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Love, Simon & Red Sparrow - Double Header Reviews

Hello Movie Freaks! Welcome back to yet another Double Header Review and the last time we did something like this it is for two movies that I enjoyed quite a bit; Den of Thieves and Game Night. But this time, it's different, two diverse films that I'm wanting to see for a very long time. So, let's get right into it.

But, let me stop you right there! You guys know the drill, let's see how well these films performed critically and commercially. Love, Simon made 60.8 million worldwide with a production budget of 10 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%. Red Sparrow made 151.3 million worldwide from its 69 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 47%. 

"Love, Simon" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 4/5

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson in the lead role and is a coming-of-age story of Simon who is gay and is extremely afraid to admit it to his family or his friends because of the circumstances. The film explores the final year of Simon's high school life and his journey through finding love with an anonymous fellow school-mate and at the same time dealing with quite a few obstacles. 

Now, I love coming-of-age films, when they're done right. I still remember watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 2012 or even Paper Towns from 2015 and felling in love with those films instantly. Love, Simon is also one such film I knew I would immediately love mainly because of the vibe it carried throughout the runtime. The simple yet suspenseful storyline, well-written dialogues, witty and emotional scenes, the upbeat songs and background score and the relatable characters made this film super charming, likable and entertaining.

Overall, Love, Simon is easily one of the best films of the year and is a delightful watch in and out. If you're waiting to watch a feel-good movie, make sure to check out this one because it's not often we get a different coming-of-age film centered around a gay.

"Red Sparrow" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 2/5

Starring Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role, Red Sparrow explores the story of Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina turned spy who is forced to work for the Russian Intelligence and is directed by Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games fame) and co-stars Joel Edgerton along with Matthias Schoenaerts as the supporting cast.

They're a tad too many drawbacks with this movie, so, let's start with the positives. Jennifer Lawrence once again proves why is one of the best Hollywood actors working right now. The demeanor, charisma and the allure that she brings to her character is remarkable and as the standard-bear who is practically present in every single scene she does a good job and keeps the movie despite its numerous flaws. Talking about problems, clocking at 140 minutes, the runtime of this film is lengthy and after a certain point in time, it started to aggravate me because of the storyline which is pretty ordinary. Sure, the suspense of the focal character is maintained until the third act, but the movie is dreary and mundane cause it lost me in the first or the second act itself.

Overall, excluding JLaw's noteworthy performance, Red Sparrow is a disappointment and there is no reason for you to check out this movie unless you bump into it on a late Saturday night. 

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Verdict - "Undoubtedly the weakest film of the franchise. Mockingjay: P1 is a mind-numbling experience."

Subsequently after spoiling the Hunger Games in "Catching Fire", Katniss Everdeen is perceived as a pagan symbol (proudly named as the Mockingjay) for all the people in the districts who were contrived by the dirty politics rendered by President Snow from the Capitol. How does she truimph over from all these stumbling blocks narrates you the plot of the movie partially.

Now with all consciousness, we all agree with the fact that this movie shouldn't have been cut into two parts because there's nothing complicated to explain to do so. The last movie ended with a major foresight and that elevated my expectations to this movie but with a minimal story line and a two hour runtime made this movie look mediocre and tedious.

And I also agree with the argument that this movie enacted as a great supporting element for the characters of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. But did it end up perfectly? No! Also they were few surplus scenes in the movie which didn't feel needed and they took me out of the movie for the most part.

Jennifer Lawrence was breathtaking to look at, I have no complaints about her nor with anyone in the movie because this is a movie where performances will not be itemized more, it's about the story structure and the direction and this movie did feel a little underwhelming in those departments.

To conclude, this should've been a good tight forty five minute first act of the Mockingjay franchise. It will leave you with a empty feeling and is such a mind-numbling experience which you'l prbably never visit back again. I have nothing more to say about this movie because I'm left with a perception that I only watched a half movie. That is all!

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

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American Hustle – Movie Review

Verdict – “A hilarious, exiting and intriguing movie with a spellbinding climax”

‘American Hustle’ is the story of two con artists Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser who, after getting caught for doing an illegal activity are forced to work for a FBI agent Richie DiMaso. With the help of these two con artists DiMaso tries to put some corrupted politicians and mafia behind the bars.

