J.J. Abrams returns with the sequel to the 2009 smash hit 'Star Trek' and boy is it a delight to watch. Star Trek Into Darkness is as good as its predecessor if not better. Visually brilliant, compelling, edge of the seat action and drama, funny and the same star cast that wooed us in the first edition is back again and do the same fantastic job they did before. Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Khan' is menacing and his sequence in the hoodie is one of the highlights of the movie. Waiting for a third.
After reading the book, I was mildly satisfied to see the onscreen adaption. Yes, it retains most of the storyline, albeit a few changes which were probably necessary if you had to make it into a movie. Mind you, it is a good movie, just that there's a factor that seemed to be lacking due to which the good doesn't translate to great. Kip should have been given more screen time, his role was cut short and I really felt that was where this movie goes wrong considering he has such a wonderful character in the novel. Something we just don't seem to see in the movie. The casting and setting is perfect and the plot moves along in a perfect pace. Fans of the book will be satisfied with the outcome.
'The Impossible' is a true story based on a family struck by the 26/12 Tsunami which affected hundreds of thousands of people. High on an emotional quotient, 'The Impossible' is a tale of pain, survival and grit. The water sequences and the fury of the tsunami couldn't have been captured any better and the performances led by Naomi Watts are wonderful. Top-class movie.
City of God is a first hand account of the widespread crime in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. It is a shocking, disturbing and compelling story told through a journalist, spread over the period of 10 years. With a run-time of over 2 hours, City of God is highly engaging through it's rich story telling and raw performances.
Green Street Hooligans is a must watch for football fans who will find the story pretty intriguing. With brawls 'Fight-Clubesque', Green Street Hooligans is a well made drama lit up with some strong performances from the British cast. Elijah Wood manages to hold his own aswell. Paced well, it's told in a manner that will keep you interested throughout its runtime.
Iron Man 3 picks up from the whole Avengers episode, where Tony Stark is trying to get over his near-death experience but is left more of a psychological wreck. Shane Black, who directs this sequel is under alot of pressure to pull of something which could come close to the Avengers movie and the first two Iron Man movies and you will be honestly surprised how well he does. Unlike Avengers, which was loaded with some of the best action sequences ever witnessed, Shane Black keeps the action to a minimum but whenever the sequences come up they are not short of brilliant. Bristly paced and a fine performance by Robert Downing Jr. to go along with some pleasant surprises this is undeniably a fine superhero film. Unique and Magnificent!
It's got an exciting starcast and an interesting premise, which makes you feel that nothing can go wrong. However, what was meant to be a laugh riot is a sweet, light comedy on the relationship between a son and his mother. It's got its share of laughs, but nothing out of the ordinary. Along with good performances by the pair (Streisand and Seth Rogen), 'The Guilt Trip' is just the kind of movie you could watch on a lazy, hot afternoon.
Moonrise Kingdom is one of those movies that makes you feel good about life. It's honest, it's innocent and it's one of the best scripted movies in recent times. The performances by the talented starcast are nothing short of exceptional. It's the feel good film of the year.
This is a sweet movie. It takes a quite possibly sensitive subject and turns it into a romantic comedy which leaves a sweet taste. The direction is brilliant, the performances are nothing short of wonderful. Jennifer Lawrence deserved her best actress award and is a real talent. I'm surprised Bradly Cooper didn't get as many accolades for his performance. He was the star of the whole show.
Starts of with one of the most intense and jaw dropping flight sequences ever witnessed in cinema and then settles into a reveling drama of a man who is in denial of his alcohol and drug abuse problem. When you know Denzel Washington is leading a talented star cast you know you're in for something good. Here he delivers another intense and Oscar worthy performance. It's a thought- provoking movie and you have a lead character who is still on the path of self-discovery and acceptance. It might seem a tad bit long at times and the whole God storyline actually brings about a dip in the plot but its a compelling drama.