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Crimson Peak - Movie Review

Verdict - "The striking visuals and a decent directorial effort from Del Toro makes Crimson Peak a watchable movie."

What happens if the most publicized and anticipated horror movie of the year is not really a horror film? People will be upset about it. 

But what if it backs itself up with sublime cinematography,  exquisite set design, and splendid direction? We get a decent movie. 

Reasonably, I describe it as a gothic-horror-romantic-drama, Crimson Peak takes place back in the 1890's where a young and an aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) meets an adept attractive lad named Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and instantly falls in love with him despite the disapproval from her father. Unfortunately after her father's sudden death, Edith marries Thomas and moves to his spectral mansion in England where she experiences eccentric paranormal things that tie into the storyline that primarily involves Thomas's sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) who appears pretty equivocal.

Guillermo del Toro is a mastermind when it comes to crafting movies with astounding visuals and the way he and cinematographer Dan Laustsen shot this movie by utilizing vibrant colors and a crepuscular light was staggering to watch. When it comes to the set design, the old fouled up house where the movie primarily takes place was truly unsettling. We heard Del Toro affirm in his interviews about how he wanted to make this house as the focal character in the movie and for that aspect, he certainly succeeded.

Then again, I feel that the storyline was one of the most dismal parts in the movie. It didn't reinforce pretty much anything and it kept building this creepy and shuddersome vibe which didn't pay-off appropriately in the climax. And like I stated earlier if you're looking for a scary horror film, then this movie was undoubtedly not made for you. The ghosts are just used as a metaphor and the uncanny sound might surprise you a little, but the graphical presentation of the ghosts was ghoulish but not at all scary.

Overall, Crimson Peak was a solid movie to watch in a movie theatre for its flamboyant visuals, splendid performances, and Del Toro's decent direction. It is certainly not a scary movie nor the top contender for the best movie of the year. So, don't get your hopes too high because it might not reach the bar that you implanted way up in the sky.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-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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