An In-Depth Analysis Of Whiplash ( Spoiler Alert !)

If you read my reviews, you may know about my love for the critically-acclaimed 2014 movie ‘Whiplash‘. Since I live in India, I got to see Whiplash in 2015 after its Oscar glory gave it much required publicity. I lamented on the fact that I got to see this only in 2015 when the whole world had seen and was raving about in 2014. Whiplash was on everybody’s 2014 top 10 movies list, including that of my favourite film critic Chris Stuckmann’s list, in which ended up on the No.2 position. But since I saw it in 2015, I will definitely include it in my 2015 list in which it will most probably get the first position.

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Why ? Because Whiplash, in my opinion is one of the greatest films ever made. If you have checked the  ‘About Me’ feature on my blog, you may have noticed that Whiplash is fifth on my list of the Top 10 Greatest Films Ever Made, and if you haven’t, here’s the link : https://demandedcriticalreviews.wordpress.com/about/ . Now, you may say that I am exaggerating. That I am just a stupid teenager who doesn’t know crap about movies and will include any good movie that he has seen to his ‘Great Movies’ list. With all respect, I am not.

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This is a great movie, from the start to the end. This a movie that people are gonna look 25 years from now and say ‘That is a classic’. This will be on every ‘Great Movies’ list. Damien Chazelle will probably be where Quentin Tarantino is right now. (or where Shyamalan is right now, let’s hope that not happens). This will be helmed as one of the greatest independent features ever made. Reservoir Dogs is considered as ‘The Greatest Independent Film Of All Time’. But, that is the position that Whiplash will occupy after 25 years. And fortunately, I seem to sense it now. That’s why it occupies that position on my list.

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So today, my best friend payed me an unexpected visit to celebrate the first price I acquired in my extempore competition, and since I had nothing to entertain him or me, I turned to Whiplash, the movie that I never get tired of watching. After watching the movie, I looked up my review of  Whiplash, which also happens to be the first movie I reviewed as well. I am sure that many of you will find it very juvenile in its nature, so read it only if you haven’t watched the movie. https://demandedcriticalreviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/whiplash-review/

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So, a short prep. Whiplash is about Andrew Neiman, a jazz drummer who wants to become one of the greats. And when he is selected for a studio band, he thinks it is his first step towards greatness. But it may well become the last step as well if he doesn’t hold up against the psychological torture by the band’s curator, Terence Fletcher.

This film obviously deserves a second viewing, but I gave it its ninth viewing yesterday and I found many elements hidden deep within this movie. So let’s get started :-

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First of all, you may wonder why Andrew was selected. Throughout the film, one thing is apparent, Fletcher wants complete control. That’s why I think he avoids socializing and all that. He has a created a little world for himself where he is the God, where he can impose control over people. He tests his control everyday. When he enters the class, everybody has to stand up. When he moves those fingers and gives those signals, everyone has to start at the right time. That’s what attracted him to Andrew, because in their first encounter Andrew doesn’t listen to him. Nor does he stand up when Fletcher enters the room. He even begins drumming without Fletcher’s cues. He was selected just to grill him and mould him into one of his subjects.

I too in my post regarding the nominees and winners of Oscars 2015 (https://demandedcriticalreviews.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/oscars-2015/) criticized the Academy for giving the Oscar for Best Editing to Tom Cross for Whiplash instead of Sandra Adair for Boyhood. I sill stand-by that statement, Sandra Adair just proves why she is my favourite editor in Hollywood with that movie. But, I can now clearly see why the Academy might have come to their conclusion about this category.

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There is a scene in which Fletcher auditions Andrew, Ryan and Tanner for a rigorous 10 hours. So, the general perception we concur from that scene is that the audition lasted for only one hour because our only reliable source of time in those scenes were the occasional shots of the clock. But, Tom Cross put in an extra scene, a completely unrelated scene in the flick with an exterior view of the exit of the Conservatory to show that it was night. Sheer brilliance !

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Now, the first thing that I think attracted Fletcher towards Neiman is that he is a lot like him. Take into consideration the restaurant sequence of Andrew and Nicole. Andrew grills her, in a controlled way, and enforces a superiority complex in their relationship. He wants dominance because he ain’t got nothing from his family which constantly downplays his drumming. He forces Nicole to blurt out the truth that she chose her university just because it was the only one that let her in, while he chose his because it was the best music school in the country. Also, Andrew too considers everyone else lower than him. The standing testimony is when Ryan is given Andrew’s part, and he just vents his anger and calls him Johny Utah while in the next shot, Fletcher too calls him as Johny Utah.

