Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) The epic saga comes to an end with the death of Lord Voldemort after the destruction of all the six Horcruxes. Harry himself being the 7th Horcrux was a major revelation.
2) Epic moments: The shyest character of this epic saga, Neville Longbottom, decapitating Nagini (the 6th Horcrux) with the Sword of Gryffindor; Minerva McGonagall‘s duel with Snape to save Hogwarts; Harry, Ron, and Hermione quest to the Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts bank to retrieve Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup (the 4th Horcrux).
3) The Tale of the Three Brothers – This story remains the crux of the saga. The 3 Deathly Hallows defined the destiny of Voldemort, Snape, and Harry.
4) Hedwig’s Theme – Not playing this theme in the end credits would’ve been a disappointment.

 

 

CONS –
1) The uneventful death of Severus Snape. This major character died without any major fight.
2) The epilogue was quite unnecessary and also depressing up to an extent.

 

 

QUOTE –
Dumbledore: After all this time?
Snape: Always.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Tom Riddle aka Lord Voldemort divided his soul into seven pieces by creating Horcruxes. Dumbledore deploys Harry to figure out this hidden secret from the Potions professor Horace Slughorn. The major chunk of the movie is spent in this plot.
2) Severus Snape, the title character, the man torn between two vows.
3) Death of another major character [Albus Dumbledore].

 

 

CONS –
1) Ron Weasley‘s romantic sub-plot with an overly attached girl-friend was completely futile.
2) No major battle sequences and neither any appearance from Voldemort. Without much action, the 153-minute run-time is a drag.
3) One can understand that the story is getting thematically darker but at the same time, the director shouldn’t make it “literally” dark up to an extent where it’s impossible to figure out what’s happening. The lighting in the film is so annoyingly dark that hardly anything is visible.

 

 

QUOTE –
Professor Minerva: Why is it, when something happens, it is always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I’ve been asking myself the same question for six years.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The Harry Potter saga took a grim turn after the death of Cedric Diggory. The movie follows the turmoil at Hogwarts where Dumbledore acknowledges the return of Voldemort, while the Ministry of Magic is reluctant to believe it.
2) Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge gave an everlasting performance as the new boss bitch of Hogwarts with an irritating smug on her face.
3) Death of a major character (Sirius Black); Lucius Malfoy is finally exposed & sent to Azkaban; the film ends with a kick-ass boss fight between Lord Voldemort & Albus Dumbledore.
4) “The Ministry Of Magic” with a sample of “One Day More” from Les Misérables.

 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Snape: You and Black, you’re two of a kind. Sentimental children forever whining about how unfair your lives have been.Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.

Hook (1991)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, & Bob Hoskins as Smee are the saving grace of this annoyingly childish movie. Captain Hook‘s entrance with Smee witty one-liners is the only well-written scene.
2) Pirate baseball match.

 

 
CONS –
1) Over-theatrical acting by most actors. Julia Roberts character as Tinker Bell is excessively irritating in particular. The scenes with Lost Boys are another headache.
2) Tediously formulaic Spielberg family movie.

 

 
QUOTE –
Peter Banning: Someone give me a hand.
Captain Hook: I already have.

Murder by Death (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A spoof of the whodunit murder-mystery films with characters resembling famous fictional detectives.
2) A huge ensemble of Hollywood A-listers including Alec Guinness, David Niven, & an unrecognizable Peter Sellers as Sidney Wang.
3) The climax is nonsensical but at the same time apt for a movie meant for spoofing this genre.
4) Peter Falk as Sam Diamond was spot-on parodying Sam Spade (or Humphrey Bogart in general), accompanying his sexy & mistreated secretary who is ending her every spoken sentence with “Sam”.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sam Diamond: The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France.

Death on the Nile (1978)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) All the heavy-lifting is mainly done by Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. He’s truly an actor’s actor.
2) The movie came into life after the 3rd murder.
3) Another Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery with a pan-European ensemble.
4) The scene at Temple of Amun with all the possible future suspects got to be the best scene of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Quite a generic whodunit plot very similar to Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

 

QUOTE –
Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Well directed and kept the audience busy.
2) Music
3) The ensemble cast
4) Maggie Smith

 

Cons –
1) There is no story, just too many subplots around a wedding.
2) Dev Patel – looks like a 17 years old kid.

 

Quote –
Sonny Kapoor: Why die here… when I can die there!