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Black Mass Review (2015)

Black Mass has Depp written all over it.

Depp does it again! His Whitey Bulger looks so terrifying it gives you the chills. He is a viper that takes everyone down with him. That’s the bottom-line! The crux of the biopic! James Whitey Bulger, the most notorious criminal was doomed, and he took everyone close to him, with him, to hell.

Scott Cooper makes Whitey Bulger an unpredictable psychopathic albino criminal to make him look not only badass but extremely dreadful too. Johnny Depp ensures he nails the character in Cooper’s head to perfection. Scott does change a lot of facts and messes with reality to emphasize on his character. In doing so he misses out on a lot of crucial factors to wrap a biopic.

At no point are we introduced to Angiulo or his involvements. What is quite surprising is the fact that Cooper chose to manifest dispensable characters like FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrickand Lindsey Cyr instead. The editing of the movie isn’t that great. You see a lot of characters in the biopic who are built quickly from scratch, but unfortunately are not handed enough. Cameos basically suppressed under Bulger noise!

Who we must not forget in this rad Bulger tale, is the contribution of John Connolly played by Joel Edgerton. He is always there. The backbone of Jimmy’s rise. The FBI behind every crime. He saves his ass literally all the time, and fights with Charles Mcguire (Kevin Bacon) and convinces John Morris (David Harbour) into helping him.

There are frightening bits in the movie where Depp turns Jimmy off and then on just like that, characterizing his psychotic and unpredictable nature.

The movie doesn’t cash on its screenplay, and is entirely dependent on Jimmy Bulger and things that surround him. The score of the movie is great, as violin breaks the silence with its brilliant depth. Sometimes absent, the music is only played at the right areas for emphasis.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

So Cooper’s Bulger isn’t exactly smart. He is sleazy and basically rolls on favours of people close to him. The fact that he works under the aegis of John Connolly and Billy Burger, where John is ever ready to save Jimmy’s ass is what gives wings and balls to Bulger. The movie doesn’t highlight all his murders but depicts two or three. Others are shown being committed by his accomplices.

A lot of fact changing actually steers the movie from a biopic to a fiction. It appears stale if compared to other great crime stories. The introduction and conclusion of Brian Halloran to the story was too distasteful. At one point you almost think, Jimmy has a plan when he asks Brian to take the bag of cash and leave. But then it was just plain talk! It was hard to imagine the character, who you were hoping doesn’t do normal, to do the ‘simplest of things’.

If we don’t look at all the minute details and enjoy the movie with a popcorn, we can see Depp’s brilliant acting, Joel Edgerton’s persistence and loyalty, Benedict’s style and a great criminal story that reeks of perversion the moment it enters the police line.
Overall the movie was good. If there was someone who was ensuring that, without much in their baggage, it was Depp and Edgerton all along.

The Gift Review (2015)

The Gift is a well written thriller!

Hats off to Joel Edgerton for his big debut as a fully-fledged director. Not only is his direction outstanding, but it is also better than most of the directors out there. His frames have an order, have the right amount of focus and they complement the score quiet beautifully.

The Gift unfurls gorgeously into a story which can’t be predicted at first. It breathes on a little suspense that coils around the question ‘Why’? Then as we progress halfway, things become a little clearer and the why gets answered. You see the true face of perversion there, and suddenly your heart brims up with sympathy.

The cast has done a great job by their majestic acting skills. Bateman and Joel are beautifully complemented by Rebecca Hall, and they all end up nailing it to perfection.

The plot is not quite intricate exactly, a little predictable when you see the end coming. But it is gorgeously wrapped under the threads of a thriller. It is very nicely written and eases quite brilliantly into the “Bullying” waters, an issue that still prevails in the society and the hunter in us never gives a damn. The Gift is all about one big bad vengeance, which skims a little horror as it progresses. The music is good and the silence is deafening too. A couple of quick surprises make your heart skip a beat.

What is however hard to swallow is the fact that the casting chose Jason Bateman to do the job of a bully. But if you look at it, the director intended to show a character that people would have trouble putting a pin to. And Joel milked this incredulity just fine.

Some things that Edgerton misses out on are screenplay and subtlety. I wished the screenplay to pack in a little bit more punch. Also, the movie could have done a tad more with the suspense building as things start to become quite apparent.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

If you start to question the last bit of the movie, where Robyn had already decided to leave Simon, then even if Simon didn’t know whose baby it was, it wouldn’t have mattered much. Let us just say both end up getting divorce, the indifference of Simon towards the baby would have given Robyn the true custody. Okay, it did shatter him and break him but was Gordo’s revenge really worth it? It was, if Simon really loved Robyn beyond limit, but given the limited romance time shown in the movie and confined relationship manifestation, things weren’t exactly palpable. Hard to digest!

Leaving everything aside, the movie still manages to keep you incessantly thrilled, rooted and suspenseful. Definitely worth your time!

Exodus Gods and Kings Review (2014) | A bland depiction of the Moses tale

Exodus Gods and Kings is insipid, bland and weak but carries all along that Ridley flair that we all adore. We all know the Moses story, right? Now take that and start abruptly with a war no one cares for, a prophecy that isn’t theatrical and the crucial intricate past that gets narrated via the narration of Ben Kingsley. Disaster huh? Okay, so Exodus Gods and Kings stood quite next to it.

The fact that Ridley Scott was making this epic saga into a movie was a big adrenaline rush per se. So hitting the theatres with mighty expectations was only customary.

Breaking Down Exodus Gods and Kings

The tale starts out of the blue from a mere conversation about Hittite wars and a prophecy that comes from Seti entailing a man saving another who would become the leader. A weird way to start the movie actually. Nothing theatrical about it too.

The flick lacks focus. Where story building was important, frames are clearly skipped as we caper around on to different screens without finding proper closure.

Still of Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Plot Spoilers Ahead

There are some crucial elements in Ridley’s direction that simply cannot be shaken off:

Plagues that plagued Egypt were subtly shown. We find a guy who endeavours to reason everything happening with a logical explanation. Scott as an atheist does try his best to manifest Malak, the messenger of God, subtly after a blow on Moses’s head knocks him out. A couple of shots of Joshua sneaking in to find Moses talking to nobody, depicts that Malak could only be a figment in his head and that everything happened without a Godly venture. The practicality of the low tides, the sea drying out and cyclones seemed to usher in a new age thinking that Ridley perfected. Yet, there was a subconscious Hebrew-helper that seemed to work in Moses’s favor all the time.

Still of Joel Edgerton as Ramses in Exodus Gods and Kings movie

You sleep well because you’re loved. I’ve never slept that well.

Climactic bits of Exodus: Gods and Kings were great to watch. The ending wraps up with ‘For my brother Tony’ that takes you some years back to the unfortunate death of Tony Scott. It was a warm gesture. And Respect!

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Other Characters in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Even though the visuals were great, most of the movie ran dark. Aaron Paul is simply there. A mere observer. He has the most limited lines and gawks at Moses madness for hours. Falling for Zipporah is sour. It lacked drama. Joel Edgerton being a great actor ends up moderating perversion. Christian Bale looks great as Moses but doesn’t impress much.

There are so many minute details in the Exodus story that has simply gone unnoticed owing to the compact tale Scott wove. My advice: Make it a TV Series instead and justice shall be done!

Haven’t watched The Ten Commandments but from what I gather it was still better.

If you want to watch a good Exodus story, just watch the animated flick ‘The Prince of Egypt’. Way better than this one!

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