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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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Raazi - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Alia Bhatt Steals the Show in n Engaging Thriller!"

Directed by Meghna Gulzar and starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, Raazi is a spy-thriller and is one of my most anticipated movies of this Summer. The storyline of the film follows a 20-year-old college-going girl, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who is tutored and altered into an Indian Spy and is consigned to investigate a Pakistani Army family at the time of the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971. Sehmat marries the youngest son in the family, Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) and moves to Pakistan to carry forward her precarious mission.

Let's start with the performances, Alia Bhatt is a promising actress, her stellar performances in Highway and Dear Zindagi proved that she is one of the top-tier talents in Bollywood as she continues to impress me in every one of her films. Raazi is no exception, she carried the entire film on her shoulders especially in the emotional scenes and made me believe and feel for her character. Vicky Kaushal is also another standout, his innocent character is unlike I've seen him perform in his past movies and he delivers.

That brings me to the characters in the film, which I should say were well-written. I always champion for well-rounded characters in every film and Bhavani Iyer and Meghna Gulzar did a terrific job by building and giving the characters time to breathe as they're memorable and noteworthy throughout the film. Also, Meghna Gulzar, who directed one of my favorite films of 2015, Talvar, did a tremendous job in keeping the movie interesting and engaging until the end similar to her work in her previous film.

Continuing ahead with the negatives, as I stated earlier, the screenplay was written very well, but, the storyline was thin and felt less impactful. This film is more about the character of Sehmat and her journey with respect to how she reacted and responded in these treacherous situations and less about the actual plot. Therefore, at times, I felt that I needed more from the ongoing storyline which is partially neglected.

Overall, Raazi is an engaging thriller and an excellent display of one of the unsung heroes of the Indo-Pakistan War, Sehmat. It certainly had few issues, but, I had an enthralling experience watching the film and Alia Bhatt steals the show as usual.

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

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

Naa Peru Surya - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "So Long! So Boring!"

Directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, Naa Peru Surya (Naa Illu India) stars Allu Arjun in the lead role and co-stars Anu Emmanuel, Arjun Sarja, R. Sarathkumar, Thakur Anoop Singh and Boman Irani as the supporting cast. The basic premise of the film revolves around Surya, a resentful, passionate soldier of the Indian Army and how his debauchery over anger management resulted in a failure of his Army career and how he responded to overcome his contradictions.

Clocking at an exhausting 148-minute mark, this trainwreck of a film tested my patience from start to finish. The storyline had no precise path as it bounced from one thing to another constantly and the numerous subplots also didn't improve the film's quality as I'm dunked with boredom the whole time. Also, with the inclusion of the subplots, the screenplay was atrocious especially during the second half of the film which suffered due to its unbalanced flow.

Likewise, the addition of Anu Emmanuel and the romantic angle between her and Allu Arjun did not blend well with the storyline or the overall film. Being a patriotic-action movie, Emmanuel's role didn't have any significance as it felt like she's only present to add sensual glamour to the film. Furthermore, the music by Vishal and Shekhar was excruciating and forgettable as I don't understand the reason behind choosing them over many talented Telugu musicians to score the music for the film.

Advancing to the positives, Vakkantham Vamsi did a terrific job at the presenting the film incredibly. Every single shot was lit, captured and rendered very well and all credits must go to the cinematographer Rajeev Ravi. Also, the action sequences were remarkably shot, performed and choreographed along with the dialogues which are wonderfully written. But, the biggest advantage of the film is Allu Arjun, he carried the movie on his shoulder and looked dynamic, aggressive, charismatic and was a perfect fit for his role. 

Overall, excluding the action sequences, dialogues, and Allu Arjun's magnificent performance, this film was a painful watch. It's boring, long and irritating at the same time as I left the movie theatre with no smile on my face and aggravated.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (
@SuryaKomal)

Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu – Movie Review

Verdict - "Lame and Disgusting!"

