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Pyaar Prema Kaadhal - Instant Movie Review #41

Elan’s – "Pyaar Prema Kadhal"

Positives:
1) Songs
2) Background Score
3) Cinematography
4) Performances

Negatives:
1) Unvarying plot

Introduction – Directed by the newcomer Elan, Pyaar Prema Kadhal revolves around the urban I.T employees Sree (Harish Kalyan) and Sinduja (Raiza Wilson). Sree hails from a conservative middle-class family while Sinduja is broad-minded and has an uber-cool Dad (Anand Babu), who is a ballet teacher. Sree falls in love with Sinduja and wants to start a family with her whilst Sinduja wants to pursue her dream of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Despite the difference in their opinions and belief, they decide to move in together. How did they compromise their dream and desire, and marry each other forms the rest of the plot?

Analysis – Pyaar Prema Kadhal is a new age urban love story, which addresses the concept of casual sex, living together and the idea of not having a child unless a couple could afford their future. Though the concept of live-in relationships was conceptualized before in Mani Ratnam’s recent movie OK Kanmani, what makes Pyaar Prema Kadhal unique is the profound screenplay. Though it has the cheesy romance and repetitive scenes, Director Elan and Yuvan Shankar Raja made the movie look fresh and pleasing. Technically, the film scores well in cinematography and post-production work with a wide range of colors captured beautifully.  Yuvan Shankar Raja’s euphonious songs and background score were the biggest positives for the film, making it musically rich, sweet-sounding and kindle the emotions in us.

Performances – Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson were perfect as the urban couple. Interestingly, both the actors were contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil S1 and received huge fan following ever since, which was another reason for the movies pre-release hype. I personally liked Anand Babu’s act as Sinduja’s father and also he showed his talent as a ballet teacher.

Verdict – Overall, Pyaar Prema Kadhal is fairly tolerable, not tedious yet nothing significant. The film works well with teenagers and corner seat audience.

My Rating – 2.5/5 | Grade – C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
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Vishwaroopam 2 / Vishwaroop 2 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “A Let Down by Kamal Haasan!

‘Don’t force or test my patriotism at random places’ said an exasperated Kamal Haasan on the microblogging site Twitter on the mandatory playing of National Anthem in theatres. On contrary to his views, a brief video about his political party “Makkal Needhi Maiam” and the various public meetings which the actor turned politician took part in, was played at the beginning of the film.

Kamal Haasan’s surprising entry into politics made him quit cinema as the actor says he wants to focus more on becoming a leader. He had vowed to complete all his pending projects, one of which was Vishwaroopam 2.  The 2013 prequel faced numerous controversies and problems before it's release, while the sequel or circumquel (as Wikipedia says) was a smooth release without any complications. But, did writer-director Kamal Haasan conclude what he started effectively?

So, the film takes off right where the prequel concluded. It’s been five years since the release of Vishwaroopam and you don't have to worry about recollecting the plot, as this movie recaps the prequel frequently. Wikipedia states this movie as a circumquel rather than a sequel, and if you've ever wondered what that means, the film elaborates its definition. A circumquel takes place partly before and partly after a particular storyline.

To give a reason why Wisam Ahamed Kashmiri (Kamal Haasan) joined Al-Qaeda, befriended Omar, trained the Jihadi’s, and finally betrayed them, Kamal Haasan chose to intervene in the entire first film in regular intervals along with the post-New York City incident. But, the film doesn’t get complex, yet my concern was that it was evident that Wisam is a RAW agent and he was on a mission, the repetition of scenes from the prequel felt like watching the latter again and the focus shifted from the main agenda of arresting Omar to a logical interpretation of part one. 

Also, was the detention of Omar (Rahul Bose) and his trusty side-kick Salim (Jaideep Ahlawat) told in a distinct way? No! The entire post-New York City incident was structured incoherently, and the addition of unwanted scenes made it even worse. The latter part of the film was more of a personal fight between Wisam and Omar rather than the involvement of the government officials. The film also suffered from logical issues and the pace on which the second half moved added fuel to the fire resulting in audience yawning. 

Advancing to the performances, Kamal Haasan was born-to-act and anyone who criticizes the skill of this man, who has been the definition of acting for decades, is definitely a halfwit. Every other supporting character did their part well especially Rahul Bose as Omar Bhai. Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman was a forced inclusion, absolutely unnecessary and a waste of talent. Andrea Jeremiah and Pooja Kumar were decent with their performances.

