Die Hard- Dunkirk Film Review

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Dunkirk Courtesy Puremzine

Dunkirk Courtesy Puremzine

If the British did not hold their fort at Dunkirk then the Second World War could have easily reached their shore.

Dunkirk has been written and directed by Christopher Nolan and whenever he takes on a project he changes major things in the game of movie making. From block busters like Batman Begins, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher leaves his mark for excellence.

Dunkirk is a film based on the Battle of Dunkirk when the British and French soldiers were left to wait to be rescued by the seaside as they fought valiantly against the Nazi Germany in 1940.

Christopher picks the themes of land, air and sea to show off the hardships and close shaves his heroes face. From the bomber planes to the Navy warships and the men at the beach with their rifles, they are all trying to save their lives from Nazi Germany. He uses an interesting time lapse technique to depict his story from the Pilots, Navy Officers to the rescuers who come on their private British cruisers.

The stars in the film include, the voice of Michael Caine, then One Direction’s pop star Harry Styles makes his acting debut, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

It is an excellent watch. The pressure builds up with the help of the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, another one of his excellent piece of work. The cinematographer Dutch Hoyte van Hoytema whose work includes the James Bond Spectre, proves his brilliant skills in taking the audience from beach to sea and the skies suspense of the war.

Dunkirk is a must for die hard Nolan fans and any one who wants to see a piece of history captured magnificently.

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The Girl Shines- Gifted Film Review

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Gifted Film

Captain America is always busy saving the world but what if he needed the saving himself? Chris Evans (Captain America) settles in comfortably in the role of Uncle Frank in the film Gifted directed by Marc Webb who is known for making the Amazing Spiderman films.

Gifted is the story about a very talented and genius niece Mary who is being protected by her uncle, such that he does not want her to go to a regular school, get discovered and sent to a “lab type school” and loose her sanity because her mother committed suicide for being a genius who was on the verge of cracking a Maths problem.

Frank and Mary are supported in this scheme by their neighbor Roberta Taylor and it is when Mary’s maternal Grandmother Evelyn comes over to complete her daughter’s Maths problem that a court case ensues.

Chris Evans is handsome and looks very sweet as the troubled brother, uncle and son. Octavia Spencer is wonderful as Roberta and while Lindsay Duncan looks perfect as the quintessential grandma, it is Mckenna Grace who steals the show as Mary. Jenny Slate who is famous for her TV Series House of Lies lends a supportive hand as Mary’s teacher.

This beautiful and heartwarming story is just that, beautiful.

 

Worth the Half Wait- Half Girlfriend Film Review

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Half Girlfriend

When Chetan Bhagat writes a book, it seems like it is made for the silver screen. His book the Half Girlfriend was this time picked up by Director Mohit Suri. Mohit is known to make films where the female is conflicted and the male protagonist is struggling to live up to her expectations.

Half Girlfriend is just like that and more.

Yes, it goes beyond the half.

This is a story about Madhav, coming from Bihar who wants to study Psychology in Delhi to give a better life to his home ground. When he meets Riya he realizes he has found love and a purpose to be a successful man. The subject is very reality based and this could happen to any 20 year-olds in University or College who are starting out to figure their life and purpose of love.

Arjun Kapoor is Madhav and Shradha Kapoor is Riya, and this this their love story. It has been beautifully written and dialogues included by the team of Tushar Hiranandani and Ishita Moitra Udhwani. The performances by Arjun and Shradha are excellent, Arjun is definitely growing as an actor and his large size is actually an asset of a mature guy who is comfortable about his big personality.

Director Mohit Suri has done a fabulous job but he lacks in a good cinematographer partner. Taking the film to New York for the climax is a good idea, but soon you wear out of the obviousness and right at the end, it looks like they are in a studio. Otherwise Half Girlfriend is a romantic watch and a tissue box catch.

Spiritually Moving- The Shack Film Review

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The Shack

The Shack is based on the novel by the same name, written by William P Young and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Stuart Hazeldine has directed the film and this is his biggest venture so far. The film stars the Avatar hero Sam Worthington as Mackenzie Phillips and his wife is Radha Mitchell, they are supported by Octavia Spencer as the Papa, Aviv Alush as Jesus and Sumire as Sarayu the spirit.

The story is about Mackenzie Phillips, an abused child by his father and mother, who meets “Papa” (the Holy Father) played by Octavia Spencer, and his life turns for the positive. Later we meet Mackenzie happily married to Nan and they have three children. Mack is taking the children to a camping trip, where his youngest daughter Missy is abducted and brutally murdered. The family is not able to reconcile with this loss and tragedy.

Mack gets a mysterious note one morning, signed by “Papa” to meet at the same Shack where Missy was killed. Mack goes there and meets Jesus, who guides him to wonderful lake house and he meets the Holy Spirit and Papa. The healing begins.

This interesting journey is magical, sad and happy too. It is a story worth exploring, that what if you could really have that conversation with God how would it be and what would you say?

The fact that Papa or God is female, Octavia Spencer, Jesus is Israeli, Avraham Aviv Alush and the Holy Spirit is Japanese, Sumire should signal an unusual yet pleasant possible reality.

The Shack belongs to Mack’s inner conflict and Sam Worthington does not let you down. Go on, take on a new spiritual journey.

Baby Love At Its Best- The Boss Baby Film Review

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Boss Baby Courtesy My Movies

If your child asked you where do babies come from, please watch the opening sequence of Boss Baby. This Dreamworks Animation is an absolute delight.

Alec Baldwin is the Boss Baby and he comes to the Templeton home to uncover his competitor’s next move. What follows is an interesting interaction between the boy Tim and him trying to prove to his parents that the baby can talk. Once the Boss Baby and him unite to stop the villain then they head to Las Vegas in disguise and solve the problem. However there is still one more problem, Tim and Boss Baby get close and Tim realizes he can not live without his baby brother.

Friends star Phoebe, Lisa Kudrow is Tim’s mother and live chat show star Jimmy Kimmel is the father. The narrator of the story is older Tim, who is Tobey Maguire.

Baby Boss is fun and a very unique lesson in store. Dreamworks have given another hit. The hit Beatles song Blackbird carries the film’s message.

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.

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