Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Sherlock Holmes foils Professor Moriarty‘s grand plan to instigate a world war among European countries by assassinating one of the ambassadors in a peace summit in Switzerland.
2) The action cinematography makes this movie worth watching. Even a mediocre story is elevated with slow-motion fight sequences and bullet-time scenes.
3) The movie can be deconstructed into major action scenes. The Watson’s bachelor party; Shootout On The Train; Arms-factory scene; Forest Chase Scene, and the climactic chess scene over Reichenbach Falls.
4) Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes was a treat.

 

 


CONS –
1) The entire sub-plot with Noomi Rapace finding her brother was a drag.

 

 

QUOTE –
Professor Moriarty: You see, hidden within the unconscious, there is an insatiable desire for conflict. So, you’re not fighting me, so much as you are the human condition. All I want to do is own the bullets and the bandages.

The Gentlemen (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A cannabis baron [Mickey] decides to sell-off his empire to a billionaire for $400 million. The billionaire plans to lower down the offer by disclosing one of the locations of Mickey’s operation. This starts a chain of action involving a Russian oligarch, a Chinese gangster, a tabloid editor, a private investigator, and a street gang led by “Coach“.
2) Guy Ritchie in all it’s glory with a Tarantinoesque non-linear screenplay.
3) Opening credit song : David Rawlings – Cumberland Gap, and El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
4) Excellent casting. Colin Farrell’s character Coach deserves his own spin-off movie.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Mickey Pearson: There’s only one rule in the jungle: when the lion’s hungry, he eats!

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

The World’s End (2013)

The World's End

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Simon Pegg & Nick Frost – The duo returns
2) 5 guys, 12 pubs, 60 pints – Golden Mile.
3) Nobody was expecting an alien twist!

 

Cons –
1) Weird Climax
2) Weakest entry in the trilogy

 

Quote –
“What the fuck does WTF mean?”