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Ocean’s Eight Movie Review (2018) | Classy Sans Thrill

One word – Elegant! While this latest Ocean’s adventure might be high on girl power, you can’t ignore the fact how elegant it looks. The cinematographer of Ocean’s Eight movie Eigil Bryld does a tremendous job. Shots in the movie are simply stunning with cameras placed in all the right areas. Not just that, you pay attention to any aspect of the movie and you realize that everything is top grade. From the wardrobe to the execution of dialogues, everything artistically crisp.

The clothes, in particular, you see the characters wearing feel drenched in modish waters. Cate Blanchett as Lou is an eye candy in whatever she slips into. So is the protagonist Debbie Ocean played by Sandra Bullock who can’t stop her kleptomaniacal urges which basically runs in the family. That being the theme on which the plot tries to build itself right from scene one. We will come to that in a sec.

You watch this movie and the words that come out your mouth right away are – CLASSY and STYLISH! So the question is – Is that the movie all about? And most importantly is that enough to make a movie?

The Theme of Ocean’s Eight Movie (Spoilers)

Agreed there are things galore that stand out instantly but what about the plot? What does it constitute?

So basically the story of Ocean’s Eight movie is more inclined towards a heist that Debbie has been planning from behind the bars. The first thing she does is steal as soon as she lays her hands on freedom. Calling her old partner Lou, filling her in on the plan they start executing it. That’s when we get introduced to the rest of the team and an actress forming the eight thus justifying the titles from Steven Soderbergh‘s series.

ocean's eight movie gang five members

The story trundles on with the rest of the team Amita (Mindy Kaling), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter) and Constance (Awkwafina). They are filled in on the plan to rob a $150 million dollar Cartier necklace from the Met Gala. The necklace is to be smartly planted on the neck of a snobbish actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) from where they wish to rob it.

If you are going to have a problem with stealing, then you are not going to like the rest of this conversation.

A Vengeful Subplot

There is a subplot that runs alongside Debbie’s plan. She wishes to get back at her ex Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) for backstabbing her, costing her freedom. Lou is not happy about it, that she might be putting everything in jeopardy but that’s like a minor inconvenience obliterated by Debbie’s confidence.

The real plan gets depicted in execution as the team literally rips the diamond apart and come wearing it into the Gala defiantly. Getting away with it eventually, even replacing the original with a fake. Debbie even plants one of its pieces in Claude’s jacket eventually framing him as the guy responsible for the heist.

James Corden is a pretty surprise in the end who plays an insurance investigator John Frazier who tries to figure out who the culprit is. Even though he knows that Debbie is responsible he doesn’t have anything on her. On being tipped off by her, he sinks his fangs into Claude.

Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling in Ocean's Eight Movie

As is customary, the Ocean’s Eight movie allows the addition of another member to continue the franchise by showing that Daphne is not a dim-witted person after all. That she was at all times conscious of what was being done to her in order to steal the necklace. She decides to not rat out on them and eventually asks for a cut.

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Yet Another Subplot

Towards the end, Ocean’s Eight movie attains new levels of vexation when it tries to show that more heists were performed behind the screen. It’s almost like the producers weren’t too happy with just one heist or with the not-so-impressive storyline that they decided to put in extra weight to the story. It’s like layering it unnecessarily for substance. Even though that just feels completely superfluous that’s been done in order to sound smart. Somehow you end up being not convinced even though they aim for that icing.

The movie ends with the crew doing what they intended to do – spending their money lavishly on things that were important to them. With Debbie sipping a martini in front of her brother’s grave, it tries to say that the legend will continue in one form or the other even without the legend himself.

You would have loved it.

The Final Verdict

Ocean’s Eight aspires to walk on the footsteps of its prequels but fails miserably in terms of how smart they were supposed to portray its heists. Sandra does a great job slipping into the shoes of Danny’s sister wearing that same old sly comfort on her face at all times.

But it feels somehow a let down from what the franchise had fed us so far. Earlier there used to be competition, mind-racking moments that used to have our hearts in our mouths. Au contraire, Ocean’s Eight movie almost makes it all seem really easy. There isn’t that thrill of a heist going wrong but an assurance and conformity of a sure-shot success.

