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.

Vacation (2015)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Not as good as the original but still a fun one time watch.
2) Cameos – Chevy Chase, Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall.
3) Tartan Prancer – the funniest “character” of this road-trip movie.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing much was expected from this run-of-the-mill comedy anyway. Half of the jokes are already in the trailer.

 

QUOTE –
Rusty Griswold: [on ATVs] Are there helmets?
Stone Crandall: Yeah, I keep ’em with the tampons.

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!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One hell of a thrill ride, especially the last 30 minutes
2) Unpredictable plot full of twist and turns. Meta-horror.
3) Strong satire and parody of the genre but also riveting at the same time
4) The slash-fest by the plethora of monsters
5) Sigourney Weaver as The Director – Perfect cameo – fits in like the last piece of the puzzle

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Daniel Truman: They’re like something from a nightmare.
Lin: No, they’re something nightmares are from.

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.”

Rush (2013)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) One of the best sporting rivalry movie.The real-life drama of 1976 F1 Season.
2) Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda; Memorable performance one after another (Future Oscar Winner)
3) Cinematography; Hans Zimmer’s music (The climactic music awesome)

 

CONS –
1) “Rush” is not an apt title.

 

QUOTE-
“Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”