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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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Exodus: Gods and Kings - Movie Review

Verdict - "Exodus is an amazing spectacle with a distressing screenplay."

Are biblical movies starting to perk up? So far, 2014 is been a bulgy year for theological genre and it just got better with movies like Noah, Son of God and now Exodus. In the interest of Ridley Scott directing this movie, my expectations are pretty high and I'm totally unaware with the source material.

With Hebrews held captive and treated as slaves for almost 400 years under the Egyptian Kings, the Hebrew God has an answer by the form of Moses (Christian Bale) who is an audacious chief under an egotistical and smug King Ramses (Joel Edgerton). In due course, Moses learns that he is a Hebrew and starts a rebellion in conjunction with the Hebrews against the Egyptian Empire with the guidance of his illusory messenger sent by God.

We'l kick off with one of my biggest problems of the movie, the screenplay. Don't get me wrong, I do understand that the complete first act assembles the plot, characters and all the essential things needed for the second act. But you will surely experience the emptiness in the script. The scenes abruptly end and we don't get to learn more about the characters. The melodramatic sequences start to bore and the hostile elements turns tiresome to watch. And I do believe this only chief factor that costed the movie.

However, the movie restores itself quickly and the whole second and third act had few exciting moments to cheer about. The ten devastating plagues were displayed magnificently and the final showdown didn't let me down. And that's the main attribute of the movie, it was a spectacle but when it comes to dialogues and screenplay it was mediocre.

This was moderately a superior movie from Ridley Scott when compared to his previous work after American Gangster. It didn't even get as far as Gladiator, but they're few sequences in the movie which should be valued and appreciated. Mostly, the production work and the CGI were satisfactory. Being a majestic extravaganza with wide shots and enthralling visuals, Ridley Scott and his crew did a fantastic job in delivering what is needed.

Christian Bale was extremely good as the topmost lead in the movie, his charisma, acting skills and star quality upheld the movie to a great extent. He delivered his best in every single frame and made the character believable even though it lacked the developmental shell. Joel Edgerton rendered a tough competition too, his conceited character and his nervy charm added that extra ingredient to hate him easily whenever we see him on-screen. And that's an accomplishment!

On the whole, Exodus: Gods and Kings was a fascinating experience, it surely respects the three dimensional format and is clearly a fun movie to watch in theatres. But if you're looking for a great story telling tale like Gladiator, you'l definitely get disappointed. This movie fails in the writing department but had few redeeming elements to look at.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With few noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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