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Three Billboards & The Post - Honest Movie Reviews

Time for a doubleheader again and this time I'm reviewing two films that you might hear about a lot in the upcoming months because of the Oscars. But the nominations were not out yet, so you never know. Anyway, I'm looking forward to these two movies in a very long time and here are my thoughts.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by Martin McDonagh, who previously directed one of my favorite films of 2012 in Seven Psychopaths and starring Frances McDormand in the lead role, Three Billboards is a film about an enraged mother, who is avidly trying everything in her power to make the local police authorities solve her dead daughter's case. Similar to Seven Psychopaths, the unpredictable story and the screenplay were the primary aspects which kept the movie going for me. Martin McDonagh made sure that the doesn't fall into the clichéd paint-by-numbers category and kept it interesting throughout the runtime. Also, the characters and the performances were another advantages, Frances McDormand was truly exceptional and her blunt unconventional character was invigorating and extremely amusing to watch at the same time. Woody Harrelson's significant character served as the focal point for the entire film and Sam Rockwell is without a doubt the standout performer with his unappealing character that had an astounding story arc when compared to others. Overall, Three Billboards was one of the best films I've seen this year filled with amazing characters and incredible performances from the three main leads. A fascinating watch!

The Post Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

The Post brings together Steven Speilberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep, Hollywood's mega heavyweights in a movie that revolves around the Pentagon Papers Case in the early 1970's. Surprisingly enough, Speilberg began the Principal Photography of the film in the month of May 2017 and fast-tracked the production to meet the end-of-the-year release date and I can understand why. Oscar bait? or is it because of the striking storyline which partly resembles President Trump's administration? Keeping the theories aside, this film moves at an extremely fast pace filled with splendid performances across the board. Streep's character was a definitely a standout because of the monumental decisions she has to make. Bob Odenkirk was amazing and Tom Hanks was as usual brilliant in his role. But, the only negative about the film is the storyline which was dragged a little until the third act which was exciting to watch. Nevertheless, barring the only negative, The Post is still a fascinating story told by Steven Speilberg and I recommend watching it in case if you're interested in the source material.

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Movie Review

Verdict – “An Outstanding Movie Which Is Better Than Its Predecessor.”

The second instalment in The Hunger Games franchise ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is directed by Francis Lawrence which is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci.

It’s been a year since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellarkhave won the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss is going through a post-traumatic stress disorder, and she is still messed up because of the events that took place in the hunger games. Katniss and Peeta now live in the Victor’s Village where they get an unexpected visit from President Snow, and they both are threatened and forced to go on a Victor Tour, which will act as a distraction from the real problems in the world. A revolution is stirring in Panem, Katniss is the only hope for her people and to stop this outbreak, President Snow wants her out of the way. He wants her dead in any way possible, and due to some newly written law, Katniss and Peeta are now forced to join the 75th Hunger Games along with the existing pool of winners of the previous hunger games (So this time it’s like an All-Star Hunger Games).

This movie is not just about the hunger games anymore; it is about so much more than that. It’s about rebellion, revolution and the corrupt government who is willing to do the worst things possible to make the lives of the people miserable. This movie shows us how these games work and all the politics behind it.The games doesn’t start until halfway through the film, and the build-up which leads to the games is brilliant and doesn’t drag for even a second. The pace of this movie is so good that you might slightly feel breathless when the hunger games are about to begin.

The performances are terrific especially Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Her character is much broader and vulnerable this time, and Jennifer portrayed this role brilliantly. No doubt that she is one of the most beautiful actors today. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was way better in this movie than the previous one. Donald Sutherland as the President was terrific; you will hate the President even more in this film because Donald Sutherland presented the President’s evilness so well. A few more great performances to mention are Stanley Tucci as Caesar, Elizabeth Banks as Effie and Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the new Head Gamemaker. The cast of the movie is fantastic. Everyone did a great job. 

Another great thing about this movie – No more shaky cam. Yeah! It’s pretty much non-existent in this film except for a few scenes. Francis did an outstanding job in directing this movie and setting a dangerous, intense and deeper tone. There were genuine sadness and emotion in this film which is very well handled by the director. The visual effects and cinematography were stunning. The movie looked spectacular. The movie ends kind off abruptly, which is a plus point because it just gets you more excited for the third installment. The music composed by James Newton Howard is fantastic, and it puts you in a more profound mood. 

To sum it all up, Catching Fire is a brilliant movie and one the best films of the year. It is way better than its predecessor in all the aspects. If you are a fan of the first Hunger Games or a fan of adventure and sci-fi movies, this movie is a must watch.I am giving it a solid four out of five stars, and I highly recommend you to watch this film.

My Rating – 4/5 | -By Chinmay Chawade

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