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Black Panther - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "The Real Deal!"

Debuting at 235 million dollars on a four-day weekend, Black Panther had the biggest opening weekend in February, biggest non-sequel opening weekend, biggest solo superhero launch of all time, biggest pre-summer opening weekend, second biggest comic book superhero opening weekend and the fifth biggest opening weekends of all time. Here's an interesting comparison, Justice League made 228 million dollars on its overall domestic box-office run and it only took four days for Black Panther to beat that record. That's a hard punch in the gut for all DC fans (including me), but that's the reality and a well-deserved accolade for a well-made film.

After the sudden demise of his father and T'Chaka (John Kani / Atandwa Kani), the administration decides to crown T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as the new King of Wakanda and the storyline advances with T'Challa understanding and amending his responsibilities until he comes across Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) who not only challenges the throne but also questions the perspectives and principles that Wakanda upholds.

From time to time, I always address the importance of character work in a film especially if it's a stand-alone superhero film. One of the main reasons why Black Panther is such a great film is because of the well-developed and appealing characters. Let's start with T'Challa, an amateur and a King stuck in dilemma or puzzled in a tight spot to choose what's right and not right, his character was incredibly written so that the emotional connection was excellently established. Advancing to Erik Killmonger, another rightful heir to the throne, his intentions very plain, simple and very understandable. His character had a much-needed depth and his overall motives were one of the reasons why he's one of the best Marvel villains we've seen in a very long time.

Not only the lead characters but Nakia played by Lupita Nyong'o, Okoye played by Danai Gurira and Shuri played Letitia Wright everyone had an important role in the film which was inspiring and entertaining to watch. Also, great performances will always fortify the well-written characters and both the leads Boseman and Jordan were remarkable in their respective roles. Jordan especially was very charismatic and fit perfectly as the anti-hero with bad-ass abilities.

On the other side, the cinematography and the production design were incredible, the film looked vibrant, stylish and very exquisite. The background music was another positive, it added a unique authentic feel to the film especially with the percussions which sounded amazing. 

Ending with the negatives, this film was definitely not flawless, it had few issues primarily with the villain and his overall presence which was definitely limited. I hoped to see more of Killmonger as he was barely present in the first one and a half hour and then shows up in few action scenes and the film ends. That's a bummer, mainly because his character felt significant and would've been explored with more screen time.

Nonetheless, Black Panther lives up to the hype and is undoubtedly one of the best stand-alone superhero films in the MCU right beside The Winter Soldier. Similar to Logan, this film didn't feel like a generic superhero film as it presented us enjoyable characters, pleasing performances and a dazzling look at the world of Wakanda. An excellent entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Black Panther: Movie Posters - Click Here

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Instant Movie Review #31 (Creed)

Ryan Coogler's - "Creed"

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.

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

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.

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

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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