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.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Leia and Luke using force to their maximum capacity.The hologram Luke plot-twist is remarkable.
2) Killing Snoke midway: bold step to kill the prime boss in the middle of the film.
3) Holdo sacrifices by ramming Snoke’s fleet at hyperspace.

 

Cons –
1) Annoying & brooding Luke on Ahch-To – The entire island sequence was slow and boring.
2) Phasma gone without making a mark – this shallow character died without a single memorable scene
3) Luke’s death – meaningless end of the prime character.
4) Finn & Rose in Canto Bight casino – stupid PETA plot.

 

Quote –
Yoda: The greatest teacher, failure is.

Sicario (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Cinematography
2) Journey to “Juárez”
3) Benicio del Toro & Josh Brolin

 

 

Cons –

1) Emily Blunt is projected as the main protagonist but she’s nothing more than a third-wheel.
2) Unnecessary Silvio plot; wannabe Iñárritu
3) A boring film with no memorable action scenes.

 

 

Quote –

Alejandro: You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Awesome Mix Vol. 1
2) Groot & Rocket
3) Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta (will remind you of Tuco) and his whistle-controlled arrow.
4) Putting Thanos / Infinity Stones/ Collector storyline away from the main Avengers. Thank You, Kevin Feige.
5) The humor
6) The music kept the storyline attached to Earth.

 

Cons –
1) Casting Bautista and Zoe Saldana
2) Nebula: meaningless role
3) John C. Reilly & Djimon Hounsou: Talent wasted

 

Quote –
Rocket Raccoon: [about Drax] Metaphors go over his head.
Drax the Destroyer: NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The Title and the Poster
2) The line-up scene
3) Kevin Spacey’s Walk
4) Benicio del Toro’s accent
5) The myth of Keyser Söze
6) The final plot-twist – the father of plot-twist.

 

Cons –
1) Chazz Palminteri as U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan

 

Quote –
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”