Akshay Kumar takes a cue from the original Jolly, Arshad Warsi, and adds his own touch to it.
Jolly LLB 2 is a highly entertaining film that also succeeds in
delivering some food for thought in a most unsuspecting manner. The
film takes swipes at the judiciary, highlights its complexities and
flaws, but ultimately reinstates faith in the judicial system. For a
courtroom comedy-drama the film has surprisingly high levels of action
and suspense. Jolly LLB 2 is a very well made film but it pales in
comparison to Jolly LLB. However, Jolly LLB 2 has something for
everyone. It’s certainly a must watch if you are an Akshay Kumar fan.
As for others, you wouldn’t be disappointed if you do choose to watch
it but don’t go expecting another Jolly LLB.
Hrithik Roshan steals the show
Releasing the same day as Raees, Sanjay Gupta’s and Rakesh Roshan’s
emotional and nerve- wracking venture is a grisly, gutsy, edgy and
satisfying venture for those who were waiting for such genre. Apart
from bringing Hrithik back to success with tremendous performance, it
gives you nail-biting moments that make your pulse stand still for a
couple of seconds before it goes berzerk. Hrithik reprises everything
that he is known for – a formidable screen presence, adrenaline-pumping
energy, and compelling emotion. Yami Gautam plays her part naturally
without much effort, but appears too strong for a person who has gone
through a tragic and spine-chilling incident, which can be a tad
unsettling.Sanjay Gupta spins a taut tale, bringing in many
heartwarming sequences like the mall sequence, the suicide note in
Braille and even the way the final murder is shown in a
flashback.Nevertheless, in the final analysis, “Kaabil” is classic
commercial cinema with justice done to this genre thriller despite of
some minor flaws. And no Kaabil is not like Daredevil for those who
think it is replicated from Daredevil. The concept may be the same but
the plot is totally different.
My Rating : 4.5/5
Raw and Gritty crime thriller with brilliant performances.
Raees is an action crime thriller co-written and directed by Rahul
Dholakia. Produced under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment and
Excel Entertainment, Raees stars Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,
and Mahira Khan. Set in the backdrop of 1980s Gujarat, Raees is a crime
saga of a small-time bootlegger who rises to become the undisputed king
of the state’s liquor mafia.Raees is about the extreme sides of human
psyche, good as well as bad; there are no half measures here. It is
also about survival in a dog-eat-dog world. Raees also touches upon the
all important issue of communal harmony. Although, Raees draws heavily
from crime classics like Scarface, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part
II, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Untouchables, manages to stand
on its own thanks to Rahul Dholakia and team who manage to keep the
plot engaging throughout. Siddiqui’s character has a humorous undertone
which adds a layer to the caricature. Overall, Raees makes for an
engaging cinematic experience that takes a departure from the recent
films of Shah Rukh Khan.Regardless of film’s show at the box-office,
Raees is a film that no SRK fan can afford to miss.
A Monster Calls is a solid fantasy drama
The film is a semi-fantastical drama dotted with splashy visual
effects, notably a Liam Neeson-voiced anthropomorphic tree that stalks
the young protagonist’s dreams and subconscious.Director J.A. Bayona
(“The Impossible”) again ambitiously examines the mind- set of a boy
struggling with adult-size burdens, and he’s got perfect material to
work from in the insightful script by source novelist Patrick Ness. But
MacDougall, fittingly, leaves the biggest mark. In a movie-going season
that has trained a spotlight on tamped-down emotion, he’s impressively
stifled in his own right. “A Monster Calls” is a portrait of coping
that’s both fascinating and heartbreaking. I go with 3.5/5 for Bayona directed fantasy yet emotional tale.
A lively supercut of Classic musicals
It’s been decades since a studio produced the kind of colorful musical
fantasy that “La La Land” so affectionately salutes, but
writer-director Damien Chazelle is the guy who done the job perfectly.
It is high-concept pastiche, filled with beautiful people, beautiful
movement, and beautiful colors. At its best, “La La Land” probes the
irony of its existence, celebrating the greatness of a bygone era in
the context of changing times. As a drama, this is less nourishing than
the heritage it pays tribute to. But for Chazelle, the story is just a
slight rib around which he builds a modern rhapsody. So in spite of its
flaws, La La Land has moments of pleasure and satisfaction that are
worth the price of admission. It’s not that it’s a bad movie; it’s just
not an outstanding entertainment, the way great movies (especially
musicals) should be. I go with 3.5/5 for the musical drama by Damien
Chazelle and I do think that it is the frontrunner for the Oscars.
You can skip watching it in theatre.
Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ok Kanmani’, Tamil film that garnered enough love from
the south Indian audience. Now is this reason enough to make a Hindi
remake? Well as per Bollywood history, yes it is. OK Jaanu is the story
of a young couple Adi and Tara who hit it off instantly and decide to
live in together rather than tying the marital knot and carry on to
pursue their dreams. A parallel track shows the relationship between
their land lord and his wife who has Alzheimer’s and the older couple
makes Adi and Tara realize that they ought to do the right
thing.Technically speaking there are not many faults in the film. But
it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. It’s the same old wine served
the same old way in the same old bottle. It’s predictable and once
again the climax doesn’t make much sense. It looks more of a made up
drama that a real sweet coming of age romance story of a young couple.
I go with 2.5/5 for OK Jaanu.
A heartwarming and emotional Sci-Fi Drama.
Scripted by Eric Heisserer based on Story of Your Life, by
short-fiction writer Ted Chiang, Arrival is more or less the
anti-Independence Day.Arrival boldly snubs the standard alien- invasion
vernacular of contemporary movies to explore a mood and language of its
own. It may be a touch too subdued for the mainstream, but the movie
has brains and originality. Adams gives her best performance as a
lonely woman who has to make a decision that will haunt her – though
perhaps in a good way – for the rest of her life. Although Arrival is
about first contact with extraterrestrials, it says more about the
human experience than the creatures from another world. This is a
singularly powerful movie, without question one of 2016’s best. I go
with 4.5/ 5 for Denis Villenueve’s another Directorial masterpiece.
A fragmented thriller soap opera of sex, booze, violence, and post-feminist empathy.
“The Girl on the Train” is grounded in the tranquil house-beautiful of
the Hudson Valley suburbs. But director Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get
on Up”), while competent, is no David Fincher. “Girl on the Train”
isn’t likely to haunt its shivering viewers the way the “Gone Girl”
movie did.Blunt,however,makes the ride well worth taking.It’s an
intriguing premise, and Blunt melts into the role like ice in a glass.
She looks lost, ravaged by hopelessness, her voice thickening into
syrup, her character a confused stumble. Blunt, in her best screen
performance to date, gives it a heartbroken center. I go with 4/5 for
‘The Girl on the Train’ for Emily’s one of the finest performance.
The 'Dhaakad' movie of the year and best to end 2016.
Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is highly gripping and transitions smoothly from being a sports drama to an emotional one. The inspiring tale of Mahavir and his daughters is narrated in such a way that you laugh, cry and at some point even make sure you root for these characters right till the end.The father-daughter relationships between Geeta and Mahavir and Babita and Mahavir are explored extremely well emotionally. Also, how situations change the ties between the two sisters has been tapped into well.DANGAL is a flawless piece of work — it’s captivating, unpredictable, spellbinding, entertaining and never overstays its welcome. I rate 5/5 for ‘Dangal’ and Aamir’s best performance since Lagaan.
Rare masterpiece in Bollywood
‘Neerja’is a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, who saved 359 passengers in the Pan Am Flight 73 from terrorists. Sonam Kapoor gave her career best by portraying a brave lady in the movie. The movie shows the bravery and Courage shown by young lady during tense situation. The movie direction was very good By Ram Madhvani and terrific performance not only by Sonam but also the ones who portrayed the terrorists. Such films are rarely made in Bollywood and it feels good to watch movies based on real life incidents. A great tribute to Neerja Bhanot through this movie. I hope Bollywood keep on making biographic movies like this. A must watch movie for everyone.
What was expected and this I got !!
Cloverfield being a good hit, I was eager to watch thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. The movie was good at the beginning but lost its path under the ground where the cast was situated. There was very less of horror and no mystery. The movie was somewhat predictable however the cast tried to manage the act. I didn’t like the plot of the film and neither the cinematography. There were very less dialogues and I was in a thinking that I was watching a silent movie. The trailer was promising but the movie disappointed me. The critics liked the movie for its twisted plot, however I think it was predictable and there was no twist in the movie. I wasn’t thinking the movie to be loose. I would give 2/5 for this movie.
Another Classic from Walt Disney
A beautifully crafted story and great direction by Bryan Howard. Zootopia displays a place of peace and harmony among all the animals. Judy Hopps as the lead antagonist was exceptional with support from Wilde, the Fox. It was something creative with a detective- animated movie but it won many hearts. As always everything goes merry for Walt Disney, Zootopia becomes another one in my list of all time favourite animated movies. Walt Disney continues its miracle touch with the types of movies it makes. Overall, it exceeded expectations and will be a great conpetitor for Oscars 2017. It was one of the best movies of 2016.
A decent watch but didn't match the expectation
Unfortunately, Singer’s latest and likely last trip to the X-Men universe has its sights set lower than the altering of history. The movie was not so good match compared to its predecessor Days of Future Past however the actors gets engaged themselves very well (including new starcast, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan). All the thematic interest and character dimension that’s defined the best of this series falls away for a conventional action display. The final battle sequel was not so convincing. Instead of using 3D graphics, Singer used wide shots for every X-man battle. Overall, the movie was not matching its previous films, however Singer manages to still make it watchable.
