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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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Instant Movie Reviews #2 (How To Train Your Dragon 2 & About Last Night)

Dean DeBlois - "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

Positives:

1) Action Sequences & BGM
2) CGI & Panorama
3) Direction

Negatives:
1) Conventional storyline

Analysis: Disparate to other summer movies, HTTYD2 sets an example on how a blockbuster summer movie should be made. Following the success of it's prequel, HHTYD2 mesmerizes the standard movie going audience in a splendid way. With it's audacious thrill-seeking storyline, HTTYD2 is packed with an exceptional score, astounding visuals and few staggering action sequences that enriches the movie in every standard.

Final Thoughts: Setting a skyscrapping benchmark in a sea of animation movies, HTTYD2 is an astonishing movie going experience that will admired by people of all age groups. A perfect summer blockbuster.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A

Steve Pink's - "About Last Night"

 Positives:
1) Comedy & Drama
2) Likable characters

Negatives:
1) Stale storyline
2) Formulaic screenplay

Analysis: Steve Pink's modern day reboot of 1986 movie (with the same title) was on the whole an enjoyable watch. Hart's humour and Ealy's emotion blends perfectly with the movie. We actually foresee what was going to happen next but it's an amusing and a gratifying ride for a pleasurable evening watch.

Final Thoughts: If you mingle well with Kevin Hart's comedic humour and an affable storyline of a young couple then About Last Night is definitely for you. It explores nothing in it's genre, but it keeps you entertained all through the journey.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Reviews #1 (That Awkward Moment & The Monuments Men)

Tom Gormican - "That Awkward Moment"

Plot: Occupied and unfulfilled with their own personal relationships. Jason, Daniel & Mikey, the three waggish teenage friends vow for an unfeasible oath to stay single for a certain period of time. Concerned with few other intimate reasons, did they adhere to their promise? Find out in That Awkward Moment.

Positives:
1) Music
2) The Cast & Performances
3) Humour
4) Chemistry between the leads

Negatives:
1) Witless storyline
2) Asymmetrical screenplay
3) Sloppy direction

Analysis: I generally label these kinda movies as a guilty pleasure, where it's decently bad but then again you still enjoy watching it. That Awkward Moment falls into that certain category where it has no specific target to stretch out and only concentrates in relishing the present moment.

The story don't really wind-up rapidly and it feels choppy in it's approach. But on a convincing standpoint, the three main leads (Efron, Teller & Jordan) were absolutely amusing and they positively enjoyed playing the fussy-unfussy characters in the movie.

Final Thoughts: That Awkward Moment can be an enjoyable movie if you don't really bother about the essential attributes of the movie. Watch it if you're planning a late night boys reunion and you'l definitely have a lot of fun.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C+ (Meh! Probably a rental)

George Clooney's - "The Monuments Men"

Plot: In the course of World War II, Lt. Stokes (George Clooney) was allotted on a mission to recover all the historic art and sculptures from the Nazi realm, were he was sent into the war zone along with a group of other talented grandees.

Positives:
1) The cast
2) Storyline
3) Production & Cinematography
4) Music

Negatives:
1) Insipid screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Direction
4) Unamusing jokes

Analysis: As I listed out above, the movie had an incredible cast with an extremely fascinating storyline surrounding the incidents during World War II. But regrettably the narration falls apart with it's lackluster screenplay, the scenes don't really connect to each other and they really feel lifeless and insignificant. The lack of character development clobbered the movie for the most part and with an enormous extent of A listed actors it doesn't really movie responsibly. Director George Clooney had to be blamed!

Final Thoughts: Unlike all other historic movies we've seen in the past, Monuments Men falls short in every imperative aspect. But on a lighter note, it's not a catastrophic attempt which can be enjoyed privately on a television screen.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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