And the ending ! Forget the drum solo, look at the meaning. It gave me a chill when I understood it in its entirety. Fletcher wins ! Now you are like ‘What the fuck is this guy talking about ? That asshole was drummed up his ass by Miles Teller !’ No, he wasn’t. Fletcher never had the potential to be great. But, in his conscious he was already great, he just wanted the world to admit it as well. Since he couldn’t prove this as a pianist, Fletcher employs another method – to be a kingmaker. That is the whole point of the ‘Bird’ story. As you may remember, early into the movie, Fletcher narrates to Andrew a story about how Charlie Parker became the Bird only after Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.

That’s what happened here as well. He made Andrew defeat him. He made Andrew great. He escalated Andrew to the position of Charlie Parker, which in turn, escalated him to the position of Jo Jones. He created such a scenario that wherever Andrew’s name will be taken, he will also be remembered.

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That’s what that smile was about. Both, Andrew as well as Fletcher acknowledged the actual truth. It was a paradigm shift in both their roles. But don’t be sad because Fletcher wins, because in a way Andrew too wins the bout.

I don’t know if what all I said is right or wrong, but there is one thing I know for sure and that is the fact that Whiplash is one of the best movies of the decade, and I would say one of the greatest movies ever made. It is an incendiary masterpiece, which I foretell that people, after 25 years will shout and say, ‘ That was THE MOVIE ! ‘

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A Memoir About A Best Friend – Robin Williams

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I was watching Star World one day and suddenly an advertisement pops up and a scene from the sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones’ is playing. And then it shows scenes of Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, Hook and finally concludes with ‘Goooooooooooood Morning Vietnam !’ and shows ‘THANK YOU ROBIN WILLIAMS 1951-2014’. And, my eyes were transfixed on the screen with utter shock. Completely shaken, I looked at the newspapers and there on the third page was an article titled ‘FROM MORK TO ALADDIN, WILLIAMS MADE THE WORLD LAUGH’ and I cried. One of the greatest shocks of lives had overtook me. My Robin was dead. The guy who inspired me, the guy who made my laugh, the guy who made me cry, he was gone.

Robin Williams is one of the greatest actors of all time. And he had an unshaken influence over me. I always considered Robin as one of my best friends. I heard Robin’s voice in Aladdin first. And his impersonations and his one-liners and everything about the Genie made me laugh. He was the best-friend I always wanted. Not just the wish giving part, but a friend who gives assistance in getting a girl, going through hard times and also makes me laugh, it was a dream.

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Next, I saw Good Morning Vietnam. What a movie ! Robin Williams’  rapid-fire improvisations along with his impersonations and that legendary quote made it one hell of an experience. Williams deserved an Oscar for that role and Academy once again messed up. Robin made us cry and laugh and even showed us the horrors of the war through that classic.

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Next was Dead Poets Society. I cried so much during that movie. It was so inspiring. That thought about seizing the day has still got me. The scene in which all the students stand up in the climax on their benches and shout ‘Oh Captain ! My Captain !’. I was left crying throughout that scene. The way he got to those students, defending them from getting crushed by their parents’  ambitions. He gave them hope and made them love education. He was the teacher I always hoped for. Not a teacher, but a friend of his students.

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And then came Good Will Hunting. A movie as flawless as it gets. My dude Chris Stuckmann was brought back into life during a difficult phase by this movie and I love it for that. This movie is a classic and will definitely make you cry. Such a brilliant performance by Williams. He is so good, especially that scene when Sean says to Will that it is not his fault, I could not stop sobbing. Williams deserved an Oscar for that role & he got it. I always wished I had someone like that who I could talk to about my interests and my passions and my life and he would be such a awesome listener. The movie discusses so many issues and tackles it in such an inspiring way.

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Robin Williams was would do anything as long as it kept the audiences happy. He was the only guy out there who really wanted to see a smile on everyone’s faces. He was one of the best human beings ever born. He is one of the very few celebrities I respect and love and adore and idolize. He inspired us all and made us laugh and I think our laughter was the power that he required to survive. Like Obama said ‘ Robin Williams came into our lives as an alien but ended up touching every human element ‘. Robin will be missed as long as cinema will sustain and Robin’s movies will continue to make us cry, laugh and  get inspired. Robin Williams was more than a man, he was hope himself. One of God’s most precious gifts to the world.

Why I Don’t Love Superhero Movies

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I began watching movies since I was 7 and during that age my love for them was extended only to sports and comedy genres. After a few more years, romantic comedies and dramas came into that space. And when I became 11, I read the Sherlock Holmes stories after which I expanded my horizons and the thriller and horror genres came in. After watching Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity I started appreciating the science fiction genre as well and The Raiders of the Lost Ark got me into action and archaeology. But, there is one genre that I still haven’t loved: Superhero movies.

