How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) – Movie Review

Their Final Quest.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is an animated action-fantasy film written and directed by Dean DeBlois. The film is a third installment in the How to Train Your Dragon film series.

The film continues the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his buddy dragon Toothless, where they are rescuing dragons captured by warlords and bringing them to Berk. And their efforts have resulted in the island becoming overpopulated with dragons. In response to tackle this situation, Hiccup sets to find the “Hidden World”, a safe haven for dragons, which his late father Stoick (Gerard Butler) always talked about. Meanwhile, warlords hire an infamous dragon hunter Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) to hunt down Toothless.

The first two films were all about how Hiccup and Toothless become the bridge for bringing peace between humans and dragons. But this film tells that why dragons and humans can’t live together, which is actually contradicting its previous storyline. The one more problem I had with the storyline of the film is that it again goes on exploring Hiccup’s true strength without his dragon, although he has already done so many unbelievable things in the previous films. So it doesn’t make any sense to revisit the similar character arc. And that is why I personally felt that maybe it is a good standalone film but an unnecessary sequel.

As always, The chemistry between Hiccup and Toothless is really fun to watch. A furious dragon, with the expressions of a cute little cat, who won’t adore that? The villain is one more enjoyable part of the film. The film also explores the romantic side of Toothless by introducing a female light fury, and how it impacts Hiccup and his friendship, which was actually something new and interesting. The visuals and action sequences (the animation) by DreamWorks Animation are striking in a true sense; A good visual treat. Overall, the film is all about its characters and an emotional message about love, friendship, and family embedded in it.

Verdict : Not as good as its prequels but a fair conclusion to the Dragon trilogy.

Rating : 3.5/5

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – Movie Review

What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated action-adventure film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.

It is the first feature film in the Spider-Man franchise to be animated rather than live-action. The animation of the film has its own unique style, combining Sony Pictures Imageworks’ computer animation pipeline with traditional hand-drawn comic book techniques including the stop-animation effect.

The film sets in a shared multiverse called the “Spider-Verse”, which has alternate universes having alternative versions of Spider-Man. The film follows a teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops superhuman spider-like abilities. Not so long into the film, Miles witnesses the deadly experiment to access parallel universes being carried out by Wilson Fisk a.k.a Kingpin (Liev Schreiber). The experiment starts to malfunction which causes different versions of Spider-Man from different dimensions to collide in the present one. Now, Miles Morales must team up with other Spider-People to save New York City from Kingpin.

The animation of the film is one of its kind and it works really well. The plot of the film is very much intriguing with compelling characters and nicely woven humor. The film tells the really good origin story of Miles Morales/Spider-Man as we can clearly see the apt transformation of a teenager becoming Spider-Man. The other best parts of this film are brilliant voice actors and their comic timings. The background score and the soundtracks of the film just elevate the overall experience in the best way. With all these positive points this film will definitely get nominated for the Academy Awards in different categories, and can also possibly win some.

Verdict : The film is undoubtedly one of the best-animated films of the year, and one should not miss this.

Rating : 4.4/5

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Isle Of Dogs (2018) – Movie Review

I Won’t Hurt You…

Isle of Dogs is stop-motion animated film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson, who has received consistent praise from critics for his work in his films like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). The ensemble voice cast of this film includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Wood, Kunichi Nomura and Yoko Ono. The film is receiving praise for its animation, story, and deadpan humor.

The film sets in an imaginary Megasaki City of near-future Japan, where a dog-flu virus has spread and has infected every dog of the city. To deal with this situation, Kenji Kobayashi, the tyrannical mayor of the city, signs an order of banishing all dogs to Trash Island. The execution of this order starts with a dog named Spots, who belonged to Atari Kobayashi, the orphaned nephew, and ward of the mayor. Saddened Atari steals a plane and flies alone to Trash Island to search for his lost and only friend Spots. Rest of the film follows around little Atari’s adventure to find his dog with the help of the group of dogs, and ultimately uncover the deadly conspiracy behind all these series of events.

The ensemble voice cast mentioned above is mostly for the dogs who are playing the prominent roles in the film, and when it comes to human characters, then most of the characters actually speak in the native Japanese language.

The film is unlike any other conventional animation films, it is totally different and raw in many aspects, the stop-motion animation works really well here, and definitely more Impacting and totally worth it. The story and the characters in the film are compelling, and sheer fun to watch. The direction and the cinematography are just superb. The background score with Japanese flavor of music with drum rolls is just overwhelming, it just absorbs you into it.

Verdict : Totally unusual and worth having experience. 🐕 Just go for it get amazed.

Rating : 4/5

Incredibles 2 (2018) – Movie Review

Supers.. back to work..

