The Wizard Of Oz Reviewed & Analyzed

The fact that a MGM musical is still celebrated by cinema lovers world over is an astonishing certitude. But after watching The Wizard Of Oz, I laugh in the face of the qualms I had regarding this movie before watching it. There isn’t a movie worthy enough of its position in world cinema than this adaptation of the Frank Baum classic by Victor Fleming.

I won’t get myself in the trouble of trying to explain its plot for the moment, for it’s as famous as the movie itself and so silly yet genius that I haven’t yet developed such a mastery of English language that it can be summarized by me within a paragraph.

The movie is a celebration of everything that we love about fantasies – characters reeking of innocence in a world which doesn’t. But rather than praising its beautiful and hilarious songs, the wonderful production design or the fabulous performances, I would much like to dedicate this post to why this MGM musical of 1939 still holds its ground in a world so strongly inhibited by the likes of Kubrick and Hitchcock and everyone else. And the only reason which seems to transpires before me except for the historical importance it reeks of for the use of Technicolor is the plot of the movie.

So, the movie’s central protagonist is Dorothy Gale who as you might know, unless you have been living under a rock for the entire course of your lifetime, gets transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow (one who wishes for a brain), Tin Man (one who wishes for a heart) and the Cowardly Lion (one who wishes for courage). Together, they embark on the journey to Crystal Palace, to meet Oz who will fulfil all their desires. (A paragraph which seems to contradict my earlier statement about summarizing the plot of this movie in a paragraph, but believe me, reading this and thinking you now know the entirety of the plot of this movie would be to look at one brick of the Great Wall Of China and say that’s all there is to it)

The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion for me seem to epitome the innermost desires of Dorothy’s which seems to give the entire movie a surreal underlining which I will go into later. The Scarecrow seems to be a metaphorical representation of Dorothy’s yearning, or more better a child’s yearning, to be considered equal in his/her intelligence by the adults. In the beginning one can see how Dorothy’s family members seem to dispose of her troubles without giving it a moment’s thought, most probably giving her the idea that they consider her asinine, and thus the yearning to be intelligent.

The origin of Cowardly Lion can be traced back to when Zeke advises Dorothy to be a little brave while facing Almira Gulch. Dorothy’s reluctance to accept her consternation about Gulch seems to be the reason why the Cowardly Lion seems so unabating in making his cowardly nature so obtrusive.

Then what about the Tin Man who wishes for a heart to feel with, a quality which Dorothy seems so abound of ? I believe this is her yearning for Miss Almira Gulch, which further affirms her goodness.  Although the Wicked Witch of the West seems to be a representation of Gulch I believe it is restricted here to only her physicality and her hate for Toto. Tin Man here possesses the same yearning which Dorothy wishes came true for Gulch as well, thus making him a projection of the Gulch Dorothy wants her to be.

And about Oz itself ? It seems much to be a work of Dorothy’s subconscious rather than a parallel reality. The fact that the passage of time in the dream world is much faster than compared to the real world also explains the length of the journey as well. It seems Dorothy’s subconscious creates a world of imagination, inhibits it with characters which are reflections of her own self and introspect about her existence.

Or is this reading too much into nothing ? Is my chain of thought reminiscent of the way the adults in the movie reject the notion of Oz at the end of the movie ?

Whatever it may be, the creation of a child’s innocent subconscious or an unimaginable reality, The Wizard Of Oz is one of the most delightful movies to have ever come out and had me from that moment where Aunt Em says to Almira that ‘Miss Gulch, I now know exactly what I think about you, but I can’t say it because I am a Catholic’.

RATING :- 9.4 / 10

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Stalker Review

I was recently watching one of THR’s Roundtables in which the host, Stephen Gallaway posed a very interesting question. He asked ‘If you had the chance of preserving one movie before the apocalypse, which would it be?’ I am affirmative that I would reply Andrei Tarvosky’s Stalker. It is a fantasy movie made for the people who hate fantasy movies.

