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Annihilation - Instant Movie Review #38

Alex Garland's - "Annihilation"

Positives:
1) Cinematography and Production Design
2) Direction
3) Background Music
4) Natalie Portman

Introduction - Alex Garland is one of the best directors working right now, I haven't had a chance to check out Ex Machina until last week and I completely regretted waiting so long. They're also few reports floating around that he also unofficially directed the Dredd remake starring Karl Urban (which was quite awesome). Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is Alex Garland does great and different Sci-Fi films unlike anyone and going into Annihilation, I'm very much excited to experience something diverse, offbeat and exciting.

Analysis - First off, this film was shot beautifully. Everything from the production design, cinematography, and CGI looked exquisite and is a true cinematic experience. The direction by Garland was exceptional, but, the film is a slow-burn, it's filled with social commentary, creepy imagery, and exciting subplots which makes it special and also very confusing.

Performances - The performances by the complete cast were decent. Oscar Issac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez were all favorable for the film to keep moving. But, Natalie Portman's character had the best story arc with diverse layers involved and her performance was remarkable. The plight, regret, and emotion that her character had to go through were displayed wonderfully by Portman as she totally impresses as the main lead.

Verdict - Overall, Annihilation is not your conventional Sci-Fi flick, it had quite a lot to unpack with no coherent ending and will pretty much baffle your brain with alternate theories and social commentary. On the contrary, it is a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, masterfully directed and gorgeous looking film that you should not miss if you're up for a discrete science-fiction drama.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Instant Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Thor: The Dark World - Movie Review [Repost]

[Thought it would be cool to re-post few reviews that I wrote in the early days of my career on my old website. My writing skills were not that great back then, so, bear with me.]

Verdict - “Extremely Fun to Watch and a Decent Extension to the MCU.”

The main plot of the film circles around Dark Elf Malekith who intends to destroy the whole universe by using his unsolidified weapon Aether and to take his desired revenge against Asgard and it's civilization after being trounced by Bor (Odin's father) and his army. 

Meanwhile, Thor fears about Jane's disguise and voyages to Earth. After discovering the fact that she's been infected by Aether, Thor takes her to Asgard seeking medical help. 

After the Dark Elves invasion on Asgard, Thor decides to team up with his evil brother Loki in taking down the Dark army and also to protect the nine realms of the entire universe.

As per the amendment factor, Thor 2 is a step up in imposing visuals and enormous action sequences when to compared to it predecessor, following with the humor. But things were flat insipid at times which slightly takes you out of the experience. The comedic sequences between Darcy (Kat Dennings) and her intern were completely annoying and didn't quite mingle up with the film.

The movie did spend more time on Asgard, as we get to know further things more about its civilization and culture, consequently, the cinematography and set design are astounding and were completely gorgeous to look at. 

Commencing with his familiarity of the popular TV show Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor is in fine form here. His proficiency and vision in capturing immense action sequences worked out in a comprehensive way and shaped out the movie really well and made it a fun watch.

Chris Hemsworth's charisma and persona are captivating, at this very point his portrayal of Thor are unsurpassed and undoubtedly he's the perfect fit as Thor and cannot be easily replaced. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the strong asset of the movie, he's extremely amazing with his sneaky look and is a complete treat to watch him teaming up with Thor and kicking some ass. Natalie Portman's character is pretty much essential and significant and she does a good job with her portrayal. 

Indeed, I've got few flaws with the movie regarding the villain's boring insubstantial character and the lack of overwhelming sequences and the additional humor in the climax was disturbing and didn't work out on the most part.

Nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is a fun gratifying experience. The movie did have some serious weak spots but it's pleasurable vibe and stunning visuals made the movie a definite watch which you'll completely enjoy.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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