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Instant Movie Review #31 (Creed)

Ryan Coogler's - "Creed"

Positives:
1) Performances
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Direction
4) Background Score

Introduction and Plot: Continuing the legacy established by his father, Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) comes to a decision to train with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and prefers to pursue his career in boxing just like his father. After many requests from Adonis, Rocky finally agrees to train him as the story celebrates the heroic and the valiant journey of their lives that include several poignant moments from start to finish.

Analysis: Director Ryan Coogler, who previously made Fruitvale Station had done a phenomenal job with his remarkable writing skills. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt significant and authentic and the grim unruly vibe made the film a lot more inspiring and entertaining. 

When it comes to the performances, the entire cast was remarkable to watch especially Stallone, who gave one of his best performances in a very long time and Jordan's transformation into this character felt very authentic and luminous.

Verdict: Overall, Creed succeeded to triumph over all the main attributes a film needs. The imposing storyline, astonishing direction and the phenomenal performances from the cast made the film stand out as one of the best movies of the year.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-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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