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Superhero movies did excite me when I was a kid with nil knowledge about movies. I watched in delight the Iron Man and Spiderman movies but after some time, when I got acquainted deeply with Hollywood, I watched Chaplin, Zodiac, Good Night and Good Luck, Sherlock Holmes and Tropic Thunder. And I noticed a man who stole the scene in every scene that he acted. I saw a man who challenged the other actors with his performances and simultaneously improved their performances. I saw a great actor and then I saw Iron Man and Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. was stereotyped into a genre. That man who jumped within comedies and dramas and romantic comedies and even horror had stopped his routine because he had found the machine that was going to pay for his entire life. Why try to act in front of the camera and then sometimes receive criticism for it when you just have to go in front of the camera and just say some dialogues that the children will admire and make you a public favorite without much effort?

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We all know that Marvel will never stop making these movies. There will be another 6-7 sequels for Iron Man and 4-5 sequels to Avengers and Iron Man is part of the third Captain America movie as well and it is reported that RDJ will receive a 40 million plus salary for it. So he will earn what, another 250 – 300 million from the upcoming Marvel movies and by the time they end, he will be as old as Robert Duvall is right now. Then we can all agree that he won’t have much time left to give great performances. He will not be remembered as a great actor, but as the guy who put on a stupid iron suit and although the main work was done by the visual effects supervisor, walked away with a cool 200 mill.

Now, I do agree that the first Iron Man movie was a decent one. RDJ gave a good performance, the screenplay was good and it was enjoyable and sensible but once the first one gained critical and commercial success, the makers gained all the momentum required and started making balderdash. They had a gained a fan following that would be dedicated and would always forgive them for the movies that they make, because they would hope that there would be another one like the first. And by puking again and again over the hopes of the people, they make money.

Another problem with comic book movies is that they sort of appear to be catered only for comic book fans. I pity these fans, I really do. They go these movies expecting a good tribute to these heroes that made them laugh, cry and even inspired them in their life because they got a hero. Mostly nerds read these comics. Although I belong to a different species of the same kind, because I don’t like comic books or movies, I know how many of them feel. They don’t have many people to talk to, they lack the confidence to say something that they want tot to say and these heroes gave and still give them hope. They are given a feeling that there will always be someone who would be their best friend and listen to everything that they want to say and that they would never let any harm befall on them. And the feeling of seeing your heroes or friends in living skin is an experience just like I had when watching Harry Potter. And capitalizing on that feeling to make money is despicable. If you are trying to bring beloved characters that live in words on screen then utmost care should be taken so that they would be perfect to the people who idolize or love or despise them.

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Now let us move on to a time when this actually happened, i.e. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It was a great move to rope in the guy who had made Insomnia and Prestige and Memento at that time. Nolan understood that although comics are about the good guy kicking the bad guy’s ass, there was actually a drama at their core. Nolan didn’t saw Bruce Wayne as a guy who put on a cool suit and sat in a cool automobile and defeated the bad guys, he saw Bruce as a broke guy who was trying to wipe out the underworld because of the negative impact that the underworld had on his childhood. And the Batman movies don’t have continuous action scenes throughout them; they are shot like a crime drama which is also a character study.

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For example, let us analyze the greatest superhero movie villain of all time – Joker. In every shitty superhero movie, you see a guy who wants to make money/ world domination on his mind/ just kills without any reason. But, Joker is broke. He had an abusive father and the love of his life left him which burned his faith in humanity. Then he saw Batman as the guy who represents humanity in its good sense and Joker felt that Gotham should also see humanity as it really is, darkness. Joker is not a freak, he is a symbol of the true nature of human beings, i.e. evil and Batman was shown as hope. And we all know how that worked. I too consider the Batman trilogy as one of the finest movies ever made.

So, in reality, I do not have a problem with superhero movies, I have a problem with the way they are presented. If they are given more thought and care and not just considered as a money making machine for the makers and the actors, then this is a genre that can actually revolutionize cinema and can appeal to its target audience and also the average moviegoer who just wants to see a good movie on the screen.

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Skyfall Review

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                                           Bond. James Bond – James Bond

Skyfall -To make a last stand against a group of people when outnumbered and on your own turf

Sam Mendes’  Skyfall is about James Bond (Daniel Craig) the womanizing MI6 agent who is on a mission to recover the hard-drive containing the covers of NATO agents embedded in various terrorist organizations around the globe from Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) while M (Judi Dench) tries to not succumb to the pressure exerted by government officials via Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes).

