Destination Wedding (2018)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Odd couple falling in love
2) A two-hander movie.

 

Cons –
1) Horrible comic-timing by both actors. Post Stranger Things Winona Ryder still appears like a psychologically disturbed mother with weird expressions while Keanu Reeves appears like a hitman who will pull a gun anytime.
2) Nice try by the director but didn’t work out. This domain belongs to Nancy Meyer and Richard Curtis.

 
Quote –
Lindsay: Why didn’t we meet seven years ago?
Frank: Just lucky I guess.

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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?

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!

John Wick (2014)

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

Verdict – 3 /5

 

Pros –
1) Keanu Reeves in a revenge plot.
2) Russian Mafia background.
3) Action-packed ; cinematography
4) Hammer Scene

 

Cons –
1) Shallow character development (makers of this movie need to stop comparing this to Leone’s “Blondie” or Akira’s “Ronin” as an excuse )
2) No comparison to revenge films like Death Wish, Harry Brown or Taken or with any film with an anti-hero with a violent past.

 

Quote –
“Viggo Tarasov: John wasn’t exactly the boogeyman. He’s the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman.”

Constantine (2005)

Constantine

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An entertaining, stylish and highly rewatchable movie from Francis Lawrence
2) Cinematography
3) Climax with “Lu”
4) Soundtrack – “Passive” by A Perfect Circle & “Constantine End Titles”
5) “Got a light” scene; “Close Your Eyes” scene

 

Cons –
N/A

 
Quote –
“They call it the balance. I call it hypocritical bullshit.”