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First Man - Honest Movie Review

Directed by the Youngest Academy Award-Winning Director Damien Chazelle, First Man stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in the lead roles and chronicles the inspiring yet complex journey of the First Man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The storyline gets underway in the year 1961 and takes us through the eight-year journey of Neil Armstrong till the Apollo 11 mission. It delves into the personal life of Armstrong, him dealing with the loss of his young child, getting promoted from a test pilot to the Mission Commander, and his complicated relationship with his wife, friends and family.

Verdict - "A Heart-Stirring Theatre Experience!"

Damien Chazelle is without a doubt, the main star of the film. Right from the opening scene, Chazelle locks you in with his incredible ability to make you feel that you're right there sitting next to Armstrong in his hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft. The most captivating aspect that Chazelle stands by throughout the runtime is not sugar coating the film. He doesn't display the epicness of space-travel as we saw in movies like 'Apollo 13' or 'Gravity' nor does he use extravagant shots of the Moon or the Earth to make us believe that it's all happiness and joy comprised in travelling to the ether. His unique filmmaking style helps the movie to feel much raw as every scene including the spaceships felt real, brutal and visceral accompanied by some extraordinary camera work by Cinematographer Linus Sandgren who uses the shaky cam gimmick in the right away and gave the movie more of a documentary look than a space drama.

But the only drawback of the film lies within the protagonist's character which slows down the pace a bit. Neil Armstrong is a very professional, stubborn and has his separate ways of dealing with his family problems or the passing of his young daughter. That might not be relatable or engaging to the audience member as we do not see Armstrong getting disturbed emotionally with his past experiences nor having a healthy conversation with his concerned wife. However, it is what it is, and as I stated before, Chazelle doesn't try to get you sympathetically connected to his focal characters. He makes it very clear that it's not an easy journey for anyone involved and sacrifices were over it.

Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy's performances were yet another plus point for the movie. Gosling, similar to his previous outings in 'Blade Runner 2049' or 'Drive' is a silent murmuring guy, but he had a wide range of emotions to go through from anguish, aggravation and self-confidence. Foy, on the other hand, did her part exceptionally well as the stern mother of two kids and the fretful wife of Armstrong. Her character clocked up a substantial chunk of the storyline, and it never felt mundane to watch.

Overall, First Man is unlike any space movie I've ever seen before. It's harsh, emotional, gut-wrenching and the most realistic take in this genre. Everything from Chazelle's remarkable direction, breathtaking camera work, soothing background music and the performances from the lead actors worked and is most definitely a heart-stirring theatre experience.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Terminator Genisys - Movie Review

Verdict - "Complex and disappointing."

In a cycle of reboots, sequels and prequels we get every single year, only a few movies rationalize the meaning to revisit the franchise and the others just feel like a cash grab that studios love to produce. 

Will Terminator 5 or Genisys (spelling alert) stick out? Or will it at least reach the standards of the first two movies?

Terminator Genisys kicks off in the year 2029 where the Resistance led by John Connor (Jason Clarke) takes over the machines in an unceasing war against the Skynet. After realising that a T-800 terminator was sent back in time to kill his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), John nominates his trusted combatant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to travel back to the year 1984 to save and protect his mother.

"Convoluted" is the perfect word with which I can describe this movie, it takes place in three different timelines with a messy screenplay and it's hard to sit back and comprehend the puzzling premise. Your brain will be confused with many logical questions, searching for few distinct answers. But in the end, nothing doesn't make any real sense.

The most notable and significant parts the first two Terminator movies were the action sequences, as they still stand out till date. But when it comes to this movie, the action scenes were totally forgettable because of the poor modern fast-cut edit style that completely ruins the experience. We never get that awe-inspiring feeling because of the fact that they're not properly choreographed and shot. And I sincerely, don't remember even one action piece from the movie.

Altogether, the performances from the cast were quite decent. Emilia Clarke was a perfect fit and was believable as Sarah Connor. Jason Clarke performance felt like he was overdoing his character a bit and Jai Courtney had nothing special to offer as Kyle Reese, as he always lacks charisma in every single role he's in. The characters were completely bland in the movie and were never memorable.

But then again, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only alluring and captivating part of the movie. He was entertaining, hysterical and is still capable of pulling out few solid scenes which were fun to look at.

Nevertheless, Genisys is a pile of perplexing storyline, modeiocre action scenes, and insipid characters that make Arnold the only best part of the movie. It's definitely a "switch-your-brain-off" popcorn summer action blockbuster that we usually get and I don't recommend watching it.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Movie Review

Verdict - "A seamless sequel which tremendously outshines it's splendid prequel."

Surpassing an awe-inspiring prequel in every single aspect is a superlative accolade. Adapted from the original (68-73) Planet of the Apes movies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the new installment in the franchise and was helmed by Matt Reeves who previously directed two underrated movies Cloverfield & Let Me In.

Cordoned off in a post-apocalyptic wasteland conquered by Apes, human race is been wiped out by a "Simian Flu" as they lead an appalling life far away from the apes communion led by a formidable leader named "Caesar" who believes in keeping peace between the two ethnic groups and doesn't deem about futile hostility activities.

All hell breaks loose when the apes proclaims a war against humanity after a petite misunderstanding which gets brutal in every single aspect because of the anticipation factor.

Word of warning! If you deduce "Dawn" to be a summer-explosion-blockbuster then you're probably on a wrong page. The movie takes time to deliver the action substance and it's lucidly displayed in the first act when the writers took major screen time to develop the characters and the narrative aspects in the movie. It tells the story magnificently with a classic touch of inspiration, trepedition, companionship and audacity.

The second act is stuffed with all the action and adventure we anticipate, but what stands out here is how they flawlessly blended the ongoing drama with the splendid warfare. Few desired shades of disparity between the two races and the treachery factor were sported in a proper way.

Matt Reeves is a greenhorn to this franchise, his approach in telling a momentous tale should be appreciated, the personality and complexion of the Apes are reconnoitered very well, as we get to learn more about them in a precise way. The wide angle shots used by Reeves shows how detrimental these Apes can be and also plots the fear factor perfectly.

Also the best compliment I can give to this movie was that we actually forget that these Apes are unreal when we actually watch the movie and that is plausible only by the efforts of the CGI team, they were certainly the best I've ever seen and we never feel tired for a split second watching these illusory objects move and talk.

Andy Serkis, the darkhorse of the movie does a remarkable job here and portraying an immense character through a motion capture technology was a challenging task and Serkis does it effortlessly. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell had done their part well and exhibited the needed human aspect which was completely missing in "Rise".

Apart from the pointless action blockbusters we usually come across every summer. "Dawn" reprieves us for a bit and doesn't disremember the fact to provide entertainment. It elongates the franchise with a substantial storyline augmenting every single attribute to a better level. Undoubtedly, one of the best movie of this summer.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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