War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A love story of a sociopath. I see shades of Marty (1955).
2) Unique soundtrack by Jon Brion including “Hands and Feet”.
3) Adam Sandler vs Philip Seymour Hoffman epic confrontation over the phone.
4) Exceptional cinematography by Robert Elswit

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

Warm Bodies (2013)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A story with great potential if it was made with a better cast. This movie belongs to Judd Apatow and his “Frat Pack”.
2) A romantic soundtrack with Feist, Bon Iver, M83, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Guns&Roses.

 

CONS –
1) A half-hearted effort from Jonathan Levine

 
QUOTE –
R: This date is not going well. I want to die all over again.

Marty (1955)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Two good-natured, plain-looking introverts falling in love with each other. The climactic call by Marty to Clara includes the central theme of the plot of listening to your own heart irrespective of others views.
2) 90 minutes running time with only one other subplot.
3) A role tailor-made for Ernest Borgnine.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Marty: All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.

2.
Ms. Piletti: Two women in the same kitchen, the house burns up.

Manmarziyaan (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A new age romance which is a soft reboot of Tanu Weds Manu (2011) with elements of Dev D (2009).
2) Saurabh Sachdeva as Kakaji – Best outcome of this movie
3) “Daryaa” by Ammy Virk, Shahid Mallya

 

CONS –
1) Meaningless movie title.
2) Nothing extraordinary for the fans of Anurag Kashyap.

 

 
QUOTE –
“main tenu phir milangi … shayad ek khayal banke”

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1)The chances of this Jane Austen classic being ruined with slow-paced storytelling were too high but to my surprise, the movie is a well-made rom-com with some memorable romantic sequences (especially the climactic scene where Darcy is walking toward Lizzie at dawn).
2) A supporting cast with the likes of Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
3) Only the second feature film adaptation of the novel after 1940 – any such adaptation won’t be required for at least another 50 years.
4) Good amount of comedy
5) Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – it’s never easy to step into Colin Firth’s shoes.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mr. Darcy: I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you.

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Supporting cast – the usuals from new-wave middle-class backdrop bollywood
2) Fast paced execution – few intense moments
3) Characters of grey shades – no one is right or wrong in this story

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary 3rd act – the film should’ve ended 20 minutes earlier

 

Quote –
“Everything is fair in love and war … love is over … now war begins”