One of the very few job requirements a film critic is supposed to have by default is an ebullient attitude towards movies with slow-pacing, and most of the times, it rules me out. Stalker begins on a sombre note with snail-aced long takes. But for some reason, the atmosphere of Stalker with its enigmatic music and color composition had me already spell-binded. Later, I read that I wasn’t the only one one had encountered with this quandary. Many suggested had suggested to Tarvosky that the movie should be more dynamic in nature, to which he replied ‘The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts.’

But once he overcomes that starting hiccup, Tarvosky rewards his viewer with an unforgettable spectacle of visual poetry set into motion. The plot is centered around a Stalker who leads a professor and a writer through The Zone, a mysterious restricted piece of land which holds a room which is said to fulfill the innermost desires of any man who enters it. The structure of this so-called Zone deserves a movie of its own, for the roots of its existence are ground so deep in the waters of surrealism that it would put Salvador Dali to shame.

The movie more than often reminded me of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now which couldn’t care less about the journey which its characters undertake. Instead, it works as an anatomy of the innermost desires of its characters, revealing to us their cherished beliefs and their exploration of the meaning of life. The movie is filled to the brim with intriguing philosophical conversations which seem to give equal importance to both ends of the spectrum, acting as a catharsis for these characters, all of whom seem to be leading extremely wretched lives.

The movie questions the very nature of the existence of such a Zone and its usefulness. It forces us to introspect and delve deep within ourselves and examine our very own innermost desires. In my personal experience, it resulted in a startling revelation of what I considered myself to be and what I am as a person.

Stalker is an enigmatic and surprisingly moving motion picture which will forever remain one of cinema’s most treasured gems. They don’t make them like this anymore.

RATING :- 9.5 / 10

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Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion Review

Baahubali was a cultural standpoint in Indian cinema. In Indian cinema, full of washed up romantic musicals with old gags, the arrival of Baahubali blurred the lines of real and reel life – everyone was experiencing that same hope that the people of Mahistmati felt with the arrival of Mahendra Bahubali, the offspring of Amarendra Bahubali. The excitement for Baahubali 2 was quadrupled with the cliffhanger climax of the first installment and ‘Why did Kattapa kill Baahubali ?’ was the question hanging on everyone’s minds. And now we have the answer.

The dread that I carried in my mind since the release of the first installment unfortunately is now validated. The dread was that the sequel wouldn’t hold up. Everything about this movie is way over-the-top than it should have been, with the actions scenes reaching the limit of hilariousness. The action sequences of the first installment were original in terms of their choreography, however the ones in the second installment are repetitive, ridiculous and borrow heavily from Lord of The Rings- Two Towers.

The restraint that SS Rajamouli showed in Baahubali is completely missing in this work. The final work seems like the work of a toddler who was given all the crayons to paint a picture. Moreover, just painting characters as bound by their moral codes and drawing parallels to the epic Mahabharata so as to hide the shallowness of the central romance is just a very sleazy effort. The first installment was riveting, the second one is derisory.

Watching Baahubali 2 was seeing Murphy’s Law in action – everything that can go wrong did go wrong. But believe me, all fun is not lost. Go watch it with your friends, the ones who excel in sarcasm and rip every frame apart. Sitting alongside with me were a bunch of college kids who had bunked to watch this movie. Listening to their expletive-filled rants was the best time I had at the movies in recent memory. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same with respect to the movie. It sucked.

RATING : 4.5 / 10

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Groundhog Day Review

One of the constant pursuits of man, throughout the ages, has been looking for a way out of the rut and the monotony of life. And after thousands of years of pondering over this great question we, the most intelligent of all species seem to have finally concluded with the answer, heck, we cannot.

Groundhog Day on the other hand breathes in fresh air with the question it ponders upon: is our life really monotonous? Phil (Bill Murray) is stuck in a day, the famous Groundhog Day. Every day he wakes up to the same people, same events.

There are roles that feel tailored only for certain actors. Whatever role Murray plays, it always feels like it. Bill Murray is without a doubt one of the greatest actors of all time. He has unparalleled comic timing and reeks of innocence. It is one of those movies where you feel to send fan mail to the casting director, for if anyone but Murray had played it, Groundhog Day would have felt like a morose existential drama.