Another poor work inspired by popular game.
The epic battle at the center of “Warcraft” isn’t the clash between humans and orcs. That’s just what takes up roughly two hours of screen time. The true conflict comes from filmmakers trying to tell a story with soul and struggling against the inherent ridiculousness of the movie. Despite the noble effort of director Duncan Jones, who helmed the lower- budget sci-fi wonders “Moon” and “Source Code” , Warcraft just couldn’t save itself from its unconventional and poor story tale.With its meticulously detailed realms built out primarily on soundstages and enhanced via CGI during extensive post-production, “Warcraft” aims for fresh and eye-popping and yet ends up shopworn and rather tacky. I am totally disappointed by Duncan Jones ‘Warcraft’. I would give 1.5/5 for this heartless movie without any soul.
A good Sequel
Independence Day: Resurgence doles out the action and effects work in carefully measured, incremental doses, which give the film a cumulative tension almost despite itself. Even if it’s hokey and jokey, this is a loud, effects-driven piece, with a driving score. For fans of Roland Emmerich disaster movies, it both hits all the marks, while delivering nothing new. Yet in today’s global marketplace, that should be enough to deliver the commercial payload. Roland Emmerich with his always delivering disaster movies (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012,White House Down) delivers another one. I would go with 3.5/5 for this good enough, not so special sequel.
Mix of Horror & Fantasy
From the director of Oculus – a creepy and nerve cracking horror movie, Mike Flanagan decided to become creative and it resulted in Before I Wake. More of a fantasy than a horror, the movie had its few jump scares, but with no strong storyline and mediocre acting, it disappointed where it could have been a good film. Before I Wake has its moments, but it never quite gels into something coherent or greater than the sum of its disparate parts. Rrgardless of the disappointing result, Mike Flanagan should be credited for making a new style of horror gimmick though it didn’t match to his grade. I would go with 2.5/5 for ‘Before I Wake’.
Baar Baar Dekho is an 'Ek Baar Dekho' affair
Baar Baar Dekho is hardly even a bird’s eye view of the new generation’s choices and desires. Its philosophy lacks strength and gloss takes the centre stage right from the beginning.But, if you stop taking it seriously then it may provide you some happy moments in exchange. At the box office, the film’s narrative will appeal only to the selected multiplex audience while the masses will find it difficult to relate to the movie.In all, watch Baar Baar Dekho if you swear by the newer, fitter, leaner, hotter Katrina Kaif and her abs. There’s nothing much to watch otherwise. I would go with 2.5/5 for this great but failed attempt.
See only if you are fan of Raaz franchise
Raaz Reboot has the same old stuff that we have seen a zillions times.Raaz Reboot is mediocre fare and may appeal only to fans of the Raaz franchise.Most of its horror sequences are so random that they evoke laughter instead of fear. That can never be a good proposition for a horror film.Though the film has a few scary scenes, it ends up being a clichéd love story instead of a horror flick. The music by Jeet Ganguly, Sangeet and Sidharthy Haldipur is melodious, especially the title track. However, the movie doesn’t really offer you a solid reason for watching it. I would go with 2/5 for this successor of Raaz franchise and would advise not to watch it and go for ‘PINK’ instead of it.
Slick but unimpressive
Vishal Pandya’s Wajah Tum Ho starts off as a crime thriller, sporadically turns into a song and dance fest and in the end tries to be a suspense story with further twists and turns. With so many confused aspirations, the film becomes a garish hotchpotch. All shortcomings of a film can be forgiven if it manages to entertain. But Wajah Tum Ho’s just isn’t able to cut it on that front. Even the songs Pal pal dilke paas, Mahi ve and Aise na mujhe tum dekho are cheap knock-offs. The movie offers generous helpings of eye candy but little wajah (reason) for recommendation. I would advice everyone not to spend cash especially during Demonetization in India. I give 1.5/5 for this insane mystery thriller.
Rogue One blasts its way into sci-fi relevancy by targeting the spectacle aspect that Star Wars devotees so fervently demand.
To no surprise, Rogue One is a veritable gold-mine of nostalgic riches for Star Wars fans. Recurring characters and classic cameos raise surface-level hairs, but an even deeper connection pulls direct lines from previous Star Wars installations and re-purposes them for added homage.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story suffers from a clunky, too-many-moving-parts introductory period, but once characters are established and battle plans are laid, Gareth Edwards scales epic scenes of interstellar world-torching.It’s more than enough to appease Star Wars fans, but Director Gareth Edwards’ intergalactic firestorm is also good enough to stand as a mainstream success all in its own right. My rating for ‘Rogue One : A Star Wars Story’ is 3.5/5.