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Avengers Infinity War Review (2018) | The Big Bad Mad Titan Finally Arrives

What a beautifully crafted flick! Avengers Infinity War is everything that we expected it to be, and so much more. It is intelligent, poetic, impactful, sad and badass, all at the same time. While it doesn’t fall short of thrill on the action front, it also fairly nibbles at melodrama aplenty.

It wouldn’t be wrong to call Avengers Infinity War a Thanos movie. The antagonist feels like a poem. He has been created so as to leave you in utter awe. Apart from the fact that Thanos is immensely powerful, and I mean like he packs in really hulk-defying powers even when he had just one infinity stone with him, he is also quite sentient.

Even in his blatant disregard for any form of life, you realize he is the feeling kind – a deviant who adheres to his code, unlike thousands of humans on our very own planet. You can feel his vibes, his pain, even though how wrong he is (debatable) in what he aspires to do. His methods diabolical and his ways to get things done even so infernal.

You will never be a god!

The whole MCU prepped us up for this huge moment and the good news is, it doesn’t disappoint. All roads lead to him, the eventuality that feels like death, and he acts like it. He walks like he owns the universe, delivers justice as if it were his call or deliverance.

That’s the ultimate badass villain that we wanted, and Josh Brolin does every bit of insightful justice to him. He is just not some mad Titan bent on destroying everything in his wake, but a sentient living monster who feels pang just like others, with a fixed purpose in life.

The Poetry in Avengers Infinity War (Spoilers)

There are plenty of moments in Avengers Infinity War where you will feel explicit poetry taking shape. In conversations of an adopted daughter with her father, of planets where civilizations collapsed as Thanos turns a leaflet of history to show Doctor Strange a glimpse from the past, his vision of why he is trying to do what he does, and “men” talking about the import of a job and what comes after. Everything has been inscribed in 2 hours and 29 minutes of enthralling awesomeness.

The part where directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo choose to mum the destructive aspect of a colossal villain by showing him fragile, as he wakes up in Volmir in a pool of water, after retrieving the soul stone, as if waking up in his very own pool of tears has been brilliantly stowed.

Gamora: Did you do it?
Thanos: Yes.
Gamora: What did it cost?
Thanos: Everything.

Then the part where Thanos had so candidly confessed to the question of ‘what after’ about his plans to see the sunset has been brilliantly pulled off at the end. It is commendably subtle as we see him vanish after that deleterious snap of his finger to a place he had confessed about earlier. It perplexes the audience poking a question at his very existence.

Is he really dying? Or now that he wields the power of a God can he not surmount death?

The Dismal End

Avengers Infinity War is brutal in its killing spree. You realize that it’s abrupt, and even though you want your superheroes to somehow escape their fate, it is simply inescapable. One by one the Avengers get effaced. The characters you have grown so fond of get obliterated in a jiffy.

Death follows him like a shadow.

There also lies poetry in the aftermath as everything one holds dear begins to wane. Starting from Buck who calls out Steve before turning into ash to everyone you thought was important fades. It is like watching a piece of you getting decimated. All you can say is, “No….No….not him or not her!”

What you instantly like about Avengers Infinity War is that it is bold, unafraid to kill its characters. It kind of reminds you of Game of Thrones. Okay the reference somehow reminds me that we have Peter Dinklage playing Eitri, the role of a dwarf, so basically himself. Only the dwarf here is a giant. When you think about it, you realize – is it not a matter of perspective? The dwarf is actually a giant for some, ergo named so. It’s like Russo’s are telling us that no one should be judged by their size but the size of things they do. If that’s not poetry, I don’t know what is.

Thor

While the world is at war, Thor is on his own mission to garner resources to be resourceful so to have another shot at Thanos. He is forever optimistic, despite how funny his character has been arched. It should well be noted that everything, I repeat, everything has been taken away from him. You can’t help but feel sorry for him, even though the Russo brethren choose to mock at his problems. He is this immense fighting machine that believes in doing the right thing, of getting the world rid of evil.

