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11-12-2017, 08:40 PM -
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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review


CAST:Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins

DIRECTOR:Taika Waititi

GENRE:-Action/2 h 15 min/ UA

Thor: Ragnarok Story: The mighty Thor finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe, in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his homeworld of Asgard. His quest for survival leads him into a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk.

Thor: Ragnarok Review: From the very first look at Marvel's latest outing, it became apparent that there was something unique about 'Thor: Ragnarok'. More vibrant than its two prequels, and combined with a quirky sense of humour, it reunites us with two larger-than-life superheroes - Thor and the Hulk, both of whom we haven't seen since 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in 2015. From the outset, it's evident how well these two play with, and against each other, continuing their love-hate bromance established in the first 'Avengers' film. Additionally, the film is infused with Taika Waititi's trademark style of oddball comedy and while he plays wonderfully within Marvel's sandbox, his imprint is evident in every frame and dialogue. Additionally, it translates very well on screen in all the performances from the ensemble cast.

Considering that the odds are stacked against him, Thor is challenged in a way that brings a whole new side to the God of Thunder. A re-energized Chris Hemsworth gets to flex his comedic muscles to full effect. Naturally, this rubs off well on the Hulk as well, especially since Mark Ruffalo is completely at home playing the angry green man-child. The scenes between him and Thor are captivating to watch and will leave you wanting more. Tom Hiddleston is up to his usual charming mischief as Loki but hands over scene-stealing duties to newcomer Tessa Thompson. She proves to be an essential addition, with a spirited performance as the feisty Valkyrie. Two veteran actors who fit right into the proceedings while clearly having a blast are Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. The latter's Hela particularly stands out with a delightfully devious role as Marvel's first female villain onscreen.

Considering that Marvel's next big film is 'Avengers: Infinity War' which will undoubtedly feature an unprecedented number of superheroes sharing screen space and time, the plot here does feel somewhat rushed as the wheels are in motion for the next big entry. The stakes are far from low, but the film's overall impact on the MCU is debatable. But that doesn't take away from the fact that this feels like a zany comic book brought to life. It's an insanely fun ride from start to finish - one that you'd want to hop right back on for another round; not unlike a Led Zeppelin track on loop. Clearly, third time is a charm for Thor as 'Ragnarok' is the best film on the Asgardian till date, and another entry from Marvel you simply cannot miss!.


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11-12-2017, 08:40 PM -
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Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review


CAST:Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Neha Dhupia, Luke Kenny

DIRECTOR:Tanuja Chandra

GENRE:-Romance/2 h 5 min/ UA



Qarib Qarib Singlle Story: A contemporary love story between two opposite personalities who embark upon an unusual journey, which becomes an adventure of a lifetime.

Qarib Qarib Singlle Review: By now, we're well aware of the formula behind Bollywood romantic movies. When boy meets girl, they fall in love and overcome all their hurdles because in the end - Love conquers all. Oversimplification aside, it's been a while since we've seen a rom-com that manages to subvert the route usually taken by these movies. 'Qarib Qarib Singlle' certainly embarks on the road less traveled, and for the most part, it succeeds. Parvathy makes her Bollywood debut as the unassuming Jaya. The accomplished South Indian actress plays a confident girl-next-door who appears to have a stable job and caring friends. Her life is quite self-sufficient and she's otherwise sorted, save for that one missing element. Fortunately, co-writer and director Tanuja Chandra chooses not to paint Jaya as a woman who is incomplete without a man. She dresses casually, doesn't hide under layers of makeup and even breaks the fourth wall to speak directly to us, making her very relatable; even a tad mundane. Grounded in Parvathy's understated portrayal, Jaya's backstory reasonably justifies why she would resort to online dating to find a suitable companion.

This allows her to take some otherwise questionable decisions when she meets the whirlwind that is Yogi. Irrfan Khan is at his chirpiest here, making Yogi a jovial and carefree person who goes with the flow. Although his backstory isn't as clearly outlined as Jaya's, the actor's ability to make him endearing is how the character grows on her, and us along the way. With these two strong actors at the helm, the film flies through the first half but begins to meander after the interval and doesn't quite regain its initial momentum even towards the end. The story largely revolves around revisiting Yogi's past, and in meeting his exes, we expect to discover what makes him tick. But the screenplay doesn't give us as much clarity as he, and the secondary characters deserve. The latter are introduced and exit the story before their presence makes much of an overall impact. Some scenes could have easily been left on the floor to make a leaner middle act.