The action sequences were choreographed well and were a delight to watch. Cinematography deserves a noteworthy mention but the CGI in certain scenes remains substandard. Mohammad Ghibran made sure that the film had the proper background score to elevate the aura accordingly. The movie had three songs, one was an intro song with the scenes from the first film, and the second song was a flashback one of the training days of Wisam in the Indian Army and the third was a forced inclusion in the second half. 

On the whole, unlike its prequel, Vishwaroopam 2 lacked a gripping storyline and suffered from a weak screenplay. Kamal Haasan failed to conclude what he started in an intriguing manner as the movie ended up as another mainstream cat-and-mouse brawl. Unless you’re highly anxious, an ardent fan of Kamal or excited to know if Wisam kills Omar, you can skip this and wait for it to release on any streaming platform.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Veere Di Wedding & Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran - Double Header Review

It's always awkward to open one of these Double Header Reviews with a generic greeting like I admit doing it previously, but I'm not gonna do that this time cause I'm bored, fed up and will not act like I'm always positive like Nushrat Bharucha in the first half of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Anyway, thanks to streaming platforms like ZEE5 and Netflix, I had the opportunity to check out the comedy-drama 'Veere Di Wedding' and the John Abraham starrer 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' based on real events. In that case, let's wrap-up these opening traditions and advance to the main event.

Veere Di Wedding made 138.80 crores worldwide with a production budget of 42 crores which is still surprising considering how many people watched this dumb movie. Parmanu made 91.36 crores worldwide from its 44 crore production budget, and that's impressive for a patriotic film that hasn't starred Akshay Kumar.

"Veere Di Wedding" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 1.5/5

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, Veere Di Wedding starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in the lead roles is the story about four childhood friends having a little reunion, as they have fun, share memories, emotions and celebrate their lives to the fullest due to the fact that one of them is getting married.

Now, they're a few bromance movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which are great and I feel pity for all the girls, cause VDW is not the appropriate film to represent their sisterhood and moreover it just a lousy two-hour bore-fest. Right from the get-go, I felt like I'm watching one of those Star Plus soap-operas (which is understandable considering Ekta Kapoor is one of the producers) as the quality of the film kept declining time after time into obscurity. The storyline is non-existent, the screenplay is a mess, the jokes are unfunny, characters were left unexplored, and the cusswords are basically a bait to lure the audience into the movie theater.

Overall, flooded with chock-full of product placements, Veere Di Wedding is a bad film and is a colossal failure in regards to many aspects like directing or storytelling. Watch it if you're interested, I guess!

"Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu starring John Abraham in the lead role is loosely based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998 and tells the story of how the historic plan came into flourishment.

Set in the late 90's, the demoded presentation by Abhishek Sharma was one of the most impressive attributes of the entire film. Everything from the shot composition, music and background score, characters, felt like they belong in the 90's as we can effortlessly convince an alien by saying that this movie came out in 1998. Moreover, barring few overly dramatic scenes and convenient solutions, the film was engaging from end to end and kept me on the edge-of-my-seat regularly. 

Overall, Parmanu is reasonably similar to last year's 'The Ghazi Attack' where you can tell that it's not factually correct and heavily dramatized for our viewing pleasure. But, it succeeded in keeping the tension and was an intriguing two-hour watch on a laid-back weekend.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Ghajinikanth - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Stereotypical Story! Watchable to an Extent!

Santhosh P. Jayakumar, the director of two crap adult-comedy films has finally made a fair to middling remake movie which was decent, funny and enjoyable in a few aspects compared to his earlier films. We have already watched plenty of movies with similar storylines and what made Ghajinikanth unique was the way it was presented and a few comical scenes which provided relief from the clichéd plot. 

The storyline revolves around Rajnikanth (Arya), who suffers from a memory disorder wherein he forgets his pants, shoes, meet or to respond a person who calls him to his mobile if someone diverts him during the conversation. His absent-minded problem eventually gets him a girlfriend, Vandhana (Sayyeshaa Saigal), and the rest of the movie is all about the chaos caused by his inattention. 

I should say that this a good comeback movie for Arya, who hasn't starred in any notable film since Raja Rani. He was hilarious, entertaining and kept the film entertaining. 