There’s despair written all over him, and yet he takes on challenges without giving them a second thought. Watch out for that neutron star bit where he takes it as if he is invincible. His Godly demeanour is, I think, very underrated and in an attempt to make him sound cool and funny he has been deprived of a lot of grief that would have otherwise made his character a lot darker.

Eitri helps Thor create his new hammer, nay an axe, which is called the Stormbreaker which becomes the very reason for Thor having a chance against Thanos. His entrance is grand and everything that happens thereafter is like an inspiration to everybody fighting.

Besides we should not forget that Thor is the only Avenger who gets to lance Thanos like a boss even though the plan backfires, but it was going to anyway.

You should have gone for the head.

Iron Man

While a lot is going on in the head of Tony Stark when he is fighting the thought of calling Captain America, which he almost does, Earth is struck by members of Black Order. Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is a badass minion with powers that surpass Doctor Strange’s.

You can’t park here, buddy. Earth is closed today. Take your tractor beam and skedaddle.

With the help of Spidey’s cult knowledge, he is able to defeat Ebony and then plan a properly planned attack on Thanos’s own turf.

While Iron Man depicts standards unseen hitherto in his fights, his presence of mind and techniques almost get the job done. If it were not for Star-Lord’s intervention victory over Thanos was possible. But everything goes to dust and then it becomes impossible to stop him.

But you cannot still appreciate Iron Man enough for his fighting efforts till last moment. He was no match for Thanos and yet he fought him as if he had a chance. The fact that he goes down trying only puts respect in the Mad Titan for him, and makes you revere him even more.

Stark, you have my respect. I hope the people of Earth remember you.

That fight sequence he sneaks in even after being exploded by a moon is one of the best that Avengers Infinity War movie retains.

Captain America

Cap is that beacon of hope that literally strikes every spark alive. As witnessed in Age of Ultron, him fighting Ultron as if he was imperishable, Captain America is nothing less than a fantastical marvel. So he proves yet again when he shows up at desperate times when we felt the end of Vision was near. He, alongside Natasha and Falcon, swoop in, in just the nick of time, making Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive taste defeat.

Not only does he personify the very definition of badass, but he makes you realize how badly you had missed him all these years. Him fighting alongside Black Panther against a bazillion terrifying giant rabid dogs with fury unparalleled makes you respect him even more. It is no surprise why everyone looks up to him for almost everything.

In a final showdown with Thanos, as he stops his gauntlet onslaught with both hands making Thanos go “What the fuck?” you can only imagine the strength he retains.

It is sad that the call was never made. That Stark and Cap never got to face each other, and in those desperate moments when you feel that either of them could have died, you realize that they could have died unfulfilled without having a chance to speak to each other again. That feeling is so sad that the moment Iron Man is lanced, you begin to go through some real emotional trauma.

Wanda and Vision

It’s hard not to talk about how hard Wanda tries to save Vision. Their chemistry is brilliantly pulled off with both Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen weighing in on their characters superbly. As audience, we already know what is going to happen with Vision holding the mind gem in his head, his death seemed inevitable. But a ray of hope was struck alive with Shuri taking over to assist Vision by separating the mind stone despite how hard she tries, but everything just goes kaput.

Vision had spoken with Wanda about taking that call of destroying the gem when time came. It would have destroyed him too as his very life depended on it. Even though Vision asks her to make that choice, to which she finally gives in, doing something that every cell in her body was against, she succeeds in destroying the mind gem. It was a call that literally crushed her, and you could literally sense the pain that she had to go through to do something so huge.

It is just sad that Vision had to die twice for Thanos to retrieve the gem. He is thrown like trash when Thanos is able to lay his hands on the mind stone. It just goes on to show his evil recklessness for something we had only begun to admire.

Quill and Gamora

Whilst the crossover was a success, with Rocket and Groot speeding off with Thor on his quest to retrieve his hammer and Peter, Gamora, Mantis and Drax going after Thanos, humour was flung aplenty.

Alright, Guardians, don’t forget this might be dangerous, so let’s put on our mean faces.

