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Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Movie Review

Verdict - "Misses the Charm!"

Directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges in the lead roles, 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is the sequel to the 2014 smash hit 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' and the plot of the film circles around a new threat to the world orchestrated by Poppy (Julianne Moore) who already destroys every single central station of the Kingsman and poses a new threat to the entire planet by inducing a dangerous virus into every illegal drug.

Here are few negatives in the film that I noticed. Basically, with a 100 million dollar budget, director Matthew Vaughn went smoking with action sequences in the film neglecting the fact that they felt stratospheric, superhero-like and even needless at times. The process of building up an action scene (like he did in the previous film) was completely overlooked and by doing so, none of those scenes (although entertaining) felt memorable. Like I said, despite the fact, there is over usage of CGI in the film, the action sequences were choreographed well and were entertaining to watch for that moment.

Also, the plot of the overall film was a letdown and was very much like many other films we've seen before. Accordingly, the new characters in the film (except for Julianne Moore) were not given much importance like I expected them to be which was an utter disappointment. The performances from the complete cast were decent, everyone tried to give their best despite many character flaws, but ultimately every performance was fun to watch.

Overall, excluding the enthralling action sequences and few emotional moments. The Golden Circle was a bummer in terms of a good plot and as a distinguished resilient film. 

My Rating - 3/5
Grade – B (Worth a watch)
-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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Instant Movie Reviews #3 (Need for Speed & Non Stop)

Scott Waugh's - "Need for Speed"

Positives:
1) Action Sequences & Spectacular Pursuits
2) Cinematography
3) Direction
4) BGM

Negatives:
1) Indolent screenplay
2) Goofy scenes
3) Pointless characters

Analysis: Hot pursuits, fast cars, aggravating cops seems to be a notorious scenario. But in NFS it gets real and exhilarating, that maybe the only reason I'm pleased about this movie alot. Crossing out the word FAKE in his realm, director Scott Waugh had delivered an authentic action movie by missing the mandatory component which is the story and screenplay. I would call it a disaster when it comes to the tedious storyline and the unwitty dialogue. Few characters and scenes were inane and it just takes the obligatory part of the movie from bad to worse.

Final Thoughts: Need for Speed is enjoyable, only if you're interested in watching your favourite s.fashionable cars drifting all over the place which absolutely makes no sense.

My Rating - 2/5

Jaume Collet-Serra - "Non Stop"

Positives:
1) Conspicuous storyline

Negatives:
1) Indigent climax
2) Unintentional scenes

Analysis: Liam Neeson as a badass once again! It never gets old. Delimited with a known repercussion of a posible hijack, director Jaume Collet-Serra crafted a stimulating piece of cinema which was "attention-grabbing" for every brief moment and I'm really immersed into the movie. Obliterating it's poor climax and over-the top action sequences, Non Stop doesn't disappoint to any extent for a normal moviegoer.

Final Thoughts: I would definitely recommend Non Stop, just as an insouciant watch which can be enjoyable on a boring afternoon. Is this something silly? Absolutely! But it's overall a gratifying movie and we should appreciate it!

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

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Carrie - Movie Review

Verdict - “Unwanted and Unexciting”.

Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an introverted withdrawn teen who doesn't really interact with any of her schoolmates as she often uses her bizarre supernatural powers for her own good. Her mother Margaret White (Julianne Moore) is another strange devotee of god who often comprehends everything as a sin in everything she or her daughter does.

Under these unusual circumstances, Carrie gets bullied by her classmates while having her first menstrual period. Occupied with her reticent behaviour, Carrie does nothing about the whole incident and eventually gets support from the school's management. Finding this as an serious assault, the management decides to punish every girl involved in this situation which leads to an intolerant revenge narrative.

For the most part, Carrie can be called as an uneven ride, though it started on a promising note with some spooky and surprising jump scares, the second act was completely a let down filled with dreary storyline which was dragged to a certain extent. The final act picked up the pace and was slightly enjoyable with all the bloodletting startling kills.

Furthermore, the storyline was feeble and fragile. I understand that bullying is a prevalent topic of our generation but constructing a movie on a singular precise subject can lead to distress. The original 1976 movie might be a spectacular one (though I didn't get a chance to watch it) but re-telling an unwanted anemic story is unnecessary.

Rant apart, on the whole I'm not completely disappointed with the movie. Director Kimberly Pierce had done a decent job in delivering few exhilarating sequences. The climax revenge scene was gratifying and the VFX is agreeable.

Julianne Moore's performance was terrifying as it was completely strange and uneasy to look at. Moretz was okay in her role, her expressions and appearance didn't really freak me out in the climax which is a deficient thing when you carry the whole movie.

Overall, Carrie is not a suspenseful gruesome thriller, it had done okay in few parts and was completely boring for the most part. I certainly don't recommend watching it in theatres, but if you're up for doing something which passes your time, give it a try. I'l go with two out of five stars for this unwanted modernised remake.

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

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