It was surprising that a producer accepted to even make a movie with Director Santhosh Jayakumar who gave a half-baked failure movie last year. Teaming once again with Gautham Karthik, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu (IAMK) is nothing but a pile of lascivious scenes. 

Inspired from trailer of an unreleased film “Hand Job Cabin”, IAMK have nearly the similar plot. Two couples stay in a bungalow possessed by the ghost of a women, dead of unsatisfied sexual desires. The ghost decides to have sex with anyone of them and never let them to escape of that bungalow. How did they get away from that lustful ghost forms the rest story.

Thanks to Yaashika Aanand (of Dhruvangal Pathinaaru fame), a 18-year-old teenager who is very popular on Instagram as she interacts actively with her followers and shows good part of her upper body in all her photos is one of the important reason for the films successful opening. Even in the film, she is extremely hot and shows off a lot making the film concupiscent. 

Gautham Karthik should be appreciated as he boldly does this kind of film as none of the young stars have done it. But it would be better if he works on his acting skills to look natural and not fake. 

Being an adult-horror film, it is okay to use some sex based jokes and scenes, but the over usage of them makes the film look filthy. Santhosh Jayakumar could have come up with better screenplay to make the film more entertaining and not sickening.

Nevertheless, IAMK does make things hard up but the overall output of the movie looks uninteresting and feels over sexed. 

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a rental)
An Honest Movie Review by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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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Bharath Ane Nenu - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Bland and Boring!"

Directed by Koratala Siva, Bharath Ane Nenu starring Mahesh Babu in the lead role is a political-drama dealing with the current situation of politics in Andhra Pradesh and also stars Kiara Advani as the female lead.

After his father's sudden demise, Oxford University graduate Bharath (Mahesh Babu) is cherry-picked by his uncle (Prakash Raj) as the next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Irritated with the poor governance in the state, Bharath brings few radical changes to the society which in-turn introduces him to new rivals and bitter adversaries from the opposition party who questions and argues for his zany agendas.

Now, if you've seen Koratala Siva's previous films, you're well aware that he presents his heroes remarkably. Similarly, his execution of Bharath's character was exceptional to watch. The stature, persona, and caliber were brilliantly presented by Siva as Mahesh Babu did his best to deliver on his performance. Also, the dialogues were also well written and added a much-needed weight to the film.

Advancing to the technical aspects, Ravi K. Chandran and Tirru did a fantastic job when it comes to the camera work. The music and the background score was well presented by Devi Sri Prasad especially the BGM which synced in well with the bestowment of the film. Also, Kiara Advani was delightful to watch. Although her character and involvement in the film felt forced and was understandable, she did her best in the role she's offered.

But, I'll tell why this movie didn't work for me. First up, the storyline, which is nothing new or broke any rules. As I stated earlier, they are few radical ideas in the film that I want to see implemented IRL, but, the basic storyline excluding the ideas was bland and mundane to watch. I can't help draw similarities between this film and Leader starring Rana Daggubati cause the two storylines are soo parallel to each other and I didn't see this coming from an acclaimed director like Siva.

Nevertheless, Bharath Ane Nenu had few moments here and there, but on the whole, this movie is a disappointment as it felt like something I've seen before. Watch it when it debuts on Amazon Prime.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

Krishnarjuna Yuddham - Instant Movie Review #39

Merlapaka Gandhi's - "Krishnarjuna Yuddham"

Positives:
1) Screenplay
2) Cinematography
3) Music

Negatives:
1) Story
2) Runtime

Introduction - 2017 has been a successful year for the Natural Star 'Nani' with his films like Nenu Local, Ninnu Kori, and MCA garnering box-office success irrespective of how critics felt. On the other hand, director Merlapaka Gandhi has also seen great success with his previous two films Venkatadri Express and Express Raja and was immensely appreciated for his screenwriting work. So, with the director and actor both being in terrific form, I expected an entertaining film with commercial elements sprinkled all over it. But!

