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?

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost 3 hrs but still captivating.A visual triumph – a piece of art.
2) Ana de Armas as Joi – She stole the show.
3) The movie successfully inherited the soul of the original.
4) In-depth character development.

 

Cons –

 

1) Weak primary plot and a disappointing climax.
2) Jared Leto – The most over-rated and most annoying actor in Hollywood.

 

Quote –

 

Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0.

Dunkirk (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Music and Cinematography – Top notch! Hans Zimmer’s music will keep you on edge of your seat throughout the movie.
2) Opening ambush scene – Open matte.
3) “We shall fight on the beaches”.

 

Cons –
1) Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy – meaningless roles. While one is shell-shocked in a boat doing nothing, the other’s face was shown 2 times in the entire film
2) There are claims that Atonement‘s one-track-shot of Dunkirk is better than this entire movie – well those are not entirely wrong. The emotion captured in that 5-minutes scene is way strong and captivating than this entire 100 million adventure.
3) No doubt there are few great moments in the movie but the movie as a whole is like a war documentary with unknown nameless characters.

 

Quote –
Captain Winnant: What do you see?
Commander Bolton: Home.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –

 

 

1) Knightmare sequence – though unexplained – is the best 5 minutes sequence of the movie.
2) Jimmy Olsen cameo as a CIA agent
3) Bat-mobile chase sequence

 
Cons –

 

 

1) Amalgamation of multiple story-lines (Death Of Superman / Man Who Falls / Dark Knight Returns)
2) Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor : most annoying character
3) Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth: huge miscast

 
Quote –

 
Batman: It’s okay, I’m a friend of your son’s.
Martha Kent: I figured. The cape.

Madagascar (2005)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien
2) The Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private
3) “I Like to Move It”

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Skipper the Penguin: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.

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.”

True Romance (1993)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Nerdy Clarence (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines)
2) The mentor “Elvis”
3) The huge supporting star-cast (including Samuel L Jackson)
4) Christopher Walken Cameo (almost Pulp Fiction)
5) Dennis Hopper’s Sicilian Monologue
6) Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp
7) James Gandolfini Murder Scene
8) Bum Brad Pitt
9) “Coming Home in a Bodybag” (A possible Spin-off)

 

Cons –
1) Missing Non-Linear Storyline (In that case there would be no Pulp-Fiction)

 

Quote –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.