admit it to his family or his friends because of the circumstances. The film explores the final year of Simon's high school life and his journey through finding love with an anonymous fellow school-mate and at the same time dealing with quite a few obstacles. 

Now, I love coming-of-age films, when they're done right. I still remember watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 2012 or even Paper Towns from 2015 and felling in love with those films instantly. Love, Simon is also one such film I knew I would immediately love mainly because of the vibe it carried throughout the runtime. The simple yet suspenseful storyline, well-written dialogues, witty and emotional scenes, the upbeat songs and background score and the relatable characters made this film super charming, likable and entertaining.

Overall, Love, Simon is easily one of the best films of the year and is a delightful watch in and out. If you're waiting to watch a feel-good movie, make sure to check out this one because it's not often we get a different coming-of-age film centered around a gay.

"Red Sparrow" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 2/5

Starring Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role, Red Sparrow explores the story of Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina turned spy who is forced to work for the Russian Intelligence and is directed by Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games fame) and co-stars Joel Edgerton along with Matthias Schoenaerts as the supporting cast.

They're a tad too many drawbacks with this movie, so, let's start with the positives. Jennifer Lawrence once again proves why is one of the best Hollywood actors working right now. The demeanor, charisma and the allure that she brings to her character is remarkable and as the standard-bear who is practically present in every single scene she does a good job and keeps the movie despite its numerous flaws. Talking about problems, clocking at 140 minutes, the runtime of this film is lengthy and after a certain point in time, it started to aggravate me because of the storyline which is pretty ordinary. Sure, the suspense of the focal character is maintained until the third act, but the movie is dreary and mundane cause it lost me in the first or the second act itself.

Overall, excluding JLaw's noteworthy performance, Red Sparrow is a disappointment and there is no reason for you to check out this movie unless you bump into it on a late Saturday night. 

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Hereditary - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Spine-Chilling Experience!"

Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary is a horror-thriller and stars  Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in the lead roles along with Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne as the supporting cast. Applauded and celebrated as one of the best horror movies of recent times, critics went on to call this film as the modern-day Exorcist in their overwhelmingly positive reviews as the Tomatometer now stands at 90%. But, similar to this decades horror releases The Witch and The Babadook, this film is not well received by the audience or the general public as it earned a D+ cinemascore which was quite bizarre.

The plot of the film tells the story of the strange Graham family who is going through the death of Ellen, mother of Annie (Toni Collette) and the grandmother of Peter and Charlie (Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro). Shortly after that, weird things slowly start to unravel as Annie and Charlie begin to notice Ellen who is involved in a strange and a mysterious past.

I love horror/thriller movies and the experience of watching them in a movie theatre. I still remember torturing myself watching Conjuring 2 in an almost empty theatre just for that eerie ambiance. But, I even found myself not enjoying horror movies when they have too many silly jump-scares and a generic storyline. Anyway, coming back to Hereditary, I avoided all the promotional material and the trailers of the film and walked into the theater with an open mind only expecting to watch a good horror film. Now, nearly eight hours later, thinking about this movie is still makes my pulse pound and I'm even uncomfortable visualizing what I saw. Let me explain why!

Right from the first frame, you can tell that there's something wrong within this house and even with the family. Director Ari Aster masterfully made use of the setting, environment, characters, background score and the creepy imagery to assemble the disconcerting vibe and ensured that it's maintained throughout the film. Every scene was shot and designed with perfection and Aster did not make any mistake by spoiling the tension with an absurd jump scare. The first half was a slow-burn, it took the time to narrate the eerieness of the characters and made me become accustomed to the setting of the film. But, the second half is when the pace starts to pick up as its occupied with scary and unsettling scenes, weird anecdotes and many more. Anyhow, let's move on before I start spoiling the movie. 

Now, what made the film much more special were the characters. The development was exceptional as you can feel sorry for them and at the same time get weirded out with their actions. Complementing to the perfection of the characters, the performances from the complete cast was extraordinary. Toni Collette delivered an Oscar-worthy performance and I was honestly spooked just by looking at her in every scene. Alex Wolff was also phenomenal as this helpless guy as you can see this powerlessness and grief on his face the whole time. Milly Shapiro's appearance is creepy enough for me to not trust her character from the beginning as she carried the uncanniness with her the from start to finish.

As I complimented earlier, the technical aspects in the film were great. The way it was shot to provide and continue the frightening feeling was quite extraordinary. Also, the background score was most definitely chilling and endorsed the spirit of the film flawlessly.

