Thor Ragnarok – Movie Review

Image result for thor ragnarokWho doesn’t love a comedy filled action flick? I mean the critics ate up Guardians of The Galaxy, they absolutely loved it. Perfectly timed punchlines, well thought out jokes and ironic moments even non-marvel fans understood. So Taika Waititi took bits and pieces from that, and has fabulously presented us “Thor Ragnarok.” A comedic action flick, with a dire lack of consistency. I was honestly disappointed at the end of the movie for the lack of cliche.

Yes, I said it. I missed the cliche. Most people rant about how a movie is too cliche and how the plot was quite predictable. This movie was so out of place that it kind of defied that standard. Introduced to the villain early in the movie, you think “Oh yes! Finally, a Marvel movie that consistently focuses on the villain.” But in the end, Marvel pulls its old “I got ya there!” and directs the attention back to Thor, and a lot of unnecessary characters… Although I’ll have to say that Korgs interjections are absolutely hilarious, it’s unexplainable the amount of comedic quality he contributed to the movie. And his voice-well you watch the movie and see for your self.

Dressed in skin-tight black gear and sporting a twisting, spiked headdress, Hella looks like Taika Waititi saw Maleficent and said “I want her. But MARVElous!” Sorry, I had to squeeze in that joke. In her first encounter with her brothers, she demonstrates her intense power by destroying Thor’s hammer and banishing him to a distant universe while she sets about wreaking havoc to Asgard.

Asgard is one of those places that, was made to be destroyed. And Waititi was given the challenge with fulfilling Ragnarok yet still make it a “happy ending” Hugs and kisses friendship galore! I’ll let you be the judge of how well he succeeds, since as far as I’m concerned, the less time spent on Asgard, the better.

At any rate, it’s quite frankly for the better that Hella is free to wreak havoc on Asgard while Thor and Loki are stranded on Sakaar, which is sort of an intergalactic trash dump where heroes are forced to compete in elaborate gladiator battles. To explain further would spoil certain surprises that the audience I’m sure would enjoy. Needless to say, the GrandMaster ideally rules Sakaar and forces Thor to fight…a familiar opponent. Shortly after, Thor, a Valkyrie, Loki, and another friend…escape through the Devil’s [insert word here] to Asgard.

I truly felt that this movie was kind of dancing around everywhere, without a consistent plot line. Beautifully crafted and hilarious, but a work in progress like the other Thor movies usually are. This particular movie lost the Shakespearean quality that Chris Hemsworth’s past movies have had. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but even the Stan Lee cameo was frankly irritating and seemed forced… which was another setback. The comedy was forced in numerous places, and the director tried so hard to make this a comedy film that he had to squeeze all the gory violence into the last half hour.

In the end, this movie was sadly a disappointment, a failed attempt at a Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff and a quite forced “comedy” film. In the end, my ratings shouldn’t directly impact your thoughts so I’d suggest you watch the movie yourself before taking any of my critique to the head.

 

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Inside Out-Movie Review

Image result for inside outEmotions here. Emotions there. Emotions a little everywhere. Wait what? That’s exactly how I felt after watching a pretty bad movie-Inside Out. I mean if I were to tell you how I’m feeling I’m a little happy, sad, angry, disgusted, and what else is there-fear or something?

I personally was not fond of this movie because it just didn’t have anything that “excited” me. In Toy Story, there are close scenes where characters almost get killed.

In Cars, it’s a thrilling race movie about how a car who lost his way regains his glory. In Up, the characters are stranded hundreds of miles away from home. In this? Well I mean…OH NO, NOT SPINACH PIZZA!!! Crazy right? Although I’m sure an emotion fan favorite was Anger, we sure love reckless bald dude smashing things up into flames, don’t we? YIPEEE! If you are expecting praise in this review you will be absolute, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, tremendously, extraordinarily, mightily, terrifically, remarkably, particularly, intensely, and acutely disappointed.


The general story of Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley who moves out of her hometown of Minnesota all the way over to San Fransokyo, Tokyo. Oh wait is that a different movie? Aaargh, I get these gosh darn Pixar knock offs so mixed up! She is a happy fifth grader who acts like she was born yesterday and still acts goofy with her parents.


