ABCD aka AnyBody Can Dance > Movie Review

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I generally write movie reviews on Fridays itself but this is different simply owing to the fact that it was quite a surprise!

I was almost going to miss this movie as it did not really gets my pulse racing with its promotions and the fact that it released with Special 26 which has a few very big names associated with it did not help the cause either.

However, the movie is excellent. In fact it is safe to say that it is the best movie of 2013 so far. Miles ahead of Race 2!!!

The movie is as good as any Hollywood movie as far the dance is concerned, the story is better than most Hollywood dance movies. Most of them practically have the same story line. The acting could have been better, specially Prabhudeva’s performance could have been a much better, in fact I feel even Kay Kay Menon who is otherwise amazing, also could not do justice to his character, but I guess it is fair to say that the movie is fairly experimental in the Indian context and it would have been difficult to get the bigger names on board even with a Powerhouse like UTV backing the movie. By the ways Kudos to UTV for supporting such fresh talent.

The dancers in the movie who are primarily contestants of the Dance Reality Show on Zee Dance India Dance are brilliant in their dance and surprisingly good in their acting too. They have their flaws as far as the acting is concerned, but they more than make up for it with their dance.

Trust me, it is a much better movie than most movies that are in the current 100 Crore club and deserves a watch. It is up to us the audience to decide the quality of entertainment that we want to be served in the future. If more movies like Race 2 and Son of Sardar enter the 100 Crore club, then more movies like them are going to get made and we will only have ourselves to blame.

The 3D, Lights, Cinematography, etc… are awesome. All in all, the movie is awesome as far as the technical aspects are concerned.

The movie has a lot of heart and some truly amazing sequences.

Trust me, do not miss this one. It deserves a watch in the theaters in 3D!!

Score: 4.25/5

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Movie Review – Skyfall

Excellent Casting – Yes

Superb Dialogues – Yes

Technically Sound – Yes

Great Performances – Yes

Exotic Locales – No

Multiple Adrenaline Pumping Chase Sequences – No

Bond Girls To Die For – No

A Larger Than Life Plot – No

Gadgets – No

Skyfall is an excellent movie but it is not a typical bond movie, if you can accept that fact and move on, you’ll love the movie or else you may have quite a lot of complains to make. Skyfall, unlike other Bond movies which are generally about larger than life super villains who are trying to paralyze the planet, is primarily about ‘M’. The movie focuses on her ability or the lack of it to head the MI6 operations and how both ‘M’ and ‘007’ need to look for succession planning. So much so that the villain, Silva played beautifully by Javier Bardem, is also primarily obsessed with making sure that ‘M’ is dead and MI6 destroyed. The movie is more about internal issues  of Mi6, ‘M’, ‘007’, ‘Silva’ and The British Government. It is definitely slimmer, meaner & darker.

The movie fails to enthrall the audiences like other Bond movies have due to the lack of multiple chase sequences which is a regular in bond films. There is one with which the movie opens and is without doubt awesome but don’t blame me if I expect more from a Bond film. The makers are the ones who got me hooked to it in the first place. The movie does not take you to exotic locations like other bond movies have done in the past. We’ve been to the North Pole, Russia, India, Korea, etc… in the past. I am sorry but i do not consider a crowded China street as exotic. The women fail to impress too. I mean look at the list Ursula Andress, Halle Berry, Barbara Bach, Denise Richards, Eva Green, etc… These women had meaty roles and added the glamour quotient just as easily but in Skyfall, the women appear to be, well, just eye candy! This movie, unlike all other bond films does not have a next-gen car to boast of either, instead it has an old Aston Martin that come to the rescue of M and Bond, which I kind of like as it goes back into the legacy of James Bond and Britain.

Now the good parts. The movie, otherwise, is a good watch. Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes give excellent performances. Javier Bardem puts up an extremely impressive performance too but it is just that his character is not deep enough. It has not been explored enough. But he still manages to get a certain degree of madness into his role. Something that reminded me of ‘The Joker’ from the ‘The Dark Knight’.