Nevertheless, the hype is real and Hereditary is, in fact, the best horror film I've seen in recent years. The unsettling atmosphere and the disturbing imagery will mess with you for a long time. It's also exquisitely shot and directed film with top-notch performances. Watch it on the biggest screen available with premium sound quality to experience the uncanniness to the fullest.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Mundane and A Disappointing Film!"

Directed by J. A. Bayona, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the sequel to the highly successful 2015 film Jurassic World which grossed 1.6 billion worldwide and revitalized the franchise back to its glory. The sequel stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their respective roles along with Rafe Spall and Justice Smith as the supporting cast.

Soon after the events of the first film, Isla Nublar is now the resort of a raging volcano and the government is in a dilemma whether to save the dinosaurs or let them succumb with the catastrophe. After the adverse decision by the authority, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is now running a campaign to save the ancient spices receives an excellent offer from Benjamin Lockwood who articulates that the beings can be carted to different and a more safer island. Shortly afterwards, Claire finds herself in trouble along with her friends and Owen (Chris Pratt) who joins her for help.

As expected, the film starts off with on a higher note with dinosaurs being stranded on Isla Nublar. The visuals looked fantastic, the action scenes felt exhilarating and certainly dark and emotional. Soon after the first act, the film took a nosedive into the atrocious land and never even tried to retreat from its mistakes. 

That's when the horrendous storyline and writing job by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly came into the picture. It felt that the script became lazy as the entire another half of the movie takes place in a mansion where nothing interesting happens, tries to make an uninteresting generic villain work and also aims to insert a subplot with a child which was unwarranted. The entire movie was predictable and everything excluding the first act was mundane to watch.

The film's sound design was fantastic, sitting in a DOLBY ATMOS theatre with surround sound I felt the cinematic experience more convenient to me and Giacchino's background score was off-the-roof. Performances from the complete cast were decent as I felt that the characters had nothing much to do in this film and were easily forgettable after the movie.

Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a bummer in terms of writing and delivering an enjoyable film. As the fifth film in the Jurassic franchise, I expected something more than a blatant adventure film as it is by far the most disappointing films I've seen this year.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
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The Thing & Apollo 13 - Classic Movie Reviews

Classic Movie Reviews is something that I wanted to do for a very long time. They're many movies like The Thing or Halloween that I never watched, but due to the recent changes we went through in our website by posting fewer amounts of movie news or reviews, I'm finding time to watch these iconic films which helped heighten the Hollywood industry to a superior level.

Surprisingly, The Thing which is released back in 1982, did not get proper reception from the audience and from it's 15 million dollar budget it only made 19.6 million and was a quoted as a gory-disgusting film. Over the years, the film garnered a cult following and was applauded for its special effects, cinematography, and direction. Apollo 13, on the other hand, was a blockbuster success accumulating both critical and commercial success on a global scale.

With that being said and done, let's get right into the reviews starting off with John Carpenter's The Thing.

"The Thing" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 4/5

Set in the frigid weather of Antartica, The Thing tells the story of a group of American Government researchers who were stranded within a trepidation of an extra-terrestrial entity which is causing conflict and taking over the world with it's ungodly and imitation abilities. Presented with its dreadful gory scenes, the special effects in this films were outstanding. From the imagination to the creation and the execution, the gruesome hair-raising scenes in this film gave me chills and honestly that's what made this film so special. Carpenter's ability to capture both beautiful and petrifying shots must be appreciated alongside with the film's remarkably written screenplay. The compacted tension between the characters and the importance of their decision making was explained masterfully and kept the movie moving without any intervals. Overall, The Thing was one-of-a-kind and gave me those nightmarish shudders very often. I'm guessing that we'll never see a movie like this again and I'm happy that I took the time to sit and marvel the brilliance on-screen. 

"Apollo 13" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.75/5

Nominated for over nine Academy Awards, Apollo 13 narrates the real-life story of three astronauts and their unsuccessful mission to the Moon. I've read that director Ron Howard wanted to create technically accurate film and so he employed NASA's technical assistance in astronaut and flight controller training for his cast. And that hard work certainly paid off, this movie is packed with technical jargons and complex terms which are tough to follow. But, Howard did an excellent job narrating the storyline fluently without any pacing issues and by giving the characters time to breathe and develop in few significant scenes. Performances from the complete cast featuring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon were outstanding along with Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Overall, Apollo 13 is an exhilarating and a joyful drama filled with great performances, remarkable narration and splendid directorial work from Ron Howard.

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Deadpool 2 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Fun Ride!"

