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The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

Run Time: 142 min

Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-fi

It was the year 2008; the movie was Iron Man! As it neared its end, there entered Tony Stark/Iron Man greeted by Jarvis and near the window stood Nick Fury. He put in the Avengers Initiative. That day made me believe that we are going to have the biggest superhero movie ever made in the next few years. And ultimately in 2012, we got, The Avengers! A movie that changed the definition for WOW significantly! And also it managed to raise the bar for superhero movies now.

The movie starts off directly into the plot where Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Norse God returns to acquire the Energy Cube (Tessaract), the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents found under the ocean, and bring war to earth. As the situation worsens, Nicky Fury (Samuel L Jackson) makes a call to all the Avengers. They assemble up to end the war and finally defeat and stop Loki from his ill intentions. An edge-of-the-seat experience, where you hold your breath at every moment, as the movie brings in more surprises with the new elements never before used in action movies.

I kind of knew that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) would be stealing the show, which he totally owned in the first half. He always did everything in style. But still, not one character looked under-stated. Everyone had their contribution. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) was really a surprise and she indeed played her role pretty well. Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) brought in a new side of Bruce Banner which totally changed the old boring personality he had been portrayed in the earlier movies. The beautiful and sensuous Scarlett Johansson played the Black Widow character, a bad-ass spy with a soft heart, with grace and dexterity. Her role also was given those pretty sharp dialogues making her look elegant. Samuel L. Jackson never disappoints, no matter what role he plays. The others, Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) also put in their share of the superhero thingy that made the whole movie look complete.

This movie had the best CGI I ever came across in any movie, which didn’t look all over the place, the way it was in Transformers: Dark of The Moon. The action sequences, the one-on-one fights all looked sensible and real.  There were no overrated fights, which look totally impossible to digest and there were no obnoxious display of power. The first thing I noticed as the movie started was the sound editing. The movie had a great introduction about the situation they were going to face, which gave everyone a premonition to hold on to their seats and expect it to be remarkable. Humor was something which was smart, sophisticated and spontaneous. None looked like they had been intentionally put. As the movie went on with all the superheroes being brought in one by one, each of them was exhibited with something awe-worthy. There is this one scene (NOT a spoiler) where Iron Man, Thor and Captain America face off, where it straightens our belief that each of them are better than the other. The dialogs are all very witty and thought upon which makes every character look refined. The story was able to make that connection with the audience, thanks to Zak Penn, the co-writer, who had great imagination for many other movies of marvel. As The Hulk showed up, he snatched away the spotlight from Iron Man. Near the end, a part comes up where all the Avengers stand back to back in a circle, and prepare to fight with the incoming attacks from the Alien Race. This is that moment in the movie, where you swell up and can’t contain that happiness, which is really something the director would want from his viewers. The following scenes make justice to this delightful moment you are set into. In one scene you can see Stan Lee himself in the news, when the fight gets over.

After the movie ended there was an adrenaline rush with the last fight scene which in my opinion is the best filmed ever for an action sequence. This movie included almost every genre, a movie was made upon. I would add the genre of comedy to this movie because there was humor in every part. It was a total roller coaster ride, with the elements changing so quickly and the screenplay going from drama to action to comedy and more. If the movies need a God, then this movie totally qualifies.

Final Verdict: This is such a movie you would want to watch again just to be in the state you’re put in while watching it. Go for this movie and make it soon. You wouldn’t want to wait on watching this wonderful masterpiece.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Movie Reviews

 

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Vicky Donor

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor

Run time: 125 min

Genre: Comedy | Romance

Sperm donation has always been looked upon as an unorthodox feature in our society, and results in quite a few raised eyebrows. But Vicky Donor made this subject look acceptable and pretty normal. Being close to a taboo issue, the screenplay made it quite informative with funny one-liners and puns. This movie marks the debut of Ayushmann Khuranna, popular VJ on MTV and winner of Roadies Season 2. Starring alongside him is Yami Gautam, who had appeared on Raajkumar Aaryyan, if anyone remembers. This movie also brings back Annu Kapoor to an important role after being under-shadowed for a long time.

The story revolves around Vicky Arora (Ayushmann), a 25 year old bachelor, from a middle class Punjabi family, who is jobless and lives with her widowed mother, Dolly (Dolly Ahluwalia) running a Beauty Parlour and with her grandmother (Kamlesh Gill). He is chased around town by a fertility clinic owner and expert Dr. Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) who kept facing failures rather than successes for the same cause. After a lot of convincing and pleading, Vicky agrees to become a sperm donor. The story goes on about how he becomes the biggest sperm donor of the clinic. Later he meets Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam) with whom he eventually falls in love and finally gets serious about life.

It begins with a nice glimpse into the life of the middle class neighborhood of Delhi. Though the characters weren’t big shots from Bollywood, they contributed the exact amount of acting needed. The dialogs include those key words they use while in conversation in the capital. Humor in this movie was all sensible and worth a laugh, unlike others where they make every sentence ridiculously annoying. There are a couple of scenes which really makes your stomach hurt like the one where Vicky’s mother and grandmother get drunk and create those hilarious one liners by mocking each other.

