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Oceans 8 & A Quiet Place - Double Header Review

Hello everyone! Happy to see Y'all return back to yet another Double-Header Review, and for those who are unaware what a DH Review is, it's simple, we take two different movies, combine them together and review them (frankly, to save time, space and effort). But, before we roll, let's see how well the movies we're about to discuss fare critically and commercially.

Ocean's 8 made 289.9 million worldwide with a production budget of 70 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 67%. A Quiet Place made 332.6 million worldwide from its 21 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 95%.

"Ocean's 8" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

With an elaborate and fabulous cast, Ocean's 8 is the smartest heist movie to watch this year. The story is about Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who is introduced as the younger sister of (assumably) Late Danny Ocean, plans to steal a vintage diamond necklace in the Met Gala event with seven talented women, after getting out of jail. 

Now, while the movie was funny to watch, it is not successful in bringing back the magic of the Oceans Eleven trilogy. Anne Hathaway (Daphne) and Helena Bonham Carter (Rose) were the funniest to watch, and Sandra gives major fashion goals with every outfit she wears throughout the movie. Mindy Kaling (Amita) and Sarah Paulson (Tammy) were not given enough screen time but are funny nevertheless. But, the coolest one has to be Cate Blanchett (Lou) with her boyish charm and eternal cool vibe. The music in the film is decent with most of them borrowed, and the screenplay focuses more on the fashion and the instantaneous humour more than the accuracy of the story. 

Overall, Ocean's 8 may not be a successful match to the original Oceans trilogy, but, it is without a doubt one of the most cheerful comedies of 2018. 

"A Quiet Place" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles, A Quiet Place tells us the story of a family trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland where even a tiny amount of sound, triggers monstrous creatures which as displayed in the movie are indestructible.

Story, screenplay, characters, performances, background score and sound effects were the main traits that Krasinski (who also directed the film) used to make a heartwarming and an extremely terrifying film. The dialogues are pretty much non-existent and to tell an engaging story within 90 minutes, and at the same time developing the relationship between the characters is a tough task, but, Krasinski did a masterful job. Furthermore, this is a well-paced movie and did not waste time explaining how, why or when certain things happened, it leapt right into the focal part of the storyline which made the film much more frightening and suspenseful.

Overall, I'm literally kicking myself for not watching A Quiet Place in the theatres cause it's a complete bloodcurdling experience which shouldn't be missed.

-A Double Header Review by Nikitha Kashyap and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Gravity - Movie Review

Verdict: “A Visualistic Masterpiece In Every Aspect .”

If you're a genuine movie lover, Gravity never confiscates your attention out of it; you'll get glued to the breathtaking cinematic experience and finally comprehend that it's a masterpiece. 

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity explains the narrative of two astronauts who are on a space mission trying to fix some hitches. Suddenly things go wrong, and they need to abort the mission immediately and get back to their space station. 

Now! I'm looking forward to Gravity, the trailers blew me away, and my expectations were extremely high. Did it reach up to my expectations? Yes! It was beyond everything I expected it to be, technically and visually. And undoubtedly one of the best theatre experiences I've had this year.

Alfonso Cuaron's technique in delivering a catastrophic space movie has to be appreciated. The shots in space, in particular, were astounding and gorgeous to watch. Mainly the opening shot which lasted like about 15 minutes was a visual splendor. And what impressed me the most, is that he left much more room for character development which was quite a thing to fit into a 90 minute fast paced movie. Every shot was handled with care, and I'm amazed at the fact that the whole film was shot behind a green screen.

Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki was noteworthy. The long takes with rotating camera technique is brilliant, quite a hectic job to imagine things around and move with the characters. Emmanuel does it with extreme ease, and there was no single moment that I felt that the camera work was disturbing. Extraordinary work!

Visuals in the movie are astonishing, undeniably the best I've seen till date. Every shot was crystal clear and pragmatic, mainly the visuals of the earth are an absolute treat to watch. A must watch in IMAX 3D; you'll ultimately love it!

Sandra Bullock is terrific in the movie, her character was beautifully crafted with much needed high emotional value, and she indeed outplayed it well in critical timings. An Oscar-worthy performance. George Clooney was decent in his minimal screen presence and stood as a backbone to Bullock's character.

To conclude, Gravity is a masterpiece in every aspect and is a complete inspiration for visualistic movies. Unquestionably, the best film of the year till date and I hope that it'll stay on my #1 spot by the end of the year. I'm going big and healthy; I'm giving five out of five stars to Gravity.

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

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