Yet, here it is, one of the funniest movies you will ever watch. Everyone would be hell excited to watch this movie when they get to know the premise. It is one of the most original ones in cinema, yet once it starts, there is no denying, there will be serious doubts in your mind whether this experiment will falter. You are basically watching the same day 20 times or more! But, never fret.

Harold Ramis takes a great idea and converts it into a masterpiece. It appeals both to the mind and the heart. Most of the time, comedies do

not come into the consideration of the ‘serious critics’ for they consider them, for some banal reason, not artworks. Groundhog Day is a fist in the face of that. It is a downright comedy with one of the most intelligent plots of all time.

It leaves us with a beautiful message: Live every day of your life like there is no tomorrow, like literally there is no tomorrow. Life it in a way as if you wouldn’t mind being stuck in that day for the rest of your life.

Groundhog Day is an original, complex and hilarious movie, which stays with you long after it ended. Without a doubt, a must watch.

RATING : 9.4 / 10

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It’s A Wonderful Life Review

You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?Clarence Oddboy

A few days ago, a girl, who I considered my best friend, ended our friendship in an impromptu manner after ignoring me for a few days. I still don’t have a single clue why, but this situation left me completely shook. I have (or had in this case) a small group of friends and I am emotionally attached to them on an unfathomable level and all of them are, one-by-one, terminating our companionship. It had me depressed and thinking about my existence. Was I ever wanted ? Would it have even mattered if I hadn’t been born?

The hero of the story in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey (James Stewart) is going through sort of a similar dilemma. He wonders if everyone would have been off better if he hadn’t been born. And there comes in Clarence Oddboy (Henry Travers) his guardian angel and shows him how the world would have been like if he hadn’t been born.

Some movies, and rarely does this happen I may assert, slowly but gradually creep into our lives. They have a humongous influence on our lives, even though we don’t admit it. There have been only few movies that have survived this test of time though, like Casablanca, 12 Angry Men, Best Years Of Our Lives, Anatomy Of A  Murder, Tokyo Story and some more. I don’t think Citizen Kane belongs in these ranks. And before you ostracize me from the criticism fraternity for proclaiming the so-called greatest movie of all time from the ranks of a classic, let me explain my viewpoint.

I watched Citizen Kane a few days ago. Did I like it? Yes, I did. A few days after watching the movie, a friend approached me and asked if I could watch Citizen Kane with him. My reply was, “Oh, it’s a black and white movie ! Got Vertigo or something? ” I realize, if my friend had asked me to watch It’s A Wonderful Life, I would have jumped at the opportunity like a beggar jumps at a dime. Great movies transcend the boundaries of black-and-white and 35mm and everything else. They inhibit a spot where they become like vine. The longer you keep, the more it becomes better.

James Stewart is stellar here. What a great actor this man is ! One of the most genuinely controlled and heartbreaking and endearing performances of all times is this offering from Stewart. Donna Reed is heartbreaking here on her debut film. Okay, ever actor is fabulous, breath-taking, amazing, awesome, stunning, astounding, astonishing, awe-inspiring, stupendous, great,…. You get what I mean !

The power of this movie is resolute as it was. I was numbed after watching this flick. I was in a pretty dark place, but this one got me out. I owe this movie. I love this movie. I I had a chance to watch a movie every single day of my life, I think I would chose Moneyball, The Shawshank Redemption and it’s A Wonderful Life. These are the movies which make me realize why I love movies. Movies are the greatest art-form of all time. Why ? Because I don’t think ever will a painting, a dance, a song would ever make me fall in love with live again. Pardon, ever make me fall in love with myself again. At the end of this movie, I was sobbing inconsolably and laughing uncontrollably. The tears were of joy. I loved life all over again. I realized that my life matters as much as it can and I think those who can comprehend that, only deserve to be my friends. When you might feel this is the end of the rope, please watch this movie, because I will if I feel like that. There is nothing more inspiring or beautiful than this movie. The last time I felt like this after watching a movie was when I watched The Shawshank Redemption. Yeah, this one’s up that ranks. Is it a wonderful life ? Well, why wouldn’t it be if we have movies like these, my dear friend, why wouldn’t it be?