Ocean’s Eight movie tries to blend in some cool jests that keep you riveted into the story and make you want to admire the characters in the story. However, it lacks the aura and the humour that were so eloquently present in Soderbergh’s version, however, leverages on the heist bit. The only thing that is baffling to watch is that there are no close calls or oomph factor that used to be the defining entertainer in Soderbergh’s version vide last year’s Logan Lucky.

It has good music to keep things running, complements the style of theft. Classy in terms of style, elegant in picturization and amusing at times. You can say it is neat, tidy and smooth like a good wine. But then again only if you have an appetite for wines.

Thor Ragnarok Movie Review (2017) | Everything Marvel Stands For

An epic conclusion to the Thor trilogy! Thor Ragnarok movie is fun, adventurous and action-packed. Just like Marvel movies generally are. Marvel plays their cohesive universe card once again, this time bringing Hulk to the vanguard to complement the story.  We get our very own cinematic version of Thor vs Hulk, which even though stays the highlight of the movie isn’t the foundation on which the flick is built. The clash appears to be a fair fight and the movie chugs forward like it was supposed to.

Marvel, the pro it is at aggrandizing events and helming great stories, releases a movie that’s built more on fun than on dead action. We have seen it grow like that, but in their past creations, emotions used to linger around a lot. In Thor Ragnarok movie, however, with its gigantic plot waiting at the anvil, there is literally no time for it. It is focused more on entertainment and tries to cut short emotional stuff.

Direction of Thor Ragnarok Movie

Marvel has always made great investments. This time the crosshair was on Taika Waititi as the rest of the universe sat in anticipation. MCU never fails to identify talent in great men. Probably that’s how and why Marvel Studios always stays ahead of the curve.

thor and hulk in thor ragnarok movie

Hulk like real fire. Like, raging fire. Thor like smouldering fire.

Taika does justice to Thor. He knows what he is doing and moves around beautifully betwixt Hela’s badassery to Sakaar, a garbage planet where Thor gets stranded. He runs parallel stories without disconnecting you, lets Thor shine out as the protagonist he was meant to be, without belittling other Marvel characters.

Taika Waititi has plenty of screentime stored for characters that were forever meant to belong to Thor’s world, allowing characters like Jane Foster not be missed. There is theatrics galore, plenty of wow moments to leave you wanting to see more, and music that will forever ring in your ears whenever you will think about this movie. A wink at Led Zeppelin‘s badass remix of Immigrant Song.

The score by Mark Mothersbaugh is amazing, puts you in the right mood. It complements the frames, and lets you truly enjoy the movie.

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Grandmaster (Spoilers)

Jeff Goldblum‘s portrayal of Grandmaster is hands down, one of the most memorable characters he has ever played. You are going to remember his flair and delivery when you look back. He becomes successful in creating a character you cannot hate even though he stands on the wrong pedestal against the Lord nay…God of Thunder.

Thor Ragnarok movie Grandmaster with Topaz and Valkyrie

Grandmaster: I love when you come to visit, 142. You keep bringing me just the best stuff. Whenever we get to talk to Topaz about Scrapper-142, what do I always say? She is, and it starts with a B.

Topaz: Trash.

Grandmaster: No. Not trash. Were you waiting to just call her that? It doesn’t start with a B!

Korg

Korg voiced by Taika Waititi himself was a chucklesome addition to the story. His voice alone will make you laugh.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Korg. I am kind of like the leader in here. I am made of rocks, as you can see, but don’t let that intimidate you. You don’t need to be afraid, unless you are made of scissors! Just a little Rock, Paper, Scissors joke for you.

The Kronan species is slapped right from the comics but is given an amusing perspective. The fact that he is going to reappear in MCU, in the long run, is a fact that’s worth rejoicing.

Valkyrie is an interesting addition to the story as well. Played by Tessa Thompson her presence made us overlook Jane Foster, and parting with her character, in fact, didn’t actually hurt. Also, life is all about moving on, isn’t it?

Mark Ruffalo literally aggrandizes everything with his presence. Bruce Banner suddenly becomes funnier with his memory jetlag, and flings at us some rib-tickling jests.

Welcoming Loki to the Other Side

I can’t believe you’re alive! I saw you die. I mourned you. I cried for you.

