More Than Just Red Bikins- Baywatch Film Review

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Baywatch

The new Baywatch franchise saw fresh blood from Dwyane Johnson “The Rock”, superstar Zac Efron and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra come together for the director Seth Gordon edition.

Seth Gordon is famous for directing Horrible Bosses and you see that flavor in his version of Baywatch. There are catchy dialogues and excellent screenplay work done by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.

Yes, Baywatch belongs to the beach life guard team, who are more than that. They run in the signature slow motion wearing red bikinis and shorts but the team is made up of different talents, including marine biologist and a former Olympic Gold medal winner. The film is about protecting the beach from a drug peddler who is taking over to conquer the real estate market. The villain here is property baroness Victoria Leeds, played by sultry Priyanka Chopra. She is facing Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and his team of Baywatch, which includes Matt Brody (Zac Efron), Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) and Stephanie Holden (lfenesh Hadera).

Matt is reluctant to accept training and authority from Mitch but the two soon realize they need to work together to stop Victoria. This crazy adventure involves many funny situations including the best one, in the morgue room. Credit goes to the cast of Dwayne, Zac and even Priyanka has got a shine on as the bad lady.

Baywatch is a must watch for fun and you need to start following these guys because next one is coming soon with the original Baywatch Babe, Pamela Anderson.

The Love Battle- Raabta Film Review

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Raabta Courtesy Mensxp

Raabta Courtesy Mensxp

Raabta brings in a fresh pair of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. This is also the directorial debut for Dinesh Vijan. This is also presents Neerja’s villain, Jim Sarbh in a stylish avatar.

The story of Raabta is about a reincarnation triangle love story between Jilaan/Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput), Saiba/Saira (Kriti Sanon) and Kaabir/Zak (Jim Sarbh) set in Budapest, Hungary.

Shiv gets a job in Budapest and soon walks into Saira’s chocolate shop and they fall in love until she meets Zak and then starts the spiral trip to the past.

Sushant is super happy in the film and unfortunately his terrible hair do in the past life character is irritating and his stunts are poorly executed. Jim Sarbh steals the show in both instances as the possessive Kaabir and billionaire Zak. But Kriti Sanon has done a wonderful job and you can see her gradient rising to complex roles. The makeup on Rajkummar Rao is excellent, you really can not tell it is him, he plays the role of a 300 year old ruler.

Director Dinesh Vijan has laid out the story nicely; only the visual effects need to still get better when they use animals. The comedy timing and rapport between the characters Shiv and Radha (Varun Sharma) are fun too. You can see Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra have influenced Dinesh.

Raabta is mixed with astrology, love and revenge. The supporting soundtrack, wonderful locations and quite decent performances by the actors hold you till the end.

Professional Brad- War Machine Film Review

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War Machine Courtesy Screen Rant

Brad Pitt is known for his good looks and excellent dialogue delivery in war films like Inglorious Bastards and Allied. When it came to the Netflix film War Machine, there is a new twist.

David Michod who has come from a list of short films and documentaries has directed war Machine. David has taken his career a notch higher with this satirical war film.

General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) has been assigned to end the Afghanistan war and with his successful career so far, all is meant to go smoothly until it is not. The zig zag from one military guy to another, his unusual way of talking and handling tasks and the sarcastic trio between Ben Kingsley (President Hamid Karzai), Reggie Brown (President Obama) and Tilda Swinton (representing Germany) is cool.

Based on the book The Operators by Michael Hastings, this satirical film is a good collection for militainment from Hollywood. If only this party would have real for Afghanistan then this “friendship war” would have finished off nicely.

War Machine is a good watch for Brad Pitt fans, his sarcastic attitude is always just around the corner and creeps up in style.

Entertaining Like a Bollywood Film- King Arthur the Legend of the Sword Film Review

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King Arthur The Legend of the Sword Courtesy Hypable

Once upon a time there was a legendary king known as Arthur, who was famous for drawing out a sword from the stone. Welcome to Director Guy Ritchie’s version of King Arthur- The Legend of the Sword.

Guy chose the Sons of Anarchy TV super star Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and the supporting cast including Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou and Aiden Gillen do not disappoint. The story is about two brothers King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) the good king and his jealous brother Vortigern (Jude Law) who plots to take over using black magic and powers of Mordred.

Uther’s son Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) survives an attack and escapes to a brothel in Londinium. Here he grows up and becomes a hustler and fighter until he draws the sword and Sir Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou) and Goosefat Bill Wilson (Aiden Gillen) with the help of The Mage magician recruit Arthur to fight Vortigern.

The battle that ensues is not your typical war epic, but more than that. It is clever, cheeky and yes of course very English. You need to see the great cinematography by John Mathieson who previously worked with Guy on The Man from U.N.C.L.E and the excellent support from the soundtrack by Daniel Pemberton , who made his breakthrough in Ridley’s Scott’s The Counselor. In fact the song Run Londinium should hit the major charts possibly.