Now, let's talk something meta! Remember when I ranted about Sayyeshaa Saigal’s look in my Honest Movie Review of ‘Kadaikutty Singam’, where I said that I didn’t find her attractive? I would like to apologize for that, as the girl was gorgeous and likable with her personality, expressions and acting in this film. She has been doing back to back films with top actors and I wish her to be successful in her blossoming career.

Performances from ‘Aadukalam’ Naren, Sathish, and Sampath Raj were helpful in making the film not boring, as the movie has overly plain, simple, unimaginative and dull scenes to the point of being boring.

On the whole, Ghajinikanth offers absolutely nothing new in terms of content, the movie is heavily clichéd and doesn’t have any intriguing aspect to recommend off. It’s just another passable film but a decent one from the director.

My Rating – 2.5/5 | Grade – C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Karwaan - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Road Trip Worth Hitching a Ride!"

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, Karwaan stars Irrfan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar in the lead roles and is one of the three movies releasing on this (August 3rd) weekend. The film follows the journey of three lost souls (Shaukat, Avinash, and Tanya) joining together for an unexpected road trip across the beautiful state of Kerala with the purpose of solving a confusion involving two dead bodies. 

Let's start with the story, which I should say is surprisingly unpredictable for the most part. It took a few twists and turns and by and large kept me captivated. Story writer Bejoy Nambiar and screenwriter/director Akarsh Khurana infused quite a few undertones throughout the film whether it's about death, life, self-analysis and introduced a refreshing tone filled with good vibes, affection, and celebration.

Similar to Irrfan's previous film Blackmail, Karwaan is also entertaining in regards to Black Comedy or Dark Comedy. The way the characters made fun of such dramatic situations is something I rarely see in Bollywood, and it exposes the vulnerability and complications of these characters in the most blatant way possible.

Advancing to the characters and performances, Irrfan stole the show with his carefree and jovial attitude and is solely responsible for the majority of laughs. Dulquer Salmaan who is known for his solid acting in South Indian Film Industry is a surprise and charming addition to the film, and perfectly fit the role of Avinash. Mithila Palkar also had a significant presence, and her unusual chemistry or dialogue with DQ worked well inside and out.

But, the heart and soul for this film (at least for me) is the exquisite cinematography that showcased the alluring beauty of Kerala which is essential for a road trip movie. The scenic views accompanied by some sweet-sounding music is a treat for the audience member, and it also positions you in a calm and cheerful mood which is vital for social media magnets like us.

However, before I wrap this up, let me discuss the drawbacks. The film certainly had a few problems especially at the beginning of the second half where it stalls for a while and then picks up, and the 120-minute runtime is IMO a bit unnecessary.

Nevertheless, Karwaan is overall a feel-good road trip film wrapped with few significant themes, amusing jokes, euphonious music, and is a sweet love letter to the "God's Own Country" Kerala. Watch it on a cozy weekend with your loved ones or partners it will not disappoint you.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
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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!)
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Dhadak - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Mundane Bollywood Cliché!"

Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Dhadak is an official remake of the critically acclaimed Marathi film Sairat and stars Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor in the lead roles. The storyline of the film follows the clichéd love story of teenagers Madhukar and Parthavi where they fall in love with each other despite being ridiculed by a caste-driven society and you can probably envision the remainder of the plot without me elaborating.

Let's discuss the positives, regardless of being slammed by comments about nepotism or favoritism, Ishaan Khatter, and Janhvi Kapoor are consistently impressive throughout the film. Especially, in regards to displaying emotion, firing up quick laughs, expressing innocence and genuinity on his face, Ishaan did an exceptional job bringing life to his character and is indeed a remarkable talent. Janhvi surprised me or perhaps everyone with her decent yet noteworthy performance. Despite a few hiccups during the emotional sequences, she handled herself well all through the film.

Here are the negatives. I haven't seen the original Marathi film Sairat, so, I had zero expectations for Dhadak and walked into the theater knowing nothing about the source material. But, fifteen minutes into the film looking at how the plot is structuring itself, I found myself comfortably predicting the rest of the storyline because it's generic and I'm sure that you'll get the feeling that you've watched the same movie a million times before. The plot had no consequences as the aspect of caste that they're trying to interject did not work especially with an innocuous character like Ashutosh Rana, who plays the antagonist. The entire film was sophomoric as I felt the cringe crawl through my body which eventually made me suffer. It's one of those movies where you'll find murmuring to yourself like "In my stupid teenage years, I have made the same dumb mistake and I regret watching this movie now."

