Million Dollar Baby Review

Million Dollar is two movies emulsified into one, one is a sports movie and the other is a drama. Many movies have attempted this transition and failed miserably, but the skillful hands of Clint Eastwood never errs. As I am writing about this movie, I should warn you my dear friend, that if I spoil any of this movie for you, I ask for your apology beforehand. You see, I won’t get a sound sleep if I do a half-assed job at describing one of the greatest movies I have ever seen in my life. So, my apologies.

Million Dollar Baby dives head-first into a world of cliches with its familiar settings. You have the obsessed natural fighter, the gruff old trainer who is at loss after a betrayal and the likeable nobody. However, Paul Haggis’ screenplay circumscribes you from being skeptical about it from the first dialogue. Morgan Freeman’s rusty and soothing voice belts out some of the finest, if not THE finest dialogues written for any sports movie. It paints a picture from just plain words.

As the movie progresses, it takes you with it, completely enchanted. There, I found myself, cheering for Maggie with all my heart, with love I couldn’t even muster for my best friends when they competed in those inter-school football matches. I rarely root for a protagonist, but when I do, I do it with all my heart. In Million Dollar Baby, there was a brief moment where I felt to pay for an injury Maggie sustains after a fight. One of my favorite film critics, Mark Hobin once said ‘At its apex, the medium of film can capture a situation so perfectly that it goes beyond mere entertainment and matures into a reflection on the human experience. A presentation of characters so authentic and so raw that you forget that you’re sitting in a theater watching a movie, but have wandered into a circle of people and are now eavesdropping on their lives.’ That’s what Million Dollar Baby did to me. It blurred all lines of fiction.

The second half is probably one of the most depressing cinema ever filmed. It left me inconsolably sobbing. I wish film-schools make Million Dollar Baby a mandatory cinema for study. I wish all the aspiring film-makers and screenplay writers learn how to inundate the audience with a bond so powerful between characters that the film-going experience translates into a life changing one. When I was set to watch Million Dollar Baby, I expected to take a thing or two from it back home when it ended and make a good case for why Hotel Rwanda would have been a better choice for Best Picture, instead I found myself proclaiming it as one of the greatest movies ever made, and taking away the whole meaning of life itself when it ended. This is why I go to the movies.

(Hilary Swank trained 5 hours per day for this movie which resulted in her winding up with a potentially life-threatening staphylococcus infection. She chose not to tell Eastwood about this because she thought it would be out of character for Maggie. Just thought you should know, that real actors do exist, who live and breathe their art)

RATING :- 9.6 / 10

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Hotel Rwanda Review

There is a scene where the Belgian soldiers arrive at Hotel Rwanda. They are there for evacuating the European refugees (NOT THE AFRICAN ONES). While the Europeans are boarding the bus, a group of orphans arrive. The scene is hauntingly adorned with rain and a song in a language not even marginally known to me. It is the closest, any movie has been in my eyes, got close to equaling the greatness of Schindler’s List. That is saying is the closest any movie has been to reaching the highest pinnacle of cinema itself.

Hotel Rwanda is as much about human cruelty as much as it is about morality. It follows Paul Rusesabagina, the assistant manager of a hotel in Rwanda. The year is 1997, the year of the political crisis where erupted in Rwanda between the majority Hutus and the minority Tutsis. During this crisis, Paul Rusesabgina, a Hutu, saved 1280 Tutsis by harboring them at his hotel.

One of the prime reasons people evade such movies is not because of its depressing content, but mostly because of its same structure. There is the man who is only concerned about his family at the inception, but transforms by seeing the horrors around him and in the end, ends up saving lives. Hotel Rwanda is no exception.

Yet, in my opinion, such movies are like horror movies. The plot line may be similar to others, but is the way in which director treats the material the makes the difference. The director here is Terry George, known for his screenplays concerned with The Troubles. And he excels.

The movie feels like a political movement of its own, and here at the top of the pack is Don Cheadle, playing Paul Rusesabagina. The highlight is the control. Cheadle, forget overplaying, never plays it. He is the assistant manager, and that he knows he is. He walks with grace through the hallways laced with refugees except for a scene where he breaks completely, and that too, all alone. Here is a performance that makes me sad to blink, for missing a moment of moment of it seems a crime.

As the movie progresses, there are various attempts of escape which fail again and again. I won’t enlighten you with the details, since it is taxing for me to write and boring for you to read. Let’s say, Hotel Rwanda becomes an oasis in the center of the desert.

