Powerful Poise- RAID, Film Review

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The Indian film industry has been changing especially in the last decade. The writing is getting powerful and realistic and the actors are taking chances with new directors to experiment with their different styles and genres.

Superstar Ajay Devgn has been consistent in doing films that have a social message. He is a versatile actor and while he shines in comedies like the Golmaal franchise, he is intense in films like RAID.

RAID is based on the true stories….(Read More on Kenya Buzz Link)

 

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Diplomat’s Delight- Darkest Hour, Film Review

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Gary Oldman is an excellent actor but to convince you that he is Winston Churchill seemed the impossible he made possible. The lanky actor became overweight and old with the hair and makeup but his acting talent remained flawless behind the layers of England’s dynamic Prime Minister.

Darkest Hour comes down to the moments leading up to the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk and challenge of Hitler finally invading the entire Europe. It is an excellent historical account of the Prime Minister’s early days and how he dealt with some of the toughest decisions he probably ever made in his life. It is a must watch for every leader to learn and observe what happened, what could be and what you become?

The best scene in the film is between Winston and King George. The King visits Winston and shows his support for showing grit against Hitler and whatever the outcome he will remain a highly respected leader in his eyes. The film has been directed by Joe Wright and since his debut film Pride and Prejudice, Darkest Hour is one of his finest work so far. Anthony McCarten who wrote the film The Theory of Everything brought his Oscar touch to Darkest Hour.

Kristin Scott Thomas played the role of Winston’s wife, Clementine and she left her mark with her confident body language and deep set eyes. Lily James as Winston’s typist symbolizes the hopeful generation that went on to increase development after the war.

Gary shines all the way and while it gets exhausting to get to the end, he holds you to the task of his short war in convincing his cabinet not to give in to Hitler.

 

 

Akshay’s Most Influential Film, PADMAN Film Review

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The release of Padman was delayed because of a friendly gesture from superstar Akshay Kumar to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of Padmavaat, so that their two movies don’t clash in the box office. You may remember that Padmavaat was originally scheduled for a December 2017 release but was hit by controversies that saw it pushed to a later date in January 2018, which Padman also occupied.

Finally, the film opened to packed audiences…(Read More on KenyaBuzz)

Die Hard- Dunkirk Film Review

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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.

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.

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