War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Tess post-script monologue is a well-written piece. Sadly, this character neither got a proper execution nor screentime.
2) Final Trapeze fight.

 

Cons –
1) Both lead actors are unfunny. Also, the jokes are without punchlines. The only funny character in this 117 minutes ordeal was the obese Finnish backpacker.
2) The movie just copied the Jude Law plot-twist from Spy (2015).
3) Ivanna Sakhno as Nadedja – token European weirdo villain.

 

Quote –
Audrey: How do you change gear?
Morgan: What’s a gear?