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Birdman - Movie Review

Verdict - "An eye-popping experience."

Distinguished with its academy award nominations, Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is a beguiling experience held up with every single aspect of a movie counting its direction, story, screenplay and performances.

Displayed as a Broadway play, the narration of the movie comprises the life story of Riggan Thompson, (Michael Keaton) a washed-out actor who was well-known for playing the character of Birdman in a blockbuster movie franchise back in 1992. Instantly after realizing his current status in Hollywood, he decides star, direct and put together a Broadway play in hopes to revitalize his career and life.

With its cutting-edge approach, the three main attributes which were taken aback from the movie is the story, screenplay and above all, the filmmaking style. 

In accordance with the narrative thoughts, the movie had a lot to recount about life, struggle, duality, modern-day blockbuster movies and film criticism. It retold every single aspect with an audacious technique which were rousing and dynamic.

Breaking new ground with its ingenious concept to make the movie look like a single take, it surely should have a helping hand with the screenplay and director, Alejandro Iñárritu did an awe-inspiring job in creating that captivating vibe to the movie. With the emerging expertise in the digital edit technology and a perfectly penned screenplay, the movie looked incredibly on-screen.

After a brief truancy in his career, this was undoubtedly the best performance he had given in a while, his reformation was perceptible and the psychotic demented character he played was prominent pier for the movie. Also, Edward Norton and Emma Watson were completely astounding and they do deserve their oscar nominations.

To conclude, Birdman is a genre based film which will appeal to only a particular set of audience who admire a film as an art form. The narrative and the filmmaking standards were immaculate in the movie accompanied by few marvelous performances from the cast. I'm  predicting that Birdman will take home the oscar for the best picture this time. 

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Movie Review

Verdict - “A generic version of the superhero universe, which doesn't really smack an impact.”

Conflicted and cherished between two different shades of a menacer and an idol, New York City's much-loved super-hi-flyer is back again to compete against the two ruthless underwhelming villains or maybe three if you want to count in the three minute troll known as Rhino.

With that being said, we do anticipate something staggering with that premise itself, but in a world of shattered promises, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pursues the same overused formula that might just appeal for a normal moviegoer. Nothing was been introduced or pioneered for the superhero universe and it's indeed a wishy-washy way to begin the summer movie season.

Puzzled with the happenings of their parents, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) relishes his Spider-Man character everyday along with the relationship with his lady friend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Eventually, Peter encounters his old childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who was the new CEO of the Oscorp industries and we later comprehend that Harry needs Spidy's blood to prevail over his inborn problems.

Meanwhile Max (Jamie Foxx) initially a Spider-Man fanatic, collapses down into a container of distorted electric eels and gets bitten by them horrifyingly, he then transforms into human generator and names himself as Electro. Ultimately Harry joins hands with Electro to take down Spider-Man and they onset their combat on the streets of NYC.

Positive side! Andrew Garfield's portrayal as Spider-Man was undeniably perfect, he is quirky, compelling, emotional and completely believable as the protagonist of the city. His on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone was striking and congenial and their back and forth romantic scenes stood out as the best part of the movie.

The amusing and the emotional parts of the movie were evenly balanced. At times, they were a little bit streotypical, but it added a much needed charm to the movie. The speedy, slow-mo action sequences were definitely a treat to watch with some spectacular visuals that are enthralling on a giant 3D screen.

With a delicate complex basis, here are the drawbacks of the movie. The screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner felt like an usual broken piece of glass, as I stated earlier they generally tossed up every single admired formula into a uneven script which was unsatisfying. Every single sequence didn't really blend with one another as it tried to accomplish something extraordinary with a feeble strategy.

The antihero aspect in the movie was a huge let down. The appearance and the look was remarkable and for the visual aspect I was genuinely attentive. But on a characteristic standpoint I was disengaged completely. They've had few brief moments, but it never felt convincing and the way each of them were handled in the climax was tremendously hasty and rushed which felt like a needless throw away.

Moreover, the marketing tactic of the movie was excessive and deceitful. Accordingly fifty percent of the major actions sequences were completely spoiled in the trailers and previews. In addition to that, it was ridiculously unwise to promote few scenes that were not even found in the movie, that can clearly illustrate the strategy to lure the movie going audience into the theatres.

With it's extreme amount of promotions and marketing ploy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has nothing new to deliver and was a giant mess up with a customary recipe. However, Andrew Garfield's portrayal as the Spider-Man and the action sequences were an obvious pleasure to watch. It shall leave you with an immense visual extravagance, besides that, it's just another tolerable superhero movie that we often experience every summer.

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

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