Analysis - Clocking at 154 minutes, the runtime is one of the primary drawbacks of the film. Established on a bland generic, seen-before storyline, the film loses its pace and delight in the first thirty minutes and never tries picks it up. But, Gandhi entertains with his clever and adept screenplay and proves that he is still one of best screenwriters around. Karthik Ghattamaneni once again impresses with his remarkable camera shots and his ability to make a scene look delightful, rich and vibrant should truly be commended. Also, a special shout-out to the Kollywood sensation Hiphop Tamizha for his incredible work with the background score and music.

Performances - Despite few dull character moments, Nani impresses and entertain in his double-role, especially with this Chittoor district slang and verbiage, Nani demands the screen presence and enthralls with his incredible performance. Both the actresses, Anupama Parameswaran and Rukshar Dhillon were decent in their respective roles as well as the supporting cast.

Verdict - Overall, Krishnarjuna Yuddham is a total disappointment, the lackluster story and the dreadful runtime hurts the movie immensely. If you have the right amount of patience to sit through a bland film then this might be for you.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Instant Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Ready Player One - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Classic Steven Speilberg Film!"

Directed by the illustrious Steven Speilberg, Ready Player One is a film adaptation of a popular book (of the same name) written by Ernest Cline and stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse fame) and Olivia Cooke in the lead roles. One of the most significant reasons why the book is widely popular among the audience is because of the 80's pop culture and film references that we've seen glimpses from the trailers. However, I have a confession to make, my knowledge of the movies from the 1980's is fairly weak. Although I know the more mainstream ones like Back to the Future and Nightmare of Elm Street, I'm sure that they're tons of references in this movie that didn't get cause I haven't yet watched many films from the golden era.

With that being said, let's kick off with the plot. Set in the year 2045, where living in the real world is a mundane activity for people as they spend the majority of their time in a virtual reality world called the Oasis. Inside the Oasis, people can do whatever they want and everything is off-limits. Shortly after we are introduced to the fantasy world, we learn that the creator of the Oasis James Halliday (Mark Rylance) pieced together a convoluted maze to find the next inheritor of the trillion-dollar company before he passed away. So, we follow Wade's adventurous journey with his trustworthy friends in solving the intricate puzzle with the help of clues that Halliday plants after each level.

Before I get into the positives, let me quickly glance through the problems I had with this film. Now, I heard fans saying that Nolan Sorrento's (Ben Mendelsohn) character in the book was authoritative and menacing. But, in the movie, he was underwhelming as I expected a more dominant antagonist. Also, Nolan's sidekick F'Nale played by Hannah John-Kamen was another dud and felt like she's doing a bad impression of Ruby Rose in John Wick: Chapter 2.

With 70% of the film taking place in the Oasis, the majority of it is computer generated imagery. Walking into this movie, I had a feeling that the CGI will disqualify the emotion and feel more of a distraction. But, the Oasis experience was enjoyable. The action sequences were great and fun to watch and the entire design and the presentation of the fairyland was flawless.

That brings me to the magic of all Speilberg movies, the emotional elements. From the beginning until the end, this film was filled with heartwarming scenes that we usually expect in a Speilberg film. The characters were so well developed as you start to root for these kids throughout the entire film. Countering to my earlier point, I didn't feel distracted by the CGI characters cause the emotion was in the right place that makes you immerse in the storyline which was paced and told perfectly.

About the nostalgic factor, I was very surprised to see many familiar movie references stuffed throughout the runtime. In particular, there is one scene that pays respect to one of the most popular horror films of all time, and that was hands down the best scene in the entire film and I'm sure that you'll be flabbergasted.

Overall, Ready Player One was a ton of fun to watch, it's filled with great character and emotional moments, incredible action sequences, flashes of memorable nostalgia and that Steven Speilberg magic that we all grew up watching. Watch this film while it's in the theatre's cause it's one of those rare occasions that you will enjoy the movie-going experience.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-A Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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