Irvings wife Rosalyn is crazy and unpredictable, she creates a lot of complications in DiMaso’s plan. The story is not so simple though, there are a lot of sub-plots in it which will keep you intrigued.

The movie has a splendid cast which includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The casting director did a great job of bringing such amazingly talented people into one movie. There is also a superb cameo by a legendary actor, which I will not spoil here, but you will definitely be surprised after watching it.

Every actor gave remarkable performances. Christian Bale completely disappears into his role, he is nearly unrecognizable. He stole the movie! Amy Adams gave her best performance yet. She is sexy, convincing and truthful to the role. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner did an amazing job as supporting actors. Each one of the characters had a moment to shine.

The direction by David O. Russell is stunning. The style and tone of this movie is quite different from the rest of the movie he has directed but the wittiness and humour stills remains the same.

The script diverges from its main story line during the second act, which gets a little boring. Nothing much happens during it. But the third act brings the story back on track. The dialogue coming out of each actor is relevant and precise for that particular moment. It is very well thought out and intelligent. A special mention to the soundtrack, which sets the 1970's tone perfectly.

All things considered, American Hustle is a great movie powered by amazing performances and writing. The movie has some low moments but the convincing and spellbinding climax makes up for it. David O. Russell’s American Hustle is worth watching at the theatre and it certainly deserves all its Academy Award nominations.

My Rating – 4/5
Grade – A (Best One Around)
-By Chinmay Chawade

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Movie Review

Verdict – “An Outstanding Movie Which Is Better Than Its Predecessor.”

The second instalment in The Hunger Games franchise ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is directed by Francis Lawrence which is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci.

It’s been a year since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellarkhave won the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss is going through a post-traumatic stress disorder, and she is still messed up because of the events that took place in the hunger games. Katniss and Peeta now live in the Victor’s Village where they get an unexpected visit from President Snow, and they both are threatened and forced to go on a Victor Tour, which will act as a distraction from the real problems in the world. A revolution is stirring in Panem, Katniss is the only hope for her people and to stop this outbreak, President Snow wants her out of the way. He wants her dead in any way possible, and due to some newly written law, Katniss and Peeta are now forced to join the 75th Hunger Games along with the existing pool of winners of the previous hunger games (So this time it’s like an All-Star Hunger Games).

This movie is not just about the hunger games anymore; it is about so much more than that. It’s about rebellion, revolution and the corrupt government who is willing to do the worst things possible to make the lives of the people miserable. This movie shows us how these games work and all the politics behind it.The games doesn’t start until halfway through the film, and the build-up which leads to the games is brilliant and doesn’t drag for even a second. The pace of this movie is so good that you might slightly feel breathless when the hunger games are about to begin.

The performances are terrific especially Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Her character is much broader and vulnerable this time, and Jennifer portrayed this role brilliantly. No doubt that she is one of the most beautiful actors today. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was way better in this movie than the previous one. Donald Sutherland as the President was terrific; you will hate the President even more in this film because Donald Sutherland presented the President’s evilness so well. A few more great performances to mention are Stanley Tucci as Caesar, Elizabeth Banks as Effie and Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the new Head Gamemaker. The cast of the movie is fantastic. Everyone did a great job. 

Another great thing about this movie – No more shaky cam. Yeah! It’s pretty much non-existent in this film except for a few scenes. Francis did an outstanding job in directing this movie and setting a dangerous, intense and deeper tone. There were genuine sadness and emotion in this film which is very well handled by the director. The visual effects and cinematography were stunning. The movie looked spectacular. The movie ends kind off abruptly, which is a plus point because it just gets you more excited for the third installment. The music composed by James Newton Howard is fantastic, and it puts you in a more profound mood. 

To sum it all up, Catching Fire is a brilliant movie and one the best films of the year. It is way better than its predecessor in all the aspects. If you are a fan of the first Hunger Games or a fan of adventure and sci-fi movies, this movie is a must watch.I am giving it a solid four out of five stars, and I highly recommend you to watch this film.

My Rating – 4/5 | -By Chinmay Chawade

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