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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)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Movie Review

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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