Never has a movie stood so true to its title. It is a battle fought on the home turf, in the heart of London itself. Turmoil is the nature of Skyfall. Undoubtedly, Skyall is the most tense Bond movie ever made.

Bond movies had transformed into a complete action franchise while Pierce Brosnan was Bond. Although I am of the opinion, the Brosnan was the best Bond, the movies he starred in left the Bond franchise in total shambles. They are one of the best action movies ever made, but undoubtedly nowhere near the original Bond movies.

Then, came Casino Royale, which with a doubt is the greatest Bond movie ever made. Then, there was Quantum Of Solace, which was not good but did pleasantly have a cameo from my gal, Stana Katic. And, now there’s Skyfall.

It has been over 50 years since the Bond series began, and Skyfall is a boom. Skyfall begins with a heart pounding motorcycle chase which I think is one of the best shot action sequences in recent times. The Bond movies have been always been a source of fascination for me because it is the only movie franchise which manipulates the score so much that there are times that you feel disappointed when there isn’t a theme playing in the background. If any of you want to actually see the improvement in the Bond franchise, you should see Dr.No, the first Bond movie. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good movie, but Bond was undeniably trying to find his grounds and so were the technicians. The main Bond theme, however awesome it may be, is used so many times in that movie to fill in the gaps in scenes where it is not even suitable. There are only two times the main Bond theme is used in Skyfall. Once for the opening shot of Bond and second for the appearance of Ashton Martin DB5. And more than style, it was used to bring back the vintage memories we have regarding Bond.

I take a lot of pride in the fact that I have watched all the Bond movies released up to date and that may be one of the reasons I enjoyed Skyfall much more than my friends. Skyfall has very sharp dialogues but the way it pokes fun at the gadgetry of the previous Bond movies is praise worthy. Ah, the dialogues ! One of the reasons this film transcended the boundaries set for Bond movies is that it seriously downplays the normal, ultra-stylized dialogues commonly seen in Bond movies. Keep it real, keep it simple and keep it effective is the mantra used in Skyfall.

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Cinematography one of the movie helps it to stand out among many. Roger Deakins is the cinematographer for this flick and the way it looks is just beautiful. Colours are spread over the canvas by Roger’s cinematography and yet within these burst of visual exquisiteness, Bond stands out.

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Daniel Craig was met with a lot of criticism when he first took on the role of Bond. But those who say he is not good as Bond even after watching the movie, should have their mouths sealed with a duct tape which should be further sealed by lac so that they don’t utter another verse of stupidity of such order again in their lives. Daniel Craig is perfect as Bond, out doing his renowned predecessor Sean Connery. What makes this Brit from Some Voices stand out among the other Bonds is his rugged look. All the other Bonds were perfect in their appearance, but Craig has a rawness inside of him which fits in perfectly with his character.

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This Bond film also brings about the tradition of great Bond songs. Adele’s electric voice fills a void that had been left open in the Bond franchise for 10 years. James Bond is not an action hero and Adele seems to know that. The previous Bond songs were recorded as a celebration of Bond’s ultra-stylized vigour and his insatiable libido, but this song brings forth a loving side of the man we know as James Bond, a side which had been buried deep for a very long time.

The celebration of Bond’s night time exploits is kept to a minimum in Skyfall. There are two Bond girls in this movie, and three if the regularly flirtatious Eva Moneypenny is included. The movie keeps Bond’s sensual exploits to minimum because Skyfall is not just one of Bond’s missions, it is MI6 at turmoil.

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Javier Bardem gives us one of the most vicious villains of this decade in Silva. Best Bond villains are the ones who are in control. They put Bond in turmoil. Bond’s thrill is defined by the tension radiated by these villains who won’t stop at any cost till their mission is fulfilled just like Bond himself, which sort of made them an alter-ego of Bond himself. They are in control of the plot and manipulate the events to their convenience till the climax, where the tables turn on them. Enough of world domination, we needed a real purpose and Silva’s tragic past gives us just that.

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Thomas Newman’s score is pure. As I have mentioned before, the main theme is abstained from the soundtrack so that the turmoil set to motion in Skyfall doesn’t seem like the panache that the previous Bond movies had in store for the audience. And, there is a scene in which Bond escapes from bad guys and Komodo dragons, and then hands out a suitcase to Eva. He then stylishly walks away from her with a smirk on his face. I have never heard something that a pure from a composer. That theme was so short but it undoubtedly stayed with me even after the end. Do look out for it if you are to watch Skyfall.