The music and the background score by Ajay-Atul are undoubtedly one of the saving graces of the film as the songs (or maybe the entire movie) were shot and picturized beautifully and the euphonious music made it so much more special to watch.

Overall, Dhadak had a significant message to share in the climax and the superstar kids Ishaan and Janhvi were a delight to watch. But, the generic storyline and the tedious screenplay made it nearly unwatchable as I found myself cringe and regret watching the majority of the film. Nevertheless, it's sad to see Bollywood still trying to beat a dead horse while South Indian Film Industry is busy exploring unorthodox love stories like Arjun Reddy.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
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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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Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Decently Made Commercial Entertainer!” 

Director Pandiraj’s movies have always been entertaining and commercially successful ones. With Kadaikutty Singam, he has delivered an ideal movie to spend the weekend, a movie which has nothing new to offer yet doesn’t bore us in any way.

The movie revolves around Perunazhi Ranasingam (Satyaraj) and his huge family comprising of his two wives, their children, and grandchildren. The problem arises when Ranasingam’s only son Gunasingam (Karthi) decides to marry Kannukiniyal (Sayyeshaa) when his family members thought he will marry any one of his nieces. The further movies show Gunasingam’s struggle to convince his family members for his marriage. 

Now, we have seen a lot of movies in Tamil which deals with such family issues, what makes this movie unique is Pandiraj's screenplay and his profound execution. I do agree that the film had many cliché scenes but none of them were boring or unwanted, besides, they were refreshing. 

Karthi’s previous film “Theeran: Adhigaram Ondru” was one of the best of 2017, it was intense in terms of script and filmmaking and his acting did justice for it. With Kadaikutty Singam, he turns into a village macho and the role of farmer suits him more than perfect. One thing which I like about Karthi is, he tends to live his character and make sure he does his part with utmost sincerity and completeness. 

I never liked Soori’s comedy lately cause it's boring and unfunny. But he has improvised a lot and teaming up with the supportive cast; he did manage to crack some decent comedy this time.

I have admired Sayyeshaa Saigal since her Tamil debut “Vanamagan”. She was a chubby girl then and her moves for the song “Damn Damn” were stunning to watch. But in Kadaikutty Singam, she seems to have lost lots of weight with clear jawline and I personally didn’t find her attractive, though she did her part as Kannukiniyal, a simplicity loving college girl role satisfactorily. 

This film has a huge list of actors doing supportive roles and everyone essayed the given character to the best of their ability. I especially liked Priya Bhavani Shankar’s (of Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai soap opera and Meyyadha Mann fame) performance.

D. Imman usually gives quality songs and background score for a movie with village backdrop but his songs were mediocre and didn’t create an impact, at the same time the background score was pretty much satisfying.

On the whole, Kadaikutty Singam is just another regular family drama where the director cleverly crafted the screenplay and added a social message about the importance of agriculture. A worthy film to watch with your family after a busy week. 

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade – B (Worth a Watch)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Hichki & 102 Not Out - Double Header Review

Wassup Movie Freaks! I hope your really (not) enjoying the Summer weather unless you are in Mumbai and got drenched in rain #MumbaiRains. Anyway, I've done few of these Double Header Reviews in the past but this time I'm sharing my thoughts on two Bollywood movies I haven't had the chance to watch in theaters. However, thanks to Amazon Prime Video, I'm now able to catch up, cause they're few really good ones I missed out on.

Before we start, you guys know our on-going tradition, let's see how well these films performed commercially. Hichki made 76.54 crores worldwide with a production budget of 20 crores. 102 Not Out made 78.59 crores worldwide from its 10 crore production budget.

"Hichki" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3/5

Directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, Hichki starring Rani Mukerji tells us the story of Naina Mathur who has a rare disorder called as Tourette syndrome and is unable to land her aspiring job as a teacher for five years. In the long run, despite many warnings from the school's administration, she accepts the job to teach for a notorious and impish group of kids who are known for doing absurd things.