Gamora had asked Quill what Vision had asked of Wanda. On being instigated he takes a shot too but fails because Thanos doesn’t let him. Thanos doesn’t kill Peter Quill instantly because he likes Peter and the very fact that Gamora was in love with Peter.

So basically that makes two of the infinity stones retrieval a process of ‘kill-me-before-Thanos-gets-it-out-of-me’ situation. Two of the other infinity stones retrieval was basically ‘torture-ones-you-love’ process and then get it from them. That fared well for Thanos, even the one that milks the Doctor Strange’s and Iron Man’s bropocalypse.

Quill and Gamora too had something special between them which was ruined when Thanos took Gamora back to Titan. With Gamora sacrificed, and the news broken to Quill was one of the turning points of Team Avengers/Team Guardians vs Thanos.

Understanding what Peter Quill feels when he discovers the truth about Gamora would be an understatement. You can relate so much to him, but it takes away the only chance they had of removing the gauntlet from Thanos’ hand.

With Strange hanging on to the Time Stone all this time without using it, you couldn’t help but wonder if the exact scene of them trying to take off the gauntlet could have been reiterated with its help. Strange could have taken Quill away for a while when the news of Gamora’s death was told. Then again maybe we have that saved for the next part.

Bruce’s Failed Resolve

Hulk’s no-show is utterly disappointing, but you know that he is going to show up in the next one. So that’s one epic thing to look up to. But given how easily Thanos beat the crap out of him, it seems highly unlikely that going with that same strategic plan of ‘Hulk smash everything’ is going to work again.

Bruce’s constant struggle to reason with his inner self is dispiriting even though how funny Marvel decided to make it. Natasha sees Banner after a long time, and it’s good to see that the spark is still kept alive. Maybe we will explore that story in the long run. It would be fun to watch how things sieve then. I have always wanted to see their budding love go into a direction.

Things That Bother You

There are some moments in Avengers Infinity War where you can feel the CGI falling apart. In one of the obvious moments where Gamora is talking to Thanos, you can see how difficult it must have been to fill in VFX through her continuously flowing mane. There’s a clear line on her left face that feels blurred since the work there remained shabby.

I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you are right, yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.

There are deaths galore as expected, but unfortunately, it doesn’t feel like it’s devouring your heart. Somewhere deep down you come to accept the inevitability, and even though how bluntly it takes a dig at all your favourite superheroes, you fail to feel the real anguish. Maybe that’s one of those parts that wasn’t milked enough. You don’t cry but you wonder something’s up, that something can be put back together still. Is it the time stone?

Also, there are some editing issues where you can feel the deliberate jumping of frames. A lot of time has been spent on Thanos’ resolve, some of which could have been used to fill some of the apparent visible issues.

Then there are those rabid dogs like creatures, more like wolves whose faces you don’t even properly get to see for a second. Agreed that they were really fast and mad but you want to see what you are up against, right? They felt like a swarm of madness that never ever stood still for a second. I don’t know if that was the point or not. But everything sped up so fast that I am pretty sure I need to watch all their action by pausing it on Avengers Infinity War Blu-ray to relive it once again.

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The Final Verdict of Avengers Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War is brilliantly pulled off. It is catered to be savored one meal at a time, and the pace is just right. In the end credit scene, we get to see that a call has been made to none other than Captain Marvel, a movie destined to drop on 8th March next year. So now we know that she is one of the answers to defeating a villain that has all the infinity stones, that has made him a celestial God now. I wonder what she was up to while all this was happening? Guess we will find out in her own flick.

Plenty of superheroes perish here in Avengers Infinity War. The worst deaths being that of Loki, Vision, Heimdall and Gamora that hurt the most. Others have a fair chance of survival, I suppose, given that we have still the time stone in our hand. It could be that or if since Avengers is the end of the road as they call it, then maybe we lost everyone for good.

What are your thoughts on that? Let’s discuss that in the comments section below.

