Take a bow- Wonder Woman is here!

Image result for wonder woman 2017A dear friend asked me to describe the movie in just 3 words and I could only come up with- “It was great!” And most probably, that is what you are going to feel after you have watched this one. You start with the Greek Mythology of how the Amazons came into existence and how there was a God still lurking around to take his revenge. That very soon in the film is also interspersed with what is going on in the ‘human world’ and you are introduced to the times of World War 1, a British spy and a couple of megalomaniac Germans developing a poisonous gas for mass destruction.

The beauty of the script is that it is simple. It is exactly what Wonder Woman would see and experience throughout the film so the viewer never leaves her side. Well for good reason, HAVE YOU SEEN HER! Phew!! She is taken out of a paradisaical land and introduced to the world where men take charge, where women and children die and where she teams up with few who are righteous and want to really do some good, to save the day. Don’t expect anymore plot details because you don’t do that to wafer thin plots.

Gal Gadot, that beauty is everything that you wish for in Wonder Woman. It is not an easy role at all to take on. She looks absolutely stunning, she knows what to do with her body in that skimpy dress and she knows how to look vulnerable and innocent in the scenes where she realises that the world is not that simple. There were hoots in the hall when she walks in slow motion, in all her glory, to fight an attack from opposing army! But it’s not like the man in the film is any less. Chris Pine is so underrated yet so effective. He has this charm and comic timing that work for him throughout. He is the bridge between her world and his and he brings substance wherever required. You would have a constant smile on your face during their initial interaction and would feel for their pain in the end. I hate them for doing whatever they did to Robin Wright’s (Claire Underwood) character in the first part of the movie. And the villain (the initial one at least) is just too done to death with. At a certain point, I got confused if it was a Marvel crossover. Why do you have to cast such similar looking villains!

But the movie is entertaining throughout. You get some bit of mythology, action, drama, war, comedy and seemingly genuine emotions. And a lot of the credit should go to the amazing one, a wonder woman herself if you will- the director of the movie- Patty Jenkins. Baaki sab is all what you need in these high budget fantasy movies- the costumes, the scale, the effects- everything is right there. There is a lot of slo mo- a lot of it but it looks effective at most points. The final fight is slightly jarring because of it’s over saturated special effects.

Hits- Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Patty Jenkins, a probable revival of DC universe
Misses- Over stylised CGI, wafer thin plot, Robin Wright’s character- she could have done so much more

All in all- A good weekend watch!

 

Mere pyaare Ayushman

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I watched several movies in these past few weeks. Movies, in my head, are these therapeutic mediums that come to your rescue in the darkest times. Whether you are happy or heartbroken, movies are there to give you the much needed catharsis. And somehow that is what I expected Meri Pyaari Bindu to do for me. I always thought this would be a movie of moments- sweet, emotional, cherishable. But as the movie starting rolling, a flickering NO starting flashing in different corners. Essentially (yes, I use that a lot) it boiled down to three things- Ayushman’s subtle performance, a new favourite in ‘Maana ki hum yaar nahin’ (maybe because of current mood) and Parineeti’s makeover (read weight loss). The third one being the most prominent.

The movie wasn’t bad and it might be liked by some but it did not seal the deal for me. Not at least in the first watch. And the super apparent post production dubbing by actors did not help. It was like hearing an audio recording over a video that was playing. Even if the story wasn’t the most layered, I was ready to give in to the charm of the film but it never rose up to the occasion. Bindu was supposedly this super quirky, strong headed, whimsical girl who knew her way around the world. She got everything super easy because she was street smart and also because she had a loyal loyal friend in Abhimanyu. But then what happened? She got into the music scene with much ease but then broke down with one miss? She broke 2 engagements before falling for the male lead but then broke it with him too because she was not in the best phases of her life. Fair. But umm..2 years and you not only found another man, you decided to marry him without giving a second try for a person who loved you since he saw you two decades ago. I did not buy into it. Especially when the issue was never their equation.

