Friday, April 27, 2012
Rating : 8/10
Release Date : 27th April, 2012
Time : 142 minutes
Director, Co-writer : Joss Whedon; Co-Writer : Zak Penn, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby ; Music : Alan Silvestri
Starring : Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow
From the silly, (Tezz in the morning), to a stunning spectacle (Avengers in the afternoon).
Earth is under attack from a God, Loki, son of Odin and brother of Thor. They are after a cube that promises unlimited energy and also acts as a portal to space and some very trigger happy aliens. The Fury feels compelled to call in the now defunct Avengers. Iron Man. Black Widow. Hawkeye. Captain America. Oh and the geeky guy who goes green and grows big when angry.
Thor, the aggrieved brother, joins in. And we have a visual feast as gadgets and fights galore occur at the speed of roughly one per 5 minutes. And about the same frequency for fantastic, furiously funny one-liners.
It is a half baked story. The world invasion seems strangely Manhattan centric. The powers of Loki and his wand waver between insurmountable to eminently beatable. And the council, the fury seem to have powers greater than the president of the USA.
However, all of this is overshadowed by thrills and spills of the ‘shock and awe’ variety. The ship that goes invisible. The fight between Thor and Hulk. The tension between Iron Man & Captain America. The sinuous, sexy style of Black Widow. The cool hammer. The stupendous shield. The wand. The hi-tech arrows.
The moment of the movie was when Loki decides to lecture The Hulk about being a God. Or ‘Hulk, smash’. Or ‘we need a plan of attack ? I have a plan, attack !’
And despite the short amount of time they have per character, they manage to paint an engrossing picture of each, their frailties, skills and make us care for them.
This is boys with toys taken to another level. Its fun, witty, irreverent and we are transported to being kids again, watching with mouth agape as superheros struggle to save our planet.
Rating : 2/10
Release Date : 27th April, 2012
Time : 120 minutes
Director : Priyadarshan; Writers : Robin Bhatt, Aditya Dhar ; Music : Sajid-Wajid
Starring : Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy, Boman Irani, Kangana Ranaut, Phillip Martin Brown, Mohanlal
My sincere advice is to watch Speed, followed by Unstoppable and spare yourself the agony.
Rating : 3/10
Release Date : 20th April, 2012 (India)
Time : 109 minutes
Director : Phil Lord, Chris Miller; Writer : Michael Bacall, based on the TV Series by Patrick Hasburg, Stephen Cannell ; Music : Alan Menken
Starring : Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Ellie Kemper, Dax Flame, IceCube
Two bumbling, mismatched yet complementary cops have to return, undercover, to the scene of their biggest failure and confront their fears. High School.
High school could be an interesting place to return to with social mores having changed,
more power to the geek and different sets of skills being demanded. However, not in this movie.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Rating : 8/10
Release Date : 30th March, 2012 (USA)
Time : 106 minutes
Director : Tarsem Singh Dhandhwar; Writer : Jason Keller, Melisa Wallack,; Music : Alan Menken
Starring : Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, Armie Hammer
There is something magical about transforming an old story, giving its characters a makeover and infusing new life to a tale possibly out of touch with the times.
Tarsem, of course, as in all his previous films, imparts a glorious visual delight – the castle, the parties, the costumes, the Queen’s secret lair all are simply stunning and awe-inspiring ! And his Indian touch does come through in at least a couple of occasions
Rating : 7/10
Release Date : 20th April, 2012
Time : 122 minutes
Director : Shoojit Sircar; Writer : Juhi Chaturvedi; Music : Abhishek - Akshay
Starring : Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill
A laugh a minute first half and a good, pacy, though slightly senti second, work well and ensure mobile phones & side chit chat are forgotten while watching the film.
The true beauty, though, lies in the unusual vocation of its hero, Ayushmann Khurrana, who is a sperm donor and the excellent characters & locations etched around him including,
Kamlesh : the whiskey swilling grandmom, who dotes on her grandson and is amazingly progressive in her outlook and intake
Yami : yummy bank manager who ends up falling for our hero and the subsequent sparks, inevitable in a union between a Punjabi boy and Bong girl.
Annu Kapoor : the infertility clinic specialist who needs some high quality sperm donors to save himself from bankruptcy and has his heart set on our hero.
The best jokes come from the mother and the grandmom, none more so than during their bonding sessions over drinks late at night. The reaction to the union & the nupitals of our unlikely lead pair also provide great moments of hilarity. And our sperm obsessed doctor, who as it turns out, has a heart of gold, is integral through our film.
The fresh faces really work for the film, make it interesting and engaging, with none of the actors coming with any baggage or preconceived stereotypes. Yami is great in the first half, alluring, mysterious, playing the part of the enigmatic Bengali brilliantly. Annu gives his role a real jolly crack. Ayushmann is very good as the no-nonsense Punjabi boy. And no praise can be high enough for Dolly and Kamlesh.
The soundtrack, thankfully all in the background, lends zip to the film. The ethos of Delhi, its innate crudeness, language, show-off nature and locales are well captured. Whether its by showing the good doctor constantly eating at a chat wallah or Ayushman’s relationship with his terrace neighbor or the private detective handing over his food bills prior to sharing any information or even the assistant doctor at the clinic, who seems to be a fertility specialist on his own…its all excellently done
PS : liberally laced with Punjabi dialogue, if you’re not comfortable with the language, better to take a translator along…