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Oceans 8 & A Quiet Place - Double Header Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-A Double Header Review by Nikitha Kashyap and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Interstellar - Movie Review

Verdict - "A visual masterpiece with narrative flaws."

In all conscience, after watching Interstellar, I just felt like I'm left in a maze, where I can take different directions to get to the finish point. The movie will leave you confused, you go through a lot of speculations and in the end it just leaves your mind perplexed.

Civilization on earth is at stakes, dreadful things (natural calamities) start to happen and the scientists at NASA begin to search for a new home across the galaxy and the wormhole near the planet Saturn seems to be an appropriate one for the human race. As a result, a crew of four including Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and Amelia (Anne Hathaway) travel to the wormhole in a space shuttle named Endurance for a two year exploration.

Let's discuss about the screenplay of the movie and possibly one of the most befuddling one I've ever seen. Let me put it plain words here, after watching the movie, I did have the keenness to sit back and analyze the movie and after examining the plot, I came to a conclusion that it's not bewildering for the most part. It's just the unclear narrative structure of the movie which was confusing.

And that initiates my major complaint about the movie, it had some narrative issues. The movie demands your attention, even if you're out-of-the-movie for one single minute, it's hard to understand what's happening around. And even when you're immersed into this movie you will still find to tough to comprehend unless you're an astrophysicist.

Does it needed to be that mystifying? Sure! I like when movies make me think for days and months, but this movie can be explained in a better way with seamless illustrations once in a while.

On the other side, I the loved the human emotion in the movie, mainly between the characters Cooper and Murph, there's a certain scene in the movie which I don't want to spoil when Cooper sees his children for the time after many years, (if you had watched you know what I'm talking about) that scene whacked me out with nothing but tears. Even the climax, it was jaw-dropping to watch two main characters share an emotional scene which was quite spectacular to think about.

Apart from the screenplay, Christopher Nolan did a decent job directing the movie, the fact that he and his brother Jonathan were developing from 2006 enthralls me. There's a lot of effort put into this movie, in terms of research, astro physical theories and everything else and I appreciate that he dedicated ample amount of time on the movie which will surely be discussed by a lot of people in the near future.

Now! What exceeding my expectations from the movie are the visual effects, it was astounding to gaze at what's happening on screen. The wide-screen panorama perfectly enhanced the outer world spectacles including various other planets and few giant natural calamities which were amazing. It was quite tricky to create an imaginative world and the technical department did a remarkable job with it including the cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema.

There's nothing much to talk about the performances in the movie, Matthew McConaughey was splendid in few emotional sequences, so as Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. As nothing to display as an actor in the movie, all the performances were decent in the movie with few surprising characters that I didn't really see coming.

Nonetheless, Interstellar literally fries your brain with a lot of questions and speculations, it was the most baffling movie I've seen this year and I'm pretty sure that I will like it more than now after a second or third watch. Apart from that, the movie was a visual masterpiece which enriches the movie going experience for a viewer who likes to delve deep into the movie, speculating, understanding and learning more about the subject.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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