Happy New Year (2014) Review

What do we need right now? Personally I want Tom Cruise to do another Mission Impossible-esque film where he has to sing and dance in order to get some diamonds that he can use to profit his own needs. Although that dream won’t come true, this film comes pretty close to that with Shah Rukh Khan as the main lead. Let me introduce: Happy New Year (2014).

The film follows five low achievers Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan), Tammy (Boman Irani), Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan), Jag (Sonu Sood) and Rohan (Vivaan Shah) want revenge of for Charlie’s dad (Anupam Kher) going to jail. They aim to steal diamonds which will help them get rich but they have to join the World Dance Championship in order to gain access to the diamond’s vault.

The film is directed by Farah Khan who is well known for being meta and breaking the fourth wall, having all-star casts, expensive locations and an entertaining credits scene and of course Shah Rukh Khan is the main lead. This film has all of those things. The creation of the characters has been done very well and it goes to show that the writers really love films. The way the characters are introduced is reminiscent of many heist films and the typical cliches have been done very well.

Locations have been shot well,  the colourisation is well done and it livens the film. The songs are awesome and played at good times so you can enjoy listening the song whilst watching the film. I would recommend the film. It has silly slapstick humour and an engaging story line. It is pretty long since it is an Indian film and Indian films cannot go below the three hour limit. It is worth the three hours and I definitely recommend watching the film.

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Dilwale (2015) Review

It’s Saturday evening and you want to watch a romantic comedy. Do you want to watch one that’s got music, comedy and a great plot? Well this post is for you as I will be talking about the Indian Rom-Com Dilwale which translates to “Big-hearted”

Essentially the plot of the movie follows two love stories: Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Meera (Kajol) fell in love but conflicting loyalties to their fathers meant that they had to split and fifteen years later, the two come across each other. The other love story follows Raj’s younger brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) who falls in love with Ishita (Kriti Sanon) and their inability to get married.

The character development is done so well that the few details given, already have you invested into the characters. Their love stories are charted well and they do an amazing job at referencing Hollywood films and other Indian films like Love Actually (2003) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). You can feel the passion between the characters. Those who know of Shah Rukh and Kajol in films, know they have done lots romance films together and their most prominent film together is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

The action sequences are incredible. They use loud over exaggerated sounds to make the fight sequences more action packed heavy and it alleviates the scene and attracts you more, although it might come across as comedic. The drama is intense and the musical score is just fantastic. It plays at the right moment and already starts making you feel things before you can even acknowledge them. The songs are shot in amazing locations and inspire me to want to go to those places to relive the moments of the film.

The way it has been shot is amazing although the songs extend the time and it is close to three hours. As any typical Indian movie. I would definitely recommend watching the film as it has something for every one: comedy, drama, action, romance and catchy songs.

Black Panther (2018) Review

WAKANDA FOREVER! *Crosses arms in salute* So first Marvel film review and I thought, it should be on the record breaking and culturally explosive superhero film: Black Panther.

The film follows a week after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns back to the nation of Wakanda to become its next king and the Black Panther protector. However Erik Killmonger (N’Jadaka, cousin of T’Challa) (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue/Klaw (Andy Serkis) threaten the throne and the Black Panther. T’Challa needs to protect the fate of Wakanda and the world from Erik with the help of his allies: his bodyguard and general of the Dora Milaje Okoye (Danai Gurira), his girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), little sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) and CIA Agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman).

First of all can I say that the entire movie from start to finish, was superbly made. The locations were beautiful. The wide establishing shots transported you into Wakanda and honestly I’m disappointed that it is not a real state. The director, Ryan Coogler did an amazing job of showing the culture and to further highlight Africa as proper royal state. The heavy symbolism of the power of African culture was evident in every scene. Director Notes  After watching the film, I watched this video about Ryan Coogler breaking down the casino scene of the film and he talks about T’Challa(Black), Nakia (Green) and Okoye (Red) wearing the pan African flag colours which really displayed how in depth the symbolism of Africa was.

The action in the scenes were well choreographed and the characters were thoroughly developed. Especially the character of Erik Killmonger. My favourite characters are Shuri and M’Baku (Winston Duke). Both are hilarious and the true MVP of the movie. The chemistry between the characters and the coalition of the tribes was rich in colour and culture, I honestly cannot praise the amount of symbolism and what this film taught me. My favourite scene is when Erik Killmonger asks a museum guide how much did the white British soldiers pay for the Wakandan/African artefacts when in actual fact the British soldier took it. The film showers audiences with truths about the history of races.

