Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The epic finale of the 11-year-old journey culminating with the 22nd film. A journey started by Jon Favreau, led by Joss Whedon, and concluded by the Russo brothers. A rare grand emotional movie event of this generation.
2) The time travel plot enabled the screenwriters to add all the good & bad, major & minor characters from the franchise to make one final cameo in this grand finale.
3) Captain America lifting Mjolnir is got to be the most epic scene of this movie. A scene 4 years in the making.
4) A fulfilling climax for Steve Rogers.
5) Fun filled storyline with great comic-relief from Ant-Man and Thor “The Dude” Lebowski.
6) An epic finale needs an epic sacrifice. It had to be Tony Stark.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Rocket: What did you do?
Thor: I went for the head.

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Sniper shootout alongside the mercenaries.

 
CONS –
1) It’s really baffling that good war movies like Black Hawk Down (2001) or even Three Kings (1999) aren’t even nominated for Best Picture Category at the Oscars while over-rated lifeless forgettable movies like this went on to win 6.
2) No character development, no noteworthy scenes, no interesting sub-plots. This movie is a sheer disappointment.

 
QUOTE –
Staff Sergeant William James: [Speaking to his son] You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your mommy, your daddy, your nature pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yeah. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things that you love might not seem so special anymore, you know? Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you’ll realize it’s just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal, but the older you get, the fewer things you really love, and by the time you get to my age, maybe it’s only one or two things. With me, I think it’s one.

All the Way (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) 5 minutes into the movie and you forgot the guy is Bryan Cranston.Splendid !
2) Great production value.
3) Captivating screenplay.No idea why the producer decided to make it a TV movie.This is Oscar stuff.

 
Cons –

 

1) Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King, Jr. : Very Weak portrayal.

 

Quote –

 

“LBJ : People think I want great power, but what I want is great solace.A little love.That’s all I want.”

The Night Before (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Michael Shannon as Mr. Green: A mythical character bound to develop a cult following in coming years.
2) James Franco cameo.

 

Cons –
1) Pathetic stoner movie with zero entertainment value
2) Even Miley Cyrus cameo can’t save this half-baked Christmas disaster.

 

Quote –
Mr. Green: About 20 Years ago, I read “The Great Gatsby”. I love the book. Movie’s alright .. 3D give me a headache .. but I’m a sucker for Leo.

Ant-Man (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Cameos : Wasp / Falcon / Bucky
2) Michael Peña as Luis : Interesting character
3) Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
4) Subatomic Quantum realm

 

CONS –
1) Silly Main Plot: Heist
2) First MCU film without the trademark “Jon Favreau” essence since Iron-Man (2008). It’s just a check-list.
3) Main Villain: Yellowjacket
4) Paul Rudd: seems constrained by the director
5) It was supposed to be an “Edgar Wright” movie

 

QUOTE –
“Scott Lang: Pick on someone your own size!”

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) “Veronica” vs. Hulk
2) Opening Sokovia Battle; Absolute comic-book action
3) Dark Haunting visions instigated by Scarlet Witch
4) Ultron: supervillain with a personality
5) Superhero conversations – just like The Avengers (2012)
6) Paul Bettany finally making a physical appearance as Vision (and lifting “Mjolnir” ).
7) Seoul street battle (with flying truck scene)
8) Hawkeye’s family

 

CONS –
1) No post end credit scene – it was a bummer
2) The story is multi-layered in the first half but ended up with a mediocre AI droid with the most cliched mindset.
3) Loki’s scepter is “still” the cornerstone of the story.
4) The shallow character development of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
5) Andy Serkis – strong screen presence but less screen time (hoping he’ll return in MCU)
6) Thor and Dr. Selvig plot – leaves too many unanswered questions

 

QUOTE –
“Peace in our time.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Action-Packed
2) Return of HYDRA
3) Neck-To-Neck fights of Winter Soldier & Cap. America
4) Nick Fury’s Epitaph
5) Falcon
6) Robert Redford’s Screen Presence
7) Easter Eggs (2 Future Capt. America / Dr. Strange / Quicksilver / Scarlet Witch / Crossbones (Brock Rumlow)

 

Cons –
1) The tone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe was set by Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and now it hardly matters who is directing the movie.
2) Predictable sub-plot (except the Bucky Plot, the whole movie is a Die Hard Sequel)

 

Quote –
“Captain’s orders!”