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Avengers: Infinity War - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Emotional and Entertaining!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

1. The Infinity Stones: Where Are They Now?

As of the release of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and now is in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is under control of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of the Collector. With the destruction of the Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016) and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is unknown and may appear in this movie.

2. A Little Context Before You Watch the Movie 

It has been confirmed by the Russo brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie where the teams will still be divided. The film will conclude the Thanos and the Infinity Stones story arc, and the plot will follow the Avengers joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from destroying the universe with the six Infinity Stones.

3. The Dope New Shield: Made in Wakanda

Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this film, made from Wakandan Vibranium, that splits apart into two arm guards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comics: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards. The tech reflects his surroundings, apparently made of vibranium — the same rare naturally occurring meteoric ore that Black Panther’s suit is made of — which derives from the African nation. And according to the recent reveal that Shuri is the tech genius behind her brother’s superhero gadgetry, it’s pretty safe to say that Cap’s new gauntlet shield was invented by the Princess of Wakanda herself.

4. Hey Thor! How About a New Hammer!?

Having lost his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor constructs a new hammer in this film, known as Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-ax, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjolnir.

5. The White Wolf < The Winter Soldier

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes will go by the code name 'White Wolf' in Avengers: Infinity War, as he was referred to by the children of Wakanda in the after credit scene in Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother Hunter who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police: The Hatut Zeraze.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB and Nerdist. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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The Imitation Game - Movie Review

Verdict - "An impeccable illustration of a biopic. The Imitation Game is poignant and stimulating. "

The Imitation Game narrates us the life story of Alan Turing who was the main person behind sorting out the enigma code, by which the Nazi Germans used to communicate in the second world war against the British.

The movie takes place in three generations, the preeminent storyline advances during the 1940's when Turing along with a team of five was picked by the British army officials to break the enigma code, which is nearly irresolvable, only because of the numerous constraints included in it.

Instantly, by judging the premise we all can come to an agreement that this movie is a World War II without guns and violence. But, surprisingly, this movie is all about Alan Turing and as I stated earlier it takes place in his teenage, during the war and after the war.

The torment that Turing went through for being a homosexual, the relationship with his wife, his conceit and insolence felt authentic and were displayed flawlessly. Director, Morten Tyldum comprehends the intent behind a biopic perfectly and when the movie concludes I'm left with a mixed feeling which is in between admiration and sadness.

Benedict Cumberbatch completely owns this role with his oscar worthy performance, we can clearly see the way he transformed into this character with his dialect and body language. He always brings the engaging factor whenever he's on screen and I should give some credit to the writers for creating that winsome vibe. Keira Knightley also gave an astounding performance and stood out as a great supporting character in the movie.

To conclude, The Imitation Game left me with tears, not on by it's stupefying storyline and direction but also with the performances from Cumberbatch and Knightley. It totally deserves an oscar nomination for best picture and I totally recommend watching it without any uncertainty.

My Rating - 4.5/5
Grade - A+ (Don't dare to miss it!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Review

Verdict - "A decent way to end a majestic franchise. Hobbit 3 is an incredible action-packed experience."

Two trilogies, six movies, one epic tale! It should be disheartening to see our very own beloved franchise finally concluding this time. Heroic stories were told in a spectacular way and we're lucky enough to experience everything in a theatre with the best visual effects possible. Here's my review for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies".

The movie kicks off with Smaug destroying Laketown in a barbaric fashion. Eventually the belittled hero of the town, Bard puts down the beast and a legion of orcs and elves start to wind up at Erebor, which is now jam-packed with gold and ruled by it's very own suzerain, Thorin.

Now the obvious question that battered our mind before the release was that, will this movie stand-out as a well structured narrative? Is there enough story left to make a movie out of it. Well! that ideally brings in my complaints about the movie, it did have few narrative issues.

At the outset, the subplots in the movie are pretty boring, I completely understand that all the characters must conclude sooner or later, but it was a little dreary. I didn't hate it, but the love angle between Tauriel and Kili and the character arc of Bard and his family didn't make an impact.

Also, identical to my previous argument, they're too many unwanted characters added in this movie which simply elongated the runtime with no definite reason. Are they vitally needed? There's no enduring reason. And it's also quite tough to keep up with these characters and remember them.

With all my complaints and arguments out-of-the-way, I can now say that the action in this movie was astounding. Although final act was a bit lengthy filled with all the awe-inspiring battle sequences and the dramatic scenes, it was still incredible to watch all the armies team up and going after the orcs and the director Peter Jackson did a fabulous job in displaying them perfectly and the overall structure for the final act really looked good.

