Movies…

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I have watched a few movies but not blogged about it (laziness?)

  • Shanghai: I was excited about the flick… Dibakar and Abhay. Everyone would have watched the movie by now so I will not get into the story. I liked the fact that it is based on reality… thats how politics works. It has not been given a happy ending as a compromise. It is not as exciting as it could have been… the end was predictable. Nevertheless, a good effort.
  • Madagascar 3: Watched it few weeks back. It was good but the magic of Madagascar was missing. It felt like a usual cartoon movie with a lesson in the end. Avoid.
  • Ferrari ki Swaari: I was excited about watching this one since the reviews are good and I like Sharman Joshi. Pathetic. All Sharman did was smile or cry. An overtly emotional Bollywood movie. But what was I expecting? It has been directed by Rajkumar Hirani. He is revered in the movie industry but I did not like his Munnabhai movies… they were too emotional. I had walked out mid way from the theater while watching the first part. Avoidable.
  • Brave: Last weekend we could not get tickets for Gangs of Wasseypur and decided to watch Brave. A really good flick. Loved it.
      • Gangs of Wasseypur: I have been hearing about the movie for a long time now and looked forward to watching it. I generally read reviews on rediff.com. I find them more reliable. I want to quote a few lines in the review:
    •  The film never recovers from the unforgivably tedious first half-hour, and despite many laudable moments and nifty touches, never quite engages. This is partly because of every Indian filmmaker’s befuddling desire to borrow plot-points from The Godfather whenever dealing with crime families, but mostly because Kashyap is defiant in his self-indulgence, piling on more and more when less could have done the job more efficiently.He wouldn’t have made a good hitman, clearly; Kashyap is a kingpin.

      It must here be remembered that mob bosses, at least the ones Hindi cinema have accustomed us to over the years, have hardly been an efficient lot. They growl orders, surround themselves by those applauding their every maniacal move, and, intoxicated by their own bluster, proceed to boast about their convoluted plot to the protagonist, resulting in their climactic downfall. It is this look-what-I-did windbaggery that constantly weighs down Wasseypur, a highly competent and occasionally enjoyable product, and keeps it from soaring like it should have.

    • As you can imagine, there’s a fair bit of Prakash Mehra [ Images ] and vintage Yash Chopra [ Images ] running through this film’s veins, and while Kashyap doffs his hat to each of the directors in style, his film tries too hard to be more: more than just an actioner, more than just a drama, more even than a bloodied saga. This overreaching desire to be an Epic makes it a film that, despite some genuinely stunning individual pieces, fails to come together as a whole. There is much to treasure, but there is more to decry.Entire sequences that could be compressed into clever throwaway lines are staged in grand, time-consuming detail; while genuinely sharp lines are often repeated, as if too good to use just once. The characters are a wild, fantastical bunch of oddballs and trigger-happy loons, but attempting to do each fascinating freak justice with meaty chunks of screen-time may not even be film’s job. Wasseypur may have worked better as a long and intriguing television series, one deserving a spin-off movie only after six seasons. Here it feels too linear, and even too predictable: scenes themselves often surprise, even delight, but the narrative is cumbersome and unexciting. And, as said before, Godfatherly.
  • http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/review-the-boring-gangs-of-wasseypur/20120622.htm
I did not understand the review. It felt like someone was going out of his way to malign the movie. There are a lot of big words… too much imagery. A person reading movie reviews only wants to know if the movie is good or not. Period.
Anyway, the other reviews were good… so we watched it. I have seen Kashyap’s “No Smoking”… “The girl in the yellow boots”… which are his worst movies (my opinion)… but they are still better than most Bollywood flicks. They are different… they bring a different experience.
We decided to try the PVR gold class…. an indulgence, albeit an unnecessary one.
The movie is good… the story is not new… but the setting, background and events are real. It could have easily been shorter. The first part introduces Manoj Bajpai’s father and how he dies. That could have been cut short to 1-2 scenes. But after that, it is good. I like the fact that there are many new faces… and some we have seen here and there. Also liked the narrator… thank god, it has not been done by Amitabh/Shah Rukh. There are so many actors who are good orators… why only rely on Amitabh?
I am looking forward to the second part.
As for the gold class experience, it was ok. The tickets are priced at Rs 750 and include a recliner leather seat and welcome drink. Nothing great. We have a similar couch at home. An unnecessary indulgence.


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