Rating : 9.9/10

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Baahubali – The Beginning Review

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S.S.Rajamouli’s Bahubali – The Beginning is about Sivudu (Prabhas Raju) a tribal boy who longes to know what lies above the waterfall that is situated near his forest. After repeated attempts, Sivudu manages to reach the top of the mountain where he discovers Avantika (Tamannaah Bhatia). While following her, Sivudu discovers that she is part of a group of rebels, who aim to revolt against Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) and free Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from Bhallala’s clutches. Sivudu falls in love with Avantika and volunteers to free Devasena to win Avantika’s heart. But little by little, Sivudu begins to discover his destiny and finds the secret that was unknown to him for years, that he is the son of the great king Mahendra Baahubali.

When I was watching Baahubali, I was like ‘Oh, that’s 300!’,’Oh, I have seen that in Lord of the Rings’,’Oh, that’s a complete rip-off from Troy/Hobbit’. But it was after the movie ended that the fact hit me. My mind was riddled with so many thoughts about those high-budget Hollywood extravaganzas because this movie too was not less than them if epic proportions is the deciding factor.

Mesmerizing is every fraction of a second of this movie. First of all, the acting is superb. Ms.Bhatia gives me glimpses of Neytiri from Avatar and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Fortunately, she doesn’t just serve as an eye candy for the audiences and hero, she is at par when it comes to action and fuels all the anger required from a part as strong as hers. Ramya Krishnan is commanding as Sivagami. No one seems to match up with her when she is on-screen. It feels as if I was watching that opening sequence of Godfather where Marlon Brando just overpowers the acting prowess of the hugely talented cast around him. Prabhas himself as Baahubali provides all the charm and vigour and charisma that his ultra stylized hero requires. Rana Daggubati is, like always, awesome but still it always feels as if he has still not unleashed all the potential that he has. Sathyaraj as Kattappa serves the same role that Micheal Caine had in The Dark Knight, the wisest, bravest and loyal guy around, but he also has some hard-hitting action sequences in which he conducts himself brilliantly.

Baahubali is a great epic, no doubts to that. My first acquaintance with this flick happened at the annual Mumbai Comic Con where Rana Daggubati had come for the trailer launch of the movie. I watched some portions of it and experienced some of the epicness, but never expected it to be as awesome as this. Or maybe, my mind was clouded by the thumping of my heart due to the anticipation to meet Mark Gatiss. It was recently when I heard Dharma Productions had helmed the project and had invested a whooping sum 39 million dollars on the movie. It isn’t a big sum if you consider the amount put into Hollywood movies, but to invest such a sum into a movie which was not even in Hindi was commendable.

And every single penny invested in it shows. Sabu Cyril’s production design is epic in every respect. This fictional land is as vast and rich and intriguing as Westeros from Game Of Thrones. The opening credits too begin like Game Of Thrones, with a map of Mahishmathi Kingdom. I have watched too many Hollywood movies which has gained me a lot of exposure to great visual effects, C.G.I and unbelievable production design, but I assure you, Baahubali had some jaw-dropping moments in store for me too.

I rank the cinematography of the movie as the best I have seen this year along with Mad Max – Fury Road. That was a high-octane thrilling chase through wastelands, this is an epic war and story of betrayal set in a tone which reminds us of the epic Mahabharata. The lighting of the movie amazes me. The music of the movie is horrible. The songs were completely unnecessary in a flick like this and it also has an excruciating unrelated item song in the middle. But the lighting of that song just blew me away. There is a scene in which a dancer bends forward with a black and white background in the back. It gave such a poetic effect to that scene due to which that single shot stayed with me even after the movie ended.

The movie has a firm stronghold over its script. It wasn’t consumed by the high-budget it had gained access to. Some movies just squeeze in action sequences to set the cash registers ringing but Baahubali’s action sequences are well-choreographed and well shot. The action is superb. You will surely experience adrenaline pumping through your body during the high octane, thrilling and visually arresting action sequences of Baahubali. The movie doesn’t use that crappy shaky camera effect and it actually feels as if the hero himself is doing these stunts. It also doesn’t have an over-dependence on CGI, which worked very well in its favour.