Kendrick Lamar did an amazing job with the soundtrack and I was further immersed in the film. My favourite songs of the film are Pray for Me featuring The Weeknd; All the Stars featuring SZA and Paramedic! feautring SOB x RBE. All these songs were powerful and conveyed the spirit of Black Panther and the characters.

Honestly, Black Panther deserves all the awards it has won and the records it has broken. The film is a powerful symbol and I am glad I existed in the time when this film became a cultural phenomenon. Seriously watch the film, even if you have not scene the other Marvel films. This film speaks of power. WAKANDA FOREVER! *Crosses arms in salute*

The Shape of Water (2017) Review

If I spoke about it – if I did – what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince’s reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don’t know… Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to destroy it all.

I can’t think of a better opening to this review than by quoting the opening lines because I don’t think that the amount of words I have could make up for the amount of praise I have for this film. I will be reviewing Guillermo Del Toro’s new film The Shape of Water.

The film is set in the Baltimore 1962, the Cold War era. Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins) and her friend Zelda Delilah Fuller (Octavia Spencer) are cleaners at the Occam Aerospace Research Center. This is a government facility which is currently run by Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). He collects an asset (Doug Jones) from a river in South America and brings it to this research facility to see if it will help win the cold war against the Russians. Elisa sneaks into the lab and interacts with the asset. She starts to fall in love and does whatever she can to free him. A story of love in the most unconventional way possible.

I had not paid attention to the film and couldn’t care until I saw behind the scene photos of the film. I watched the trailer and became enamoured. You see the film was made by Guillermo Del Toro, an amazing director that made the Hellboy films. I was in love with those films and I grew up watching them. He had based this film on the ‘romance’ between the creature from Black Lagoon and Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams). I then went on to watch and saw that everything was intricately designed and by intricate, I mean INTRICATE.

The asset or Charlie as his name was is a very real person, or should I say suit. In an interview with Doug Jones (plays Charlie) he talks about how Guillermo approached him for this film. It was an entire wet suit made with latex. The glow effects were lights. It was a real suit and not some fake CGI and this elevated the film in so many ways. It was an authentic honour to the old filmmakers that made the monsters costumes. Everything in this film is beyond amazing and not just Charlie’s design but Sally Hawkins does an amazing job. All the actors show a need for completion which they succeed in the end.

The plot may come across weird but it is a true joy to watch with the music constantly going, the raw emotions and the development of a great relationship on screen. I was in tears and moved, the film gave me a new vision to the world and I love this movie. I recommend watching it and I don’t think that the amount of praise I have for this film is enough. It deserves all the awards it is given and I cannot wait to see more of Guillermo’s work. A perfect end to Valentines Day!

Bright (2017) Review

So Training Day (2001) and Lord of the Rings (2001 have joined together to make this movie. An original idea which is not based off a book, reboot or video game etc. I’m going to be doing a review on the Netflix original Bright (2017).

We are in modern day LA where there is tensions amongst fairy tale creatures and humans. A modern day civil rights movement if you will, with the Orcs posing as black people and the humans and elves as white people. The LAPD’s first Orc officer, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) and human police officer Daryl Ward (Will Smith) have to protect a magical device, that could affects the fate of the world, from evil organisations whihc are attached to history.

I saw the trailer, and I’ll admit I was intrigued. A lot of people did not want to watch the film because David Ayer directed it. He also directed Suicide Squad which did not sit well with people. I wanted to keep an open mind and so the trailer got me interested. Then as I waited for more footage, the album was coming out and that was what got me hooked on the movie. Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bastille had created such great songs for the film that I could not stay away.

When the movie came out, I loved it. The characterization was done well and the way they created the subtle metaphor of racism was powerful and well balanced. It did not overpower the film and it still remained prevalent which is amazing. The plot was easy to follow and entertaining. Everything was perfectly balanced as there were good amounts of action, comedy and drama. In comparison to the massive slanders the film was given, this is a fun enjoyable film to watch. It was a great set up to a universe of fairy tale creatures in the modern world.

