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

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Ready Player One (2018) – Movie Review

Get Set Go..!

Ready Player One is the sci-fi action adventure film produced and directed by a very brilliant and visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, a winner of three Academy Awards in directing. “One more adventure film by Steven Spielberg is releasing soon.” what can be more exciting than this for a movie lover? And the film is actually receiving praises from overall audience and critics.

In the year 2045, the devastation of the real-world has made Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and all of humanity to engage themselves in the virtual reality game/software OASIS, which they use to escape the reality and find more comfort, to be and to do more than what they’re in the real world. But when James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the creator of the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, and the deserving finder will be the true successor to his legacy and fortune. Along with all the other users, Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the CEO of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), also seeks the prize to gain the full control of OASIS, and eventually the whole world. What comes next is the amazing adventure ride Wade must take to find the Halliday’s Easter Egg.

Undoubtedly, Ready Player One is like one more gem of adventure story been added to the Steven Spielberg’s epic filmography. The film is the brilliant mixture of futuristic imagination and spectacular visual effects. The direction of the film is just flawless, especially the breathtaking chase sequences. The plot of the film is not so convoluted as it is already heavy on visuals. The performances of all the leads are justifiable. The film has so many pop culture references made throughout it’s running time, and that’s the real treat for fans. It just exciting and nostalgic for fans, to witness over 100s of pop culture references in the overall film. The film’s true magic can be experienced in the IMAX. Just Go for it.

Verdict : It is a spectacular treat for a movie and pop culture fans by Steven Spielberg. Get Set Go.

Rating : 4.1/5

Black Panther (2018) – Movie Review

All Hail the King..

Black Panther is the 18th film in the sensational franchise of Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 1st standalone film for the superhero character Black Panther who made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The film is co-written and directed by very young and talented Ryan Coogler.

The film follows the events of Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who was on the path to avenge the death of his father T’Chaka (John Kani), now returns home to the technologically advanced African nation Wakanda, and be the rightful king of the throne of Wakanda after his father’s death. The film explores the brave & kind-hearted man behind the Black Panther’s mask, and how the hardships change him as a person. As he steps into the kingship, not so far in the film, he faces catastrophe and challenged for the throne by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) with the help of Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).

The film is vibrant and colorful, it is a beautifully shot film, with breathtaking imagery. The film is receiving praises for the direction, costume design, cool action sequences, amazing soundtrack, and performances of the cast. The film tries to set up and explore the whole new world of Wakanda, and it is fantastic to watch. The soundtracks are very well utilized and elevate the cinematic experience. Unlike latest Thor film, the humor is very well utilized here, which does not let the drama dissolve right away, and let the film breath the moment. The villainous portrayal of Killmonger by Michael B. Jordan is striking and compelling, his motivation for his evil acts is justifiable, which makes him well-developed villain character in MCU after Loki from Avengers (2012). It is not a perfect film, it has some flaws here and there, but definitely, it is MCU’s one of the best superhero film.

Verdict : MCU’s one of the best superhero film. Go for it, and have a good time.

Rating : 3.8/5

Terminator 2 : Judgement Day – 3D (2017)

Hasta la Vista, baby.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) is one of the best sci-fi action movie ever made, co-written, produced and directed by very brilliant and outstanding director James Cameron. It is a sequel to the movie The Terminator (1984).

The story follows Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son John Connor (Edward Furlong) as they are being trailed and hunted by their nemesis, a new, more advanced Terminator, the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), travelled back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance in future against machines. He is the one deadliest villain ever portrayed on screen, he doesn’t talk too much, he just does what he is good at, terminate. A second cyborg, less advanced Terminator T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor in the first installment, must now protect John Connor. T-800 is also sent back in time, reprogrammed by John Connor from future to be his own savior in the past.

This film has amazing action sequences demonstrated so well that work even after 26 years with splendid visual effects. Especially with the use of well-crafted visual effects in films it became a critical and commercial success and influenced popular culture. The film has a lot of iconic movie moments, the favorite of all is when T-1000 is frozen in liquid Nitrogen, and Schwarzenegger fires a shot at him saying “Hasta la Vista, baby.”. This film is the series of unstoppable exciting sequences which will definitely keep you interested till the end. The sound effects by Brad Fiedel are thrilling and earth-shattering which elevates the excitement even more. And this is the reason why this film has won four Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

There are only handful of moments where 3D stands out. Scenes like the explosions, the movements, or the character pointing the gun at screen actually gives the real flavor of 3D. Otherwise while watching the film anybody can observe that images are pretty sharp and clear even when 3D glasses are removed. The very reason for this can be the film was never shot in that format, and never directed in a way to take advantage of it. Rather looking at its 3D aspect, watching the film on the big screen that too with some good enhancements in the picturization makes it the larger than life and must have experience.

Verdict : Must watch for everyone. You just can’t miss this.

Rating : 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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