The background score of the movie is exhilarating. The flamboyant portrayal of that war sequence wouldn’t have been complete without that heart-thumping, melancholic theme echoing through the cinema hall. The movie resorts to some cliches, and also begins with one, which shattered my hope about the movie at its inception itself but then restored it as well with its realistic depiction of this compelling epic. The visual effects supervisor also has some areas to work on, because that snow sequence felt as if I was watching The Grand Budapest Hotel but this India’s baby steps into this territory, so I guess that can be forgiven. Fortunately, this movie’s focus is one the characters. High-budget movies pays more attention to the action rather than the emotions but, there is a lot of character development in the movie and does make you give a damn about Sivudu. The movie may seem over-the-top at some points as well, but that’s where these characters live at, over-the-top. (literally)

Baahubali is a beautifully shot, visually arresting, flamboyant epic with high octane thrills and superbly shot action which is filled with intriguing characters who make this movie a must watch .

The ending and the twist of the movie may come as sort-of-abrupt to the viewers, because my mother too exclaimed ‘That’s the end?’ but let me assure you, it is perfect for setting the canvas for the final installment, because my mother later added that ‘I wanted more of it’. And that’s all I have to say about this.

Note : Please, do not Google anything related to this movie before you watch it. It will spoil your movie going experience.

Rating : 9.1 / 10

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The Green Mile

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We each owe a death – there are no exceptions- but, Oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long – Paul Edgecomb

Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile is about Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) a prisoner officer who works at Cold Mountain Penitent also known as ‘The Green Mile’ where criminals up for death row are kept and killed. But, he and the other officers haven’t seen someone like John Coffey (Micheal Duncan) who possess supernatural powers of healing. Coffey is convicted for raping and murdering two young girls, but seeing his innocent demeanor, Paul and the others begin to suspect whether he actually did this crime while getting through executing the prisoners on death row towards whom they have developed an affectionate side.

The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King and is directed by Frank Darabont, who also directed another little known adaptation of a Stephen King novella by the name of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. And this movie is awesome !!!!!!!!!

The acting is just brilliant. I love TOM HANKS. He is superb in his role and so are the other supporting actors like David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Pepper and others. But, surprisingly, Micheal Clarke Duncan’s performance overshadows everything else. He is so good in his role.

The movie is an emotional experience. My friend forgot to bring his handkerchief and that was not at all a good experience to the guy sitting next to him. This movie is sure to make you cry and in the end leave a smile on your face. I had three movies this year that blew me away: Whiplash, Interstellar and THE GREEN MILE. I was so shook by it. I am going to definitely read the novel after watching this movie. Watching this movie was an experience in itself, a privilege in fact. This movie has magic woven around it. The movie takes the experience of film watching and shoves it to a whole new dimension.

The movie is pretty long but I assure you  that you won’t understand how time passed after watching this flick. Frank Darabont’s direction is perfect. Please don’t go expecting Shawshank while watching this movie just because it is set in a prison. This movie is another experience. Frank Darabont just keeps getting better- First Shawshank, then The Walking Dead, and now the Green Mile. The Green Mile has one of the best stories ever written, so simple yet so beautiful. And Percy is one of the most horrible villains in cinematic history, who you just despise.

The movie has a brilliant score which is deeply moving. Thomas Newman pours his soul out into this movie which is so human in its nature and it sort of has a mystery also woven around it, which arouses curiosity (sorry for the Gary Sinise pun).

I just can’t understand how Micheal Duncan missed our on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and we ought to kick all the Academy voters’  ass for not giving Darabont an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Green Mile is an emotional canvas painted by the awesome performances by the actors and the brilliant direction and screenplay by Darabont and given a perfect finishing touch by Thomas Newman with his heart-breaking score. The Green Mile is an experience in itself and should be viewed as soon as possible (with a handkerchief).

Rating: 9.4 / 10

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