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Doctor Strange

Movie Review

My Rating: 7/10

The latest addition to Marvel’s battery of Superheroes, Doctor Strange, came across to me as a amalgamation of Christopher Nolan’s Inception and DC’s Man of Steel, but a good one at that. Benedict Cumberbatch has adapted really well into his superhero avatar and I must compliment him for that.

The story of this movie is just that of every superhero movie – superhero is originally a common man, identified by somebody on the ‘good’ side, realizes his powers right before the antagonist finds out about him, our superhero then fights against the antagonist and wins after a lot of destruction, deaths and disaster. So, no surprises, nothing new. But what’s fresh in this movie is the shift from the physically strong superheroes to those fighting using mental power. Though the movie didn’t stick to this concept for long, but atleast they made a start.

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Coming to the overall experience, I have two suggestions. First, keep talking to the one sitting next to you because you might feel a little bored midway through; or maybe some of the physics terminology might just be in a seventh dimension that you can’t decipher (I couldn’t). Second, there’s no particular need to watch it in 3D; special effects are good, but don’t justify a 3D experience. Infact everything looked like a miniature version of itself in 3D, including the New York City.

For people who don’t mind watching superhero movies, do go and watch it.

Snowden

Movie Review

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Just the fact that Facebook is not showing this movie in the top 5 searches, tells you how much is the apprehension about this movie in mainstream media in the US.

Storyline, acting, screenplay- all were just too good. The story brings to life the whole incident around leakage of US ‘security documents’ and the scale of government’s tapping into the personal lives of any and every living human. It’s scary to know that anything that you share in confidence with a near and dear can be and potentially will be read by someone sitting in Maryland along with watching you and listening to you live even when you think your phone and laptop are turned off.

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Apart from the background itself, the movie has highlighted on the most important aspects of preventing citizens’ privacy, without delving too much into the lesser important aspects of Snowden’s life itself. I have got a renewed sense of respect for what Snowden did, but what’s more disappointing is that nobody senior took any credible action and showed balls on the issue. We will have to wait for another generation to see a real change in the perception about privacy and drawing a line between national security and national prowess.

Do watch this movie.

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

Movie Review

My Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’d begin by saying that I don’t like the idea of a biopic of somebody who’s still in action and hasn’t yet got time to reflect on his own life and his own decisions. That apart, I think the movie was only very average and did not make even a vague effort to be precise and concise.

The movie’s plot is chronology of the MSD’s life in that exact sequence without even missing out that he stayed with 5 people in a 2 bedroom quarter just behind AK Ganguly’s bungalow who had a concrete pitch in there for railway cricketers to practice. That’s a painful amount of detail getting packed into a 3.5 hours movie. What pissed me even further was that the movie focuses on the struggle of Dhoni much more than his success.

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It left me with more questions than answers: Why was there a rivalry between Yuvi and Mahi? Why did Mahi take off senior players from the team? How did Dhoni reach captaincy in just first few years of his international career?

I like Dhoni as a player, as a captain and as a human being. And I think that’s the reason why I would’ve loved to see a much better version of his biopic. I think he should not rush into making money by selling the royalty for his biopic to under-graded film-makers.

Shivaay

Movie Review

My Rating: 2.5/5.0

There are two questions hounding me badly at this moment. First, who told Ajay Devgn that he can direct? And second, why the hell did I not listen to my wife who warned me against watching this movie?

Before I say any further, let me warn you that the movie doesn’t have even a remote connection to the Great Lord Shivaay Himself. I fail to understand why they had to borrow this name and create a whole song around it.

Now the story is that of a Himalayan superhero – Shivaay who falls in love with a Bulgarian girl on a short trip there. Of this lovelock appears a mute child whose favorite time pass is shouting and punching her father in his stomach. Life takes them to Bulgaria where the girl is kidnapped by ‘dangerous’ people involved in human trafficking. And that’s the first half – torturing, boring, yawn-inducing. Rest of the story is only about fighting left, right and center getting the daughter out of trouble.

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While the story may sound interesting (more because I wrote it 😜) but trust me the execution was as screwed up as possible. Being the son of an Action Director, Ajay Devgn did justice to the stunts and action sequences. And that’s possibly the only reason you should watch the movie.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Movie Review

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

I don’t think there’s any need to talk about the acting skills of Tom Hanks; you know it all. But in my mind, I was always comparing this with his last few movies, also based on real life incidents – Bridge of Spies and Captain Phillips. And I think he did justice to the role.

The movie is about the enquiry into the landing of a US Airlines passenger flight ON (mind you, it’s not IN) the Hudson River. Captain Sully (Tom Hanks) has a firm belief that he did the right thing that saved the lives of 155 people on-board, but the investigators don’t always agree. But as you’d expect, Captain is proven right and hailed as a national hero.

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The story is powerful, but Clint Eastwood could’ve made the execution a tiny bit more engaging. I felt that the element of drama was missing from the movie that was essential for such a story where impossible was achieved.

Overall, I’d recommend that you watch this for the story and for Tom Hanks.

Neerja – Tale of a brave lady

Movie Review

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What a movie!!! One of the most awaited movies of 2016 and it turned out to be a goose-bump experience for me. Besides the new-found respect for Ram Madhvan for his amazing direction and Shabana Azmi for an incredulous acting, I found utmost respect for Neerja Bhanot as the person that she was.

This movie is not about the incident or about the larger scenario of a plane hijack. Infact it was about just one character – the real-life hero, Neerja Bhanot, who performed her responsibilities and maintained her self-respect in one of the most life-threatening situations that she was in. Not to discredit Sonam Kapoor, I honestly feel she could have done a little better in doing justice to the character of this brave girl.

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The movie invoked an interesting debate as to whether Neerja should have left the plane when she got the chance, or did she do the right thing by sacrificing herself for the children. Whatever side of the argument you are on, you will discover in the end of the debate that the talk was all about humanity and not about a single human.

Kudos to the entire team of Neerja for doing an amazing job at bringing the tale of this braveheart to us!

The Walk

Movie Review

Rating: 4.0/5.0

With this movie, I marked my hat-trick of watching movies based on a true story, and surprisingly, not even a single one has disappointed me yet. The other two movies were Everest and Into The Wild. Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk is a very exciting and exhilarating account of a remarkable incident from the past – when a man named Philippe Petit – wire-walked atop the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC.

Robert Zemeckis, the director of epics like Castaway and Forrest Gump, has shown his class again with an impeccable direction. But I guess the best part of the movie is its story, written by the man himself – Philippe Petit – about his journey to the top of the world, literally. The storyline begins with a little touch on the past life of Philippe, heading towards the ultimate goal of wire walking between the two towers of World Trade Center, which he successfully achieves.

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The execution of the story was equally incredible. Though I wasn’t impressed by the acting skills of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I still held my breath when the guy was walking between the South Tower and the North Tower on a steel wire without any safety harness in a way as if he’s walking in the Central Park. The movie has been executed with great care, not blowing it out of proportion, maintaining the integrity n still conveying the message that Impossible is Nothing.

Overall, I think the movie is based on a very strong storyline, and has been executed really well. Just imagining that it is all based on a true story makes your goosebumps rise like thorns. I loved watching it n I hope u too.