1917 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A cinematic triumph by Sam Mendes. The entire movie appears as one long shot without any cuts.
2) Best Cinematography award confirmed for Roger Deakins for the second time. Not since Birdman (2014), we have watched such wonder.
3) The movie is mainly a one-man show by George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield meeting characters along the way of his mission.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“General Erinmore: Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A treat for the fanboys of Between Two Ferns.
2) “Walking On A String” by The Nationals Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers

 
CONS –
1) One time average movie with a cliched and mediocre climax.

 
QUOTE –
Zach: Are you a practicing Jew?
Paul Rudd: No. I’m not a practicing Jew. I perfected it.

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.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A comic-book movie plot gains weight when the heroes hit rock-bottom and a triumph costs enormous sacrifice.This was not even a triumph but the casualty is huge.
2) Not a single boring sub-plot.No time wasted on built-up.High on emotions, not just from the Avengers but Thanos as well.
3) In spite of all the battle sequences, the comic element was not compromised.
4) The jaw-dropping climax that will put Rains of Castameres to shame.
5) Thanos on one side, single-handedly balanced the scale with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the other side. Probably the best multi-starrer.
6) Avengers musical theme used extensively for the first time.
7) The presence of Red Skull on Vormir left a lot of unanswered questions.
8) Ebony Maw: Boba Fett of MCU.

 

Cons –
1) We know the timeline will eventually get reset in Infinity War II.

 

Quote –
Tony Stark: I’m sorry.Earth is closed today.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Funniest movie in MCU – Thor and Hulk team up in this action-packed laughter ride
2) Filled with lovable characters – Korg, Grandmaster, Skurge
3) “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin – overall music is not great but an effort is made after a long time in MCU.
4) Out of all the MCU movies – this is thoroughly entertaining with high rewatchability.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Effortless end of 3 important characters: Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Valkyrie: This team of yours, it got a name?
Thor: Yeah, it’s called the… uh… Revengers!

Doctor Strange (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Visual delight
2) Honestly speaking, I was waiting for the post-credit scene the whole time and it wasn’t disappointing.
3) Cloak of Levitation

 
Cons –

 

1) Generic origin story – nominal villain, token boss-fight.
2) They should have brought Thor much before post-credit scene.

 
Quote –

 

The Ancient One: We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them.

Sherlock (Season 4)

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

VERDICT– 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Mrs. Hudson driving Aston Martin.

 

CONS –
1) You can’t fool viewers by showing incoherent story-lines, the plot is full of potholes and claim it be a twisted psychological thriller of some sort.
2) This season reduced the iconic detective to a manipulated genius driven by other geniuses beyond his comprehension long before he hit puberty. There was also a hint given that he was brain-washed.

 

QUOTE –
High Rank Police Officer: Do you have any idea what speed you were going at?
Mrs. Hudson: No, of course not! I was on the phone.

The Abominable Bride (2016)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The Victorian version of the series.
2) Benedict Cumberbatch uncanny resemblance to Jeremy Brett: The definitive Holmes
3) The first half of the episode.
4) Going back & forth in the two eras.

 

 

CONS –
1) The Suffragettes twist
2) Annoying Climax & needless twists covered by drug hallucinations.
3) 2 story-lines and no conclusion.
4) It was supposed to be a “One-shot” story.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Moriarty: Dead is the new sexy.”

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Being the final chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy.
2) Confirming that Bilbo’s quest was a disaster with a sad ending and it’ll be concluded by Frodo.
3) End credits song by Billy Boyd –  “The Last Goodbye”.

 

CONS –
1) The Title – It was supposed to be “There and Back Again”. The Battle of the Five Armies makes no sense and didn’t justify the title for an epic conclusion.
2) 11 minutes for Smaug ? The “incident with the dragon” lasted less than the discussion.
3) Too much screen time for Ryan Gage as Alfrid.
4) The movie is the worst entry in the entire series. The movie appears hushed. The CGI, the screenplay etc was mediocre and Peter Jackson wrapped up production to conclude the series for the sake of it.

 
QUOTE –
“Thorin Oakenshield: If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Establishing “The Hobbit” trilogy almost neck to neck to the sequel “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
2) Smaug – An epic villain of epic size.
3) Sauron Cameo
4) Legolas Vs Bolg

 

CONS –
1) Less screen time for Gandalf

 

QUOTE –
“Smaug: I am fire… I am death!”