Incredibles 2 is an animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to The Incredibles (2004), which was a big hit of that time, it also won two Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2004. The film is written and directed by Brad Bird, who has also directed its first installment. Brad Bird is well-known for his brilliant storytelling style which he had already showcased in Ratatouille (2007) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ( 2011).

The film picks up exactly where it left off in its first installment where the family of supers (the Parr family) is fighting the Underminer. As per the first installment, the supers are banned to use their powers and are considered to be illegal if caught doing so. Soon, the Parr family has been approached by Winston Deavor, an entrepreneur, a true superhero believer, who offers them a plan to regain the public’s support and trust in Supers. Meanwhile, a mysterious villain named ScreenSlaver arises, who can hijack any screens in order to project hypnotic images that can brainwash and control people, who seek to spoil the public image of all supers. Rest of the film depicts the rollercoaster fun ride of adventure of the Parr family.

After 14 years, the family of supers assembles once again to save the world. The film is a sheer fun to watch with the deeper arcs to existing characters and introduction to some refreshingly new characters. In particular, Jack-Jack, a super-cute super-baby, just steals the show, every time he tries to mumble or do something it is just hilarious to watch. The swapped roles of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, and a mysterious villain who challenges the morality of superheroes form the crux of the film. It is nostalgic to watch this film after so many years, and it simply puts a smile on our face, filling us with laughter and emotions.

Verdict : Disney and Pixar together are evolving over a period of time. Along with the best animation quality the film also delivers a good story. Just go and join this spectacular and hilarious rollercoaster ride.

Rating : 4.2/5

Peter Rabbit (2018) – Movie Review

Born to be wild.

Peter Rabbit is a live-action animated comedy film co-written and directed by Will Gluck. The film is based on the stories and character of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter.

The film sets in England’s Lake District, where Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) is living with his triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and his cousin brother Benjamin. A kind woman named Bea (Rose Byrne) living nearby has made a friendly relationship with rabbits and is looking after them. Every day, due to their naughty and playful nature, rabbits used to spend their days by picking on Mr. Joe McGregor (Sam Neill), an old stubborn neighbor and stealing from his vegetable garden. But after the sudden death of Mr. Joe McGregor, the ownership of his old house goes to his nephew Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), and days for rabbits gets even worse. What follows ahead in the film is the fun ride of cat and mouse chase which happens between Thomas and Peter along with his sibling rabbits.

The film has received mixed reviews from critics and viewers. The film has so many comic moments between Rabbits and Thomas while taking a fight on each other, and those actually give needed gravity to the film. The story of the film is very simple and light-hearted, but later on, in a second half, the film gets a bit more heavy on emotional aspects, which eventually makes it slow burning. The film is beautifully shot, and visually every frame of the film is aesthetically pleasing, colorful and vibrant. The film is mainly for kids, and it does entertain kids, giving them lots of laughter moments. As an adult, going to watch this film can be funny and noisy at the same time because you’ll be surrounded by all types of kids. 😛

Verdict : A complete entertainer for family and kids. Have fun, go for it.

Rating : 3.4/5

Coco (2017)

Remember me…

Coco is the musical fantasy adventure animation film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is originally written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who has also co-directed Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003). It is his second film as the fully-owned director after Toy Story 3 (2010), so his past work is enough to elevate the expectations of viewers from this film, and yes, undoubtedly this is the best animation film of the year 2017, (hope it will get the Academy Award nominations). And Coco is definitely among the Pixar’s best movies in years.

The story starts with a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who is a striving and passionate musician but unfortunately belongs to the Mexican Rivera family which has an ancestral ban on music. So while on the course of following his dreams, Miguel who is secretly inspired by Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a singing legend and film star, confronts his family and accidentally travels to the land of the dead where he should return back to the real world before the sunrise by the blessing of one of his skeletal dead family members otherwise he’ll be dead forever. In this adventure, he encounters Héctor (Gael García Bernal), a down-on-his-luck skeleton and seeks his help to return to his family among the living.

Conceptually the movie is based on the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos, where family members gather together and remember their ancestors so that dead ancestors can reunite with their family from the realm of dead people and celebrate the festive season. The film has a really strong and powerful story with light-hearted humor which is enough to touch viewers’ hearts. Overall the story is compelling and some of the moments move viewers from inside that one just cannot stop crying. The animation is so vibrant and colorful which makes every screen visually beautiful. The vocal performances of every individual are believable and excellent. The songs and the music are so melodious that it makes the film overwhelmingly wonderful and gives the exact proportion for the sense of fulfillment. It is the really good take on the polarity of the basic but strongest human emotion of being remembered and being forgotten.

Verdict : Amazing animation film with really powerful story and music. Just go and book the tickets. A really nice film to watch with family, friends, and loved ones.

Rating : 4/5