Now, you may have seen many movies in the past with a similar plot cause the storyline of Hichki is something which is tried and tested in films numerous times before. But, the movie had heart and emotion in the right place. The perfect blend of witty and poignant scenes and a well-paced narrative made Hichki so much special and charming at the same time. Another great asset for the film was Rani's outstanding performance. Her likable and appealing character was well developed and Rani made sure that the audience got behind her character effortlessly.

On the whole, although predictable, Hichki was a delightful watch from start to finish and Rani gives yet another award-worthy performance. See it!

"102 Not Out" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.25/5

102 Not Out starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles is a story about a jovial carefree 102-year-old father (Amitabh Bachchan) who decides to break the record as the oldest man alive in history. But, the dreary and the lifeless attitude of his 75-year-old son (Rishi Kapoor) discourages and throws cold water on his hopes. Later, he willingly chooses to send his son to an old-age home so that he can find peace and concentrate more on smashing that world record.

Deposited with a slick 150-minute runtime, this movie is on point with its execution. The comedic sequences were tight, hilarious and entertaining. Concurrently, the emotional scenes were poignant and hit all the right notes perfectly. But, the most significant aspect is the chemistry between Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, who seemed to had a ton of fun acting together and the humor and the emotion that they brought to this table was heartwarming and enjoyable.

Overall, for a movie which only had four primary characters, 102 Not Out delivered much more than I expected as I found myself laughing out loud and crying emotively within those 150 minutes. This is a prime example of heartening family drama and I urge you to watch it on Amazon Prime Video in case if you still haven't had the opportunity to do so.

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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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Sanju - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Curated Look at the Controversial Life of Sanju!"

Directed by the acclaimed and celebrated director Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role is a 'biopic' of the controversial yet admired film star Sanjay Dutt. The film explores the early days of his film career, his drug-addiction phase and his involvement in the 1993 Bombay bombings.

The film opens up with the Supreme Court of India announcing that Sanju (Ranbir Kapoor) should, in fact, serve his notice in jail and offers him 30 days to surrender so that he can complete his unfinished projects. Sanju then meets the admired biographer Winnie Diaz (Anushka Sharma) to pen his notorious life story and despite few issues, they decide to work together as Sanju starts his story remembering his time on the sets of his first film Rocky (1981).

Alright, let me start by saying this, this is not your traditional biopic where it encompasses the complete story of Sanjay Dutt, they're many uncharted territories that you expect answers from, but Rajkumar Hirani focuses more on the moments which made or destroyed Dutt's career. The timeline is almost non-existent in the film, we jump from incidents out of the 80's to the 90's and to the 2000's and I felt like large chunks of details were left unexplained.  I understand that the makers cannot cram everything into the two-hour-forty-minute runtime but I found myself out-of-the-loop trying to piece together the plot regularly. Moreover, few scenes in between these timelines were almost hard to believe. Maybe the man truly had such an outlandish lifestyle or maybe it's fictionalized, we never know.

The first half focuses on the early stages of Dutt's career from the 80's and more on his reckless and slapdash attitude and how he's not able to focus on his career, family, and life. But, I might be in the minority for saying that I didn't like the approach that the writers took to infuse comedy into serious moments. Like, he obviously did some awful stuff, but the way it was told or portrayed was a bit nonsensical.

But, one of the main aspects that shines the most throughout the movie was the relationship that Dutt had with his father Sunil Dutt and his dear friend Kamlesh. They're extremely emotional, genuine and made the film feel very special. The concern that these guys showed towards Dutt at the darkest times of his life was well showcased and made the lead character look endearing.

Advancing to the performances, Ranbir Kapoor is in top-form here and he transformed himself into Sanjay Dutt when it comes to the physical transformation, facial expressions, voice, mannerisms and I didn't feel even for a second that I was watching Ranbir Kapoor on-screen. But, Vicky Kaushal as Dutt's friend Kamlesh is the show-stealer here and made his character delightful to watch. The Gujarati accent, innocence, and the earnest gratitude that he had for his best friend was heartwarming and Kaushal made sure to knock it out-of-the-park in every single scene. Other notable performances include Paresh Rawal as the loving father and Anushka Sharma as the no-nonsense biographer, both their characters had equal importance in the movie with much significance.

