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The Big Short Review (2015)

Can we ever forget the big bad ugly “Great Recession”? Just when you were trying real hard to forget, bam! comes The Big Short, forcing you to relive the pain again. But wait! Don’t be fooled just yet. It isn’t like any other mainstream movie, or a drama to focus on the severity the great fall brought along, or the lives it uprooted, or the devastating aftermath it brought along with the punishing tide, rather a prequel to how some geniuses had envisaged the collapse way before, and decided to swim across.

Adam McKay packs in an excellent exposition to depict the players of The Big Short, with Ryan Gosling as Jared Venett, the guy with exceptional presentation skills (yes watch out for that bit!), Christian Bale as Michael Burry, the autistic polymath who was the first one to figure it all out, Steve Carell as Mark Baum, the lunatic front-runner to milk out the mortgage shortcomings, Brad Pitt as Ben Rickert, the laconic beast-banker who mentored Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley played by John Magaro and Finn Wittrock to bet against the dwindling housing market. McKay’s direction is one of a kind, as he slams frames mid-way to not focus on apparent conversations. He steers in its comic factor by asking characters to look at the camera mid-way for emphasis. Occasionally playing recorded video frames to make it all look more appealing. You can almost perceive the effort he has put in to break down the gorgeous Michael Lewis book.

“You know what I hate about fucking banking? It reduces people to numbers.”

Screenplay of the movie is extraordinary. There are so many words selected from profound areas that fill in the voids of sentience. Dramatic bits in the movie are just so right, that you always feel connected with the adrenaline vibe. There are so many banking terms incorporated in the flick expounded in laymen terms by renowned personalities like Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, Selena Gomez and Richard Thaler that make things easy to gobble.

The moment the flick reaches its climax, you know what’s coming, but you still end up with a feeling of satisfaction for those who managed to milk the Great depressing cow with a smug face that barely read “We told you so!”

The fact that it isn’t confined to just one perspective drives home its enthralling factor. The story of the people, who saw the monster coming from a distance, makes you want to plunge in the bandwagon too, but alas the procession is long gone and recession pervades. It gives you a sense of contentment to see the hefty checks protagonists managed to weave out of a disaster. It is inspirational in a way and makes you want to get instant rich too. Well, you can do that! Just be a genius and watch out for such loopholes in the system.

Hotel Transylvania 2 Review (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2 is here to tickle you once again.

The Drac is back!

This time around with a plot that we could have probably seen coming years ere.

Okay, so this was the next reasonable thing to do, if you wished to rake in more money from a title that worked well. Genndy waves his magic wand once again, and lo we have yet another sequel to Hotel Transylvania. Also, this fictional hotel is the only place where Adam Sandler seems to be doing fine for himself. (and Madison wink intended)

So we have the whole Drac gang back again in Hotel Transylvania 2, which was quite pleasant to watch. Humour was yet again quite mediocre, but at times good and would occasionally throw you into fits of laughter. There are ephemeral humorous frames punched in at some junctures like that of Family Guy’s. Some were good, some were meh!

The beginning part simply fast forwards to the original plot, and was quite poorly made, until of course, we meet the true hero of the flick – Dennis aka Denisovich, who is part cuteness blended perfectly in with sheer innocence. The mystery as to whether he is a vampire or a normal human being turned out to be the core of the story, and basically steered the flick forward. Obviously Genndy had little in his bag but he still managed to helm it quite beautifully.

CGI is good. All the voices were great! That Adam Sandler voice would occasionally do it for you. Frankenstein, Wayne, Griffin, Murray, and Blobby complemented him and made humour even more enjoyable.

Watch out for that GPS! It made me want one with that funny voice!