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And of course there is Dame Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes ! One of my all time favourite actors, Ralph conducts himself superbly in this flick justifying every second of his time on screen. There is a hell lot of Judi in Skyfall. M as a character has always been an enigma. But the way Skyfall explores her past as well as her relationship with 007 is commendable. Judi Dench was always downplayed in the previous Bond movies starring Pierce but the way she has been put into limelight in the Daniel Craig ones bring back the subdued acting prowess in this British great.

Skyfall is a high-octane, emotional and dark Bond movie which revives our nostalgia and love towards Bond movies. The artistic viewpoint of Sam Mendes’  direction accompanied by the cinematography which is undoubtedly a masterpiece of cosmic proportions, brings back the womanizing MI6  secret agent with a bang and is undoubtedly one of the best Bond as well as action films ever made.

Rating : 9.1 / 10

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Superhero Movie Cliches & Why They Are (Unfortunately) Important

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It is disgust sometimes, sometimes it marvel, and lot more. I hate them. Yet, I watch every superhero movie hoping that there will be one like The Dark Knight again. My hopes have been shattered again and again as well but one of the most fascinating and amusing fact that I noticed after watching many of them was that they are so much cliched !

So I list out 5 cliches that we can all find in all the superhero flicks released till now. Hope you enjoy :

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1. TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD : We all remember young Bruce Wayne crying near his dead parents’  bodies in Batman Begins. A man with a traumatic childhood now-a-days has a 10 % chance of becoming a superhero, because that is one of the qualities required to be a superhero and also because they are making so many of these movies (an ant, really!) Peter Parker had to witness the death of Uncle Ben. Superman was the only survivor from Krypton and Bruce Banner had to withstand an alcoholic father. These incidents later mould the character to become a stronger person and teach them to stand up for themselves.

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2. A REALLY CRAPPY LOVE LIFE : We get it guys, superheroes are not dating material ! Unfortunately, all the gals that superheroes date are too demanding. How could they be that ? A guy is trying to save the lives of millions and still spend time with you, but you are not appreciative about that ? Moreover, these hot other halfs always end up extending the running time of the crappy movies because while saving the lives of millions, superheroes also have to save their girlfriends from their kidnappers too. This formula is the most used one actually. Most awesome relationship would be if Natasha and Bruce Banner hit it off because they are well capable of protecting themselves, but Joss Whedon just wouldn’t let that happen !

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3. SUPERHEROES ARE FOLLOWERS OF M.K.GANDHI’S PRINCIPLES : Mahatma Gandhi always advocated non – violence, but the saviors of the Earth have taken that too seriously. None of the strongest men on the planet kill the freaking villains. They take the morally righteous way in regards with justice. But, why ? Batman could have killed the Joker so easily in the end. Yet he left him with policemen. In Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway is reminded of the only supposed Batman rule ‘No guns, no Killing’. So, you can cost the state millions and millions of dollars, but you can’t kill the person responsible for it ?

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4. THERE IS ALWAYS A WISE GUY : Every superhero who has had his own independent feature movie has a mentor by his side who just makes awesome quotes out of thin air. In reality, they are the biggest liars and could easily have been politicians, because their words, and how much inspiring they may be, are lies, but they shower our guy with so much hope that he gets strong again to fight these high-paid villains. One more thing, expect for the Dark Knight trilogy, nobody really explains where these villains get such a huge financial remuneration from.

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5 . THE BUDGET HAS TO BE PLUNDERED : Except for the Dark Knight trilogy, every other superhero movie has made full use of its visual effects by destroying cities as if they are a sand castle that I made on the beach. No one really explains where these cities get fund from to repair all these damages, because it takes a year or two to get a road built here in Mumbai. After such collateral destruction, these cities look like New York city on New Year’s Eve in the next movie. Most freaking irritating thing is when you go to watch such movies in 3-D. First of all, there are very few three dimensional moments in these movies, and in the ones having them, it is rocks coming on your face. Instead of saving the Earth, these guys just end up causing a destruction of a scale, due to which the economy will have a hard time to get back to normal. But where the heck do they care about money? That is also why I think Nolan ended the trilogy with Dark Knight Rises. He knew he had caused such a destruction that by the time Gotham will recuperate, Bruce Wayne will be as old as Alfred Pennyworth !

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I hate cliches, but there is something about these superhero movie cliches that I have a moral obligation to clarify. We all aspire at some point of our lives that we should have been born as Superman, Peter Parker, or Bruce Wayne and so on. But these cliches like traumatic childhood and complicated love lives show us that these guys are not perfect. They are broke in reality and they had to or are still going through a lot in their real lives. Just because they have super strength, doesn’t mean they are always happy. These cliches show us that it is not fun to be like these guys, as we think it is to be.

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