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The Avengers – Movie Review (2012)

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Guys, I’m bringing the party to you!” and hell ya that was a damn good party. When Marvel’s first avenger made its debut as a Hulk in 2003 it was not received very well. Since year 2000 digital advancement has given realistic touch to those age old comic book series, nourished them to the life like characters on screen and polished them with style and substance. Some worked very well while others went flat.

With the booting of Spiderman and X-men series world actually got interested in things that were only limited to so called “geeks“. Since then bringing the famous comic book character to life has become the main focus for majority of Hollywood  producers. Avengers was one of the very few super-hero or sci-fi movies that was actually entertaining without trying too hard.

Iron ManRobert Downey, Jr.‘s genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist image as an Tony Stark in 2007 brought some genuine humour and style to the super-hero movies and stayed steady in Avengers too. He finally got some match and task which he always wanted.

Hulk: Every time new actors plays the role in different movie. Edward Norton was very effective in The Incredible Hulk but Mark Ruffalo also did a great job in portraying Bruce Banner/Hulk. There are two stealer scenes in the which are bound to get belly aching laugh among the audience in the middle of the war. Finally he was recognized as super hero than moster.

Thor: Chris Hemsworth debuted Thor last year and we agreed. He did his part well and maintained his style even when fighting with Iron Man.

Captain America: Chris Evans looks Captain America since the debut as first Avenger. He kept Captain America alive for years and fought with honour till the end.

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff: Sexy as she is, Scarlett Johansson adds the hotness to the film. Unlike other movies this pretty girl can hit dialogues as hard she kicks your ass.

Hawks eye: Though he got a slow and dark start to the movie at the end he did his job with ace.

Loki: Tom Hiddleston did a good as as bad person in Thor and he showed his white arse again in Avengers with a ludicrous plan of ruling earth.

Other notable characters were Nick Fury/Samuel L J, ‘Agent’ Phil and hot property from How I Met Your Mother Cobie Smulder a.k.a Robin as agent Maria Hill

Ok now its time for pulses and minuses.

Awesome:

  • Easy flow of the story with no boring plot.
  • Calling up the Avengers.
  • Verbal and Physical interactions between the Avengers.
  • Humour that Tony Stark always carry. But was surprised to see Hulk’s hilarious punch to Thor and Hulk’s reaction to Loki’s self addressing as god.
  • Natasha Romanoffs and Agent Maria’s body tight suite and killer moves.
  • Iron Man’s trip to space was out of this world (literally)
  • Finally great action sequence. Very well structured.

Awe-full:

  • Ship turning to ridiculous invisible Helicarrier.
  • I think thats the only thing i did not like… but i will update if i recall any.

So yes Avengers has surely started the summer 2012 with blockbuster (after loosing hopes on Hunger Games). And I am eagerly waiting for some soon-to-be-epic movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman and Prometheus. 

I rate: 8.5/10

The Hunger Games [2.999 / 5] – Movie Review

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The spring is here and the summer is around the corner. Movie buffs have made their watch-list to catch 2012’s blockbuster. I have mine too but Hunger Games was not in the list until few weeks back when all media raised the hype alarm on this movie.

After the success of the Hunger Games book series the movie trilogy was bound to happen. Now I have not read any of the books which I am sure they will be better than the movie. Not because movie sucks but because the movie lacks the thrill factor which I think book always delivers in its thousands of words.

The idea behind the story is very simple and to some extant very childish. Rich people want to see poor kids fighting for survival. Its like Survivor series set the future. From the start of the movie Katniss Everdeen ( Jennifer Lawrence) was told that she is special and she has to win. All the people surrounding her are on her favor which completely ruins the mystery about what will happen in the end. But still its not that bad.

Lot of time is spent in shaking the camera in odd positions which made me want to slap the camera-man. Special effects are very outdated. But again its a budget film I guess.On whole movie is good but not very gripping or make you jump ( expect one scene).

Sated:

  • Some good visuals
  • Lead actress is quite an eye candy
  • Scene with dogs (weird)

Hungry:

  • Poor executions. Low thrill factor
  • Background score not uplifting
  • Games not quite exciting
  • Special FX done by some college intern
  • Camera man drunk on set

Even though I hear great reviews by critiques and Hunger Games fan I think this movie still left me hungry for more.

I know having not read the books and not being a fan of killing for survival for rich peoples entertainment with nothing to gain at the end, I am not in a position to judge the movie in right way but this is what I feel about it.

But its a good movie catch with the pals. “May the hunger gods be with you.

IMDB: 7.8/10

Rottentomatoes: 85%

Movie Review: London Paris New York (2012) [3.5/5]

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In every romantic movie there is Boy and there is a Girl. They are shown living a very different life and then serendipity strikes. They are shown in deep intellectual and witty conversation with each other which mainly involves girl complaining about everything and guy just makes fun of her. Eventually they fell in love over the course of 20min reel where they have sang a song on London bridge and hummed the beats near Eiffel tower. Well this all happens in this movie as well.

