Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Spider-Man inside the drone-driven illusion of Quentin Beck.
2) Good to see Nick Fury and Happy Hogan in light-hearted roles.
3) J. K. Simmons appearance as J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene. This was mind-blowing!

 

CONS –
1) One time watch MCU checklist.

 
QUOTE –
Quentin Beck: People… need to believe. And nowadays, they’ll believe anything.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The epic finale of the 11-year-old journey culminating with the 22nd film. A journey started by Jon Favreau, led by Joss Whedon, and concluded by the Russo brothers. A rare grand emotional movie event of this generation.
2) The time travel plot enabled the screenwriters to add all the good & bad, major & minor characters from the franchise to make one final cameo in this grand finale.
3) Captain America lifting Mjolnir is got to be the most epic scene of this movie. A scene 4 years in the making.
4) A fulfilling climax for Steve Rogers.
5) Fun filled storyline with great comic-relief from Ant-Man and Thor “The Dude” Lebowski.
6) An epic finale needs an epic sacrifice. It had to be Tony Stark.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Rocket: What did you do?
Thor: I went for the head.

Glass (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) M. Night Shyamalan saga of believers and non-believers. The comic-book aficionado among the audiences wants Mr. Glass to be correct like a believer waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ to be true.
2) James McAvoy did most of the leg-work in this movie. Just like in the prequel, his transformation from one personality to the other was remarkable

 

 
CONS –
1) The aura of the entire trilogy was diminished by some “deep-state” kind of organization trying to discourage and suppress any super-hero activities.
2) Less screen-time for David Dunn.
3) M. Night Shyamalan became too cautious to exhibit the super-power showdown of The Overseer and The Beast. While this strategy worked in Unbreakable (2000), this time, however, audiences were waiting for a grand boss fight. This movie also lacks the grand climactic plot-twist which is now a trademark to any Shyamalan movie.

 

QUOTE –
Mrs. Price: Didn’t you tell me there was a showdown at the end of a limited edition? How come you didn’t know how it was gonna end?
Mr. Glass: Oh, Mama. This is not a limited edition. This was an origin story the whole time.

Incredibles 2 (2018)

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

VERDICT  – 2/4

 

PROS–
1) Jack-Jack: Star of the movie! His unpredictable, unknown powers make him the most fascinating character of this film.

 

CONS –
1) A villain is as good as his motive. Evelyn / Screenslaver was mediocre and of course predictable from the very first minute.
2) Keene Act remains the central plot. Over-used theme.
3) Mr. Incredible teaming up with Frozone for stopping an ordinary ship? And that’s supposed to be the boss fight? I’m feeling sorry for Brad Bird.

 

QUOTE –
Rick Dicker: If you wanna get out of the hole, first you gotta put down the shovel.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Music – not great but at least they tried
2) The Surprise odd couple – Samuel L. Jackson & Salma Hayek
3) Gary Oldman as Dukhovich – unrecognizable !

 

Cons –

 

1) A similar comic theme like last years’ under-rated The Nice Guys – but this movie is burdened with a cliched plot.
2) Generic potboiler – One-time watch only.

 

 

Quote –

 

Michael Bryce: This guy single-handedly ruined the word motherfucker.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) BEST.MONSTER.MOVIE.EVER.MADE.
2) Even better than Pacific Rim (2013) which followed similar action sequences of giant monster fighting.
3)Full body view of the fight, unlike the disaster Godzilla (2014) which was only showing glimpses of the fight with silly subplots.
4) 70s set up with 70s music
5) Kong in action within 30 minutes into the movie without wasting any time on built up.
6) The movie is not just about Kong but also includes other giants monster on the island.End credits with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Preston Packard: And remember the story of Icarus, whose father gave him wings of wax. Warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But the exhilaration was too great. So he flew higher and higher, until the sun melted his wings, and he fell into the sea. The US Army is not an irresponsible father. So they gave us wings of hot Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

Coach Carter (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Not your typical “escape to victory” sports movie
2) The movie is single-handedly driven by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Cons –
1) 136 minutes is little too long for a sports movie with little substance. It should be a TV movie of 90 minutes.
2) Ashanti pregnancy sub-plot is useless and slows down the pace of the movie.

 

Quote –
Principal Garrison: For some of these kids, this basketball season will be highlight of their lives.
Coach Carter: Well, I think that’s the problem. Don’t you.