A Fun GrownUp Adventure, Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle Film Review

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Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle Courtesy Media Stinger

Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle Courtesy Media Stinger

The first Jumanji was released in 1995 and starred the late Robin Williams as Alan Parish the man trapped in the game.

Fast forward to 2017 and a lot changed, yet the film franchise based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg remained true to its spirit, that of adventure.

Jumanji- Welcome to the Jungle brings in a fresh team including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillian. The Jumanji adventure kick starts when four students are sent to detention and they discover the board game, which is not an ordinary one. Soon one after the other they are transported into the jungle and have to deal with their new adult bodies and characters and have to figure out the game in order to come out and return to their detention class.

This adventure brings the sparky fun of Kevin Hart, a well known comedian, Jack Black who is known as Kung Fu Panda, Dwayne Johnson who is the famous Rock wrestler and finally pop star singer Nick Jonas makes his Hollywood debut.

The film is full of quirky dialogues and lots of CGI moments but you are transported into a jungle and before you know it you too are dodging the rhinos and elephants. It is a fun ride for the children and adults who love playing games.

Jumanji is a must watch if you want to start your 2018 on a light note.


More Than Just Red Bikins- Baywatch Film Review

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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.

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.

Film Review- Fast & Furious 7

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Fast & Furious 7 Courtesy Sporteology

Fast & Furious 7 Courtesy Sporteology

Vin Diesel is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood because of his unique muscular bodies, philosophical dialogues, white vests and fast cars. He completes the Fast and Furious franchise with “Furious 7” on a both emotional and commercial note. Emotional because of the untimely death of his co-actor and ‘brother’ Paul Walker who died in a speed car crash; commercial because as one of the film’s producer he is expecting it to cross the $1 Billion Dollar mark and possibly even enter the Oscars 2016.

Here’s the film, Furious 7- set on the subject of vengeance where the brother to Owen Shaw, Deckard Shaw comes to seek the team of Fast and Furious for what they did to him in London. Our opening scene is immediately met with a fight sequence between a buffy Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and a stringy Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who does a lot of damage, gets the team information and is off on a quest. Vin Diesel who is Dominic Toretto puts family first and he starts to pay the price when Deckard bombs their home and sets off the revenge story.

There is still the memory loss, love lost tagging going on between Dominic and Lettie (Michelle Rodriguez) and one of their iconic scenes is Dominic holding a sledgehammer ready to bring down her gravestone. The second backstory is that Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) now has a family and is adjusting to it, or trying to and how will his new family with Mia (Jordana Brewster) face this new threat and come out of it.

The team has to go back to the drawing board and nobody wants to die, because already Deckard kills their Tokyo friend Han. But I think this was not enough for the film to run for its entire length of about 130 minutes so they decided to put another “save your world” situation. The officials approach Dominic to help them get “God’s Eye” software, which has been designed by a tech-lady and that, can track anywhere, anytime within seconds. This most wanted software and maker are also being hunted by a war lord Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) and partners with Deckard to finish the Furious 7 team who have been hired by the officials represented by Kurt Russell to return the software and the tech-lady so it goes into the right hands.

Finally the film is settling down to its core, fast cars and a chase. But there is a big sense of Bollywood going on. The flying cars scene is like the film Race 2 and at some point you think are you watching an Abbas-Mustaan film? The Ferrari going through the Towers in Abu Dhabi was also dumb. The head on collision between Deckard and Dominic was also silly and then they fight with rods, the parking lot collapses but somehow Deckard comes out without a scratch, how?

Also how can a fully armed helicopter flying over LA miss so many cars and not kill the Furious 7? It was like watching someone playing an Xbox game and missing the target so badly.

The bus hanging on the cliff reminding you of a Speed film still though and the exchange of the tech-lady from one car to another were cool.

On the performance end, Vin Diesel is looking hurt and emotional. Michelle Rodriguez looks old, Dwayne Johnson pulls his weight around, Paul Walker is a ghost, Jason Statham was a horrible, bored, tired villain, and they could have had a better choice. Kurt Russell does his fair charm, but the shiny stars were Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. They were on point, a little funny and kept the movie moving forward. It was nice to Bollywood’s Ali Fazal (Fukrey, Khamoshiyaan & Bobby Jasoos) playing the role of the rich man in Abu Dhabi, his performance was good.

Finally Fast and Furious 7 reaches the finish line, was it worth it? Yes if you are a mega fan of the films so far and it was a good end. Director James Wan showed off his love for the series, knew how to place the cars and use them but he can do with more body of work to become a John Woo (Mission: Impossible).