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review (2017) | A Mediocre Adaptation of the Popular Anime

We are no strangers to the fact that Hollywood helms bad adaptations when there aren’t great directors to back a good story. Ghost in the Shell movie is one of the latest victims to that. It goes without saying that the popular anime which we discovered in the year 1995 was a benchmark hard to beat. Even so was the manga that gave birth to that very idea. The truth is Ghost in the Shell isn’t utterly disappointing but it is simply mediocre. Something we did not expect this unique heroic sentient tale to be. It’s fine, to be honest, but not good enough.

Ghost in the Shell was destined to end up being a surefire misfire with all the controversies that it kept raking in the moment it went into production. The first splinter in the eye was Rupert Sanders of the Snow White and the Huntsman fame who had decided to helm it. Snow White was a disaster even though Rupert worked hard in order to make things work somehow. Weird enough he hasn’t improved his storytelling skills. Maybe he needs to hire good writers to heave his climaxes.

Scarlett Johansson as Mira Killian

Then people complaining about the usual whitewashing scene in Hollywood is one of those ongoing issues that we are yet to overcome. Even though the script demanded Asian faces, the studios decided to galvanize it with their own set of actors. Hollywood needs to understand this crucial fact – While you trying to rope in one enclave of the globe, you are losing potential fan audience from the other.

That being said I wouldn’t be surprised if Death Note fails to deliver as much as we expect of it. Apparently with the trailers out and everything it is evident that it has been whitewashed too.

Even though Scarlett Johansson didn’t seem like a good fit for the role of Mira, she takes everyone by surprise. To begin with, she dons a unique gait, bringing about a robotic look and feel to her character. The way she stands, the way she walks, it is all just very convincing. Even though it was hard to imagine her as the ghost in the shell, she proves that she was a befitting choice for the role proving every critic wrong in that area.

still of Scarlett Johansson as Mira Killian in Ghost in the Shell movie

I would blame the writers of Ghost in the Shell movie for not giving her ample lines given her potential. Apparently, that’s an allusion I make at the impoverished screenplay of the story. The script demanded profundity at times, but everything gave an impression of being fabricated so much that it was hard to ‘connect’.

Plot of Ghost in the Shell Movie (Spoilers)

In a distant futuristic world where parts of human bodies can be mechanized, Hanka Robotics has taken over the robotics front. Headed by Cutter the CEO of Hanka, played by Peter Ferdinando, and operated by Dr. Ouelet played by Juliette Binoche a secret project of using human brain inside a resounding ‘shell’ is brought to fruition. The brain of Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson), a terrorist attack survivor was brought into usage since her body was damaged beyond recovery. She is at once put on the field to operate as a counter-terrorism operative by Cutter.

We cling to memories as if they define us, but they don’t. What we do is what defines us.

A year after she has quickly become a major and is a part of Section 9 working under Chief Daisuke Aramaki. As part of her mission to foil a terrorist attack, she heroically kills a mechanical geisha only to find it hacked by an entity named Kuze played by Michael Pitt. She ‘dives’, meaning goes into the stored memory of the dead robot, to discover the truth about Kuze which leads her to a night club. On reaching there with Batou (Pilou Asbaek) following a lead, they end up realizing it to be a trap. Batou loses his eyes in an explosion with Mira encountering major damages.

Project 2571

It is soon realized that Kuze is bent on killing people linked to one particular project named 2571. Realizing the next target of Kuze to be Dr. Ouelet, Mira and Batou (with a new pair of Hanka eyes) intercepts the invasion of two sanitation workers who are hacked by Kuze from a safe location. Tracking down the captive worker’s signal, they are able to track the original location of Kuze.

Mira is captured by Kuze who tells her that he was a failed project of Hanka (2571) and it was the same project that had created her. He frees her asking her to trust her memories before running away. On confronting Dr. Ouelet for answers, she gathers that there were 98 failed test subjects before her and that her memories were implanted. With Cutter keen on shutting Mira down, Dr. Ouelet decides to help her escape slipping an address in her palms. Cutter kills Dr. Ouelet fake advertising that it was Mira who had killed her that she had turned rogue.

