The Mule (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie deserves a standing ovation just for the sheer commitment of Clint Eastwood at this age to act and direct in a movie.
2) Andy García as Laton: the only actor who was making any effort.
3) Clint Eastwood movies always go hand-in-hand with subtle messages of racism.

 

CONS –
1) Clint Eastwood needs to get over his Bradley Cooper obsession.
2) None of the supporting actors were making their presence felt. Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña were just sleep-walking in their respective roles.
3) Weak third-act. The entire screenplay is devoid of any thrilling scenes.

 

QUOTE –
Earl Stone: For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything.

Vacation (2015)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Not as good as the original but still a fun one time watch.
2) Cameos – Chevy Chase, Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall.
3) Tartan Prancer – the funniest “character” of this road-trip movie.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing much was expected from this run-of-the-mill comedy anyway. Half of the jokes are already in the trailer.

 

QUOTE –
Rusty Griswold: [on ATVs] Are there helmets?
Stone Crandall: Yeah, I keep ’em with the tampons.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) That post-credit scene where Pym, Hope, and Janet disintegrate.
2) Return of the Original Wasp.
3) Randall Park as Jimmy Woo proved a better comic relief than Michael Peña as Luis.

 

Cons –
1) The absence of a co-Avenger.Not a single Avenger played a supporting role neither a cameo. Weirdly, the Ant-Man universe is cut-off from the main Avenger universe.
2) Ava Starr / Ghost subplot – unnecessary and absurd sub-plot.

 

Quote –
Scott Lang: Work-in-progress my ass!

Observe and Report (2009)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It started like “40 Year Old Virgin” and ends like “Taxi Driver”
2) Very dark themed at some time
3) Soundtrack : “Brain” by The Action : best scene of the movie
4) Anna Faris as Brandi

 
Cons –

 

1) The story is trying to run 2 personalities of Seth Rogen at the same time.
2) Aziz Ansari : subplot wasted

 
Quote –

“Ronnie Barnhardt: The world has no use for another scared man. Right now, the world needs a fucking hero.”

The Martian (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Shallow & cliched characters
2) Predictable story-line
3) No “Ridley Scott” factor here. It’s a star-studded dud.

 

Quote –
“Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”

Ant-Man (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Cameos : Wasp / Falcon / Bucky
2) Michael Peña as Luis : Interesting character
3) Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
4) Subatomic Quantum realm

 

CONS –
1) Silly Main Plot: Heist
2) First MCU film without the trademark “Jon Favreau” essence since Iron-Man (2008). It’s just a check-list.
3) Main Villain: Yellowjacket
4) Paul Rudd: seems constrained by the director
5) It was supposed to be an “Edgar Wright” movie

 

QUOTE –
“Scott Lang: Pick on someone your own size!”