Remember when Ryan Reynolds appeared as Deadpool in that awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie back in 2009? Yeah! That was a nightmare. Fast forward nine years later, Deadpool is now this super-cool fourth wall breaking character that everyone adores. That was a giant leap! From being utterly awful to terrific. Anyway, I've recently rewatched the first film to see if the comedy holds up to this day and it did. I still giggled a lot and had a great time. Now, with the second installment, even though I'm excited, I kept myself away from the trailers to enjoy the movie with a fresh mind and zero expectations. So, here are my thoughts!

Two years into the events of the first film, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is now a universally famed contract killer taking down the bad guys with his elite skill set and his hysterical comedy. On the night of his anniversary, when spending time with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), dreadful and dramatic things take place which forces Wade to take a different path. Will he adapt to all the changes patterns the remainder of the storyline?

Now, as expected the comedic sequences deliver for the most part in the film and Ryan Reynolds remained as the stand out star.  The DC and the previous X-Men movie references,  the brief cameos were all super-funny and made me giggle in many instances. Deadpool is also very notable for breaking the fourth wall and for his meta-humor, although I had problems with the overabundance of jokes, they're still rib-tickling and entertaining most often. Director David Leitch delivered on his promise and similar to the first film the action scenes were fun to watch. They are choreographed, captured and presented remarkably as the action looked fantastic on-screen.

And the most significant aspect that I enjoyed the most from the film are the characters. Excluding Deadpool, Colossus yet again entertained as the funny Russian patrician. Josh Brolin as Cable was a huge bonus and I loved his character arc in the film which didn't take the generic route that we witness in every superhero film. Zazie Beets as Domino is another stand-out as her couldn't-care-less attitude brought a different feel to the film.  But the emotional connection and the relationship between Wade Wilson and Vanessa is the heart and charm of the film and the scenes between them together are what made this movie very distinct compared to other films from the same genre. 

With that being said, here are my negatives. The storyline which I agree was very different felt a bit off at times. Especially during the second act, the whole thing about saving the kid was underwhelming and the pacing was slow which made me disinterested. At the same time, as I stated earlier, the over-abundance of jokes bothered me after a while, as not every single one of them was funny.

Nevertheless, Deadpool 2 was funny, different and overall an entertaining experience. It's not as good as the first one, but there's some fun to be had in this film.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Den of Thieves & Game Night - Double Header Reviews

Greetings interwebs! What are you guys up to these days? Well, I've been passing my free time checking out movies that I missed watching and they're a few good ones out there that I cannot miss. I honestly love doing these Double Header Reviews only because of the fact that I don't have to rush my reviews and take some time to analyze and contemplate before giving my thoughts to you guys. On this edition of Double Header Reviews, I'll be talking about two films which garnered a positive response from the audience and the critics when they're released, one of them is the Gerald Butler starrer Den of Thieves and the next one is Game Night starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

As always, let's see how well these films were received critically and commercially. Den of Thieves made 79.9 million worldwide with a production budget of 30 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 41%. Maze Runner: The Death Cure made 114.1 million worldwide from its 37 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 82%. 

"Den of Thieves" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3/5

Directed by Christian Gudegast, Den of Thieves is a heist film and tells the story about two gangs, one is the police team led by a cocky and an arrogant Detective in Gerard Butler and the other clan is a bunch of evil bank robbers who wipe out anything in their way to get the job done. As the two teams face-off, we get a series of exhilarating action sequences mixed with storylines which are generic at the least. 

As expected and stated earlier, the action scenes in the film deliver, they're breathtaking, loud and a lot of fun to watch. But, the subplots with Gerard Butler's family was lackluster as the film doesn't explore anything new in the genre as I felt like I've seen this film a bunch of times before. 

Nevertheless, I like when a film makes a city or a town as a character and displays it with real authenticity and there's a lot to enjoy in Den of Thieves. Surely a rainy night rental.

"Game Night" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are rumored to direct the upcoming Flash movie in the DC Universe, Game Night is an action-comedy film starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles. The storyline is about a group of friends who get together for a game night as things quickly go wrong because of the nature of the game and how its conceived. 

Advancing to the comedic aspects, this was by far the funniest movie I've seen in a very long time. The jokes are not generic or cheap, the writers delivered with clever writing skills as they worked every single time. Not only the comedic sequences, the storyline was also very crisp, fast-paced and engaging throughout the runtime. Therefore, despite it's few occasional flaws, the film was highly entertaining to watch. 

The performances from the Bateman and McAdams were great as they're hilarious, charming and likable as the weird competitive couple. But, Jesse Plemons as the super-creepy next door neighbor was extremely amusing, he stole every single scene he's in and is the stand-out of the entire movie.

