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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The F-Word Review

Thanks to all those wonderful (IRRITATING!) people on Facebook, many you you may also have got numerous reposts of a photo with a cute girl and a boy(depressing) stating ‘Can A Boy And A Girl Be Best Friends Without Falling In Love ?’ What If examines the same question. It is about Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) who falls in love with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), his best friend and has to choose one of these options – Tell her and potentially cause collateral damage to their friendship or shut up and regret not telling her rest of her life.

Often touted as Toronto’s (500) Days Of Summer, What If is an adorable romantic comedy. Is it relatable ? Well, to some portions (unless you have gone skimpy-dipping with your best friend who is a girl) Is it cheesy ? Well, not in most the portions (except for the fact that anyone can predict the ending) But, to be really honest, Kazan and Radcliffe make up for all that and more.

The chemistry is undoubtedly the movie’s MVP because there is a certain breeziness to it. For a fact, all the actors seem to be enjoying themselves. The dialogue presentation is fabulous. Best example may be a conversation between Wallace and Chantry where they discuss the amount of feces in the intestines of celebrities when they died. Every dialogue of that scene looks improvised on spot and the way the actors carry themselves is commendable.

I like movies which think out-of-box. Isn’t that what art is all about ? A mirror to our own personal lives. And that is where this movie errs. As much as I hate to admit it, I have faced the same dilemma Wallace faced a long time ago and to be honest, it isn’t this much fun. I love that the director gives prominence to conversations between Allan (Adam Driver) and Wallace. However, they are sparse in length.

What If struggles with a lot of things. First is the lack of humor. The humor works only because Kazan and Radcliffe are comedic gold here, otherwise the writing isn’t strong at all. What If struggles with its core from inception, of whether it should be a comedy or a drama. And it appears to have become a dramedy, and I do love dramedys, but only when they are meant to be one. The whole plot is structured for a comedy, but the dampening humor result in it being kind of lost.

However, we knew exactly what to expect from this movie. A romance. We get that. I still have many faults I can state but is it necessary to do so ? Not at all. Do I recommend this movie ? Yes, I definitely do. I think too will re-watch it. Being a critic isn’t making a pro and cons list. Being a critic is to determine whether the audience will have a good time at the cinema hall. And from what I saw, I think hell yeah, you will. This is one of the romantic comedies where the characters are not entirely governed by their genitals, they seem to care for each other. That’s pretty much enough, ain’t it ?

P.S. The soundtrack is beautiful

 Rating : 7.9 / 10

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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                 Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicatingJoel Barish

Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is about Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) who is devastated after learning that his ex-girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) has erased him from her memories with help from a memory erasing firm Lacuna. In revenge, Joel decides to do the same but while undergoing the process of erasing the memories he has of Clementine, Joel decides that he can’t part with her and decides to hide her in his various memories of life, creating unexpected problems for the four workers of Lacuna.

I have been quite vocal about my dislike for comic book movies and action movies. I consider them as dangerous as potassium cyanide when it comes to movies. But romantic comedies are in reality the slow poison. See, action and comic book movies do suck, but almost in every 5 years I can point out a movie which has gave hope or redefined its genre, like The Dark Knight or the recently released Fury Road. But romantic comedies haven’t done that. They just show the same crap over and over and over and over again, knowing that they will find an audience among couples or single ladies. But there are some movies which have changed my perception thankfully from time to time like (500) Days of Summer and Up In The Air which showed that love is not just these cheesy bullshit of kissing all the time and facing innumerable cliched problems, it is some hard crap which needs a lot of many things to sustain. And now, God bestowed on me Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.

I had watched it before and had seemingly loved it, but now as I think about that, I actually hadn’t been able to comprehend its themes and messages due to my maturity level. The captivating performances of Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey and Kirsten Dunst in lingerie was enough for me. It was recently when I read an article by Oscar Relentos that an interest to watch this one again was set ablaze inside me. And watch I did, and thankful for that I was.

Jim Carrey is stellar. This is a career-defining performance by Carrey, but surprisingly this time, the feeling of anger against the Academy doesn’t get invoked in me, a feeling of pain does. That’s what this movie has left me with. A mess of my own emotions. I don’t feel anger anymore, I feel pain. The pain of losing is more than enough for an individual but the pain of that person deciding that you have inflicted upon them that much pain that they wish to cease they remember you, is excruciating. Kate Winslet shines when she has a meaty role. Be it The Reader or Titanic, or as we are discussing now Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, she shines. There is this array of emotions that are on Winslet’s face that we feel what she feels. Kate just takes it to a whole new level.

The movie is a labyrinth. We are thrown into an archive of Joel’s memories as he tries to rescue his lady love to be erased from his mind forever. Then there is another drama cooking up in reality, where the characters of Lacuna are trying to keep up with a night which will forever change the lives of many of them. There is a character who we think is just for the skin show, yep you guessed right, the character of Kirsten Dunst who is having sex with Stan (Mark Ruffalo) halfway through the night but the other half just changes it around. She turns out to be the most important character of the movie and just changes the course of the entire movie.

In Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, the emphasis is laid on the romantic version of the relationship created by Joel rather than the real relationship of Joel and Clementine. You see a relationship that is developed in a person’s subconscious rather than in the real world. And you see a hope like in real life in the dream, that this will last. And for Clementine, I think she got an insight into Joel’s life more than she got in real life. There is obviously a psychological cord existing between Joel and Clementine, which is apparent throughout the movie. There is this fear of of losing someone which is emphasized throughout the movie. And even though there are so many complex thematic elements in the movie, it never stops being witty and visually arresting.

Thank God Michel directed this. It feels like a music video. And that helps the most in this flick. The frequent use of hand held camera gives you a feeling of being there with these characters. The lights are frequently toned to give the required effects such as in that scene where Joel encounters Clementine the first time after she has erased him from her memories. When Joel discovers that she now knows nothing about him and that she has already got involved in another relationship, he is shown walking out of the door of the book store in which Clementine works and there are lights shutting all around him in the background which gives the heartbreak scene the very much required gravitas because we can only experience Joel’s emotions in that scene, not Clementine’s.

And there is that climax. In the end (you may skip this paragraph if you don’t want any type of spoilers), Joel and Clementine reunite because Joel and Clementine had struck a psychological chord midway through the movie and both had fortunately remembered their train ride to Montauk and they meet again and fall in love again. But, Mary (Kirsten Dunst) sends them both back their tapes where they had confessed their hate towards each other before undergoing the memory erasing process. After hearing them in Joel’s living room, Clementine walks out of the room. But this time, Joel stops her and says that although they might break up again because they might end up feeling the same emotions again, it is well worth to give their relationship another go and both say ‘Okay’ and laugh heartily with Beck’s Everybody Gotta Learn Sometimes playing in the background. And that’s what you call a perfect scene.

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind delves into a world of memories and eventually develops a heart warming love story in the subconscious of a person. The movie successfully advocates that love can penetrate every boundary and the amaze ball performances by it cast add a lot of depth within this movie. The movie never fails to make the audience work their brains and earn their pleasure, while continuing to visually arresting. There are two messages that I think the movie wants to convey : 1. Love and destiny can penetrate any boundary and that, 2. It is better to be loved and forget about it rather than not being loved at all. I prefer the first one.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is a labyrinth, but it is one that I would love to get lost again and again.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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Premam Review

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Alphonse Putharen’s Premam is about George David (Nivin Pauly) who experiences love with three different women during his life and how these women change his life is depicted in the movie. The movie also focuses on the changing world and how George’s friends get involved in his attempts to woo these women.
Nivin Pauly is brilliant in this movie. He successfully gets the transition of his character right from George’s teenage to adulthood. The supporting actors are superb in their role. Krishna Shankar and Shabareesh Varma are superb in their roles.
The direction of this movie is stupendous. Rarely have I seen a coming of age movie flowing as seamlessly through its narrative as Premam. The movie is almost 3 hours long but there is not a moment when you are bored. The script of the movie is superb. The transition of time has been thoroughly focused in the script. The methods of wooing change and the maturity of the romances change.
Everything works for this flick. The cinematography is superb in this movie. Alphonse Putharen, the director of this movie, has himself edited the flick which worked out pretty well for this movie considering its running time. The direction always has a vision of the movie even before its made, and Alphonse has ensured that scenes keep on changing continuously that the audience doesn’t feel the long running time. The score of this movie is awesome. And I really liked that Contra song which was so perfectly timed in that movie.
The movie’s best aspect was that it focused on the stationary characters’ dialogues too. If you have watched the movie, of which chances are humongous, you may notice that although the camera is focused on the main characters, there are dialogues in the background that are audible to us, and they give us some of the best laughs and realism. The movie has infused everyday life into its core like Court and therefore gives us the best laughs that many of you, and also me, haven’t had since a long time. Really, after the release of 3 Idiots, this is the only movie that had me laughing from the beginning to the end.
This is the only Indian movie which has learned from Hollywood movies. I recounted Juno and (500) Days of Summer throughout the flick. About the faults, I think that movie does drag a little on the Malar sequence but believe me in the end, you will end up wanting more.
Premam is a superb entertainer and one of the best movies of the year which will leave you laughing from the start to the end. Everything fortunately works for this movie, and supplemented by the superb script, this movie is a treat and should we watched as soon as possible (for which you may have to wait because in some places, the tickets are already booked for three weeks. I too had to come empty-handed from the theater 2 times because the tickets were sold out the previous day and therefore, I intentionally went to a newly opened mall in a remote place. Got middle seats, can’t complain ! 🙂 )

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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