Furthermore, I did observe the CGI in the movie was a little underwhelming. It didn't looked great mainly the orcs were appaling, little more effort could've helped it. The addition of 48 fps in 3D was pretty amazing to look at, because it's quite indifferent when compared to all the usual 3D movies.

When it comes to the cast, the most superior characters are Bilbo and Thorin. Martin Freeman was decent as usual and the climax scene which he had with Thorin was heartwarming. Richard Armitage was the best out-of-the-bunch in my opinion, because his character has a little more insight in the movie with numerous shades and layers included it and Armitage was flawless in executing it.

Finally, this is a decent way to end the franchise but it's not quite remarkable. Sure, the movie have few incredible moments to watch, but they're also certain parts which didn't really fit well and that's my only complaint about the movie. Nevertheless, it's a type of movie where you can enjoy watching it in the theatre other than in a home video.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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12 Years a Slave - Movie Review

Verdict – “A remarkable take on a brutal and a unpleasant subject.”

12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of a memoir written by Solomon Northup, which enlightens an unpleasant period of his struggle between 1841 to 1853 as an abducted slave.

Professed as a freeman, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is an admired fiddle player who lives in New York with his family. Being offered a role as a musician in a event at Washington, Solomon agrees for a two week deal. After the event, Solomon gets drugged and was taken control by a trader who supplies black people to wealthy plantation owners. Solomon finds himself in a no-way-out situation and endures a horrific stage of his life for 12 years where he was crushed and hammered in various ghastly consequences after being seized illegally.

Inspired from a real life event, 12 Years a Slave doesn't vacillate to exhibit something ruthless and vicious. Director Steve MecQueen and screenwriter John Ridley were never been reluctant in unveiling the ferocious facts about slavery and how inhumane the retributions are. McQueen's notion to make use of a long take to depict the character's emotions is notable and his exertion in designing a scene with perfect lighting and tone must be appreciated.

What makes this movie more profound were the performances from the cast, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor shines with an astounding performance, mainly during his close-up shots where he has to only function with his facial expressions and exhibit all his emotion in a time consuming scene. Definitely a frontrunner for this year's Oscars and truly deserves that honour. Michael Fassbender (also nominated for an Oscar) was totally unpleasant portraying the character of a ruthless and a sadistic plantation owner which will definitely apprehend you for quite a while.

On the whole, 12 Years a Slave deals with the most violent, pitiless subject which leaves you in a mourning and a uncomfortable situation which bothers you for a while. Explaining how atrocious a human being can turn into, 12 Years a Slave was absolutely remarkable in every aspect and is a top contender at the Oscars for sure. Definitely a topmost recommendation and my personal favourite of last year.

My Rating - 4.5/5 | Grade - A+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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August: Osage County - Movie Review

Verdict - “A movie led with tremendous performances from Streep and Roberts”

August: Osage County (film) is inspired from a stage play written by Tracy Letts where the plot onsets with the three daughters of the Weston family gather together for their father's funeral who was sick and tired with his miserable lifestyle and committed a suicide. Being the elder person of the family, Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) was addicted to chancy perilous pills which compels her to think in an eccentric way which often concerns to her daughter's feelings. Having been surrounded in a catastrophic vibe, things start to unfold in a ruinous manner which results in appalling arguments.

Inspired from a three hour stage play, August: Osage County is a great ensemble of cast who were exempted with a storyline and were asked to play as naturally as they can which resulted with an accurate presentation in an innate modus. And that's one of the foremost reasons I assert that Osage County is a movie which was primarily based on acting other than the story. Every actor in the movie were provided with an immense moment in which they display the character's intention and how they differ from each other's feelings and aspirations.

Out of all the performances, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts excelled in the limelight and I strongly believe in them getting nominated for the Oscars this year. Their pragmatic approach and the inexplicable conversations shared were penetrating and extreme for the most part. Director John Wells had done the most vital thing my leaving the actors play themselves contentedly without any pressure in hurrying up the scene. But in a story point of view the movie was a let down, the writing was quite underwhelming and they were few muffled unnecessary sequences which took me out of the drama abruptly.

Nevertheless, August: Osage County is a dark depressing drama powered with terrific performances from Streep and Roberts. It's rather upsetting than entertaining and will totally depend on how you receive these melodramatic subjects. Not my topmost recommendation for everybody, but if you do have the intent watch it once.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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