Overall, Sanju felt less like a biographical drama and more of a story that Dutt wanted to tell the audience through his point of view. Disgraced by negligent journalism, Dutt answers most of the significant questions about his drug use, involvement with the terrorists and his asinine behavior but I felt like many phases of his life are still left unexplored. But then again, the performances were top-notch and the relationships between the focal characters were remarkably displayed which makes Sanju an engaging film from beginning to end.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
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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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Tik Tik Tik - Honest Movie Review

Verdict – "A Remarkable Attempt Ruined by Some Clichéd Writing!"

When an asteroid is about to strike some regions in South India, the Indian Defence Army decides to blast it using a nuclear weapon. Since there is no nuclear weapon of such intensity available in India, they decide to steal it from a secret vault in outer space with the help of a magician cum escape artist.

Director Shakthi Sounder Rajan is known to explore untouched genres in Tamil Cinema. With ‘Miruthan’, he gave the first Zombie movie ever made in Tamil Cinema Industry. And now with ‘Tik Tik Tik’, he delivered India’s first outer space based film. With soaring high expectations people anticipate for a solid movie but Rajan chose to ignore the writing aspects and focused more on the visual part which resulted in a film having a generic plot. 

‘Jeyam’ Ravi has solely carried the entire movie on his shoulders. He compensates for the weak writing and makes sure the movie is watchable with his acting. Nivetha Pethuraj, Jayaprakash, and other supporting cast were just fine. 

On the technical side, the film is of the highest quality. I didn’t expect the VFX to be excellent and it surprised me for the most part. As India’s first space adventure, the visual effects should be breathtaking and the movie succeeded in it. The songs and the background score by D. Imman are also another one of the few positives I found in this film as he made sure that his music creates the right impact needed for a space genre film.

Nevertheless, Tik Tik Tik would have been better if with an attractive story and an engaging screenplay cause the writing part of the movie is a letdown. Barring it, the movie is definitely a well-made space genre film and the effort of the whole team should be appreciated. 

My Rating – 2.75/5 | Grade – C+ (A Decent Flick!)
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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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Lust Stories (Netflix) - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Breaking Ground!"

Distributed and released by the global streaming leader Netflix, Lust Stories is an anthology film consisting of four short stories based on love, lust, honesty, status, misery, and desire. Directed by the some of the most celebrated filmmakers in Bollywood (Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar), this film breaks new ground and highlights few significant problems and complications that men and (especially) women face in their relationships and everyday life.

Let's briefly discuss the storyline of the four short films without spoiling anything. Kashyap's film starring Radhika Apte and Akash Thosar tells the story about an unusual relationship between a college teacher and a student and trades with the subject of honesty. Zoya's short cruises on the lines of class and dignity and stars Bhumi Pednekar as a housemaid and Neil Bhoopalam as an unmarried day job worker. Dibakar's movie sees Manisha Koirala having an extramarital affair with Jaideep Ahlawat and also explores her reasons for not liking her husband's behavior and attitude. Finally, Karan's film delves into the life of a newly-married couple Kiara Advani and Vicky Kaushal and emphasizes the topics of sex being one-sided, women being confined to a traditional married life and more.

What makes this movie special is the significant directive it's trying to express. We live in a fast-growing world where we often forget about basic things in life which are important. Like in Kashyap's film Radhika Apte's character expects the same amount of honesty and transparency from her friend, but she gets upset and goes paranoid when he starts to lie to her. Dignity, despair, aggravation and even Karan's film tells a substantial story about how women have the same desire as men and so on. Also, this film breaks new boundaries when it comes to talking, expressing and opening (not in a vulgar way) about sex which is still considered as a taboo in India. 

Centered around four different female protagonists, the performances from every one of them were great. Radhika Apte is the most notable one as she embodied and portrayed the psychotic part of her character tremendously. Kiara Advani is also another pleasant surprise as her character was by far the likable and relatable one among others.

Overall, Lust Stories had an imperative and a distinctive message to share in each of its four films and was also remarkably narrated and directed. Go watch this film as this is one of the many steps that Indian Cinema is taking to divert itself from the commercial genre.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | -An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Race 3 - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "One of the Worst Big Budget Movies in Recent History!"

Directed by Remo D'Souza who is the man behind-the-camera of one of the worst films of 2016 'A Flying Jatt', 'Race 3' stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in the lead and supporting roles and is the third film in the highly successful 'Race' franchise.

Separated from the previous two films, the plot of this movie introduces us to a filthy rich family who has disputes between them over domination and money. After undertaking a deal to rob a hard drive from a "highly secured" vault, the family discovers few miraculous facts which shatters the trust and love that they have developed over the years. Beyond believable!