Naturally, problems are sure to arise with a personality like this and such a drastic movement. Bringing up a plethora of emotions such as I can’t believe I’m doing this…happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear who all control Riley’s brain like a zombie via mission control! It’s the Power Rangers all over again!
However, the voice-casting in Inside Out is great. There’s a certain interrelationship between certain emotions that support the dynamic voices given by the cast. Which I have to admit is the one upside of this movie.

The movie revolves around the world inside her head, stacked with emotions and memories stuffed inside balls. This is just ridiculous but I’ll keep going. These balls glow with whatever emotion the memory is about, a happy memory is a gold, a sad memory is blue, such and such. And there are of course the relatable memories that you can’t get out of your head. Lastly, there are core memories that rely on the strongest of her experiences which create personality islands. Riley’s islands are goofball, honesty, family, friendship, and hockey.

These emotions make Riley who she is, and when they get destroyed, life inside her mind also gets worse. This leads to a correlating story between Riley losing herself and who she is and the emotions inside of her bringing her back.

But the ending was okay I guess, after a quite frankly boring “adventure” in her brain they retain the core memories and they all lived happily ever after. THE END I give this movie a two-star rating. Don’t get me wrong, I personally just didn’t like the theme of a parallel story. And especially in the excitement less way it was projected. This movie was just like a “meh” for me.

Ratatouille-Movie Review

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Out of all the amazing blockbuster films, Pixar has created, Ratatouille among few others are brandished at the top. It’s just one of those movies where the main character is so unique as opposed to the others in his community. From the start, Remy had been gathering vegetables, reading cookbooks, understanding the importance of certain ingredients, and he’s just a rat!

He just doesn’t feel comfortable ravaging the garbage or eating stale leftovers, he wanted to be something much more. He wanted to be a chef. No one else understands him, his father can’t accept his son’s different way of thinking. And his brother can’t relate either but he lets Remy be himself. Living in an old lady’s kitchen for the majority of his time, he watches his idol chef Gusteau cook splendid meals and learns from his ways.

And Remy truly believes he had Gusteau’s full support in his dream to become just like him. Until everything flips over, and his entire family gets separated from him. Eventually, Remy meets an amateur chef and becomes best of friends. He secretly helps him how to cook such as telling how much ingredients to use and how to cook them. The Head Chef, however, gets eerily suspicious and joins ties with a food critic to overthrow the entire restaurant. Until the critic actually gets a taste of Remy and Linguini’s (the amateur chef) food, reminding him of his homely past.

In the end, I absolutely loved the movie, didn’t find anything wrong with it. Beautiful characterizations and artistic shots of the city just blew me away. This movie is fantastic!

Toy Story-Movie Review

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Getting replaced, a recurring fear in many instances of the world. Whether it be someone replacing your post in office, replacing your grand title as “best friend”, or even being replaced by a newer toy.

Toy Story plays on the last of the three: an adventurous cowboy getting replaced by an intergalactic space ranger. The main reason this movie was adored by such a large group was that of the relatable messages it stored. It was the kick starter for Pixar’s film business and even went on to get nominated for the Oscars.

It gave kids the idea to treat everything as if it’s living, with care. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are by far one of my favorite animated characters of all. The computer graphics were outstanding and were on par with the creatively written dialogue. The story begins as Woody organizes a meeting for all of the toys, leading a quick to debrief on their situation.

Suddenly, this “newer and better” version of him strolls down the hall acting like a hard nosed cop, bent on thwarting some evil space conqueror. The other toys go heads over heels for him throwing Woody out of the big picture. Andy begins to give Buzz all the more attention and our favorite cowboy get’s extremely bitter.  

He handles the situations in a quite sarcastic way choosing not to accept his new fate. Once Woody and Buzz get lost, the story really begins. The two toys conflicting opinions take them to the house of a creative yet evil eight-year-old who likes murdering toys. He amputates pieces of the toys and connects different toys together…it’s kid Frankenstein all over again. The voice casting was brilliant for this movie.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen performed outstandingly, Tom as Woody and Tim as Buzz. Who would have thought that there are people whose voice just happens to suit an animated space ranger toy with an evil nemesis/father? Overall, the story is just great with relatable themes and entertaining characters. So much adventure and I just straight out loved it.

The Lion King-Movie Review

Image result for the lion kingThe Lion King is a retelling of the Shakespearean classic “Hamlet,” however it is told in a modern perspective. The story is set in Africa, most of the major characters being Lions. Simba, a mere lion cub is tricked into thinking he killed his father and runs away from the mantle of future king. Mufasa’s (The King) unprecedented death throws off the entire kingdom and his senile brother overtakes the throne.

