Are Movies Consuming My Life ?

To my dear readers, this article is mostly me moaning about my personal relationship with movies so read at your own risk, you may find it boring.

If you have read my Gravatar profile, you may have noticed I have said that I have opened this blog to find more people to talk about movies, because i have no social life. This point was further elaborated in my article ‘Answering The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ and the review of the television series ‘Castle’. Today, a thought passed through my mind. It just came out of nowhere, but has left me thinking ever since and I won’t be able to concentrate on any other thing if I don’t write this and share it with you, my friends.

See, the main reason I have no social life, or more clearly, the reason why I am lonely is because of movies. I didn’t have this problem till I was 12. Then, I watched Castle one day and from that day, I have never looked back. That was the time when I got immersed in English entertainment. English literature, television and movies became my life. The thought that they are responsible for the current despicable state of my social life was just heart-breaking. Had the things I worshiped for happiness became the inception of my sorrow ? I didn’t know and that is what got me here, writing this post, as a eccentric form of therapy.

This article is not for your sympathy, please give that to the earthquake victims of Nepal who suffered the most grave tragedy. Instead, I just want you to read this and reach out to me. If you are a lover of English literature, movies and television shows, I need you desperately. I don’t know if I am making a convincing appeal because I am typing every random thought passing through my mind, but I hope you understand friend.

Movies have become a part of my daily routine. I can’t live without them. I watch at least one every weekend. Every free time I get is consumed in making lists regarding movies, or just talking about them to my very bored friends at school who don’t want to listen to me but pretend to care about what I say just so that my feelings don’t get hurt.

I don’t know if you understand my state of mind, I don’t know if you understand loneliness. You may, or may not, I don’t know. This is a problem that many do not understand. I have tried conveying this to two of my friends. One listened very compassionately, other just asked a question- You live in Mumbai, with a population of 270 million, how can you be lonely ? I say, because I can’t reach out to them, and because not one among these 270 million intrigue me.

If I approach you to be my friend, please forgive me if I appear to be pushy. I don’t want to be, but the remotest possibility of having a friend who has the same love towards movies that i have intrigues me to a high extent. Loneliness is not having people around you, it is not having people around you that you can bare your soul with. I want to talk about movies, sitcoms and books, because that is the only thing that intrigues me. Escapism as many call it, that’s what this is all about. I love getting transported to a new world with new characters, a world where I don’t have to worry about Chinese currency and Kim Jong Un. And that is what I want, a friend who wants to share this experience with me. A friend who I can talk about my passions with. A friend who confides in me. But, my passion turns out to be Hollywood movies and there ain’t nobody around here who wants to talk about them. I wish I could be there in London or California where I have more chance of finding such a person.

i have said that even if you don’t read my reviews, just post some comment, try to spark of a conversation, because I desperately need it my friend, I need it.

I love Chris Stuckmann (https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisStuckmann). Why, because he is a lot like me. He used to be lonely at a time, had a dark phase in his life, then what got him up again ? Movies and he took up a career I wish I had. I envy him, he has a geeky wife as well and has people around him who also talk non-stop about movies. Whenever Chris talks, it feels like I am talking to a friend. It’s a warm feeling. I have possessiveness around him too, although I don’t know him. I cried when he got emotional in his tribute of Robin Williams, and I start a fight with anyone who says something bad about him in comments. I hope I can meet him sometime.

I also wanted to say something about some people I have met due to this blog. First of all, Mark Hobin. He is the creator of Fast Film Reviews (http://fastfilmreviews.com/), and is my favourite movie critic alongwith Chris Stuckmann, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. He is more of a mentor for me as well, he helped in a lot of things concerned with my blog and was also the first follower of my blog. Mark, if you are reading this, thanks for all that you have done. You may not know it, but I consider you one of my best friends. You reply to every comment that you get on your website which I find as a very great virtue. Mark, you may find some of my comments on your website as stupid, or just completely unrelated to the concerned movie or topic. I sometimes post them when I feel overcomed by loneliness. The fact that you will reply brings in some assurance to my existence and that joy when you reply cannot be described in words. I know you may find this very silly considering you reply to hundreds of comments, but I just wanted to say, it means a lot.