The movie revisits Bond’s past rather fondly, specially, when 007 drives ‘M’ in that old Aston Martin. Technically the movie is excellent. A few camera angles are particularly outstanding. The movie appears fresh and more realistic but that is exactly where it goes against the flamboyant style of James Bond. Dialogues are good, a few of them particularly awesome, specially the one between ‘Q’ and ‘007’. The background score is awesome too. The title song ‘Skyfall’ performed bu Adele lives up to the brand name of Adele as well as 007. The movie also does have a artistic opening credits, something that the Bond movies are known for.

I would rate the movie 2.5 out of 5 and an extra 0.5 for the old world charm that this movie tries to visit so successfully. So, 3 out of 5 from me.

Kya Super Kool Hain Hum – Review

There is not much to say…the movie is too desperate. It tries too hard to match the effortlessness of Kya Kool Hain Hum. The movie is funny in parts but overall the movie is built around PJ’s of astronomical heights. It is like the movie is trying to be an adult movie for the sake of it. There is a continuous barrage of cheap jokes too.

Tushar Kapoor (I refuse to use Tu’ss’har) as always a major disappointment. He tries hard to recreate the magic of his only good performance which is Golmaal. But as mentioned earlier, it reflects as a very desperate attempt on the part of Tushar to use his previous successful character to infuse substance in his role. Tushar needs acting classes…badly…

Sarah Jane does a decent job. She plays her part well but is overshadowed by Neha Sharma in a massive way.

Ritesh Deshmukh is a seriously talent actor with an amazing sense of comic timing. Ritesh pulls off a few scenes a dialogues which I bet no other actor can possibly pull off. Even this movie seems like one of those movies which Ritesh completely carries on his shoulders. Not only does he play his own part brilliantly but also makes up for others shortfall…only issue this time Tushar was way ahead of him and Ritesh could not make up for it. Someone mentioned ‘The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits’.

Neha Sharma stuns. She looks pretty and acts pretty decently actually. I am sure acting opposite Tushar made her job a tough act but she kinda managed to pull it off. I feel it is impossible for a woman to act as if she is in love with Tushar, but she does extremely well. I could watch the movie all over again, only for her.

Anupam Kher & Chunky Pandey play their roles rather efficiently. Anupam Kher specially does an awesome job.

Watch the movie if you have nothing better to do, in fact a look at Housefull 2 again would be more entertaining. However, you could watch the movie again for Neha Sharma, I will.

The Dark Knight Rises – Review

Ok, I promise to have no spoilers in this review; it is a plan simple review for the ones who are looking for an opinion.

The movie, though not one of Nolan’s finest, as he has been claiming over the past few weeks, is still a must watch. The legend of The Dark Knight finally ends and ends pretty well actually. Not every movie you make can achieve what ‘The Dark Knight’ did but if we leave the comparison out, the movie stands a pretty solid ground.

Christian Bale for some reason looks a little pale, a little old and honestly, not even remotely close to his portrayal of The Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’, he however does give decent performance otherwise.

Tom Hardy does well as Bane but The Joker is probably going to be the toughest act to follow up for any actor. But I still feel, Tom has given a stellar performance.

Anne Hathaway impresses too, as the hot & sexy Catwoman. Though I still feel she is not spicy enough for this role.

Seasoned actors like Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman never disappoint.

To me, however, the surprise factor and a very good addition to Nolan’s gang (if I may call it so) is Marion Cotillard. She, as always, delivers an awesome performance and looks extremely beautiful while she does it.

Even Levitt has given an extremely commendable performance.

The story or the characters are not as deep as The Dark Knight was but as mentioned above it is still above average.

Visually also the movie is not as colourful as The Dark Knight was, especially owing to the lack of the Purple of The Joker. This movie is more dark unlike the previous movie.

