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The Martian - Movie Review

Verdict - "An amazing survival thriller with a great touch of humor."

Who else thought the two-minute trailer of The Martian gave away too much about the storyline of the movie when it was first debuted? Yeah! Include me in the minority of people who hates when trailers give away an excess amount of information and spoils a good part of the movie. But, The Martian is an exclusion, there's so much more in the movie to explore and get ecstatic about.

In the course of their manned mission (Ares III) on Mars, the crew of Hermes led by commander Mellisa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) is hit by a huge storm that makes them leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon) presuming that he is dead. Unexpectedly, Watney survives the attack and was left alone on the red planet that makes him create few ideas about his survival for the next three years until the arrival of the next of Ares IV.

Now, if you're reading my reviews for a while, you know that I focus more on the screenplay. I always loved movies when they are well-paced and executed. Stunningly, The Martian was on the money when it comes to the screenplay, the sense of humor and the comedic aspect of the movie was cleverly executed without holding back the viewer with its stern premise.  

Being aware that it's a survival movie of an astronaut stranded on a dead planet. Director, Ridley Scott made sure that lead character Mark Watney was well developed. The optimistic thinking of his character accompanied with his humor and intellect kept the movie going and moreover, I didn't bother to check my watch for every fifteen minutes. 

Reinforced with a gigantic cast, the performances from every single actor in the movie was outstanding. Matt Damon's representation of his character was a treat to watch along with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig.

Altogether, The Martian was one of the best movies I've seen in 2015 and indeed one of the best Ridley Scott movies we've seen in a very long time. Remember The Counselor and Exodus in 2013 and 14? This man is in a desperate need of a splendid hit and he captured it in a remarkable way. The Martian is certainly a must watch in a theatre and in 3D. I'm sure that you'll love it.

My Rating - 3.5/5 
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Interstellar - Movie Review

Verdict - "A visual masterpiece with narrative flaws."

In all conscience, after watching Interstellar, I just felt like I'm left in a maze, where I can take different directions to get to the finish point. The movie will leave you confused, you go through a lot of speculations and in the end it just leaves your mind perplexed.

Civilization on earth is at stakes, dreadful things (natural calamities) start to happen and the scientists at NASA begin to search for a new home across the galaxy and the wormhole near the planet Saturn seems to be an appropriate one for the human race. As a result, a crew of four including Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and Amelia (Anne Hathaway) travel to the wormhole in a space shuttle named Endurance for a two year exploration.

Let's discuss about the screenplay of the movie and possibly one of the most befuddling one I've ever seen. Let me put it plain words here, after watching the movie, I did have the keenness to sit back and analyze the movie and after examining the plot, I came to a conclusion that it's not bewildering for the most part. It's just the unclear narrative structure of the movie which was confusing.

And that initiates my major complaint about the movie, it had some narrative issues. The movie demands your attention, even if you're out-of-the-movie for one single minute, it's hard to understand what's happening around. And even when you're immersed into this movie you will still find to tough to comprehend unless you're an astrophysicist.

Does it needed to be that mystifying? Sure! I like when movies make me think for days and months, but this movie can be explained in a better way with seamless illustrations once in a while.

On the other side, I the loved the human emotion in the movie, mainly between the characters Cooper and Murph, there's a certain scene in the movie which I don't want to spoil when Cooper sees his children for the time after many years, (if you had watched you know what I'm talking about) that scene whacked me out with nothing but tears. Even the climax, it was jaw-dropping to watch two main characters share an emotional scene which was quite spectacular to think about.

Apart from the screenplay, Christopher Nolan did a decent job directing the movie, the fact that he and his brother Jonathan were developing from 2006 enthralls me. There's a lot of effort put into this movie, in terms of research, astro physical theories and everything else and I appreciate that he dedicated ample amount of time on the movie which will surely be discussed by a lot of people in the near future.

Now! What exceeding my expectations from the movie are the visual effects, it was astounding to gaze at what's happening on screen. The wide-screen panorama perfectly enhanced the outer world spectacles including various other planets and few giant natural calamities which were amazing. It was quite tricky to create an imaginative world and the technical department did a remarkable job with it including the cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema.

There's nothing much to talk about the performances in the movie, Matthew McConaughey was splendid in few emotional sequences, so as Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. As nothing to display as an actor in the movie, all the performances were decent in the movie with few surprising characters that I didn't really see coming.

Nonetheless, Interstellar literally fries your brain with a lot of questions and speculations, it was the most baffling movie I've seen this year and I'm pretty sure that I will like it more than now after a second or third watch. Apart from that, the movie was a visual masterpiece which enriches the movie going experience for a viewer who likes to delve deep into the movie, speculating, understanding and learning more about the subject.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Reviews #1 (That Awkward Moment & The Monuments Men)

Tom Gormican - "That Awkward Moment"

Plot: Occupied and unfulfilled with their own personal relationships. Jason, Daniel & Mikey, the three waggish teenage friends vow for an unfeasible oath to stay single for a certain period of time. Concerned with few other intimate reasons, did they adhere to their promise? Find out in That Awkward Moment.

Positives:
1) Music
2) The Cast & Performances
3) Humour
4) Chemistry between the leads

Negatives:
1) Witless storyline
2) Asymmetrical screenplay
3) Sloppy direction

Analysis: I generally label these kinda movies as a guilty pleasure, where it's decently bad but then again you still enjoy watching it. That Awkward Moment falls into that certain category where it has no specific target to stretch out and only concentrates in relishing the present moment.

The story don't really wind-up rapidly and it feels choppy in it's approach. But on a convincing standpoint, the three main leads (Efron, Teller & Jordan) were absolutely amusing and they positively enjoyed playing the fussy-unfussy characters in the movie.

Final Thoughts: That Awkward Moment can be an enjoyable movie if you don't really bother about the essential attributes of the movie. Watch it if you're planning a late night boys reunion and you'l definitely have a lot of fun.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C+ (Meh! Probably a rental)

George Clooney's - "The Monuments Men"

Plot: In the course of World War II, Lt. Stokes (George Clooney) was allotted on a mission to recover all the historic art and sculptures from the Nazi realm, were he was sent into the war zone along with a group of other talented grandees.

Positives:
1) The cast
2) Storyline
3) Production & Cinematography
4) Music

Negatives:
1) Insipid screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Direction
4) Unamusing jokes

Analysis: As I listed out above, the movie had an incredible cast with an extremely fascinating storyline surrounding the incidents during World War II. But regrettably the narration falls apart with it's lackluster screenplay, the scenes don't really connect to each other and they really feel lifeless and insignificant. The lack of character development clobbered the movie for the most part and with an enormous extent of A listed actors it doesn't really movie responsibly. Director George Clooney had to be blamed!

Final Thoughts: Unlike all other historic movies we've seen in the past, Monuments Men falls short in every imperative aspect. But on a lighter note, it's not a catastrophic attempt which can be enjoyed privately on a television screen.

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

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