This film wouldn't resonate as much with lesser skilled actors, and Tanuja Chandra knows this. She lets Irrfan and Parvathy bring out their nuanced interpretations of the lead pair, which then keeps you amply invested in their stories enough to see them through to the end. Eeshit Narain's cinematography also adds to the film's realism by beautifully capturing the subjects in their natural elements, without resorting to over-dramatic shots. As long as you don't expect fireworks, enjoy this sweet film that will leave you smiling.



Ratings::-- 3.5 Stars.



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11-12-2017, 08:41 PM -
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Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana Movie Review


CAST:Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda
DIRECTOR:Ratnaa Sinha
GENRE:-Romance/
2 h 17 min/ UA


Story: Hailing from a conservative family, Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda), an educated girl from Kanpur, falls in love with her arranged match Satyendra (Rajkummar Rao). Sattu's stable government job (clerk in excise dept) and upper class family background impresses her parents; while his humility and liberal thoughts, win over the girl. But the love story takes a drastic turn when Aarti flees on her wedding day, leaving Satyendra at the altar.

Review: Fearing she'll end up as a housewife after marriage, an ambitious Aarti sacrifices her love for Sattu as she chooses career and independence. Scarred with rejection, heartbreak and societal humiliation, Sattu becomes a changed man. Years later, fate brings them together. What unfolds forms the story.

Though director Ratnaa Sinha addresses various social issues (dowry, bribe, gender equality) in her overstretched and a tad outdated tale, her film is predominantly a romantic drama that seems inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. Class and gender disparity, revenge, jealousy and eternal love - it ticks all boxes.

However, unlike Austen's classic that beautifully captures the simmering tension, regret and passion between two former lovers, this one leaves a lot to imagination.

What then keeps you engaged despite the rather implausible plot riddled with misunderstandings is some real good performances, led by the very talented Rajkummar Rao. Whatever he touches turns to gold. His subtle and honest portrayal of Sattu is a testament to his much talked about acting brilliance. Kriti Kharbanda exudes charm and simplicity, thus complimenting Raj perfectly.

The film could have been much better than it eventually turns out to be. But if you don't mind watching a modest family drama, reminiscent of the 90s, you won't mind being privy to this emotional alliance.

Ratings::--3 Stars

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The House Next Door Movie Review


CAST:Siddharth, Andrea Jeremiah, Atul Kulkarni, Anisha Victor
DIRECTOR:Milind Rau
GENRE:-Horror/2 h 12 min/ UA

A WELL EXECUTED HORROR FLICK; GRIPPING!

STORY: Neurosurgeon Krishnakanth and his wife Lakshmi lead a perfect life in the Himalayas but everything turn upside down when the D'Costas move into the house next door.

REVIEW: A young, happily married couple finds themselves embroiled in inexplicable domestic circumstances caused by their next door neighbours. Krish (Siddharth) and Lakshmi (Andrea Jeremiah), however helpful and social, cannot wrap their heads around the bizarre series of recurring incidents at the D'Costa household and get entangled in them in more ways than one.

Horror is an underexplored genre in Indian cinema that may not excite the audience, given its shoddy record, but this one is surprisingly gripping and scary. Other than a few out-of-place scenes including those with awkward falls, The House Next Door has rendered complete justice to the theme and the storyline of the film. It keeps you at the edge of your seats, believable VFX, coupled with some splendid performances by the entire starcast and not to mention, breathtakingly beautiful locales of the Himalayan valley.

The story comes across as an amalgamation of a few classic Hollywood horror flicks — such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Insidious—but full credit goes to director Milind Rau for weaving the paranormal encounters and shock elements into an interesting plot. It works partially because the cinematography (VFX included) is at par with its Hollywood counterparts. One noticeable feature of this film is non-existence of songs, typically used as a tool to 'scare' the crowd in almost all the horror movies made here.

Siddharth as a medical prodigy is a treat to watch on screen, and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with him is Andrea Jeremiah. In all the shots, from steamy, passionate lovemaking to being scared to death, these two are naturals. Theatre-trained Atul Kulkarni as the powerless patriarch of the D'Costa family is a perfect fit. Hats off to the casting director — one actor who steals the show is Jenny (Anisha Victor) as a troubled, rebellious Goth girl. If poorly executed, her role could have turned the film into another run-of-the-mill Hindi horror flick.

If you are looking forward to watching this film only for the laughs, think again. Despite a stretched second half, The House Next Doorim is one that compels you to look over your shoulders.

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11-14-2017, 01:48 PM -
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