Jun 16 2013

Man of Steel- Movie Review

Roochster

man-of-steel-posterLook! It’s a bird… It’s a plane…No its Superman! We’ve heard, read and watched so many stories about him. He’s truly a man of steel and has left us all in awe of him. I’ve always loved Superman, much more than Batman or any other superhero. So when I first saw the trailer of this Christopher Nolan produced ‘Man of Steel’ I was really looking forward to watching it. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. Read why.

The 2013 version of Superman, titled ‘Man of Steel’ is mainly about his origin and discovering himself and his past. Clark Kent has lived in a small town called Kansas all his life with his parents. He’s always known he’s special and has powers that noone else has. When he grows up his intrigue leads him to his true origin. He finds out that the planet he came from- Krypton was destroyed and his parents had sent him to Earth to save him from Zod, a man who will destroy everything including Earth to save his race.

I don’t know why but director Zack Snyder in trying to make the film rich in graphics and fresh in look has forgotten to bring out the soul of Superman and all that he does for people. The graphics are very good; no doubt about that but what lacks is depth in the story. It all seems too mechanical with so much action. I don’t understand the big fuss about Imax 3d either because even in 3d it was nothing great. I would have been ok with watching it in normal 2d because the cinematography is beautiful.

Henry Cavill as Superman might look the part and even be good at this craft but somehow seeing him in the Superman costume doesn’t do much. You wont be awestruck or excited to see him on screen. I preferred his bearded, simple guy look in the movie.  That’s not his fault though. I preferred watching Michael Shannon as Zod who played the bad guy very well. Amy Adams as Lois Lane is ok. Her chemistry with Henry Cavill is almost non-existent. Russel Crowe as Jor-El definitely stands out. He’s got an important role and has the confidence to carry it out well.

This is not the kind of superhero film that’s fun to watch. It lacks the light moments, the romance and the fact that Superman has a soul, forget the red chaddi! I wish there was atleast good background score everytime Superman was on screen. Oh sorry, ‘Man of Steel’.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jul 20 2012

The Dark Knight Rises- Movie Review

Roochster

After months of waiting, the Dark Knight (Batman) finally rose and that too more than once in the movie! Haha here’s my review of the biggest movie of the year!

Christopher Nolan’s third movie and final in the Batman trilogy is about the Dark Knight’s comeback. After the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne (Batman) takes a backseat and stops making a difference to society as Batman because he takes the blame of Dent’s death. But Bane, a scary looking masked terrorist is on the loose and he’s planting bombs all over Gotham city. And so, the Dark Knight rises.

The man that makes the trilogy so good is Christopher Nolan. No offence to the actors and the others, but this director is the genius behind the legend ‘The Dark Knight’. He’s in a way given Batman a new look, a new image without taking away the image of our childhood superhero.  His thought process is great and he makes any film look like magic. I loved the effects, the cinematogprahy and the look of the film. However, the editing could have been crisper because 2 hrs and 45 minutes is a little too long and to be honest, I did get a little restless in the second half of the movie even though the first half was superb. The build up to the part where we finally see Batman is great! I just had to hoot when I saw Batman on screen, that was something everyone was eagerly waiting for!

Christian Bale as Batman is perfect! His physique, height and acting make him the best choice! Anne Hathway came as a pleasant surprise to me with her role and the way she acted it. We’re so used to seeing her as this sweet, beautiful looking actress in happy roles, always smiling. But she effortlessly played the character of a jewel thief and it was probably her best performance yet! Tom Hardy (Bane) was good and looked threateningly scary with his body and mask but there’s no comparison to our favourite villain- The Joker (Heath Ledger) from The Dark Knight. All the other performances were good. I also thought Jospeh Gordon-Lewitt who played Detective John Blake has great screen presence and played his part very well. Somehow, the Batman-Selina combination reminded me of our very own Aishwarya-Hrithik jodi in Dhoom 2. Some of you who’ve seen the movie might agree with what I’m saying.

Overall, The Dark Knight Rises is a great movie which most people will love. I was a little disappointed with the length of the movie; I would give an extra star had it been a 2 hour movie, which would even leave me wanting more, but for now I’ll stick to 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating– 4/5

 

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Feb 5 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island- Movie Review

Roochster

Perfect example of ‘Old wine in a new bottle’ with good 3d effects, decent acting and a few funny moments.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Nov 18 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) – Movie Review

Roochster

The beginning of the end is here and I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. What pissed me off a few months back was when they announced that the last Harry Potter book would be split into two as movies. Back then I thought this was so not fair, especially because we have to wait for another 8 months for part 2 of the final Harry Potter book in a movie form. But then I really though… Harry Potter is not about just a book or movie… there’s a connection… something you just don’t want to let go off and that’s how I felt after watching part 1 of Deathly Hallows. After part 2 in July, there’ll be no more Harry Potter. 🙁

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) is about how Lord Voldemort is out to kill Harry Potter before Harry finds all his 7 horcruxes that Dumbledore instructed him to destroy. That’s the only way Lord Voldemort would be finished. So Harry, Hermione and Ron go in hiding and try solving the mysteries of the missing horcruxes and a lot more.

Let me tell you that visually this movie is a treat to watch. Graphically its better than all the other Harry Potter movies.  Ok it did get slightly slow in parts but otherwise I was totally hooked on and didn’t budge from my seat! It was thrilling in parts and otherwise was a great adventure. Everyone’s acted really well and Daniel Radcliffe looked cute…He’s the shortest among the three.  Haha

Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is awesome and I’m watching it again today! Wooohooo! I recommend you watch it too!

Rating– 3.5/5

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