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Avengers: Infinity War - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Emotional and Entertaining!"

Remember when the first Iron Man came out? That's like ten years ago, I still remember my first impressions when I first saw the Iron Man poster at a local theater and contemplating it as an action movie of some sorts. Back then, Superhero film genre is an unknown entity for me, but now fast forward to 2018, comic book movies had become a significant part of my life and I should say that it all started because of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is been consistent with its quality and execution in all respects.

Shortly after the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is busy bringing together the six infinity stones as he believes that the whole universe requires a balance for a better good. So, a group of twenty-five superheroes squares off against Thanos and his callous children to stop the commotion and his quest to dominate the entire universe.

Now, one of the main reasons why I'm excited to watch this movie is because of the crossovers between different characters that we all fell in love within the past ten years. Consequently, we've got many collaborations throughout the film like Thor with the Guardians and Iron Man with Doctor Strange and Star-Lord. Furthermore, I should say that everything worked and delivered as we anticipated. Also, they're few ecstatic moments which made me jump out of my seat with joy.

Another critical aspect that was maintained throughout the film was the relationship between the core characters. The character arc between Star-Lord and Gamora, Wanda, and Vision added an emotive impact in the film who later have to go through severe consequences due to their ardent decisions. The Russo Brothers did an exceptional job by giving the characters their time to shine and therefore by the climax when the film took few risks it felt heartfelt and genuine.

Now, a lot of people complain the antagonists in the MCU movies excluding Loki from Avengers and Killmonger from Black Panther were bland and disappointing and I agree with them for the most part. But, after watching this film, I should say that Thanos is by far the best villain that MCU ever had. He's big, powerful, menacing, unstoppable and at a certain point, I believed that no one can ever overpower him and that shows you how effectively he was portrayed as the mighty supervillain.

That brings me to the entertaining aspects of the film which are the action and the comedic sequences. The action/fight scenes were fun and as I stated before, the team-up of different Avengers like Captain America and Black Panther is what made these particular scenes so different and interesting in the first place. The humor worked in most cases, but I had few issues which I'm going to get into in a bit. However, they're loads of laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film which cracked me up hard couple of times.

Nevertheless, here are my major problems with this film, like I said the humor worked for the most part, but I felt that it got exhausted after a while. Drax who is a badass mercenary in the first Guardians film is now wasted as a comedic relief along with other characters. Also, the pacing of the film during the first and the second act felt a bit off where it was stretched-out and took a good amount of time to get to the point. Likewise, the abrupt cuts between scenes (especially when there's important going on) bothered me a bit which is one of the main problems I had with Justice League in 2017.

Overall, Avengers: Infinity War was everything that you've hoped for. It's funny, emotional, entertaining and was a great ensemble of a gigantic cast. Russo Brothers did the best they could with the script and did a magnificent job by concluding the first part with many unanswered questions and tons of curiosity within the fans. They're bountiful of drawbacks inside and out but nonetheless, I had fun watching the film.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

1. The Infinity Stones: Where Are They Now?

As of the release of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and now is in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is under control of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of the Collector. With the destruction of the Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016) and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is unknown and may appear in this movie.

2. A Little Context Before You Watch the Movie 

It has been confirmed by the Russo brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie where the teams will still be divided. The film will conclude the Thanos and the Infinity Stones story arc, and the plot will follow the Avengers joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from destroying the universe with the six Infinity Stones.

3. The Dope New Shield: Made in Wakanda

Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this film, made from Wakandan Vibranium, that splits apart into two arm guards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comics: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards. The tech reflects his surroundings, apparently made of vibranium — the same rare naturally occurring meteoric ore that Black Panther’s suit is made of — which derives from the African nation. And according to the recent reveal that Shuri is the tech genius behind her brother’s superhero gadgetry, it’s pretty safe to say that Cap’s new gauntlet shield was invented by the Princess of Wakanda herself.

4. Hey Thor! How About a New Hammer!?

Having lost his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor constructs a new hammer in this film, known as Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-ax, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjolnir.