Next, to Kelly Konda. He is another person I consider as a friend. He was the first person to like a post on my blog and also talk to me through this medium. He also gave me a big step in my short blogging life. He offered to send me an invite to be a contributor on We Minored In Film (http://weminoredinfilm.com/) Due to some technical glitches, the invitation doesn’t arrive on my account. Fuck Indian internet ! But, the fact that you cared so much about my writing was very touching and I hope we can talk again sometime.

I think that is about it. But concerning to the main question, are movies consuming my life, I say the above mentioned examples are a proof that they have introduced me to few fellows who love movies as much as I do. So, it may be baby steps, but I am making new friends and I hope to keep on forging new relationships of friendship with people who share a love towards this art. Maybe you, the reader of this article, may turn out to be the best friend I will ever have. I may even end up getting teased for this article on the ruthless, emotionless internet. An endless list of possibilities lie before me, and that will help me to go on. I will keep trying.

Kickstarting the David Fincher Series !

So, today is David Fincher’s birthday. Fincher’s works in modern cinema are very fascinating in nature and engrossing to watch. So, on Sunday, 6th September, I will kick start the David Fincher collection by reviewing his movie ‘Se7en’ and then The Social Network, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Game, and Zodiac. I won’t be reviewing Gone Girl and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because they are inappropriate for my age and since Aliens 3 is not acknowledged by Fincher himself as his work, I won’t be reviewing that as well. A review will be posted every Sunday without fail. Hope you guys enjoy !

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Review

Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is about bounty hunter Joe (Clint Eastwood) and Mexican outlaw Tuco (Eli Wallach) who form an unlikely partnership. Joe hands in Tuco for a reward and rescues him moments before he is hanged. This partnership hits rocks when Joe’s shot at the rope goes awry one time. But, they reunite under unlikely circumstances to search for a 200000 dollars treasure hidden in a cemetery, while Sentenza (Lee Van Cleef) closes in on their heels within a Civil War background.

Quentin Tarantino has cited this movie as the best shot movie in the history of cinema and the biggest influence in his film-making career. I can see why. It was the 60’s. Hollywood was gifted with classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, The Sound Of Music, La Dolce Vita and Mary Poppins. But the alpha male was subdued by these movies. He was feeling it gradually. He was on the verge of a revolt. He had enough of this dancing and kissing bullshit. He needed something raw and energetic. Something that he could cheer on and make him feel like a man again. And then came The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

The tragedy lies therein. Sergio Leone never got much acclaim for this movie. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is a trend-setter. A classic. See, whenever we think of Western movies, what do we think of ? We think of a cowboy, with a revolver in his hand, a cigarette on his lips, sitting on a horse within a breath-taking landscape. The seeds of the Western genre were sown in this classic. Everything that we now know about the Western genre originated from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

What a glorious movie ! This movie’s narrative is unfolded in a 178 minutes run time. But, there isn’t a single scene in the movie where you are bored. The intensity is building up like a pressure cooker. There isn’t much movement. When you are watching this movie, you will be serene. You will watch it just like any other movie. But when the explosive climax is set into motion, the tension will reach a climax. You will be biting your fingernails, or maybe, your toe nails, like in my case.

Many look upon the movie as a celebration of ultra-stylized no-nonsense violence and coolness and what not. It isn’t anything like that. If you just look closely, you will notice that the introduction of Joe, Sentenza, Tuco, i.e. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly takes about 30 minutes of the narrative. So, it means that the first thirty minutes were like a prologue to this epic, you just don’t notice it because of its entertainment value. These characters are as well sketched as any other.

It is not a journey to the cemetery in its true sense, it is a journey from one hurdle to another. These men are in constant peril, but what makes it such a rich story is the fact that they identify themselves with the trouble. They love this life. It is not the money that drives them, it is the peril. That feeling of their thickening when they are encountering an opponent who has an equal change of winning just like them. And that moment of victory is what keeps them going. They derive a certain pleasure from it, a psychological orgasm.

Okay, enough of this goddamn formality, this movie is super cool !!!!! Everything about it is cool. Its main theme, the way Joe lights a matchstick with his fingers, the way Tuco shoots from the bath-tub. And the dialogues ! They are splendid. But what obviously stands out is the tension. The emotions that Sergio Leone puts into force is unimaginable. Instead of great dispersed crowds, he takes in a few individuals and embroils a scene with their tension. Anything can happen, but it takes a hell lot of time to happen. And that’s where the score comes in. Every epic doesn’t become an epic until it has a score to supplement that. And Ennio Morricone does just that. The score is flawless.

