Annabelle: Creation (2017)

You hide. She seeks.

Annabelle: Creation is the prequel to the not so good Annabelle (2014), but undeniably it is a welcome addition to the Conjuring universe. This is directed by David F. Sandberg, who already gave us Lights Out (2016), and this is the very reason that this one looks promising (expectations are bit high).

This is the origin story of the creepy and the scary doll Annabelle, about how it was made and the characters who played an important role in it. The premise is not so convoluted, it tells the story in a sequential manner leaving clues for viewers to get them to the edge of their seat. There are two central characters Jenice and Linda, little-orphaned girls, who share a really good friendship. And throughout the movie, their friendship is being tested by this demonic entity which is trying to tear them apart. The thing I appreciated most about the movie is its aspect of depth-ness of these characters because it made me feel for them, care for them. Whole first half of the movie needed to have these to build a good story around. In the first half itself, it has a lot of jump-scares included(much needed for the horror genre nowadays) to keep the viewers invested. Two more things needed a mention here is the very clever Cinematography which makes the film give that feeling of horror and suspense. And yes, the excellent Sound Editing heightens the shiver and the thrill. As the movie comes to pace in the second half it is just unstoppable horror thrown at us.

The problem I had with this one is the choppy editing, resultantly I was not able to connect two different shots. It’s the good try at an unconventional way of editing, but it didn’t work here. Again there are some things which some of the characters do, looks so silly and are just unbelievable. One more thing I miss here is the Exorcism which could have made the story more frightening.

Verdict : As I said earlier It’s a welcome entry in the Conjuring universe, and undoubtedly better than the Annabelle (2014). So surely deserves one watch.

Rating : 3/5

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Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (2017)

If you change nothing, nothing will change.

Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is again the one more gem been added to Akshay’s filmography. After Airlift, Rustom, Jolly LLB 2, and now with Toilet – Ek Prem Katha Akshay have proved that he can truly deliver some good stuff with genuine content except mindless entertainers. Besides Akshay Kumar as Keshav, it also stars Bhumi Pednekar as Jaya with Anupam Kher, Sudhir Pandey, and Divyendu Sharma in supporting roles.

The story revolves around Keshav (Akshay) a go-getter and liberal-thinker Jaya (Bhumi) and their struggle to be together against all odds of society. If you already have watched the trailer it gives almost all the plot points so what remains to watch on a big screen is the execution, and yes, it’s definitely worth watching. The name of the movie itself explains the whole drama, that it’s going to be a love story but with intriguing content. Every love story has a villain or odds it has to face to be an epic, and in this one, the villain is a toilet.

Both of the leads marry but it doesn’t strike Keshav to tell Jaya that his house doesn’t have a toilet. This then becomes the grounds for Jaya to liberate against it and to leave his house, and ultimately to file a divorce. Now with this motto to bring his wife back to home, Keshav sets out on a mission to hold a mirror to those who support open defecation in the name of age-old traditions and so called Indian culture. And yes, in India (mostly in the rural parts) open defecation is the serious problem which needs to be addressed, and no doubt this movie does it brilliantly. Even one line from movie says that “Problem does not seem problem unless it’s personal.”. So even if it is not a problem for us, it is for the millions of Indians, and this movie storms the society by delivering this very strong and hard hitting message in the funniest and comic way possible.

Once again it’s a genius script-based compelling story, with good performances by leads and the supporting cast, and very good message at its core. The only complaint I had with this one is the runtime of the movie which is two and half an hour. And that’s where it feels stretched and sloppy in some moments.

Verdict : It’s a complete family entertainer with the good message and a must watch for everyone.

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)

Why the hell Harry met Sejal?

Jab Harry Met Sejal is the Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer rom-com movie, directed by the brilliant storyteller Imtiaz Ali. Unfortunately, except above big names, there is not a single thing which can make you sit in the movie. For the sake of these big names and the money we paid we keep on trying to find the spark in the movie, but it fails miserably in doing that.

As the movie’s genre and the trailers suggest that it’s a romance drama with some flavor of comedy. For the first half an hour of the movie promises so much and it actually sets a simple plot. Sejal (Anushka Sharma) from India lost her engagement ring while on Europe trip and seeks the help of the tour guide Harry (Shahrukh Khan). And the whole story then revolves around Harry and Sejal’s journey across Europe.

The basic flaws are in the story itself, it’s very badly written and fails in engaging the audience. The screenplay is so choppy that there is no resemblance of the two consecutive shots. There is no character building space given and that’s where characters in the movie cannot connect to each other and ultimately disappoints the audience. From the start to the end characters stand in the same place. The audience cannot even connect to their inner conflicts. Till the end movie remains confused and caters zero entertainment value. Even songs are so bad and abrupt that it literally feel sleepy and the audience keeps on waiting for the movie to move forward, or rather to end quickly.

Fundamentally, any good story should be like a baby, which gets older and wiser and gets matured with the time it moves forward. But this one never gets older, we just wait for that level of that maturity to come along, expected by the director and it never comes.

The aura of Shahrukh Khan remains for all the movie time but cannot save the boat. Even the Gujarati accent of Anushka Sharma entertains for some time but gets boring eventually. The story tries to recreate the magic of Jab We Met (2007), on the same journey of two strangers, but the lack of chemistry between its lead characters fails everybody.

Verdict : This one definitely does not deserve your time and money.

Rating : 1.5/5

Dunkirk (2017) – Movie Review

Brilliantly Outstanding

Dunkirk was one of the most awaited movies of the year, and the reason behind it is visionary and very much talented director Christopher Nolan, the name alone is enough. The plot of the movie is very simple, it’s a pure war drama movie. Unlike other movies of the same genre this one does not revolve around any central character(s) but it focuses on the event, i.e., evacuation. The movie has brilliantly been broken into three different timelines (like Memento – 2000) as land, water, and air; and connects all the dots at the end very flawlessly. Every frame of the film has been shot very beautifully in IMAX (almost 80% of the film) that you cannot take your eyes off the screen. Apart from the spectacle, the splendid background score lifts movie up to some other level (Hats off to Hans Zimmer) that you totally get invested in it (Dogfights are just awesome). The only limitation is, as mentioned earlier, the movie is about an event and not the journey of any character. It limits the viewer to connect emotionally to the story. But exactly that’s where the movie is outstanding at the same time.

Verdict : So it’s definitely worth your every penny. Go for it.

Rating : 4.5/5


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