Such films deserve to be made, and I have often emphasized on this. Even if it is a shabby effort, they need to be made. Because we cannot forget history. We cannot forget history in a time people still believe Holocaust was fake. I need to know. In the future, my children and in the distant future, my grandchildren, they all need to know. They need to know the humanity can find hope in the worst of time. That even in the darkest of times, in the end, it is only the goodness that eventually prevails.

Hotel Rwanda is a shout-out to the world. We are smeared on the faces with haunting probabilities : Couldn’t the United States help ? Couldn’t France help ? Couldn’t……….

All the world could have. What matters is none of us fucking did. Why ? Because we are COWARDS. There is a strategy Paul employs to get help. He calls the head office of his hotel, based in France, and instead of requesting for help, he says his final goodbye to them. It haunts them more than anything else and he gets. He says ‘ Shame them to help us’. That why this cinematic work is important. So the future generations will be shamed at the past and help their futures.

Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair Review

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair is about The Bride (Uma Thurman) who wakes after a four year coma. She remembers the massacre at her wedding rehearsal orchestrated by her former flame and boss Bill (David Carradine) which lead to the death of her to-be-husband, friends and the baby in her own womb. Revenge is on The Bride’s mind and she sets out with a Hattori Hanzo sword to make use of the rigorous training given to her by Pai Mei (Gordon Liu). The Bride travels all over the world to kill all the five members of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who attacked her at the wedding rehearsal and eventually – to Kill Bill.

It is so much fun describing the plot. Imagine what would have been the fun writing it ! If any of you actually read scripts of movies, just read Tarantino scripts. It feels as if you are reading a Dan Brown novel. It is a complete page turner. Such is Kill Bill. It is an appeasing repertoire for martial arts movie fans, drama movie fans, or just people who love movies. You may wonder why I am reviewing the whole series than Kill Bill – Volume 2 since I did review Kill Bill – Volume 1 solo. The thing is that  I recently pondered over that review and found it to be extremely badly written. I don’t blame myself for this, because Kill Bill – Volume 1 doesn’t have a story, it is one literally bloody entertaining scenario which paves the path for another entertaining scenario. Even look at Ebert’s review, he hasn’t actually talked much about the movie, but has elaborated on the references.

But this is the film that proves Tarantino as a great film-maker. At first, the second half of Kill Bill was disappointing. After the first half, which had set me on the mood for another two hours of illogical, darkly-comic and wildly entertaining violence. But what I got was …….. melodrama. Tarantino experimented with something he had never done before. It was a huge risk considering the pulse set by the first half. But he came, he saw and he conquered.

I think the first half is what made the movie a Tarantino movie, the second half is what made the movie a great movie. At the beginning of the movie, just before Bill puts a bullet through The Bride’s head, he asks, “Do you find me sadistic ? This is me at my most masochistic.” That is the perception we have initially about the story. We are led astray in world of blood, and what we make out form the plot-less first half is that sometime before, The Bride was employed by Bill, with who she ended up doing the dance without her pants, but you just can’t trust those rubbers, can you ? She got pregnant. And she left the job to look after her baby and Bill turned out to be a cold-blooded killer who killed his child and girl without giving a second thought. But, the second half made me sympathize with Bill. He was desperate. The girl he had so closely clung onto had apparently left him as if he was just a one-night stand for her at a nightclub in Taiwan. He wanted vengeance as well. Revenge is one her mind, but it was one his mind as well. He wanted to settle the scores as well. It was the first time Bill had fell for a lady, and she just dumped him after showering with love and affection. It was unbearable for Bill.

The first half has the power to stand on its own, the second half lacks it. But, the first half can stand on its own but will be on the same line as Vin Diesel movies, but second half completes it. Second half is much about the psychological tension between the characters. The troubled relationship with Bill and Budd, Bill and Bride, the rivalry between Elle and Bride and so on. It is a stupendous closing for a great story.

Tarantino’s references to other movies is well apparent in his movies. He is paying homage to hundreds of movies in a single of his. That is why I think the energy channelled into each of his movie is so inordinate that each of his movie feels like a film festival of its own. Tarantino manipulates the audience. He makes us laugh at the bloodiest scenes, and think at conversations about goldfishes. The dialogue itself works as an audio-book of its own. Beautifully written, with constant references to movies and also a touch of formality. The panache in them is unforgettable. But, the first half leaves us with a perception that the second half is going to be an explosion on the scale of Krakatoa eruption. But the climax is something heartfelt, rather than an epic fight on the mountains against the rising sun.

Emotionally tense, vibrant, darkly-comic and entertaining, Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair is and always remain a standing testament to the sheer genius of Quentin Tarantino.

 Rating : 9.4 / 10

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