And the cinematography ! Hey folks, did you enjoy watching Interstellar, Gravity and Inception in the theaters ? Say thanks to Tonino Colli. His cinematography broke the barriers in cine world, because the breath-taking shots of landscapes couldn’t be confined to 35 mm. These are jaw-dropping scenes, to say the least.

But at its core, the movie is about settling old scores. This is well apparent in the final scene of the movie, which I cannot describe in detail because I don’t want to spoil it for you. But a special mention of Tuco is much required. This is one of the greatest movie characters of all time. You may think Joe is the hero of this movie. Well, he ain’t, Tuco is. He handles the whole movie and also he so convincingly puts on a mask of goodness around him, that by the climax we forget he is ‘The Ugly’.

With its acting finesse, superb cinematography and a gritty score, The Good,The Bad & The Ugly is a movie of epic proportions and will remain a masterpiece and the most definitive movie of the Western genre.

Rating : 9.4 / 10

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That time when Quentin Tarantino talked about ‘those Cate Blanchett’ movies

Quentin Tarantino is a bravado. He is a source of energy in the cine-world just like anti-matter in the world or in that case, in Dan Brown novels. But, if you look closely, Tarantino keeps much to himself. But no complaints considering the fact that his mind is constantly engaged in churning out stories like Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. But, recently Quentin Tarantino revealed that while he finds many movies good and artsy, he still thinks they don’t have a place in cinema.

That is the most true statement anyone has made for a really long time. I too wanted to say this for many years, but I never had the guts to say it. That’s what I love about Quentin Tarantino. He is so cool ! He just makes what he wants to make and just says what he wants to say. He is unrestrained.

Quentin Tarantino’s statement was like this ‘Half of these Cate Blanchett movies — they’re all just like these arty things. I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life. Look at movies like The Fighter or American Hustle. These are movies that folks are gonna even after 30 years.’

A standing ovation for you, Mr.Tarantino. Movies now-a-days which get all these Oscars have no shelf life. The movie gets consumed in the art it is supposedly trying to display. It is no fun for the audience, just some things to rave about for a bunch of self-proclaimed film intellectuals who praise all things which are considered heart yet criticize pure entertainers as they do not consider them art.

This is what makes Tarantino’s movies to stand out. They are pure entertainment while still being a ode to the art known as cinema. Cate Blanchett is one of my all time favourite actress, because she just gets under the skin of any character she has to play, and also she happens to be HELL HOT ! But, I wouldn’t just categorize such movies to Cate Blanchett. Many movies are released every year which no one actually enjoys. And then there is moaning about people not appreciating thoughtful art yet making crap like Transformers blockbusters. I say give something to the audience.

After 30 years no one’s gonna remember Blue Jasmine or Ida or all that. People are gonna look up this age and point out American Hustle, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Django Unchained or Whiplash. These are movies that will continue to enthrall the audiences even after a century. These are movies that people are going to be known as classics, these are movies that will be acknowledged as a celebration of cinema. Art at its purest form. So, I hope people will listen to Tarantino’s statement and try to make movies that have a retain value and can be enjoyed by audiences any time they want.

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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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Oru Vadakkan Selfie Review (No Spoilers)

G.Prajith’s Oru Vadakkan is about Umesh Manohar (Nivin Pauly), Shaji (Aju Varghese) and Thankaprasad (Neeraj Madhav) whose daily routine consists of just drinking, having fun, watching movies, and trying to woo girls. For them, it’s all fun and no work. When Umesh’s father tries to force him to join him at his grocery shop, Umesh runs away from his home and gets on a train to Chennai where he plans to pursue a career in film-making. While on the train he meets Daisy (Manjima Mohan) a girl from his village. While all his attempts to woo her fail, he takes a selfie with her without her knowing and sends it to Shaji who spreads around the information that Umesh has run away with Daisy to Chennai to get married. When Umesh returns from Chennai, he gets to know about the lies Shaji has spread and threatens to expose him to the public. So, Shaji accompanies Umesh to another trip to Chennai to find Daisy, where they meet Jack Tracker (Vineeth Srinivasan), a private detective. They hire him and soon they find Daisy, but then, they  uncover a web of lines and a road trip across Tamil Nadu is set into motion to uncover the truth behind this.

