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.

Lucy (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced action-packed sci-fi flick with a lasting effect on the audiences.
2) The comparison to Limitless (2011), Akira (1988), and 2001: A Space Odyssey is inevitable. However, this movie got a life of its own.
3) Presence of legends like Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik.
4) Astounding CGI – especially towards the end of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) The climax will make you ask the reason for making this movie. The ending is not ambiguous but reduces the entire movie to a science documentary with a Korean mob sub-plot.

 
QUOTE –
Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) An ordinary story elevated by the performance of Penélope Cruz as María Elena. Notably, her screen time is less than 15 minutes.
2) Though the movie is a generic rom-com, at times it appears as a great satire on characters like Cristina who are confused about their life and sexuality.
3) The first meeting of Juan Antonio with Vicky & Cristina.Brazenly outspoken.

 

Cons –
1) This primary plot is of little consequences. A one time watch.

 

Quote –
Cristina: If you don’t start undressing me soon this is going to turn into a panel discussion.

Under the Skin (2013)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) An alien’s tale of self-discovery.
2) The story is ordinary and got nothing special to offer but the direction and music make this movie a chilling ride.
3) Mica Levi – the haunting soundtrack.

 

Cons –
1) Not an entertaining movie for average moviegoer as it’s slow paced.
2) Unknown supporting cast

 

Quote –
Deformed Man: People wind me up.
Female: How?
Deformed Man: They’re ignorant.

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle : he’s a revelation
2) Jonah Hill as Joseph Silverman : Best character from the movie

 

Cons –

1) Generic Coen Bros film , missing the cutting edge. One step away from being next lebowski.Good to see Coen Bros returning to their roots after the disaster called “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
2) Small characters were better than lead characters.

 
Quote –
Hobie Doyle: It’s complicated.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

1) Crossbones fighting Cap. America
2) Return Of General Ross
3) Ant-man & Spider-man should be in a MCU movie teaming together : Paul Rudd made best of his short screen-time.
4) Berlin airport battle : Giant-Man sequence
5) Daniel Brühl : Convincing as always
6) Re-enactment of Civil War # 7 Cover Art.

 

Cons –

1) Basically this movie core secret is Bucky responsible for killing Howard Stark
2) Martin Freeman : too less screen time
3) Tom Holland as Peter Parker : Can’t let Toby out of my head,he’ll remain the definitive Spidey.

Quote –

Zemo: Mission Report: December 16, 1991.

The Jungle Book (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Christopher Walken as King Louie
2) Visually good ( but not “Life Of Pi”)
3) “The Bare Necessities”

 
Cons –
1) Nice effort but still short of a “definitive Jungle Book movie”. All wait for the Andy Serkis version.

 
Quote –
“Mowgli: I am Mowgli of the Seoni, and this is my home!”