Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.

WALL·E (2008)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost silent movie
2) Good sci-fi concept
3) M-O – best character from the movie

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Wall-E regaining his memory is a let down. The sacrifice factor would’ve taken this movie to new height like “The Iron Giant“.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Main protagonist losing his 1 leg in the end. You don’t see that everyday in an animated film targeted for kids.Ballsy move.
2) Boss fight.
3) Viking set-up

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable plot-line full of stock characters.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Stoick: When we crack this mountain open, all hell is going to break loose.
Gobber: And my undies. Good thing I brought extras.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Michael Cera as Robin – Just like Lego (2013)
2) Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman – Not your regular voice artist, but putting extra-ordinary effort.

 

Cons –

 

1) The LEGO movie plots are getting repetitive now.

 
Quote –

 
How many times I gotta tell you ? Batman works alone.

Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

Justice League Dark (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/4

 

Pros –

 

1) A John Constantine movie
2) 2 major boss fight – Felix Faust & Destiny
3) Boston Brand – discount Deadpool
4) Ritchie Simpson plot twist

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Swamp Thing cameo was a let down. Flop show.
Quote –

 

 

John Constantine: Is that a sword in your chest, or are you just glad to see me ?

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

1) Tim Burton’s dark take on Dr. Seuss
2) Simple story like “Cat In The Hat”, but a haunting chapter for Children’s literature.
3) Celebration of 2 holidays

 

Cons –

1) Though unique but average animation quality
2) Mediocre music

 

Quote –

Jack Skellington: Eureka! This year, Christmas will be – OURS!