By the way I have described the plot people will think it is embedded with spoilers, that is why I informed beforehand that this review is depraved of spoilers. If you have read the whole plot synopsis I have typed, then your basic perception will be that this is some cliche ridden Malayalam with no heart. Believe me, it’s not !

The story begins as it should. As an entertainer. Making us acquainted with its hilarious and unique style was a great move. Very very unique is this movie. Nivin Pauly is natural. Everytime I see him on screen, I forget he is acting. He is the Hugh Grant of Indian cinema. If you go look up Hugh Grant’s Wikipedia page, the following is the description about the actor :-  ‘Hugh Grant approaches his roles like a character actor and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of irony or sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery and facial expressions.’

Isn’t that exactly how you would describe Nivin Pauly ? In my opinion, Hugh Grant is one of the greatest actors ever born, and Nivin Pauly is well on the road to become one. Many people may stereotype him. Say that he just does the same thing over and over again ? But everytime he does it, isn’t he well under the skin of his character ? Dialogues are nothing but things that we say ever day. But the way he presents them in such a spontaneous way and with perfect timing ! It doesn’t err in a single scene. It is always enjoyable too see him in the same character over and over again.

Aju Varghese is another person is this movie who has super comic timing. He is in for the fun, and like hell does he give it to the audience. He is superb. Manjima too is very good. Vineeth Srinivasan is not perfect in his comic timing in this movie. I later came to understand that he is made for dramatic roles, not comic ones. This is very apparent in the later half of the movie, when it exposes its emotional core.

MY ROUTINE TOMORROW :

6 : 00 – WAKE UP

6 : 17 – GET OFF THE BED

6 : 25 – START TO BATHE 

6 : 45 – WAKE UP FROM SLEEP IN THE BATHROOM

7 : 10 – GET READY FOR SCHOOL

7 : 15 – CLIMB THE SCHOOL BUS LIKE TOM CRUISE IN ROGUE NATION

7 : 20 – STRANGLE MY FRIEND FOR SAYING THAT THIS MOVIE’S CLIMAX SUCKS

As the movie began, everyone around me was like this is the same shit over and over again. Everybody thought this wasn’t going to end well. A great man once said ‘To say a message, be funny and not gritty’. Since, that quote sucks so badly, you have surely figured that it was said by me, but it holds truth for this movie.

Engaging is the only word that I can use too describe this. It takes its time to set up things considering it is so complicated on paper. And then it begins. Oru Vadakkan Selfie is just like ice in its nature. Ice melts from solid to the form it actually was before, a liquid. This movie is in its heart a drama, it is just given shades of comedy. The hilarity starts to wane off gradually, but still keeps the audience engaged with its occasional one-liners.

And this movie also acted as a litmus paper for judging many of my friends, because it proved many of them are idiots. Almost all of them hated the ending. Why ? Because they can’t appreciate something which has a meaningful end. A socially-prevalent message had crept into this movie without our knowing and is conveyed beautifully in the movie’s climax. And for the first time, the leads don’t get together. It brings such maturity to the table unseen in Malayalam cinema for a very very long time. And the cinematographer deserves a special mention because the movie is visually arresting.

While being a successful comic caper, Oru Vadakkan Selfie is in its heart a beautiful mature drama which delivers a very strong message to the audience at the climax without downplaying it in any way and is definitely a must-watch.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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Syriana Review

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Economics is a social science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between the ends and scarce means which have alternative uses‘ said Lionel Robbins. This is considered as the modern definition of economics and this definition is considered to be ‘scarcity oriented’. ‘Human behaviour, society,relationships‘ are the words that echo throughout my mind after watching Syriana.

Micheal Gaghan’s Syriana depicts the effects of the merger of two oil companies named Connex and Klein on various individuals right from an aspirant for the next Emir to a jobless Pakistani worker and everyone in between.

Syriana isn’t a geopolitical thriller about oil industry at its core, it is a drama. It studies human relationships and the impact an industrial event has various human relationships spanning various continents. One is set in Kazakhstan, three in America and one in a faraway country not mentioned. But the impact is the same. There are drastic consequences to each party involved.

The movie’s tagline is ‘Everything is connected‘. Never has a tagline seemed more appropriate for a movie with respect to its content. Syriana is directed by Stephen Gaghan, the same individual who wrote the screenplay for Traffic. The movie is loosely based on the novel ‘See No Evil’. The screenplay is rock solid, as expected. There isn’t a single hole in the movie’s screenplay.

