A Film to be watched by every Parent
Hindi Medium is an enjoyable and realistic tale which lands a tight
slap on the face of a society which considers English as a parameter
for judging people, where people are not taken seriously if they don’t
speak English well and they are made to feel inferior. The dialogues
are hilarious and keep you entertained throughout. The plot gets a bit
predictable towards the end and the film glorifies government schools,
which are looked down upon in our society. A little preachy and
over-dramatic towards the end, Hindi Medium strongly drives its point
My Rating : 3.5/5
Except Soundtrack nothing bearable in this movie
‘Half Girlfriend’ can leave a reviewer at a loss for words. It is
regressive, silly and incoherent. There was no chemistry at all between
Shraddha Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor and also adding Arjun’s dead
performance. Neither a compelling tearjerker nor an epic contemporary
romance, Half Girlfriend is definitely not the film to celebrate modern
love. The only thing which was a saviour to this misfire is its Songs.
As always, Arijit did a splendid performance with ‘Phir Bhi Tumko
Chahunga’ and ‘Baarish’,’Tu Thodi der’ making it a chartbuster. I would
advise to avoid Half Girlfriend and instead watch Hindi Medium in which
Irrfan gives another brilliant performance
My Rating :2/5
Great Sequel and Star Lord is back with his Gang
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ is a fun movie that reacquaints viewers
with some of the most lovable characters ever to conquer the big
screen. Pratt is engagingly rascally as Quill, and Saldana brings a
sassy charisma to the no-nonsense Gamora.Guardians of the Galaxy Volume
2 delivers a similar experience to the one provided by its predecessor
except with more of nearly everything. The blessing of a sequel is that
it reunites viewers with familiar characters doing familiar things. But
as might be expected, Baby Groot steals the film.To some degree,
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a more offbeat film than the
original, with better gags, better action, and
more visual variety. It is one of the rare sequels which wins the heart
of critics as well as Audiences.
My Rating : 4.5/5
Life is a real treat for the audience.
The film “Life” is a test-tube baby, born from a blend of old-school
monster-movie DNA and state-of-the-art digital effects. At times silly
— yet surprisingly satisfying — this tale of sci-fi suspense and
horror, set in the weightless environment of the International Space
Station, gives Emmanuel Lubezki’s vertiginous “Gravity” cinematography
a run for its money. While this ever-more-nerve-racking game of
cat-and-mouse is well calibrated by director Daniel Espinosa, the
film’s real interest derives from the human interactions. Life never
reaches greatness, but it’s solidly good, from its earned scares to a
My Rating : 3.5/5
Dumb movie and no Fun
‘Return of Xander Cage’, as the name suggests, returns to
stunt-CGI-action to provide it’s adrenaline rush. This is basically
Diesel’s show and he is well aided by the stunt choreography, CGI
action and editing speed. But don’t go by looks. There’s not much
energy in the telling here and the confused narrative totally sidelines
logic. The narrative is segmented and even the action is cut and joined
together in a million places. So there’s no smooth progressive
transition happening in the action set-pieces. It is a film borne out
of extensive market surveys: in its dismissal of the ideas of
nationhood and politics. Very Sad that Deepika Padukone couldn’t make
an outstanding Hollywood Debut.
My Rating 2.5/5
“Kong: Skull Island” delivers a lot of thrills, but not much more than
that. Working from a screenplay by Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”), Derek
Connolly (“Jurassic World”) and Max Borenstein, director Jordan
Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) keeps things moving as he updates
the old-fashioned adventure flick. Better yet (and unlike Jackson’s
film), the new movie understands the line between thrilling an audience
and scaring it silly — between action-adventure awe and horror-movie
gross-outs. The action and special effects are mostly first-rate and
Vogt-Roberts maintains a vaguely satiric tone that sidesteps
My Rating : 3.5/5
Varun and Alia’s magic is what makes Badrinath Ki Dulhania a thoroughly
engaging film. The socially relevant side of Badrinath’s story acts as
a nice buffer and balance to its fluffy and colourful treatment. Well
acted and well conceived, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and its socially
relevant ideas rise above the frivolous execution to give you a solid
film. Badrinath Ki Dulhania has its own set of flaws. But, it is the
lead cast who wins over your hearts with his beguiling performance and
makes you forgive the makers for it. The music was good enough with
recreation of Tamma Tamma and party flavour like ‘Aashiq Surrender
Hua’. The overall direction was fair enough by Shashank Khaitan.
My Rating : 4/5
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.