Identity of Mira

Meanwhile, Mira visits the address Dr. Ouelet had passed on to her, to find her true identity (Mokoto) and her actual mother living there. On her way out she calls Aramaki to tell her about Cutter, which Aramaki lets Cutter listen to. With orders to kill Mira, Cutter sends his men to kill Aramaki and his men after realizing them going voluntarily in her favour. But the Section 9 team are already a step ahead of him. They retract killing their assassins.

ghost in the shell movie still of human network

Mira reaches the spot where Mokoto was last taken away from by Hanka with the help of her glitches, where she meets Kuze once again. They both try to recall their time together there as anti-augmentation revolutionists. Just then Cutter attacks them with a spider tank killing Kuze, and fatally injuring Mira who rips the tank’s motor losing her arm in the process. She gives her consent to kill Cutter to Aramaki who then executes him.

Reunited at last with her mother, Mokoto continues to work for Section 9. The curtain falls dropping one of the most cliched dialogues you will ever come across in a movie.

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More Issues

Ghost in the Shell Movie fails on many occasions to create awe-inspiring moments. You could blame the improper fictitious setup for that. Maybe we have seen a lot of sci-fi futuristic stories before, and that’s why in times like today, things fail to kind of pop our eyes. With the vacuous storytelling style that Rupert Sanders uses there is nothing solid in the movie that manages to blow our hats off. Even the final culminating point shoehorned with a Spider Tank doesn’t feel like a Boss fight.

GITS movie also doesn’t retain the gravitas of a futuristic tale. If you put it against the likes of Blade Runner, you would realize how many times this movie fails to deliver what we expected it to deliver. For a colossal concept of a human brain trapped inside a mechanical armour, a lot of things feel left out. You should really watch Metallo cringe and croon for not being able to touch and feel, if you want to see how it’s done.

Also in Ghost of the Shell movie, there was no explanation whatsoever about anything. It takes the audience for granted to have watched the animated movie or read the comic beforehand, assuming that bringing us to up to speed with what’s what would be a waste of time.

One of those supposedly frantic moments of Kuze meeting Mira for the first time, to tell her about the project takes away all the excitement owing to some poor writing. Kuze explaining her the what’s what doesn’t feel like a revelation at all. Then there is that weird CGI when she takes the ghost form, running around and jumping, climbing walls. That appears really out of place and obvious.

Then there is that weird CGI when she takes the ghost form, running around and jumping, climbing walls. That appears really out of place and quite obvious to be honest.

The Final Verdict

Ghost in the Shell movie starts off with a bang but lacks the flair of a movie with a proper route. The direction doesn’t resort to aggrandizing things Mira Killian could do. Neither does it portray what a big deal diving, cybernetic eyes, robotic ghost body, or Mira’s brain was. It is almost as if there was an innate glitch the movie carried all along, of not exploiting its theatrical quotient.

In a plot to find out her true identity, the protagonist fails to induce pathos. It is one of those paramount issues that was mightily overlooked. Even so, the movie is still quite enjoyable if you switch yourself off to its countless surrounding issues. You can watch it for Scarlett Johansson at least. It is almost as if she does a Lucy once again.

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Sing Movie Review (2016) | Another Toast for the Dreamers

Sing along your favorite songs with the most adorable bunch of animals! Sing movie is an anthropomorphic take of Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings, a brilliantly scripted venture that tries to edify the lives of animals. It does so effortlessly by resonating us with them in the right proportion. They let humanity seep under the skin of animals to epitomize important life lessons, and the problems every fellow dreamer has to deal on an every day basis.

Plot of the Sing Movie

Although the movie packs in a plethora of cute animals to look forward to, the best and the most prominent one however stays the leader. A Koala bear named Buster Moon, voiced beautifully by Matthew McConaughey, is the guy with the cardinal vision of seeing success dribble in through his theater gates via show business.

still of buster moon the koala in sing movie

He is an optimist who has never learnt to give up. Buster retains hopeful eyes, the ones that are always excited to see new things sieve in. The gleam in them tells you that he is eager to shape dreams into reality, and always ready to deliver.