I love movies which demand you to pay full concentration to the flick. Do not watch them if you watch movies as means of stress busters on weekends. I recommend (500) Days Of Summer for that exercise. Syriana is a movie that is very demanding in its nature. Stephen Gaghan has taken up a screenplay which many may consider as inappropriate to be made into a movie and to some extents, they are right. Syriana requires utmost attention from its viewer, if it wanders for even some minutes, the viewer will be lost for the remaining narrative to be unfolded.

It is very disturbing in its nature and very very hard to comprehend. When I finished watching Syriana, I felt ashamed of myself. I felt as if I hadn’t given something great the attention it deserved. I immediately checked out Ebert’s review of Syriana. And I was assured to write this review. Syriana isn’t meant to be understood by us, the general audience, it is written to be comprehended by intellectuals. But, for us, it is meant to be a dramatic thriller. A movie in which how much we try to understand, we fail to grasp, but still feel satisfied in the climax.

George Clooney is tantalizing as Bob Barnes. He sheds all the star factor in him and becomes the character. Matt Damon is superb in his role as well. And so are the other actors. Amanda Peet is phenomenal in this movie.

Syriana is a slow paced thriller. It is a compelling character study. There are various plot lines intersecting at various points. Moreover, it is a apt description of how everyone from up to low is affected by economy. The whole point is that oil is running out and everyone wants it and will do anything for it. It shows human nature in its lowest grade, a society which is driven by greed. It shows how money changes humans. But, the very fabric of the film is the underlying father-son relationship in each of the narrations. It is a struggle of how these characters try to keep a normalcy in their loved ones while being embroiled in these great crisis. Some break, while some come out stronger.

It is also a fascinating insight into magnitudes of events we choose to ignore. A uncomplicated death of a young boy sets into motion a world changing crisis. It is a standing testimony to the fact that history is shaped by small events. Take the example of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A small insignificant death triggers one of the greatest horrors in the history of the world. I also recommend you to watch the dual-episode concatenation of such a conspiracy which unfolded in Pandora and Linchpin, the best episodes of one of my all time favourite television series Castle.

To try to understand the script in its full sense is an exercise in futility. It is enough material to write a book as big as George RR Martin writes. The movie’s biggest fault is that it assumes that the audience as bright as it is. Most of the audience, like me, isn’t. For a movie of a running time of 128 minutes, this flick deserves much more clarity. It doesn’t justify the running time. Don’t get me wrong, it is superbly edited by Tim Squyres but it needs more explanation. We are lost in this movie. It needed something uncomplicated to run it. It needed a false perception that could give the audience the satisfaction of understanding Syriana. Believe me, nobody wants to come out of the cinema hall and acknowledge that they didn’t understand the movie they just saw. Many people have the ideology that movies, which are means of entertainment, cannot get the better of them. The relationship that a film maker has with audience should be strong for a movie to work, and here it does seem feeble in nature. Syriana is as complicated as it gets, and for its own bad, that doesn’t change at all through out the movie.

The movie is not for general viewing. It is definitely not for everyone. It has a terrifying torture sequence which even I couldn’t watch. It scared the living crap out of me. But, the climax gets it right. It puts into limelight the emotional core of the film. I felt like crying. I still don’t know why. Maybe because it is when it hits you how broke these characters are in real life. And (next sentence is a spoiler, please skip it if you haven’t watched the flick) I can assure that the expression on Clooney and Siddig’s faces seconds before their last moments touched something deep down in my heart.

The score haunts me to this day. This movie would have been a insipid, colossal failure if it wasn’t for the score by Desplat, which well deserved an Academy nomination. The whole movie is burdened on this score. Being a slow paced thriller, it requires the score to keep up and give the audience those timely adrenaline rushes and Alexandre Desplat never fails in his job, proving himself as one of the best composers we have. And that piano solo is the plight of all the characters put into a single theme which may be one of the greatest themes ever composed. Never have I heard something so soothing yet so haunting in its nature.

Syriana is a gritty, slow paced thriller set within the oil industry, but at its core is a disturbing drama about human relations and how money affects every one of them to drastic extents. It lags in various portions and is hard to keep up with it and is a one-time watch, but should be appreciated for its great effort and its tantalizing performances.

Rating : 8.1 / 10

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