Guardians of the Galaxy – Volume II Review

When Guardians of the Galaxy hit the theaters in 2014, I hailed it as the superhero movie Quentin Tarantino would have made because of its ultra-cool quotient. The second installment in the series however diverges from its predecessor and is laden with emotional overtones. The plot is concerned with the questions that baffled us all in the climax of the first installment :- Who is Star Lord’s father ? How was he able to hold onto the Infinity Stone ?

And it does a good job in answering them. When I think about it, I think I couldn’t have asked for a better sequel for this series. The movie delves into what makes it so much more endearing as compared to The Avengers, the emotional core of these groups of misfits. Here they are, with all their layers peeled off, completely emotionally naked before the viewer.

The character who I believe deserves a special mention is Rocket Raccoon. He may probably be one of the most original characters to have graced the silver screen in the 21st century. His cocky attitude, his pugnacious one-liners held me spell-binded. The fact that he is so darn cute doesn’t hurt as well.

The few nodus in this movie would be foremost the eagerness of James Gunn to revive the same magic and style of the prequel. Even though completely different in terms of their style, one being unabashedly cool and the other emotional, Gunn attempts to load the narrative with gags which eventually start wearing off. Also, the prequel had left a pretty high bar for the soundtrack section which in my opinion it fails to live up to except for Father & Son by Cat Stevens, which adorns a beautiful emotional ending .

To sum it, Guardians of the Galaxy – Volume 2 is a hell lot of fun, with well-fleshed out characters and a surprisingly moving story arc. It is a sequel which in more ways than one lives up to its smashing predecessor, and is a great addition to this space-western saga.

RATING : – 8 / 10

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Unbreakable Review

M.Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable is about David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who is the sole survivour of a train wreck. But the fascinating fact is he has escaped without even a single scratch. This draws the attention of the media as well as Elijah Prince (Samuel.L.Jackson) a comic book collector suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, who offers David a bizarre explanation about this incident – that he is a superhero.

Unbreakable beings with a thrilling scene showing Elijah’s birth. That scene was so visually confusing that it garners attention from the audience and reminds them to pay attention, for the devil is in the details, and the audience does because The Sixth Sense was still fresh in everyone’s minds. The cinematography by Eduardo Serra is just like Micheal Chapman’s in Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Never has the mirror paradox being used so effectively since Taxi Driver. Next, we are pulled into present time where David is sitting in the train. This scene is so brilliant. Everything about the hero is revealed : he has a fear of water, marital problems, likes sports. That shot is how a character study should be. And the reactions of the audiences about David is captured using the expressions of a 5-year old girl. The movies has very long shots and I think actors deserved Oscar nominations for their roles because in many movies it is one shot, cut, other shot, cut and so on. But, to keep up the act for such a long time is prodigious.

Unbreakable is a slow paced thriller. It takes a lot of time to come into shape, but is very enjoyable. Bruce Willis is superb in this role, waning off all his melodrama he gives a subtle, effective performance and so does Samuel.L.Jackson. He puts his Pulp Fiction and Jungle Fever to a side and gives us a heartbreaking performance.

James Newton Howard’s score is superb. Just.. superb !

Unbreakable actually has some lines similar to Fight Club. No, these movies are poles apart with respect to their content, but it has a similar ideology : do what you want to do or you won’t be happy. There is a scene in Fight Club where Tyler threatens a man with a gun and orders him to follow his dreams. David is similar. He is unhappy because he shouldn’t be a security guard at a football stadium, instead he should be goddamn superhero.

Why people initially had second thoughts about this movie is that people just compared it to The Sixth Sense. Folks, The Sixth Sense is one of the greatest movies ever made. Stop comparing this to The Sixth Sense. Unbreakable is a whole different movie. You don’t compare Schindler’s List, Jaws and The Terminal, do you ? No, because they are whole different movies. Each is a classic, in their own right. The twist seemed illogical to me as well, but the way Shyamalan presents it is noteworthy. See in The Sixth Sense, the twist was given some time to sink in. Unbreakable’s twist is depressing in nature and also is so short that the impact is of a very high magnitude.

Unbreakable is a superbly acted, thrilling work by Shyamalan and while it does have its share of vices, the concept is innovative and is surprisingly fresh considering the time of its release.

Rating : 8 / 10

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Avengers : Age Of Ultron Review

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You get hurt, hurt them back. You get killed … walk it off – Captain America

Well, it’s here! Avengers 2 has released in India and I watched it as soon as possible. If you haven’t heard about it, then …….. ( no isolated place this time, you just suck if you haven’t heard about it )

So in this flick, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create a peacekeeping program, but it goes wrong and instead it results in the creation of Ultron, who (obviously) wants to achieve global destruction. The movie focuses on the Avengers’  attempts to defeat Ultron and his army and also focuses on the tension between the Avengers.

Well, the acting was good as always. Everyone is awesome in their roles. They effortlessly blend into their role. The direction is average but is satisfying.

The visual effects are awesome and I am sure it will be Oscar nominated. Scenes such as Sokovia rising up in the air are visually stunning. The humour is prodigious. I found it as the best aspect of the movie. The scene in which Captain America throws his bike on the villain’s army in the beginning and in the last scene when Tony Stark exclaims that Thor has no respect for lawn-gardening left the audience in the cinema hall laughing so hard that I missed some of the dialogues.

Well, we got four new Avengers. Yay !!! I look forward to see Elizabeth Olsen in the next installments of Avengers. (Spoiler !!!)

The screenplay is average but will not disappoint Avengers’  fans.

Well, I have to admit at this point that I find superhero and sci-fi movies uninteresting and only Dark Knight trilogy, Gravity and Inception are the movies in this genres that I have loved.

The thing about this franchise is that every film is just made to cater Avengers’  fans. There is absolutely no room for improvement in this franchise and you can just expect the same type of movies every time. Look at DC !. They’ve got the Dark Knight trilogy, tv series like Flash and Gotham, which will please superhero fans as well as the general audience.

So, I think Avengers 2 fails to live up to its prequel and will please only the Avengers’  fans and also the folks who just want to see these brilliant actors on the screen. Also, I recommend a 2-D viewing of the flick for a better experience.

Rating: 6.6 /10

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