While a lot of Loki’s perversion disappears with the passing away of Odin, it doesn’t feel right when we don’t see him do something mischievous. Even though he tries, Thor stays ahead of him. We don’t see him in that usual mindnumbing avatar that we were so accustomed to. Even though it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it was a relief watching him drift towards the good side. But as hinted from the looks, he gave to one of the infinity stones, I guess it would be too soon to comment.

still of loki in thor ragnarok

Yes! That’s what it feels like!

The universe becomes further taut when we see Doctor Strange in the opening scene. He helps Thor locate his father.

It is amazing how Marvel packs entertainment inside another capsule of entertainment. We get a mini-movie of sorts, like a short film, that’s as congenial as their movies are.

Thor: No, I don’t have a phone but you could have sent me an electronic letter. It’s called an email.

Dr. Strange: Yeah. Do you have a computer?

Thor: No. What for?

That’s what they do with their end credits that tell us there is something always worth waiting for.

Some Issues

Comedy mostly takes the pain and viciousness away. That’s what happened to the Loki storyline. Following that logic, even Hela portrayed by Cate Blanchett becomes less intimidating even though she housed peerless powers. Her badass portrayal feels short lived. The final battle doesn’t feel like a final boss fight though.

The music even though how awesome it sounds takes away the noise that powerful blows make that used to so subtly place you on the battlefield.

Gardens and goblets? Peace offerings? All his deeds of peace. None of what he did to get it!

Skurge (Karl Urban) another one of those characters that we saw take shape in Thor Ragnarok movie appears to be an opportunist. Even though Karl aces it, the story seems to be doing him a poetic justice. In that wrapping closure, we find him ending up being very trivial, cliched and of little value.

The Final Verdict

Thor Ragnarok movie thrives on humour for most of its runtime. It stays away from gravity when it comes to showing thoughtful drama. That being said, it screams fun in every frame opening gates to future sequels. It allows Thor to move on, introduces new characters to the storyline, thereby helping MCU to grow even more.

I choose to run towards my problems, and not away from them. Because’s that what heroes do.

While the movie is more inclined towards entertainment, it doesn’t compromise on the plot and keeps you well riveted to your seats. There is something in every frame, and the pace is just right. Great editing there!

It’s amazing how MCU is growing with every cinematic release, the universe expands. The way it accomplishes it is simply alluring.

It wouldn’t be wrong to easily count Thor Ragnarok as the finest Thor movie in the entire trilogy. Can’t wait to see how the Avengers are going to fare against their toughest nemesis Thanos for whom the stage is set.

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Carol Review (2015)

An alluring take on same-sex love!

Carol isn’t just a self-exploration sojourn of Therese Belivet; it is so much more. With an enchanting screenplay to keep us company, Carol walks with a constant finesse depicting human emotions in a beautiful way. You can’t help but feel for the characters as they carry the right gusto in their acts.

Rooney Mara is simply outstanding. She carries a face of innocence that reads confusion quite often, whilst trying to learn the ways of her character. Coming to her aid is the voluptuous Carol Aird played by Cate Blanchett, whose life is torn apart owing to an ongoing divorce scene that hurls her into fits of melancholia.

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The way Todd Haynes traverses the camera from a gutter to a third person perspective by capturing the rattling and chugging of a train in the backdrop, to reach the protagonists having a conversation on a table speaks volume of his sheer genius. Right there the prologue gets painted, and memories gush in from the past through the mist of the car window, as Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) gawks at the city, being indifferent to the talks of the mundane.

It is a beautiful way of depicting movie frames which Haynes seems to have mastered. He nails them like a pro. Complements Todd brilliantly in the background with an enthralling profound score is Carter Burwell, whose music is placed at right scenes, to make you feel the flick’s endearing rhythm.

“My angel, flung out of space.”

Love has so many forms. It goes beyond age and sex, and Patricia Highsmith’s story couldn’t cover it better. With a genius like Todd to help us crawl alongside the frames, the movie forever stays in empathetic waters. With spectacular performances by Cate and Rooney, the movie reaches a pinnacle of emotions. Little things, like when Therese notices minute details in Carol whilst she drives, and when she shows up eventually with a quivering heart hoping that she would see her are all brilliantly shot.

The movie’s drama at times misses on milking Carol’s love for Therese. Her life’s atrocities fail to cash in on the love she feels for Therese, and that’s where the flick appears to have dwindled. But still Haynes manages to keep the juices flowing and what we have in the end is a magnificent project in melodrama.

Highly recommended!