Simba adventures through the forest making new friends in a meerkat and warthog. Surpassing difficulties, romance, and powerful fights, Simba takes the throne back and rules the land peacefully. THE END.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect movie, it’s a few loose screws from there but it’s a movie beyond its time. The way the story unravels is authentic and execution of the dialogue is oh so wonderful. However, gratuitous humor deprives the movie’s indefinitely serious atmosphere. And the romance elements didn’t quite work well either. It drew the audience’s attention away from the thrilling fight sequences and confrontation scenes.  

The movie is one of Disney’s greatest accomplishments, and as far as I know, the first Disney movie where a character’s death was portrayed. The Lion King is principally memorable because of its originality and its avoiding of many cliches that drown Disney films. The morals of the movie are pretty simple, don’t worry about anything and learn from the past. Which also adds the sense that it’s a movie even adults will enjoy. Featuring numerous scenes of despair and death, the film highlights much about the Circle of Life and when there is a beginning there is an end. Plentiful perspective shots and brilliant camera movement makes the audience feel part of the 2D world as well. Nice Job Disney!

 

Vikram Vedha-Movie Review

 

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In an intriguing game of “cops and robbers”, a tough-minded cop is determined on bringing in an ill-famed gangster, with 14 kills on his tail. And the cop on the other side with an overpowering 16 kills, yet he can rest at peace knowing that he hasn’t killed anyone innocent.

Or so he thought since that’s where the story begins. Inspired by the classic folk tale “Vikramadhitya” the director duo Pushkar-Gayathri intertwines puzzle pieces, riddles, and murders into a beautifully crafted movie.

The antagonist, antagonist per say the first impression of watching the movie….is given an imposing introduction as the theme music rolls and the guns start loading. The story revolves around a handful of supporting characters who fulfill their puzzle piece here and there. To an explanation that is not quite given, the encounter cop puts his life on the line to capture this gangster. However, once the movie unfolds, the line between good and evil disappears. And conversations from the start of the film start to have a little more purpose than you think.

The plot line is a little exasperating but keeps the audience on the edges of their seats. Bound for an entertainment and thrill, this movie doesn’t fail to please. In the end of the day, I give this well thought out intertwined “kadhai” (story) a five-star rating.

Spiderman Homecoming-Movie Review

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Sony’s history with Spider Man movies is a little…well iffy. With its recent partnership with Marvel Studio’s for a first and sixth of the intermittent series, the movie has by far ousted the previous five. Spider Man, Spider Man 2, Spider Man 3, The Amazing Spider Man 1, and lastly The Amazing Spider Man 2. Phew!

This movie ideally directs most of the spotlight to Peter Parker, one of the first movies where the actor actually looked to be a teenager. Tobey Maguire, the original Spider Man was 27 years old when he acted in the first Spider Man movie. Andrew Garfield was even older at 28, striking a quite opposite look to the comically scrawny Peter Parker with his occasional corny jokes. This was one aspect Garfield and Maguire didn’t do quite so well about, their jokes weren’t really, well it didn’t appeal to me as the cheesy Peter Parker I read about from the comics.

Which is where Tom Holland’s casting came in, his adolescent voice and appearance just add to the pile of everything we love about Spider Man. Peter Parker is loved by millions due to the ways the audience can relate to him, going through high school, homework, bullies, multitasking. I believe that Sony and Marvel Studio’s made a smart decision in starting the movie off where Peter Parker’s “Captain America: Civil War” cameo ended. I’m sure we all know the story, getting bit by the radioactive spider, Uncle Ben’s death, with great power comes great responsibility.

What a huge story to reiterate in each and every single reboot, which I’m surely grateful I was not subject to yet again in the second reboot of this ever so ending series. This also connects Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Finally am I right! And that’s how Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) becomes his mentor, and we get to see Tony and Pepper together again. “Yippee?” However, Captain America’s (Chris Evans) in and out appearance was completely disdained from me, not to mention the second end credit scene in the movie. “Patience” Really???!!!

I already have Yoda telling me that I don’t need to wait a whole fifteen minutes after the movie is over to hear him say one word! But for the most part, the movie was a breeze of “Oh yeah” moments for those who keep up with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and was also entertaining when telling the story from Peter’s perspective handling his life just the way it is. In the end, I give this movie a 4 star!