Being a realistic I only wonder how a guy meets a nice beautiful cute girl in a plane who is willing to go out with him on city tour for whole day when she missed her connecting flight. And it only happens in movies that the guy charmed his way into making the girl fall in love with her in 24hr cinematic hours.

Lets keep this aside and talk about the movie. All above mentioned situations happens in this movie but they are shown in fun way. The core idea of the subject might be adapted (or copied) from the bestselling book “One Day” but still it is a fresh and feel good movie.

 

 

 

 

Plus:

  • Music is very soulful and easy on ears. Ali Zafars’s singing and writing is very smooth and melodious.
  • Locations. No wonder movie title is good enough for explanation.
  • Pretty good performance by the leads. Not perfect but good.
  • Screenplay was not boring and dialogues were very basic day to day lines.

Minus:

  • There were ups and downs. Not very gripping storyline.
  • Drama was not quite intense.

Well this movie is recommended for the couples who wants to sit home relax and just want some fresh movie to spice up their evening.
I shall give 3.5/5

Written by tarangp

March 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

Movie Review: Hugo (2011)

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   Hugo is an enigmatic adventure of an orphan boy from Paris who lives in the station among the clock machines. His purpose is to fix the automaton that him and his father were trying to fix before he died. Hugo thinks there is a message his father has hidden in the automaton. But to his disappointment there was something more to it.

I will say its not a movie its a film. This gives a very cinematic experience. After Shutter Island failed to hold strong at the box-office, Martin Scorsese just went ahead embracing the 3D technology creating a movie very tastefully. The movie really looks amazing in 3D and technical department really deserved the Oscars that they won.

This movie is like a dream. Very deep means are attached to it. The scenes are very magical. It gives the feeling of something that exists somewhere in the world but its just not visible. Life is simple. People are driven by passion and by wealth. Where beautiful things are appreciated.

Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation” –J. R. Jones Chicago Reader

Well for more great movie experience check it out soon. Watching in 3D is must. A must for a cinephile.

YouGo:

  • Amazing visuals
  • Soothing background score
  • Good performances
  • Screenplay / Cinematography

YouNoGo:

  • Its more Drama than Adventure
  • So it will be slow

Well its a movie to watch when you crave for some fantasy and adventure !!!

My: 8.0/10

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Rotten Tomatoes : 93%

Movie Review – The Woman in Black (3/5)

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So when did the Harry Potter, the boy wizard, grew and started the family ? Daniel Radcliffe (Arthur Kipps) is married and has a kid in this movie. He sure has beard and mustache which should make him look older but still you will see the golden potter boy hidden within him in certain scenes.

Well other than that the movie is quite good. It delivers those heart skipping scary moments and some very good visuals. The story is bit fresh but again revolve around dead/possessed kids who always scares the shit out of you.

 

 

 

 

 

Good:

  • Story pretty fresh
  • Visuals
  • Thrill factor high
  • Decent performances

Evil:

  • Screenplay drags a bit in between
  • Not very gripping story
  • Climax not very convincing.

Well its a movie to watch when you crave for some thrill or want to have a horror fiesta !!!

My: 7/10

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Rotten Tomatoes : 64%

Written by tarangp

February 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu – Movie Review

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I know lot of hardcore movie goers and film critics (who don’t get bribed) will either thrash this movie or will just give average rating. They will also label it as same-old-rom-com-hollywood-copied flick. Well I am not exactly on opposite side of their view but come on sometimes we need average movies like Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu whose sole purpose is just to entertainment people with good laugh, feel good and lightly brewed storyline.

Ek Main Ekk Tu if seen from top is just like some other romantic-comedy movie. But inside it has it twists and turns.  Not every movie shows the hero and heroine remaining best friends till the end of the movie.

Shakun Batra is another feather in the Dharma Production’s cap of directors. Like every new directors in Chopras and Johars teams Mr. Batra went with the simple formula that will give him entry into the bollywood and a little bit of fame and money.

His this movie I will say was just “average” just like Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan).

Wins: Light Humour with few comic scenes, location and settings were eye pleasing, good performance by lead and side actors, soft and light-hearted story line.

Fails:  Humor goes a bit weird few times, poor dialogues and their deliveries, the movie will not have any kind of effect on your brain, bank balance, health or wardrobe.  What a bummer !!!

It seems Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan did this movie like we all do our 9-5 job. Need money to survive. The only difference is traveling, designer clothes/accessories  and parties.

Now since Valentines Day is near watch it with your girlfriend / wife or woh 😉 Have some popcorns, relax, make comments and giggle.

Now I am wondering why did I write such a long article for a movie that is worth 2.5/5 !! phrrrrr…..

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Written by tarangp

February 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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