Overall, Game Night is funny, entertaining and is a total blast and honestly is one of the best comedies of the past two years. Watch it ASAP!

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Avengers: Infinity War - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Emotional and Entertaining!"

Remember when the first Iron Man came out? That's like ten years ago, I still remember my first impressions when I first saw the Iron Man poster at a local theater and contemplating it as an action movie of some sorts. Back then, Superhero film genre is an unknown entity for me, but now fast forward to 2018, comic book movies had become a significant part of my life and I should say that it all started because of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is been consistent with its quality and execution in all respects.

Shortly after the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is busy bringing together the six infinity stones as he believes that the whole universe requires a balance for a better good. So, a group of twenty-five superheroes squares off against Thanos and his callous children to stop the commotion and his quest to dominate the entire universe.

Now, one of the main reasons why I'm excited to watch this movie is because of the crossovers between different characters that we all fell in love within the past ten years. Consequently, we've got many collaborations throughout the film like Thor with the Guardians and Iron Man with Doctor Strange and Star-Lord. Furthermore, I should say that everything worked and delivered as we anticipated. Also, they're few ecstatic moments which made me jump out of my seat with joy.

Another critical aspect that was maintained throughout the film was the relationship between the core characters. The character arc between Star-Lord and Gamora, Wanda, and Vision added an emotive impact in the film who later have to go through severe consequences due to their ardent decisions. The Russo Brothers did an exceptional job by giving the characters their time to shine and therefore by the climax when the film took few risks it felt heartfelt and genuine.

Now, a lot of people complain the antagonists in the MCU movies excluding Loki from Avengers and Killmonger from Black Panther were bland and disappointing and I agree with them for the most part. But, after watching this film, I should say that Thanos is by far the best villain that MCU ever had. He's big, powerful, menacing, unstoppable and at a certain point, I believed that no one can ever overpower him and that shows you how effectively he was portrayed as the mighty supervillain.

That brings me to the entertaining aspects of the film which are the action and the comedic sequences. The action/fight scenes were fun and as I stated before, the team-up of different Avengers like Captain America and Black Panther is what made these particular scenes so different and interesting in the first place. The humor worked in most cases, but I had few issues which I'm going to get into in a bit. However, they're loads of laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film which cracked me up hard couple of times.

Nevertheless, here are my major problems with this film, like I said the humor worked for the most part, but I felt that it got exhausted after a while. Drax who is a badass mercenary in the first Guardians film is now wasted as a comedic relief along with other characters. Also, the pacing of the film during the first and the second act felt a bit off where it was stretched-out and took a good amount of time to get to the point. Likewise, the abrupt cuts between scenes (especially when there's important going on) bothered me a bit which is one of the main problems I had with Justice League in 2017.

Overall, Avengers: Infinity War was everything that you've hoped for. It's funny, emotional, entertaining and was a great ensemble of a gigantic cast. Russo Brothers did the best they could with the script and did a magnificent job by concluding the first part with many unanswered questions and tons of curiosity within the fans. They're bountiful of drawbacks inside and out but nonetheless, I had fun watching the film.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Rampage - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Dumb Action-Entertainer!"

Directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the lead role, Rampage is based on the popular 1980's video game of the same name and narrates the story of a rare albino gorilla named George and his relationship with Davis (The Rock) and how he (along with two other animals) quickly transforms into a ruthless monster after being exposed to a biochemical pathogen which is genetically edited.

Being the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment History, The Rock demands the screen presence throughout the film. His charisma, magnetic persona and allure keep you invested in the movie despite its standard flaws. His relationship with George was heartwarming, amusing and few scenes between them were the best moments from the entire film. Adding more to the positive side, the action sequences in the movie were enjoyable to watch. It's just super-large and crazy animals squaring off against military and government officials and Brad Peyton made sure that the monsters looked gigantic, scary and alarming. Also, with a runtime under 110 minutes, I thought that the film was well-paced and didn't waste time in terms of concluding or establishing the plot.

But, the movie majorly suffers do it's weak and lousy storyline. It's predominantly predictable and explores nothing new. The characters apart from The Rock were mostly underwhelming. The English actress Naomie Harris plays the tedious doctor that we see in every disaster film, Malin Åkerman plays the most obvious generic rich villain, Joe Manganiello was by and large wasted and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character didn't make proper sense cause he shows up at the right time and at the right place a bunch of times to save the lead characters.

Overall, Rampage is a dumb action entertainer which you will enjoy for the spectacle, action sequences, and The Rock's compelling screen presence. Watch it if you really want to, if not, just wait till it debuts on any streaming platform.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
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