But if you ask me the main attraction of the movie, I would say it was Annu Kapoor who stole the show. The funny scenes include Dr. Chaddha bringing in new techniques to convince Vicky into donating his sperm. One time he brings out the world map and justifies that Vicky is a descendant of Alexander and purely from the Aryan race, a true ‘Aryaputra.’ Throughout the movie, Dr. Chaddha’s obsession with his sperm business is presented thoroughly. Heartless sperm, greedy sperm, confused sperm, complicated sperm are the words he uses to curse people, and finally one time bursts out saying, ’ye puri duniya sperm hain!’ At one part Vicky in curiosity asks the doctor how does he know that he has good sperm, on that the doctor replies by saying, ‘main shakal dekhkar sperm pehchaan sakta hoon’.

The movie kept going well until the last part where it suddenly turns into serious drama. Yami Gautam’s charm boosted her acting but she was a little weak and incomplete on the crying and emotional scenes. As the movie kept becoming happier, a very sad part was on its way; such predictability was seen in this movie. Though it’s not a big deal, but being able to foresee the ending can sometimes be a thunder killer. One foolish scene I noticed where they were talking about the demand for sperms of famous people. The names included Brad Pitt, David Beckham and don’t know how Lady Gaga?

More aspects that were really good in the movie were the minute details put in about the diversity in the cultures of Bengalis and Punjabis. None were wrong and the way they mocked both the cultures didn’t seem offending but was hysterical. The roles of Ashima’s father and Vicky’s mother gave us a sneak peek into the classic lives of their respective cultures. Ayushmann’s acting reminded me of Hrithik Roshan in his debut Kaho Na Pyaar Hain, where the role he played fit perfectly on him. Same is the case here. The role he played and the kind of personality he actually has are the same, so judging his acting skills only on this movie would be unfair. He kept the role of Vicky Arora very close to a typical Delhi guy, and stayed spontaneous and natural. Yami Gautam really has some potential which I would be waiting to experience more. Kamlesh Gill did a very good job as Biji, loved the scene where Vicky gifts her the iPhone and she cribs about wanting the 32 GB model, and not the 16 GB one. The casting is what made the movie strong, the humor was well placed and is comparable to movies like 99, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Ye Saali Zindagi and Delhi Belly. I do hope people like Juhi Chaturvedi come up with more movies like these. Great work by Shoojit Sircar too. Credit goes to John Abraham too, for producing this excellent movie.

Final Verdict: If you haven’t laughed your heart out for some time, well this movie is what you need to watch. Don’t expect a very big and smart storyline, stress more on the effort given on the humor. And Ayushmann debuts into Bollywood so do give it a go.

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Movie Reviews

 

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The Vow


Director: Michael Sucsy

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill

Run time: 104 min

Genre: Drama | Romance

With so many romantic movies being produced, it’s pretty difficult to find one which would be worth watching. The Vow is a movie which tells us love can be earned back, only if it’s unconditional. After watching many romantic movies like When Harry Met Sally, P.S. I Love You, A Walk To Remember, we have set these movies as the standard romantic flicks and we can’t help comparing them with the others. Well, this movie was a good one to start off this year, which has Channing Tatum (Step Up) and Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) playing an ideal married couple, who love each other endlessly. Also starring, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) who plays the wife’s hypocrite father.

The main plot involves a happily married couple, Leo and Paige Collins (Tatum and McAdams), who survive a horrible car accident, where Leo receives minor injuries but Paige goes into a coma. When she wakes up she suffers from severe memory loss and can’t denies from recognizing her husband. So, eventually Leo tries to make her remember all the good times and win her heart back.

The screenplay and cinematography were all good. They shot the movie at the right locations relevant to every emotion according to the script. Had expected to hear a few soothing soundtracks but couldn’t notice anything prominent. Most of them sounded forced, but for once when Leo plays the Guitar in his recording studio, that sounded like an apt soundtrack.

Tatum’s narration at the beginning was an added bonus, because he kept up the sad and deep voice in response to the terrible accident. The expressions his eyes gave were very convincing. Every scene looked complete with his soft spoken dialog delivery. Comparing his performance in Dear John, he did not disappoint in this one. Talking about McAdams, she did not come close to the expected level, being quite blank at some instances. Having done convincing roles in movies like The Time Traveler’s Wife, she set the bar real high for herself. There were parts where the conversation ended on her and all she kept was a blank stare or smile. Though she lived up to the role she played. Both together delivered a really charming performance. This movie is actually based on a true story about Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. They had the similar almost fatal accident and Kim had severe head injuries due to which she lost all her memory of her marriage to her husband. The book, The Vow, which was co-authored by the couple, is based on how Krickitt remained true to his vows and supported her throughout.

Message: “My theory is that these moments of impact, these flashes of high intensity that completely turn our lives upside down, actually end up defining who we are.” As the couple are rushed to the hospital, Tatum voices in the background over this quote while the doctors operate on him. As I believe that every movie has a lesson, this one tells us that hard times are bound to cross you, so you need to hold on to that one thing which will help you go through and stand against it. This was portrayed really well in the movie.

Final Verdict: Highly recommended for all the loving couples out there; this movie may strike up new sparks between the two. And to all the movie buffs out there, if you have enough time, don’t miss watching it. A must watch for a Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams fan.

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Movie Reviews

 

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