Jagga Jasoos is a hilarious comedy of errors…

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s much-awaited film Jagga Jasoos has finally hit the big screens. Director Anurag Basu’s first outing since Barfi was eagerly awaited by fans, and after a prolonged wait, the film has finally been released. Does it pack a punch? Ah, not quite.

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‘Phillauri’ brings the ‘old-school romance’ back to life…

Anushka Sharma’s second venture as a producer is out. Expectations from the film were high, especially after the success of NH10. Phillauri, starring Anushka as a ‘good at heart’ ghost shines in patches. Diljit and Anushka have done complete justice to the characters they were portraying, but a loosely written script plays a spoilsport.

Overview:

An NRI named Kannan (Suraj Sharma) returns to India from Canada in order to marry her childhood friend Anu (Mehreen Kaur). His marriage with Anu turns into a roller-coaster ride after he is asked to marry a tree as he’s a ‘manglik’. The ghost of Shashi (Anushka) is bound to him as her spirit resides in that tree. The film narrates two parallel love stories, that of Kannan and of Shashi.

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Review: Beauty and the Beast is a beauty…

The world of fairytales is back. Emma Watson, the ‘Hermoine Granger’ of Hollywood is back and boy, hasn’t she done well? Recently, we had read that the girl had said no to Lala Land for Beauty and the Beast. She was called a fool. People literally laughed at her misfortune, but the girl has taken the box office by storm. The film is a visual treat and Emma Watson is undoubtedly the heart and soul of this tale. Continue reading “Review: Beauty and the Beast is a beauty…”

Logan goes all guns blazing…

Overview

Set in 2029, the film follows a largely dystopian plot. Dr. Charles Xavier’s school is in ruins. He and Logan (Wolverine) hide near the Mexican border. Logan does odd jobs in order to keep his body and soul together. Additionally, he seems to have aged greatly as his healing factor has begun faltering. Gabriela, a nurse, asks Logan to escort a girl named Laura to a place called ‘Eden’ in North Dakota. Things turn nasty when Reavers come into the picture. Would Logan be able to safely escort Laura to North Dakota? The answer isn’t that hard to find.

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Film review:Assassin’s creed-A total ‘paisa-vasool’ flick

This morning I decided to go and watch The Assassin’s Creed, not because I’m a big fan of the video game but because I didn’t have anything to do:)

Let us take a closer look at Assassin’s Creed, the film. Assassin’s Creed trailer

An Overview:

The story begins exactly the way stories like these usually do. A convicted criminal being rescued from prison (Fassbender) and learning that the organization which planned and executed the rescue (Abstergo Industries) is madly searching for The Apple of Eden (Now, that’s interesting:)) How these men (and woman as well) go about their business forms the crux of the story.

The Storyline:

The story could have been a bit tighter, but frankly, stories and films dealing with video games and stuff are pretty much ‘over the top’ action-packed entertainers and we want them to be that way. The best thing about the film is that it  succeeds in keeping the viewer hooked and guessing. It’s fast-faced and doesn’t give you an opportunity to blink your eyes. The film keeps you interested right from the beginning till the very end and its 2 hour run-time won’t appear long . The story loses pace on more than one occasions, especially post interval, but ultimately succeeds in delivering what it wants to deliver i.e. entertainment.

Rating:**1/2

Performances:

Fassbender is the star of the show, without a doubt. The film relies heavy upon Fassbender’s heroics and he has done quite a reasonable job. He’s quite similar to the protagonists we have in our typical Bollywood flicks. A guy with  a largely  shadowy past. Marion as Dr. Sophia adds glamour and charm to the film just like Katrina Kaif did in Ek Tha Tiger. The likes of Jeremy Irons and Micheal Williams have been given limited screen-space and you can expect that from a movie which is heavily dependent upon its lead pair.

Rating: ***/5

Music:

The director’s brother Jed Kurzel has composed the film’s music and it has to be said that the film’s music is one of the positives the film brings to light. Jed Kurzel, known for composing music for the highly acclaimed horror flick The Babadook has once again delivered the goods. The film’s music pumps up the viewer’s adrenaline and complements the entire setup. It adds that adventurous flavour to The Assassin’s Creed.

Rating ****/5

Direction:

Justin Kurzel has tried extremely hard to recreate the 15th century setup. The action sequences have been executed really well. The locations add authenticity to the setup. Most of the action sequences are extremely pleasing to the eye. The complexity of the entire plot has been maintained but the wafer thin plotline really leaves you with nothing except action sequences. the VFX team needs to be given a thumbs up for the effort they’ve invested.

Rating **1/2

Overall:

All in all, the film is meant for the sole purpose of entertainment. It is a perfect way to kickstart the weekend. If you’re a fan of Fassbender then you can definitely give it a go ahead. It would surely lure the video game and movie buffs in India as well as in other parts of the world as well. Assassin’s Creed has been made keeping in mind the younger audiences. It’ll do reasonable business (I would like to believe that) because of the popularity of the video game. Overall, it’s a fast paced,action-packed flick. Definitely a one-time watch.

Overall Rating:***/5

Cut,cut,cut…..

I guess, all of us have seen the war of words that became the front-page headline of every National daily in India. It was about the rift between the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the producers of Udta Punjab, a film based on the rampant drug use and abuse in the state, slugging it out amidst mud-slinging, all of which is gleefully finding its way into the various forms of media. But, in all fairness, the issue/problem around which the debate was supposed to revolve was completely lost. Continue reading “Cut,cut,cut…..”

Bombay Velvet’s fabric could have been smoother….

Well, director Anurag Kashyap is back with yet another directorial venture. This time with Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film is set in the late 1960’s in the city of Bombay. Karan Johar has played the role of a typical Bollywood baddy of the 1960’s. Let us take a closer look at the film and see what’s in store for the viewers. Continue reading “Bombay Velvet’s fabric could have been smoother….”