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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Movie Review

December 15, 2017

Verdict - "A Splendid Building-Block for Episode IX."

[Before I share my thoughts on The Last Jedi, I want you guys to be clear that I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, although I thoroughly enjoy watching these movies. So, if I get one or two references wrong, please don't bomb me with hate comments. I'll do my best!]

The Central Government of the Galaxy is now gone and General Leia Organa's (Carrie Fisher) Resistance is on their own to fight a long impending battle against the heinous First Order governed by the Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and administered by Kylo Ren / Ben Solo (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). The film starts with Commander Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac) leading a group of X-Wing pilots to destroy the cannons of their rivals which kicks off the war between the good and the evil. On the other side, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is busy convincing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the Jedi Temple to join his sister's army and fight the battle against the First Order.

Between all the overwhelming positives in the film, the one that stood out the most for me is the development of characters. Writer and Director Rian Johnson took the new undefiled characters from The Force Awakens and established them by giving strong character moments and most importantly equal importance in the film. The scenes between Rey, Luke, and Kylo Ren were the ones that I enjoyed the most. Rey trying to understand her status and learning the powers of The Force. Luke trying to break out from his past experiences that he had with Ben and his other trainees and have a peaceful death. And Kylo struggling with his conflicting opinion whether to comply with Snoke's commands or to turn against him and join The Resistance with his mother. 

Poe had a much more prominent role to play in this movie when compared to The Force Awakens. His scenes with Leia worked really well and with him nurtured as the next Leader of the Resistance and a possible romantic angle with Rey, I'm really excited to see the progression of his character in Episode IX. The storyline between Finn and the newly-introduced character Rose was a bit of letdown for me and I should say that this the only negative I have with the film for now, after watching it once. The romantic angle between them and the whole situation in Canto Bight with the rich and the poor people and the treatment of animals felt below par and briefly took the excitement away from the film.

The actions sequences (as most of the fans are already going insane about) were one of the best I've seen in any Star Wars movie. They kept me on-the-edge of my seat the whole time and were flat-out entertaining to watch. The background score by John Williams was again outstanding and the performances by the complete cast particularly by Daisy Ridley, Oscar Issac, and Adam Driver were astounding.

Overall, The Last Jedi is not only a great Star Wars film, but it also served as a perfect continuation of the franchise by building up great characters which are passionate and intriguing to carry on in the next movie. They're loads of questions still left unanswered, however, I had a great time watching the new episode in the greatest saga ever told.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!) 
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Movie Posters - Click Here

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Movie Review

July 13, 2014

Verdict - "A seamless sequel which tremendously outshines it's splendid prequel."

Surpassing an awe-inspiring prequel in every single aspect is a superlative accolade. Adapted from the original (68-73) Planet of the Apes movies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the new installment in the franchise and was helmed by Matt Reeves who previously directed two underrated movies Cloverfield & Let Me In.

Cordoned off in a post-apocalyptic wasteland conquered by Apes, human race is been wiped out by a "Simian Flu" as they lead an appalling life far away from the apes communion led by a formidable leader named "Caesar" who believes in keeping peace between the two ethnic groups and doesn't deem about futile hostility activities.

All hell breaks loose when the apes proclaims a war against humanity after a petite misunderstanding which gets brutal in every single aspect because of the anticipation factor.

Word of warning! If you deduce "Dawn" to be a summer-explosion-blockbuster then you're probably on a wrong page. The movie takes time to deliver the action substance and it's lucidly displayed in the first act when the writers took major screen time to develop the characters and the narrative aspects in the movie. It tells the story magnificently with a classic touch of inspiration, trepedition, companionship and audacity.

The second act is stuffed with all the action and adventure we anticipate, but what stands out here is how they flawlessly blended the ongoing drama with the splendid warfare. Few desired shades of disparity between the two races and the treachery factor were sported in a proper way.

Matt Reeves is a greenhorn to this franchise, his approach in telling a momentous tale should be appreciated, the personality and complexion of the Apes are reconnoitered very well, as we get to learn more about them in a precise way. The wide angle shots used by Reeves shows how detrimental these Apes can be and also plots the fear factor perfectly.

Also the best compliment I can give to this movie was that we actually forget that these Apes are unreal when we actually watch the movie and that is plausible only by the efforts of the CGI team, they were certainly the best I've ever seen and we never feel tired for a split second watching these illusory objects move and talk.

Andy Serkis, the darkhorse of the movie does a remarkable job here and portraying an immense character through a motion capture technology was a challenging task and Serkis does it effortlessly. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell had done their part well and exhibited the needed human aspect which was completely missing in "Rise".

Apart from the pointless action blockbusters we usually come across every summer. "Dawn" reprieves us for a bit and doesn't disremember the fact to provide entertainment. It elongates the franchise with a substantial storyline augmenting every single attribute to a better level. Undoubtedly, one of the best movie of this summer.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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