The Shape of Water (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A fairytale for adults – a love story of a mute girl and a water-beast.
2) 50 Shades Of Green – This color is predominantly used and mentioned in the movie
3) Guillermo del Toro’s best creation since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
4) Michael Shannon as Col. Strickland – Why is he not nominated for an Oscar?
5) Doug Jones – Most popular faceless actor.

 

Cons –
1) Return Of Abe-Sapien
2) If you remove the Russian sub-plot, the story is quite predictable.No reason to watch it again.

 

 

Quote –
Col. Strickland: Fuck. You ARE a god.

A Serious Man (2009)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Opening folk-tale scene – better than the entire film.
2) The subtle black-comedy
3) 60s Music – Jefferson Airplane
4) The dentist’s story

 

Cons –
1) Boring for an average movie-goer.
2) Ambiguous climax

 

Quote –
Rabbi Scott: Just look at that parking lot.

Doctor Strange (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Visual delight
2) Honestly speaking, I was waiting for the post-credit scene the whole time and it wasn’t disappointing.
3) Cloak of Levitation

 
Cons –

 

1) Generic origin story – nominal villain, token boss-fight.
2) They should have brought Thor much before post-credit scene.

 
Quote –

 

The Ancient One: We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them.

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue Jasmine

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Woody Allen’s typical non-linear narration.
2) Sally Hawkins as Ginger
3) Cate Blanchett – powerful performance portraying the fall of a rich woman and her absolute meltdown.

 

Cons –
1) Though branded as Comedy-Drama, there are no moments of laughter. Rather too gloomy.

 

Quote –
Jasmine: Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.