With his job to hunt down only the best, he possesses the natural flair to always dispense the right judgment. Things that he does are strong enough to often leave you brooding with a poignant sense of regard at your scattered dreams. It contrasts how we tend to give up our dreams with the slightest sign of trouble. With Buster Moon’s efforts to work around things to get things running either by hook or crook, you can feel in your bones the warmth of a never give up attitude that is so crucial to get by.

You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom. There is only one way left to go, and that’s up.

Other Fellow Dreamers (Spoilers Ahead)

Buster Moon’s big aspirations are inspiring. But it is owing to his clumsy accidents along with Miss Crawly, (surprisingly voiced by Garth Jennings himself) that sets the Sing movie on wheels. Paths get paved for aspiring singers when promotional fliers of $100,000 for a singing competition accidentally overrun the whole town. Though it was intended originally to show a mere $1000 and came up straight from Buster Moon, the huge success of it made him play along.

Talented singers from eclectic background show up. Oh! Watch out for their auditions, by the way. They are outright hilarious! When you watch them all auditioning for the competition, their species and their ungainly acts make things even funnier. It would be hard not to crack up.

Aslo, a bunch of girly Japanese dolls (Pandas probably) keep showing up every now and then to perform, assuming they have been selected. Watch out for them as well! So funny!

 

still of meena voiced by Tori Kelly in Sing movie

Among other crucial animals are Ash, Eddie, Johnny, Rosita, Gunter, Mike,  and the exceptionally talented elephant introvert Meena. The latter’s voice has been given by none other than Tori Kelly. Her voice is so beautiful that it would bring tears to your eyes. Also, her side-plot is one of the best the movie has.

So the movie is basically more of a competition where animals from different backgrounds come in the front-line to test their luck. Their lives are intertwined with their domestic issues and concerns that stop them from, in one way or the other, from following their dreams. But it is about beating all odds to come out with flying colors.

Songs in Sing Movie

Taking the movie moniker into account, the primal theme was basically supposed to be songs. So it doesn’t fail in that direction at all. There are around 60 songs shoehorned in the flick that play at various junctures setting you in the right vibes.

Among the most prominent ones are:

  1. Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande
  2. I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton
  3. Hallelujah by Tori Kelly
  4. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing by Tori Kelly
  5. My Way by Seth MacFarlane
  6. Set It All Free by Scarlett Johansson

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Minor Downsides

When you look at the downsides of Sing movie, you could hear some bells knell in its comedy department. It is definitely not that funny, but there are ample jests to keep that flow going. Also, the movie doesn’t have anything huge coiled up waiting at the climactic end. It’s there where you feel all that amped up energy slowly wane. The subplots feel deliberately created to show feigned approvals, and they become really drab at one point.

Also, if you really look at the movie it appears to be more of a cliched tale confined to pursuing something, falling and then rising up again. That is all. So, there is nothing extraordinary apart from that for us to feast upon.

The Final Verdict

Even though the Sing movie’s theme is a tad predictable, it manages to hold up really well. Almost giving you an impression as if you are watching a good reality show. You begin to feel for the characters, sympathize and empathize with them as you might have done for characters in the real world. It makes you appreciate Garth Jennings even more, who also happened to have written the story of Sing.

This latest by Illumination Entertainment is way better than all of its past works so far. It cuts short the snappy humour that it was known for, but still manages to come up with a beautifully crafted animated flick. It has family entertainment written all over it.

You can check our review of other Illumination Entertainment movies as well.

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The Jungle Book Review (2016)

Adorable and adhering to the tale.

HISTORICAL IMPORT

The Jungle Book has a special place in our hearts. Some fail to fathom the hype in our heads. We have waited impatiently for this movie to release and jog us down the forgotten memory lane ever since the news broke loose. The sole reason: 1989 show Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli! The dubbed TV show used to be our all-time favourite. Its outspread wings covered more than 20 languages all across the globe, a commendable feat to score even during that span. The acclaim was such that its song would be on every child’s lips. That explains our inane fandom behind it.

