Dec 19, 2013
'Hunger Games' might not be an exercise in futility for those who helped the film shine at the boxoffice. It might even be a well made sequel to a mediocre first offering (that's what they say). It is though a strenuous watch for me as the screenplay is neither enterprising nor entertaining. So, as long it lasts, Hunger Games at best ignites some sparks and is there or thereabouts while never really breaks the barriers of formulaic filmmaking. There's a third film in the series, so I will have my laptop ready for charging. Can't starve for these games....
Oct 17, 2013
Liked "Ezhamathe Varau" as it took me to vintage 80s through a mode of story telling that details even the minutest of human emotions in a gripping manner. It's a lesson to up and coming film makers to concentrate on developing exciting characters and not dwell under the illusions of the so called trends. The four main characters are given respectable identities that help them convince their acts to the discerning viewer. S.Kumar's photography is worth a mention here as he's able to bring out a character out of the dark and shuddery jungle. Hariharan-MT combo still excites but the narrative at times moves on the lines of the IV.Sasi-MT-Mohanlal classic 'Uyarangalil'. Indrajith has come of age even though there's this pinch of Sukumaran and to an extent Mohanlal mannerisms, in his portrayal of the antagonist. Yet, he is spectacular as he looks menacing, delivers punch lines with ease and modulates his dialogues superbly to suit the mood of the film. There's nothing much to rave about the performances of both Bhavana and Vineeth but the new girl comes up with a refreshing act. In the end, I feel it's a pity the movie bombed........Plaudits of the new generation madness, WHERE ARE YOUR SENSES???
Oct 11, 2013
'Gravity' is well shot and well directed but not very well written. Imagine the writing being firmly on the wall despite a series of catastrophic events leading nowhere and occurring in the middle of nowhere. And ofcourse everything that's meant to go wrong, goes wrong. The characters are mere caricatures hugely deprived of likeability factor except for Clooney's funny and at times untimely gags. The first 20 mins of the film is simply breathtaking as Alfonso Cuaron gets into the groove of spacial thrills by placing his coordinates just right. Disaster strikes very early into the mission but from there on momentarily, something or the other goes wrong eventually touching boredom. Sandra Bullock as the sole survivor of the mission tasked instinctively to recover herself from the heavenly mess, has very little to do when it comes to rising above the script. When she mouths her struggles back home, it hardly evokes any sympathy because there's just too much bak bak going on and too less of emotional communication. Gravity's still a great one time watch just for the amazing cinematography alone as you get soaked into the action right from the beginning. And it becomes a well picturized over the top (literally) accident that's not to be missed simply because it's a stunning spectacle and nothing more.
Sep 13, 2013
When Ron Howard decided to bring the dramatic and pulsating 1976 Formula1 season to life, expectations sky rocketed, thanks to the amalgamation of two stunning prospects- master filmmaking and the pinnacle of motorsports. In comes 'Rush', truly a roller coaster ride that explores into depth the extremely conflicting characters of two born racers, the charismatic James Hunt and the meticulous Niki Lauda. On that note, I am truly excited to say Rush is more than racing and hence those who don't follow F1 needn't worry even a tiny bit. It throws in humor, virility, love, loss and glamour in plenty. And for those who do relate to the nuances of racing, there's always these imperfections as in one could argue that setting up an F1 car goes beyond fixing handling and power issues and that the technical detailing is fast forwarded. But that's the point, 'Rush' is more of a film with scope for ample creative liberties than a mere silver screen adaptation of the wild era of F1. Daniel Bruhl as the witty Niki Lauda oversteers everyone else in a character that's demanding and at the same time, layered. Chris Hemsworth seems to have underplayed the real James Hunt from what I have read about the 1976 champion but he is able to successfully contrast Bruhl's vision about life and racing. Technically, the film belongs to three pearls of Hollywood- Peter Morgan with a pen, Hans Zimmer with his chords and Ron Howard with a great vision and together they create a monster of a film. They say, the closer you are to death, the more alive you feel and Rush doesn't sway away from this very spirit of racing. Gear up and press your right foot cos this one's a drive to glory!!!
Aug 15, 2013
Watching 'Jobs' was a bit like going to the finest restaurant in town only to be served the dinner buffet and not that winning dish. Though the characterization of Apple's talisman is uncompromising and often endearing, the director chooses to tell us the story of his life only upto the pre-ipod era. The transition from him being fired from Apple to his comeback to the corporation is rushed through so badly that it's hard to evoke any sort of emotion when the credit roll says "in 2012, Apple became the most valued company in the world". Jobs himself said once, "the best thing that has happened to me was getting fired from Apple because it made be uncertain and hungry" but the film fails to capture his resilience to revolutionize the future of human thinking for a second time and for better. Make no mistake, the movie is intense and well made but the story of the greatest marketer the world has ever seen is a screenplay of convenience. Because you know the story, you know how that winning dish tastes like and you cannot quench your desire with that buffet.
Jul 10, 2013
'Lootera' could have easily fallen into the trap of being an old-fashioned cliched melodrama but Vikramaditya Motwane saves the film intelligently using his craftsmanship. He throws in long silences, layered voices, beautiful locales and a riveting background score to convey the eternal love. Inspired from O' Henry's celebrated short story, 'The Last Leaf', Lootera is an intense love story at its core backed by stellar performances from its lead pair. Sonakshi brings varied emotions with ease while Ranveer surprises you with a layered performance and their chemistry works hugely in favour of the film. Amit Trivedi's soothing score does the fine tuning splendidly as Lootera like the director's debut film 'Udaan', turns out to be an emotionally satisfying experience. Don't miss this classic!
Jul 8, 2013
Okay fellas, since I have been writing only on Facebook these days, I thought of compiling some of my work on movie reviews and moving them to my beloved blog. Enjoy reading.