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Moana Movie Review (2016) | One of Disney’s Finest

A ravishing hoot! Moana movie is a fantastic animation that doesn’t stop at anything to give you what you came for. It’s a non-stop joyride. It bides by cool contemporary vibes when it comes to cracking up conversations, alongside weaving an ancient fanciful tale of Gods and Humans to teach us so many valuable lessons. This Disney movie delves into rhythmic notes a couple of times (music is amazing by the way), chips in classy slapstick humour, and mesmerizes you with its amazing animation. The level of detailing its animators touch is highly commendable.

Inner Workings Short Film

Even before the movie begins we get to see a beautiful short called Inner Workings directed by Leo Matsuda. It scales the story of a man named Paul whose real life decisions are marionettes to his internal organs. So there is a brain, a heart, lungs, a stomach and a bladder that steer Paul into choosing his purpose.

paul's brain in inner workings short film

The Sean Lurie short will beam you up instantly as it has that ounce of exciting humour that will crack you up. Also, Inner Workings is a gorgeous lesson per se rolled up in its jesty bits. Do pay attention!

Metaphor in Moana

The tale of Moana is quite relatable if you try to look at the figurative side of it. It’s as if watching elements of our own world take form into a tribal mythical story. It is all woven by extant human emotional conundrum, that tries to show us how some dreams are tied down by people who stop us from flying.

It also expounds how life throws rocks at you in an attempt to steer you away, but despite all the punishing atrocities we gotta learn to sway with it. Pitfalls should not be the end of your pursuit. The flick inspires you take a stand, not to be dependent on someone to get something done, rather do it yourself.

To fight for what you believe in, to chase your dreams, to keep persistently trying and to never lose hope. And it does all of that effortlessly with the help of two stunning characters created for the movie namely Maui voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Moana voiced by Auli’i Cravalho.

Plot of Moana movie (Spoilers Ahead)

Its plot being dipped in fantasy starts with Moana’s grandmother giving a backdrop to some children about the Goddess Te Fiti. The Goddess had a heart that could create life itself. It was stolen by a demigod Maui but in a fight with Te Ka, the lava monster, it had disappeared into the ocean. Moana, who was chosen by the ocean (Yes! it can high five you and stuff), was the one who discovers the pounamu stone at a quite young age. That entire sequence is so cute that it would make you want to cuddle everything in it.

still of baby Moana in Moana movie

Growing up she forgets all about the stone, and gets lost in the humdrum of a life her parents wishes for her. But then one day, confronted by Gramma Tala she finally decides to venture out in the sea. To fulfil Tala’s dying wish and also to save her tribe from a sure-shot drought, she seeks Maui the demigod asking him to restore the rock to Te Fiti’s heart. What follows is their relentless comic sojourn to achieve the one Herculean goal that would reinstate balance in their lives.

Before I forget! Watch out for that dumb rooster called HeiHei. The cock is messed up in the head.

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Music in Moana movie

Moana entails musical elements that gets mocked by at one point by Maui who says:

If you are gonna start singing, I am gonna throw up.

It goes on to show the genius of its creators. They were well aware of how some people are averse to the inclusion of too many songs, and so they were careful enough not to turn it into a musical. It doesn’t leave its fun enclave even when things seem to escalate at certain points. So, even after a song gets over, there is something funny lurking at the corner to make you smile.

“I Am Moana” sung by Rachel House and Auli’i Cravalho is one of the most powerful and inspiring songs in the movie. Followed by “How Far I’ll Go” another beautiful venture sung by the protagonist herself. “Shiny” by Jemaine Clement literally breathed a crab alive. Tamatoa will be remembered for days to come.

Beats on “We Know the Way” will have you up on your feet. It’s that gorgeous a song!  Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda together just take it up to another level.

Downsides

Moana movie was well edited and wrapped up in its remarkable story-line. Not for a second do you feel its pace deteriorating. One of the drawbacks the movie has is that it is way too much imaginative, which takes away its plausibility. You almost blurt out thinking how can a tattoo move around on a body? Or how can an Ocean have a brain of its own? Or how can an Island move? But with the touch of divine, you have to settle with the fact that anything is possible in an illusory turn of events.

The flick also, at times, feel too much rushed. When you are trying to wrap your head around one thing, it shoots past into another frame. But mind you, leaving its precursor doesn’t make it less awesome.

Also, there is always that point where someone is having a song in their mouth. And you might sometimes end up reacting like Maui, “Here we go again!” But if you try to really listen you will see its captivating charm that will wipe out any indifference.

The Final Verdict

Moana movie is everything you wish to see in an animated movie. It is non-stop fun, retains a beautiful story and has outstanding music to top everything off.

Check out the trailer of Moana here:

Central Intelligence Review (2016) | Fun While it Lasts

What a pleasant surprise! Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much from this Rocky-Hart venture that seemed oddly named as Central Intelligence. Whilst from the surface it appeared the same as any comedy movie Kevin Hart had in the past pounced upon, finding it good simply made my day.

DIRECTION OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

This is what I expect from a good comedy flick – a good slow paced direction to keep you thoroughly engaged whilst throwing in some laughable bits every now and then. At the same time not compromising the crucial plot at play.

Rawson Marshall Thurber ensures the audience has plenty. There were well thought of comic bits strewn all across the movie, as he tries to work upon a rare build up to get to his punch lines. He will make you used to it, and you will be waiting with jaws wide open expecting a funny liner bomb to be dropped anytime.

