The Princess Diaries (2001)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Larry Miller as Paolo – the only character making an effort.
2) Annoying Anne Hathaway overshadows the graceful performance of Julie Andrews.

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Disney teen comedy full of annoying stock characters and a predictable storyline
2) 30 minutes too long.

 

Quote –
Mia: I can’t be a princess! I’m still waiting for normal body parts to arrive!

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A coming-of-age teenage drama where 5 teenagers spent a Saturday together and rediscover themselves. A must watch from John Hughes.
2) Natural performance from all actors.
3) Quintessential 80s soundtrack with some great sound-mixing. Closing credit: Don’t You (Forget About Me)
4) Minimal cast and single-day story.

 

Cons –
1) This movie is to be watched at a certain age to feel the essence of it. For a grown adult, the movie is of little consequences and influence.

 

Quote –
Andrew: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.

 

Pitch Perfect (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) John Michael Higgins & Elizabeth Banks as the ICCAs commentator
2) Right Round (a cappella) version by Treblemakers
3) Rebel Wilson as “Fat Amy”

 

Cons –
1) Glee – The Movie; for the fans of Honey, Step Up and High School Musical

 

Quote –
Aubrey: A-ca-scuse me?
Fat Amy: A-ca-believe it!

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Heart-warming high-school romance. The chemistry between Nick & Norah is magical.
2) Single-Night factor
3) Cameos – Kevin Corrigan, Devendra Banhart, John Cho, Seth Meyers, and Andy Samberg

 

Cons –
1) LGBT sub-plot is forcefully rubbed on audiences without any outcome.
2) Average music than expected.

 

Quote –
Norah: It reminds me of this part of Judaism that I really like. It’s called Tikun Olam. It says that the world’s been broken into pieces and it’s everybody’s job to find them and put them back together again.
Nick: Well maybe we’re the pieces. Maybe we are not supposed to find the pieces. Maybe we are the pieces.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – high octane opening scene!
2) Gally’s return
3) Teresa’s death – Unexpected

 

Cons –
1) 3 years after “The Scorch Trials” – too late
2) Walton Goggins as Lawrence – interesting character but a meaningless subplot.
3) All over – it’s a mediocre end of an epic beginning.

 

Quote –
Minho: Gally, why are you helping us? I put a spear through your chest.
Gally: Well… Nobody’s perfect.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Despite being a Harry Potter Spin-off, it doesn’t carry the burden of being a prequel.It’s somewhat enchanting for younger audiences like watching Steven Spielberg’s Hook.
2) CGI – great action sequences especially towards the climax with Obscurus
3) Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski & Alison Sudol as Queenie: This charming couple keeps the film alive with their positive presence.
4) Johnny Depp appearance in the climax as Gellert Grindelwald – his star presence can never be undermined.

 

 

Cons –
1) Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: Was he acting to be a weird introvert or was he playing himself? Anyways not the best actor for this colorful role.Also, Ezra Miller is miscast.
2) The plot is predictable after watching 30 minutes of the movie.
3) 133 minutes for a fantasy film targetting young audiences?

 

 

Quote –
Newt Scamander: I think you’ll find the best wizarding school in the world is Hogwarts.
Queenie: *Hogwash*.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge

 

Cons –
1) Weak screenplay & predictable twists
2) Going nowhere: without a finale

 

Quote –
“Brenda: Hope is a dangerous thing.”