Nolan, however, fails to create the craziness in the character of Bane as he had so well managed with The Joker. Bane is intimidating but does not pack a punch the way the Joker did. You were never sure about anything with The Joker but that is not the case with Bane. In simple terms Joker was a legend, Bane is not.

The movie is kind of sluggish in the first half but later you realize it was the build up. The movie builds up really well and the climax is powerful. It is definitely much better than The Avengers. The movie really starts picking up in the second half and trickles towards a very well set up climax which you are bound to enjoy.

The movie however is not exceptional like The Prestige, Inception or The Dark Knight. All these movies had something special that only Nolan can deliver. The Dark Knight rises fails to create that magic.

However, a footnote, I loved how the movie ends.

All and all, it is still a Nolan movie, it is still The Dark Knight Franchise and most importantly, it is still The Batman.

Must Watch.

Movie Reviews > Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a very smartly packaged movie from the house of Dharma Production, a production house which has now mastered the art of making ‘formula films’! This one is no different.

The story of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu has nothing special in it, however, as rumors have it, it is not a copy of Ashton Kutcher & Cameron Diaz starrer ‘What Happens in Vegas’. The only resemblance is that in this movie too the lead actors get drunk and get married in Vegas when they hardly know each other.

The direction of the movie is weak and does not generate enough interest to keep the audience hooked on. Actually, to be honest, the story is a real let down. The story is about 14 days in the life of Rahul, played by Imran Khan after he meets Riana Braganza, played by Kareena Kapoor. They get drunk one night in Vegas and end up getting married and in the process of trying and undoing the wedding they become great friends and things happen (I will not actually give away what happens…)

The movie has a very strong Jab We Met hangover to it with the lackluster life of Rahul and the energetic and vivacious Riana who brings excitement into Rahul’s life. Extremely similar to how Geet teaches Aditya Kashyap to live it up in Jab We Met. However, Shahid had delivered an exceptional performance in Jab We Met where Imran completely fails in this one. To makes matters worse, both the movies have Kareena in common.

As far as performances are concerned, Kareena once again delivers an outstanding performance. She seems spontaneous and natural. But since her character is so similar to Geet from Jab We Met, it comes across as kind of repetitive. But full marks to Kareena as even repeating Geet is a challenge.

Imran on the other hand needs to wake up…like seriously…! In total he had 3 expressions in the entire movie, out of which two are difficult to differentiate! He lacks intensity and fails to put across the emotions of the character. To makes matters worse all the other performances in the movie are just too good. Boman Irani & Ratna Pathak as Rahul’s rich, careless & almost funny parents deliver great performances. So does the guy who plays Riana’s dad in the movie [Sorry, could not find his name]. He has a small role but makes a mark.

The film has good music. The title track and the track ‘Auntiji’ are amazing. The music of the film has a ‘Aisha’ feel to it but thank heavens it is a much better movie as compared to Aisha…now you know how bad Aisha was! A special mention for Bosco of the famous Bosco & Caesar choreographer duo who takes the stage in the song ‘Auntiji’ and delivers a performance worthy of a choreographer!

The movie is a decent time pass, specially the first half when things are happening and the story is unfolding. The first half has its fun moments which is acceptable but the second half and specially the climax completely fails the movie. The lack of a good story, lack of good performance by Imran, lack of good direction are clearly visible in the climax which needed to be handled in a much more mature manner. The movie, however, as I earlier said is very smartly packaged and is a treat to look at. Since it is set in Vegas, it makes the frames look all the more better! Kareena is looking fab even with the little extra weight something we have always loved. Imran too looks the chocolate boy that he is known for but looks can’t carry one through…remember Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani. He badly needs a performance like what ‘Yuva’ did for The Junior B! Otherwise, the movie has everything that a Karan Johar production should have, it looks good, technically sound, great fashion…!

My Rating: 2.5/5  – Avoidable