This raw, gritty, huge sets film is typical Guy Ritchie, but he has most definitely done his best work here and with possible sequels to follow, this franchise is huge. The star cast of Charlie, Jude and the rest also add their talent and power to their respective characters. This is a well thought out cast and well written story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold.

King Arthur- The Legend of the Sword is a big must.

Tough Women, Tough Watch- 20th Century Women Film Review

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20th Century Women Courtesy CubeCinema

There comes a film once in a while that makes you get up and think about what if? That is how 20th Century Women is. Mike Mills who has directed the film last made The Beginners with a star cast including Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer who ended up winning both the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for his role.

20th Century Women is semi-autobiographical and Mike has shown his life through the protagonist, young Jamie.

The story is set in a vintage house owned by Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) and her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) with their tenants Abbie (Greta Gerwig), William (Billy Crudup) and neighbor Julie (Elle Fanning). Each character is going through their personal struggles and in the backdrop of the 70s in Santa Barbara.

Dorothea is in her 50s and Jamie came late in her life, so she is contemplating whether he is missing a father figure and puts Abbie and Julie to help in life. The two girls are working around the rising feminism, while William is struggling with his cult-marriage demons.

This slow paced conversation style film is not a cup of tea for many but does provoke many thoughts.

The performances by Lucas and Annette are excellent, while Elle Fanning will easily be selected for many more mega-budget movies. Greta Garwig made her breakthrough in the film Maggie’s Plan and will continue to get more arty roles still. Billy Crudup will always be remembered for being Elizabeth’s mean husband from Eat Pray Love.

20th Century Women is a tough watch.

Vidya Lags Behind- Begum Jaan Review

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Begum Jaan

Begum Jaan has been the most anticipated release for a Vidya Balan film since her mega successful work in Kahaani. Begum Jaan has been written and directed by Srijit Mukherji who had earlier made the film in Bengali first, Rajkahini.

The expectations from the film have been high, especially since the plot is about how a brothel is at the Radcliffe Line dispute during the partition of India. Begum Jaan, played by Vidya Balan owns the brothel and has a supporting cast that includes Gauhar Khan (Rubina), Pallavi Sharda (Gulabo), Ila Arun (amma) and Sumit Nijhawan (Salim Mirza). Each officer handling the partition on behalf of the Governments of Pakistan, Muslim League Illias (Rajit Kapoor) and India, Congress Harshvardhan (Ashish Vidyarthi) visit Begum Jaan to hand over the eviction notice. She seeks the refugee of Rajaji (Naseerudin Shah) and he tries until he explains to her that times are changing and even Kings are no longer Kings. Thus, ultimately the women are left to defend themselves and the officers sub contract the dirty job to gangster Kabir (Chunkey Pandey) and obviously violence breaks out.

Begum Jaan is about a difficult real human story and it will shock you, there is no proof of whether it is based on a true story nevertheless if it did happen then the wounds of such a tragedy are still soar.

Vidya Balan is excellent, while Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda and Chunkey Pandey surprise you. However the cinematography is poor and while the Director Srijit is trying to make you see things from their perspective with camera movement, it is shaky and almost amateur. The film meanwhile may have the potential to earn a National Award because of a very unusual dilemma yet prostitution is around us anyway.

Surprise- Fast & Furious 8 Film Review

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Fast & Furious 8 Courtesy Bella Naija

Fast & Furious 8 Courtesy Bella Naija

When Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) goes rogue you know there is going to be trouble, but the good kind of trouble, meaning, cars flying around, explosions, secret weapons and much more.

Welcome to the fastest ride ever, The Fate of the Furious, the 8th edition of the Fast and Furious franchise. This Billion Dollar franchise looks like it will just never go out of fashion, after all when have cars gone out of fashion?

The Fate of the Furious brings in the past and future into play. Dominic Toretto is on his honeymoon with Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) in Cuba when Cipher (Charlize Theron) runs into him and blackmails him. Dominic turns rogue and the entire team has to reassemble, including Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) with Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) and introducing to the team Eric Resiner also know as Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood).

Soon the fast cars come in and world travel starts as the team is trying to find out Dom and why he is what he is up to. A twist locks in through the Shaw brothers, when Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) has to join the FF8 crew to help find Dom. Helen Mirren makes an appearance as his mother and Luke Edwards joins in the action at the end as the brother Owen Shaw from Fast & Furious 6.

Thus, the entire film is about reunions and disappearances but of course the fast rides, death-defying stunts and they go big this time with a submarine. The action does not fail you, the story does not disappoint you and the team does not let you down.

Becoming the first major blockbuster film to be shot in Cuba, the visuals from start to end are stunning. Charlize is an excellent choice for a female in a negative role and you have to watch the film to find out who completes the family and who bids adieu.

The Fate of the Furious lies in your hands, love it, they will keep on making more.

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