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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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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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