The Great Gatsby (2013)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Only Baz Luhrmann could have pulled such grand spectacle from a 1925 novel.
2) The opening 30 minutes will bedazzle the audiences with the colorful vibrant display of 1920s New York.
3) Gatsby and Daisy reunion scene. Leo DiCaprio poured his soul into this romantic sequence.
4) Brave soundtrack by Jay-Z where contemporary music is amalgamated with 1920s America. Best recreated song – “Crazy in Love” (performed by Emeli Sandé with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra)

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Jay Gatsby: I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love”

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1)The chances of this Jane Austen classic being ruined with slow-paced storytelling were too high but to my surprise, the movie is a well-made rom-com with some memorable romantic sequences (especially the climactic scene where Darcy is walking toward Lizzie at dawn).
2) A supporting cast with the likes of Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
3) Only the second feature film adaptation of the novel after 1940 – any such adaptation won’t be required for at least another 50 years.
4) Good amount of comedy
5) Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – it’s never easy to step into Colin Firth’s shoes.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mr. Darcy: I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 3 /5

 

Pros –
1) Analogy between Llewyn and Ulysses
2) Cinematography
3) Bob Dylan near the end scenes

 

 

Cons –
1) Too many loose ends
2) John Goodman wasted
3) Not the best from Coen Brothers
4) Average Music

 

 

Quote –
“- Merchant Marine again?Just exist?
–  Heh, exist? Is that what we do outside of show business?It’s not so bad, existing.”

Drive (2011)

Drive

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Travis Bickle neo-noir.
2) Retrowave soundtrack – “Nightcall“, “Tick of the Clock
3) That satin jacket with the logo of a golden scorpion on the back
4) Beneath the ultra-violent action, it’s also a great love story.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn’t make it across the river.”