THE ROCK AND HART CONNECTION

Central Intelligence is a buddy flick. Even though the protagonists are oddly paired, minutes into the movie and you will notice neither of them is a douche. They are totally nice guys and they gradually create a stunning chemistry that most Nice Guys movies profusely miss.

still of dwyane rock johnson with kevin hart in Central Intelligence movie

Kevin Hart’s Calvin Joyner is like a confused blend of perseverance and slapstick comedy. At dire moments when his emotional rivers go inundated, he reacts just as anybody of us would react, and that makes it both funny and relatable. That’s what Thurber pays attention to, letting Hart go savage at situational savagery.

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CAMEOS

There are endearing cameos that make you go, “Hey! Jason Bateman’s in the movie.” Or “Melissa McCarthy’s in it too.” Whilst Jason gets a shot once again at the Bully storyline, (seriously I can’t see how he fits the bill there!), Melissa’s role is ephemeral. Aaron Paul has a good role for a cameo as Phil and he will make your heart melt when he goes “Bitch!” bringing in memories from Breaking Bad. Kumail Nanjiani beams you up with his perfect comic timing in a funny Airport distraction scene. Ryan Hansen as Steve was hilarious too.

There is plenty of dope action inscribed in Central Intelligence for a comedy movie which looks absolutely spectacular when it gets delivered by Dwayne Johnson. Hart makes it all better with his rib-tickling descriptions.

still of kevin hart and dwayne johnson in central intelligence movie

DOWNSIDES

On the big downside of the movie is Dwayne Johnson’s pathetic good guy acting. When I see him it feels like he is acting. Give me something that betrays it Rocky! That and the fact that the plot would make you go meh! We have seen too much of that sorts.

Another one is that it goes way too slow for a comedy movie at times. Also, Central Intelligence movie doesn’t retain something that will throw you into fits of laughter to be candid.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Overall Central Intelligence was very entertaining, had funny situations that squeezed out comedy. The movie becomes successful in giving an uncanny makeover to comedy movies.

Go watch!

Here’s the trailer of Central Intelligence movie:

Furious 7 Review (2015)

“For Paul”

Furious 7 is all about flying Lykan, shattered skyscrapers, mammoth bullets, Gatling rounds, super-amped destruction, relentless drone syndrome, Jaa’s Parkour, badass rides, skimpily clad models, exquisite close calls, death defying moments, Herculean jobs, mind numbing head-ons and badass action. This movie is an action-pack adrenaline pumping madness just like its predecessor. But does it have a great story? My answer would be a big No to that.

Wan unfortunately doesn’t have a good story in his baggage. What he still has is some dope action to exploit, and he manages to create insanity with that! Watch out for that insane car-dive and the skyscraper stunt! Most memorable ones! Humour shines fine by Tyrese Gibson’s presence, and he occasionally takes off the heat.

Furious 7 is thrilling throughout. Adrenaline keeps on pumping constantly. Destruction doesn’t stop. Cars keep getting totaled. Bullets fly in the air like flies. The flick has pretty great one-liners that are downright bad ass. Snappy and witty comebacks make the screenplay quite clever in a way. Dramatic bits are kind of average, but make a dash for awesomeness to pay some quality Pablo homage in the end.

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Statham makes a badass entry as Deckard Shaw into the lives of Furious guys with a dope fight with Hobbs. It is here we get to see that eye candy Rock Bottom that we have been waiting forever. Unfortunately he gets sidelined by an unconvincing side-story.

We already knew from the prequel, Shaw’s brother would be lurking in the shadows waiting to drop the chaotic bomb at Team Furious anytime. So he promised Dom via a phone call. And Bam! goes the ‘home’ in splinters with a sustained visual of 5-6 blasts occurring simultaneously that engulf the entire house. The predator calls for it and Dom gears up like a Daddy to teach him a lesson.

The entrance of Kurt Russell was so pathetic that it made us instantly hate him. I swear I saw perplexed people in the theatre wondering “Why?” out loud. Mr. Nobody’s addition to the tale was simply to weave two jobs that Dom could have lived without. Just so that he could find the hunter, he agrees to lick the candy Mr. Nobody was selling. But boy does it unroll into mind-numbing stunts! Skyscrapers hyperjump by the exotic Lykan hypersport would make your teeth turn into a nail clipper. Another pretty dope bit is the car sky-diving bit. Stunts like these ensure that the franchise isn’t dead yet. It will continue to flabbergast you, compel you to jump on your seat.

Unfortunately the screen time of Deckard Shaw is quite less, and he fails to create a villainy charm in the movie. He does pop up hither and thither to overthrow Dom’s plans but passes out weak as a very average forgettable villain. He looked puny compared to Dom fury.

The best thing however remains the show stopper – a perfect adieu to Paul. Final bits show Vin in pain, and you could almost read the tears that got masked by his acting. You could instantly comprehend and empathize with his loss. A series of flashbacks of Paul show up with Vin’s narration in the backdrop and your heart falls in a heavy pit. Such a big chunk tore away! You are left to ponder in tears. It was a great decision not to kill Pablo’s character. Giving him a respectful farewell from the franchise was really thoughtful.

In an action franchise like Fast and Furious, just remember you have to overlook everything. Logics are defied, Physics taps out to action, gravity stops working and time takes a hiatus for the protagonists. Just sit back and enjoy the action packed fun this movie promises to be and is. Be super-psyched and never forget Paul!