Coming across the Rudyard Kipling excerpt was enthralling too as images from the anime would come running down to fill the voids. Every character had a face. Every word had a voice. My fanatic knew no bound when I heard it was going big screen.

THE JUNGLE BOOK DIRECTION

Now that we have finally arrived at a juncture where Jon Favreau has successfully helmed the gorgeous telling story to justify the awesome Kipling book, it is hard not to give him an ovation. With a superb CGI that walks hand in hand with realistic looking animals and endearing voiceovers, The Jungle Book era seems to have finally met a new high. The kind we, as diehard fans, were looking for. Whilst little has been done to mould the plot, which is by the way just perfect, we are racing down to meet exceptional twists and turns in its impending installments. Way to go Favreau!

CHARACTERS BROUGHT TO LIFE

Shere Khan is simply a badass. He carries a demonic mien that will give you the chills looking at him. Idris Elba takes him to fearsome heights. Baloo’s entry is well thought of and perfected by Bill Murray. Ben Kingsley imparts a thoughtful grim demeanour to Bagheera. You cannot ignore Christopher Walken’s perfect voice for King Louie. He puts life into that animal. Lupita as Raksha is magnificent. Adorable wolf-cubs in the movie will fill your heart up with delight.

Screenplay is kind of average, sticking to origins at times, sometimes swaying, but not really that powerful.

DOWNSIDES TO THE JUNGLE BOOK

The parts that I didn’t like much were these trivial insignificant things which I choose to ignore:

Starting off with Neel Sethi, we could have done better. The lad, although great in resemblance, doesn’t really fit the bill. He looks absent emotionally as he if knew he was surrounded by CGI and not the real deal. Favreau fails to milk his emotions enough. Sentient things seemed aloof. Sometimes the CGI would dwindle when showing movements of animals and things would awkwardly move into the animated horizon. But still it all held up pretty fine. The end result we get is The Jungle Book we have always wanted as a kid.

Now that we have a darker version under the anvils (The Andy Serkis version) it would be intriguing to see towards which abyss this tale steers toward.

Lucy Review (2014)

“I don’t feel pain, fear, desire. It’s like all things that make us human are fading away.”

Lucy is shimmering with a beautiful concept. Scarlett has literally touched the other side. All the projects she has taken over the years have inadvertently pushed her above the average 10% human capability, so she proves with her intense fervour as human before the interval and then later as the insentient being wrapped in a superhuman commotion!

Lucy is everything you want to see Scarlett do. Primarily act and then may be shoot some hooligans. The sci-fi flick is an avant garde endeavour to explore our origins in a clever fashion: Through the head of a Brainiac!

Morgan Freeman is brilliant as the professor who expounds the rudimentary in his soothing voice. His theory in resonance with Lucy’s story, whilst Min-sik Choi does what he does best – devilry!

SPOILERS:

Luc carves Scarlett brilliantly, develops her character gradually bringing out her supernatural capabilities one by one with flash cards showing %ages to keep the clueless engaged. What makes Besson an absolute delight is his subtle inclusion of animal imagery to contrast similarities. The wonderful work on pictorial similes is indicative of his brilliant avant garde style of direction!

The movie has a message that stares hard at our soul and laments cruelly on how less we feel, how caught up we are in little things and how easily we overlook vast! It also throws light on the time theory and the meaningless scaling of the incomprehensible!

The finest bit in the movie is when Scarlett flips time to understand stages of Evolution. Time reverses in quick succession and we get a glimpse of our origins. The rad one is when she helms toward invincibility!

What brings the emotional quotient to the movie was the part where Scarlett calls her mother to express how she feels: “I want to thank you for a thousand kisses that I can feel on my face.”

The score is brilliant. Beats are apt. Screenplay is catchy and memorable. Apart from few passable flaws, the movie kicks ass and makes you brood. Good enough reasons for me to like a movie!