The Mandalorian (Season 1)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The best thing happened to Star War since Rogue-One. Honestly, the Lukewalker Saga is now milked enough and the entire storyline around the Lukewalker family doesn’t resonate with this generation.
2) A huge round of applause to Jon Favreau for giving a new breath of life to this franchise. He is the founding father of MCU and he proved his mettle once again.
3) Jaw-dropping concept art montage in each episode’s end credits.
4) The surprise element of “Baby Yoda” is massively promising.
5) Speeder-Bike, AT-ST, Bounty robot IG-11, etc. are some brand new addition to Star Wars tech.
6) The Mandalorian theme by Ludwig Göransson

 

 

CONS –
1) This space western got huge influences from Lone Wolf and Cub, Seven Samurai (1954), etc.
2) Moff Gideon [played by Giancarlo Esposito ] – dumb boss villain.

 

 

QUOTE –
“This is the way.”

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Spider-Man inside the drone-driven illusion of Quentin Beck.
2) Good to see Nick Fury and Happy Hogan in light-hearted roles.
3) J. K. Simmons appearance as J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene. This was mind-blowing!

 

CONS –
1) One time watch MCU checklist.

 
QUOTE –
Quentin Beck: People… need to believe. And nowadays, they’ll believe anything.

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?

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) A textbook romantic movie from Nancy Meyers – An odd couple, initial hiccups, a rough patch and final happy ending in Paris
2) A cakewalk for Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton

 

Cons –
1) Keanu Reeves & Frances McDormand – shallow roles
2) No reason for a re-watch.

 

Quote –
Harry Sanborn: Some people consider rap poetry.
Erica Barry: C’mon, how many words can you rhyme with bitch?

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Spider-man theme song playing with opening Marvel logo
2) Quick Civil War rewind from Peter Parker perspective
3) Battle of New York – the way Marvel is handling that alien attack is unprecedented.Usually in comic books universe, devastating battles are forgotten and people go back to their normal lives but Marvel is treating this plot as MCU’s 9/11
4) Return of the socially inept and introvert Peter Parker.Marvel learned from Sony and didn’t made the same mistake as they did with Andrew Garfield.
5) MJ plot twist

 

Cons –

 

1) Nothing worth in this movie for a re-watch
2) Mediocre post-credit scene
3) Summer blockbuster, multi-billions dollars franchise, A-list star-cast but still a mediocre “story” developed by 2 movie-writers and 6 screenwriters

 

 

Quote –

 

Tony Stark: Can’t you just be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?

The Jungle Book (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Christopher Walken as King Louie
2) Visually good ( but not “Life Of Pi”)
3) “The Bare Necessities”

 
Cons –
1) Nice effort but still short of a “definitive Jungle Book movie”. All wait for the Andy Serkis version.

 
Quote –
“Mowgli: I am Mowgli of the Seoni, and this is my home!”

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Goodfellas in White Collar
2) “Popeye-Spinach-Cocaine-Shot” rivals “Pulp-Fiction-Injection-Shot” Scene
3) LEMMON 714
4) Jean Dujardin

 

Cons –
1) Matthew McConaughey & Jon Favreau: Talent wasted.
2) Same old rise-and-fall themed story as seen earlier in Goodfellas /American Gangster / Casino / Scarface etc.
3) 3 Hours Long duration

 

Quote –
My Killers..My Killers..who will not take a “NO” for an answer…My fucking warriors ..who will not hang up the phone until their clients either buys or fuckin’ dies.