5. The White Wolf < The Winter Soldier

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes will go by the code name 'White Wolf' in Avengers: Infinity War, as he was referred to by the children of Wakanda in the after credit scene in Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother Hunter who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police: The Hatut Zeraze.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB and Nerdist. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Star Trek Beyond - Movie Review

Verdict - "A conventional summer blockbuster"

Directed by Justin Lin who previously directed the very recent Fast and Furious films, Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and is willing to invoke the same global commercial success the first two films have been. 

After completing three out of five years in their exploration trip, the enterprise and the crew arrive at Yorktown to restock their supplies. Subsequently, the controllers in Yorktown track down a nearby alien ship heading their way and were confronted by an outsider who claims that she lost contact with her ship and the team. Disrupting their time off, the entire crew of the enterprise were dispatched on a rescue mission which is considered unsafe as the communication system inside the enterprise will disable when they enter the nearby nebula.

The progressive aspect of the overall film was the screenplay written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, the dynamic and the interaction between the characters of Spock and Bones, Kirk and Chekov, Scotty and Jayla were magnificently presented on-screen. Especially the humour, which was perfectly elongated throughout the film primarily through the performances of Karl Urban and Simon Pegg. 

But, the conventional storyline (although presented well) will make the film forgettable after its fruitful run. Sure, I had a good time watching this movie in the theatre, the action sequences were enjoyable and the CGI was noteworthy and it's an entertaining summer blockbuster, Yet, the striking enduring factor that I expect from a Star Trek movie was clearly missing.

Nonetheless, excluding few flaws which could've been easily improved, Star Trek Beyond is still a delightful movie to watch in a movie theatre and will surely bring in few staggering benefits to the studio and the franchise.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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Guardians of the Galaxy - Movie Review

Verdict - "Does Justice to the Term 'Summer Movie Blockbuster'"

One imposing component about Guardians of the Galaxy is that by the end of the movie you will fall in love with these non-human characters which was feasibly unforseeable.

In an abridged way, the main plot of the film surrounds around a MacGuffin that formulates a combat between a group of outlaws led by Star Lord and a group of mercenaries led by the peril menacer Ronan The Accuser.

As I stated earlier, the movie was a total surprise when it comes to the characters and I'm utterly pleased about the screenplay of the movie, screenwriters James Gunn and Nicole Perlman carried out the movie perfectly by setting up the characters, prolonging the storyline and most prominently making us enthuse and enlive each and every aspect of the movie.

Also the foremost strength of the movie was it's humour and it actually succeeded each and every single time. I'l explain you why, the amusement cog is not only about characters randomly cracking jokes, it's also about the humour which was filled with silence and pop out with a single expression. Guardians delivers at that level, and I'm actually contented by it.

And the best thing is that the movie didn't take itself seriously, which grasps my attention to director James Gunn's, who did an astounding job by amending the movie well with a light-hearted approach and I appreciate Marvel Studios and Kevin Fiege for actually letting the movie create an unique and fresh impression in people's mind.

The movie had few snags here and there, and this has been my major complaint of all the Marvel movies (Avengers excluded), the antihero facet is always been a letdown. In Guardians, the build up and the presentation of Ronan was remarkable, but did he pose as an amazing character? I would say no! Also the story is a bit generic and I understand the reason why, being a primary onset of the franchise, the storyline did what it needs to do.

It was overall flawless with the performances in the movie. Chris Pratt portrayal was composed and placid, been given a major role in the franchise, he stood up to all the expectations and resided his character in a safe place. I was a bit sceptical about Dave Bautista's performance and he filled life into his character and was very impressive for a wrestler turned actor.

Zoe Saldana's character was a bit underwhelming and I felt she was a bit underutilised and was wasted in many ways. Her appalling love tier with Peter Quill tells you her importance in the movie.

Rocket and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel were the most stimulating characters in the movie. Their chemistry, humour and the slice of the action were the most gratifying parts of the movie, as I didn't mind of them being a computer generated animals.

Also the CGI in the movie was lively and wholesome. The wide range of vibrant colors used in the movie was a definitely an eye-candy and there's nothing amazing to watch in the 3D format. Better prefer 2D!

Nevertheless, Guardians of the Galaxy is a surprising gift box filled with all the necessary elements of action, emotion and humour which perfectly sums up the term "Summer Movie Blockbuster". It sets up the storyline flawlessly for the Marvel cinematic universe and builds it's own place high above on the best Marvel movies chart.

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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