The Lion King (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a carbon copy of the original with nothing new to offer. Completely avoidable.
2) The “photorealistic” version is, by all standards, inferior to the original.

 
QUOTE –
Simba: My father once told me: protect everything the light touches, if I don’t fight for it who will?

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Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

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.

Children of Men (2006)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

1) Cinematography : long shots
2) Depiction of future and possible issues
3) Michael Caine as Jasper Palmer
4) Peter Mullan as Syd
Cons –

1) Boring story with a dud climax
2) Highly over-rated
Quote –
“Jasper: Theo’s faith lost out to chance. So, why bother if life’s going to make its own choices?”

The Martian (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Shallow & cliched characters
2) Predictable story-line
3) No “Ridley Scott” factor here. It’s a star-studded dud.

 

Quote –
“Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”