If you got through the above paragraph understanding something about the movie then I should applaud myself for narrating the chaotic mess which is the storyline. It's a disaster! And even recollecting it to disintegrate what happened is giving me a headache. The franchise is notoriously known for its double-twists; a twist within a twist and more twists and that's where this plot became even more heedless. They're rather confusing, pointless and ineffective than surprising as the twists were only introduced to continue the ridiculous gimmick of the franchise.

Ten minutes into the movie, I can already tell that it is awful when the narrator says "Now that you learned about the characters, let the race begin!". That's borderline pathetic storytelling and the idiocy never stops and it continues with terrible dialogues, cringey character moments, humorless comedy and abysmal timing of songs between unimportant scenes. 

Remo D' Souza who is now into creating mindless grandiose spectacles is hand-picked by Salman Khan to direct the movie and it is literally the worst decision he made. D'Souza's approach to push style over substance can clearly be seen in the film and it didn't even remotely work for any scene. He can't piece together a scene properly or at least cannot extract a decent enough performance from any of the talented cast and it's disgraceful. All he made sure is that the actors looked elegant by dressing them up with expensive clothing and made them drive around in supercars so that we can all think that they're wicked cool.

But hey! You may say that I'm just being salty and demoralizing everybody with negativity, at least they're action sequences to shut my brain and enjoy. Don't get me started! From the mind-numbing skydiving sequences to the insane flying car crashes and the in-your-face detonations, the action scenes in the movie were absurdly bad. They're so atrocious to watch as the audience in the theatre I'm watching had a range of emotions with the kids running down the steps infused with madness and the elders either laughing or holding their heads in awe cause they can't believe what they're watching.

Even the characters or the performances didn't elevate the film. Salman Khan walked, talked and acted like a robot. Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol did the best they could, Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah were present for the looks, songs, and few poorly choreographed fights which are seriously bad. And there's nothing much to discuss about Saqib Saleem or Freddy Daruwala either.

Overall, Race 3 is undoubtedly one of the worst big budget commercial movies I've seen in a while and is an all-around failure differing from the storyline, screenplay, direction, action, music, and performances. Here's my suggestion, forget that this movie existed, ignore it when it debuts on Amazon Prime or on TV and then thank me later for saving 160 minutes of your valuable time.

My Rating - 1/5 | Grade - D (Absolutely Awful!)
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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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Kaala – Honest Movie Review

Verdict: “Kaala Shines As a Pa. Ranjith Film with Rajini Touch In It!

Set in Mumbai, Kaala stage the story of an immigrant man from Tirunelveli and eventually emerges as a righteous don in the Dharavi slums. Director Pa. Ranjith also highlights the sufferings of Tamil migrants and other slum dwellers in Mumbai who are often victims of discrimination.

Pa. Ranjith came up with a story with an excellent blend of commercial and realistic elements. He executed it well with utmost care not to overdo in any aspect. He sticks true to his ideologies and the film has many subtexts to follow and understand where the director has conveyed his thoughts.

Rajnikanth as Kaala Karikalan is electrifying to watch with his unmatched screen presence, charisma, and body language. But, as earlier said it is a Pa. Ranjith film with Rajini touch in it. We do get to see many goosebumps scenes, yet it is not an outright Rajini film. It has a heavy content and the actor has done justice to the director’s character and portrayed as Kaala.

Nana Patekar as Hari Dada is a perfect choice as the actor has carried out with ease. The scenes where Kaala and Hari Dada face each other are such a delight to watch as both the actors are high on their performance. Huma Qureshi, Easwari Rao, Samuthirakanni and other ensemble lists of support cast have done their part well.

Kaala is technically a brilliant movie. Kudos to art director T. Ramalingam for bringing the Dharavi slums to live. Cinematography by Murali. G is fascinating as the film had many colors to be captured in the frame. Santhosh Narayanan elevates the movie with his background score and songs. 

Finally, Kaala has what fans expected in Kabali (Pa.Ranjith and Rajini’s previous film), perfectly delivered and definitely, this is one of the best movies in their respective career. Keeping the lead actors political credo aside, Kaala is altogether an enjoyable movie.

My Rating – 3.75/5 | Grade – B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
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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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