But the old classics infused some energy into the film which was a refreshing break from very average album otherwise. Parineeti sang and she sang good but acting- Aenn! (it was a phonetic expression- try it. Aenn! Like a buzzer, Aenn!). But But But Ayushman Khurrana. He was a real gem when compared to everything around the movie. He was so nuanced, sincere and so present. Watch this movie for him.

Pluses- Ayushman Khuranna, One song at the end, How the movie is shot, Old melodies
Minuses- Parineeti and equally the film makers- get over the weight loss, Wafer thin story line, Doesn’t have moments

 

(Picture credits- Yash Raj Movies)

Let’s start with the ‘King’- Kong: Skull Island

This is an opinion piece on Kong: Skull Island

For the longest time now, people have been telling me to write about the entertainment pieces that I watch (which are a lot!). Now, going back in time and talking about titles I have watched in the past might not be the best-suited route for this and maybe in the future posts, I will delve deeper into retrospective opinions- but first let me take a selfie! Ha! No, let me start with the latest flick I watched (just yesterday). Kong: Skull Island.

Well, let me make it clear in the beginning that I strongly believe that there are several genres of movies and they should only be judged based on that; and by that logic- Kong wasn’t half bad! What do you expect from a monster movie of 2017, which is trying to revive/rebuild a franchise based on a mythical character entertaining audiences since 1933? An ensemble, good build up, CGI worth appreciating and some random characters who would be killed at several points in the movie. And you know who they are from the very start. Also, enough with making the casts multi-ethnic! Too obvious Hollywood, too obvious! Although I wonder how Tom Hiddleston’s character (who is a ‘tracker’ who tracks, for lack of a better world, Jackshit!) survives without a scratch on his body or on that muscle tee that he flaunts his biceps in throughout the movie! Well there is a reason why they are called heroes, I guess. #LifeGoals

You are introduced to Kong early on in the movie and you are not disappointed; quite frankly, I did not care for why these guys would land up on this island- you just want them to land, get trapped and then run for their lives; and that THEY DO. What was amazing was the casting of Brie Larson. Really? After an Oscar, you take up a role which had 5 dialogues in total! But, I digress. Let’s talk again about how Kong is this amazing anti-hero monster that everyone loves (including a tribal colony on the island with means to paint themselves in yellow and blue) and who the main characters actually try to save on his own island by the end of the movie. He is a monster who is a caretaker, who is (the) king, who eats octopus-like creatures and who for no rhyme or reason has a thing for the main female character. As for the creatures, there are just so many on that island- and the amazing thing is that only one of each variety is ever introduced in the movie. Budget constraints much! But are we really concerned by that? No. The highlights of the movie are when Kong smashes helicopters, breaks jaws of the skull-crawlers (another lethal creature on the island- final showdown worthy!), gets burnt completely to reappear to save the day etc. etc. The CGI moments basically.

Throughout the movie, I only wished that the amount of expressions or emotions on Kong’s face was complemented equally by all actors in the movie. Mind you, it has some amazing actors like Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, so on and so forth. It seems like the CGI talent was better at imitating emotions than actual human beings. But again, what are you expecting from a monster flick! The effects, scale and camerawork; and they all work but the editing doesn’t. Was the editor half-paid or just rushed through the second half of the movie? Chopped it up left, right and center. There was literally a scene where three characters were lying on the ground almost about to die and next we see an aerial shot of all of them posing like the Avengers.

In a nutshell, don’t miss it if you are into this universe or monster movies in general. Especially try watching it in IMAX if it is accessible to you. And just one more tip, go in with NOT many expectations but a LOT OF popcorn and cola because it is kinda sorta fun!

P.S. I have kept it short- first post no! Let’s see what later posts have in store. Well, whatever I write but figure of speech yo!

P.P.S. Do stick around for the post-credits scene. Why did I write that so much later in the post, you ask? Because it bloody well prepares you for the wait- it is ACTUALLY a post-credits scene. Like after all of them. Who does that?!

Image source: Comingsoon.net