I would definitely recommend watching the film as it has amazing action sequences, good character chemistry and a well built start to a fairy tale universe. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton did a great job in this film and I cannot wait for the more films to really develop the universe.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) Review

I can’t think of a way to address what I’m about to write. The one question, I always ask myself is ‘Why have I not seen this film sooner?’ Sit tight and listen closely to what I am going to say about the film: Brokeback Mountain.

The film tells the story of two men: Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger). These two men are hired as sheep herders and one night have a passionate night of romance. The two men separate yet make attempts to carry on their love affair for twenty years, despite having wives and children.

The entire film tugs at your heartstrings and I don’t think I could ever be the same after watching the film. The soundtrack is so prominent that hearing the song, ‘Wings’ instantly makes you cry. The song summarizes the mood of the film and that is not the only best thing. The visuals are absolutely stunning. Each shot truly encapsulated the year and Ang Lee deserves all the Oscars for everything he has done for the film.

The characterisation is absolutely perfect. The story between Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar is truly authentic. Their story is broken and passionate that you can truly appreciate it’s realism. I don’t think you could class this a ‘Cowboy romance’ because it’s not just about two cowboys in love. It’s two men who try so hard to protect their desires. The romance was not easy in the beginning and it made me appreciate the movie so much more. This is Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s best role to date. There can’t be another remake or reboot because the movie is perfection in itself.

The film makes you feel a plethora of emotions and it is the perfect romantic story. I’ll admit the plot was a bit difficult to follow, however I was enthralled by the performance of the characters and the symbolism. The amount of praise that I supply to the film is not enough.

I definitely recommend watching this film. It fills you with so much emotion that you could explode. It is honest and powerful and one of the best films I have seen in my life. This is a true story of love and the difficulty that comes along with love.

Justice League (2017) Review

IT HAS ARRIVED! After waiting for months, since July 2016 when the SDCC footage released the first look at the film I was hooked for the big heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman to create the JUSTICE LEAGUE! An addition of Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. So come together and listen to my review of this film: Justice League.

The film is set after the events of Batman V Superman and *spoiler* Superman is dead. The world is lost without him and a threat is emerging from an ancient being known as Steppenwolf. He and his parademons are rising to destroy the world in exchange for the dark ages. Batman Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman Diana Prince gather round metahumans: The Flash Barry Allen, Aquaman Arthur Curry and Cyborg Victor Stone to stop Steppenwolf and save the world.

This film is basically The Avengers (2012):

  • Both films are a set up for a bigger extended universe.
  • There is a group of five to six heroes saving the world from a big villain.
  • The villain is somewhat related to one of the heroes.
  • He has an army which threatens the fate of the world.
  • The fight takes place in the city of the country.
  • The team struggle to get along until before the fight they unite and fight together.
  • There is one female hero while the rest are men.
  • One of the heroes come in and save the day.

Understand the picture? Well I’m not complaining about it. In fact, I enjoyed Justice League more than The Avengers. (“Come at me Marvel fans”). The story line was easy to follow and the chemistry between the characters was more developed. They were all well written and acted.

Each actor was perfect for the role and I think that the critics are being unfair to the film. I loved Ezra Miller as the Flash. He was funny, heartfelt and relatable. A perfect match for the audience. I really wanted more Victor Stone ‘Cyborg’ for I felt his story line wanted to come out and entice me. Wonder Woman was awesome and I fell more in love with her. Aquaman was perfect for Jason Momoa and my favourite moment of his, is when he starts revealing the truth about his teamates only for him to have been sitting on Wonder Woman’s truth lasso. Finally Batman, a broken shell of a man and in love with Superman. Batman has a big crush on Superman and I want Batman and Superman to be in a relationship. Instead of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, it’s #SuperBat.

The film had equal amounts of action, drama and comedy. Every fight scene was a good length that kept your focus. I really want to say my favourite fight scene but that would be spoiling the film and I don’t want to do that. The visuals were amazing and the moral of the film was just fantastic. I would definitely recommend it and it is so much better than The Avengers but most person have over hyped The Avengers. All everyone can focus on is ‘When is the Infinity War Trailer dropping?’

Please watch Justice League because it has a better plot and character chemistry than The Avengers. Sorry ‘not sorry’ for talking constantly back and forth about The Avengers but watch Justice League!