Avengers: Infinity War – The most ambitious Marvel movie ever!! (Spoiler Free)

Dread it… Run from it… Destiny still arrives. The mighty Thanos has arrived to strike a balance in the universe by wiping out half of the universe’s population. Standing in his way are, in Thor‘s words, Earth’s mightiest heroes The Avengers. And they are not five or seven but twenty seven in number (or even more).

Avengers: Infinity War is more about Thanos than the Avengers. It’s fair to say that he is at the center of all the events happening in the film.

Thanos, the mad Titan, ready to destroy the entire universe by the snap of his finger has his own reasons to do so. In one of the scenes when Dr. Strange asks him ‘What will you do when all of this is over?’, Thanos softly replies ‘I will sit, and watch the sun-set’… The Russo brothers did the right thing by staging the entire movie from his perspective. Time and again taking us in his past and making us realize why Thanos became so mad about bringing balance to the universe. He is the beginning and the end.

It’s significantly important to point out Gamora‘s character, how she handles the pain her step father, Thanos, brought upon her. Some emotional scenes are very well handled by her (Zoe Saldana), given that Thanos is actually a computer generated purple giant.

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Russo brothers entirely play on the strengths of the Avengers. Each one has a special trick up his sleeve and each one gets a try to contain Thanos.

Tony Stark, the man who still has nightmares about the incidents of New York which happened in the first Avengers movie, portrays the fear, helplessness and rage in the correct proportion as he fights in a new nano-tech Iron Man suit. With his quirky one-liners and almost constant ego tussle with Dr. Strange, some of the finest moments are between them. A special mention to Stark and Spiderman‘s chemistry, a mentor and his ward fighting side by side!!

But then, most of the other characters are underutilized at the cost of giving Thanos sufficient run-time. Black Panther, Steve Rogers barely get a few lines to speak. Black Widow has no dialogues at all. Vision and the Scarlet Witch have pivotal roles but they are not too convincing, trying really hard. The Guardians of the Galaxy are enthusiastic and have no inhibitions about bringing out their madness. Everyone else are just come and go.

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But there’s one guy who stands out. Thor, the son of Odin.

In one of the interviews, Joe Russo mentioned that Thor has one of the most exhilarating role to play. He, filled not only with his rusty sense of humour, but also with vengeance and rage, in one of the scenes exclaims valiantly in Thanos‘s face ‘I told you, you’d die for that!‘. There’s anger in Thor‘s voice and belief in his heart… Watch out for what he is up-to, Thor‘s story is the most amazing of all.

With a large number of battles happening in the cosmos, the movie revolves across planets, switching back and forth. It can be difficult to match up with the pace of the movie. There is so much to grab, every frame is enormous, every character is larger than life. There are innumerable suspenses. One after the other, particularly in the second half. Especially there was one moment in which I was literally out of my seat, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I exclaimed ‘No, he cannot die!!!’

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Watch out for that sudden change in music and you will cheer that the movie is going to take you to Wakanda, also for Bruce Banner‘s exquisite relationship with his inner Hulk and Peter Dinklage‘s cameo (Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones). Oh, this movie has so much to offer that the review can never be enough. Go, watch it in 3D and feel the chill. Will the mighty Thanos get all the infinity stones? Will your favourite Avenger remain alive? This movie will answer it all…

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A Quiet Place review: Who had thought silence can be so terrifying!

A Quiet Place is chilling and terrifying and I got pretty scared watching it, imagining what all could go wrong. Surprisingly my imagination was never enough and the movie has such instances which will raise your heartbeats and send shivers down your spine. Well, I watched it at night so I may be over-exaggerating but it was definitely scary.

A hidden element which is so efficiently used is silence. Because as you must be aware the aliens here are super receptive creatures; miles away a bottle might break and they can, not only trace easily where it happened but also reach the exact spot within minutes. That’s what makes the movie so thrilling, that there is so much to do but no noise to make, there is so much to say but no voice to say. Surprisingly it compels us, as viewers, to remain silent and take in the sound of the character’s breath, heartbeats or the free-flowing river. A fascinating read on what challenges their sound designers faced can be found here.

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The entire second half of the movie is a roller coaster ride, when shit starts going crazy we see Emily Blunt in a brilliant role, carrying a baby in her womb and defending herself from the aliens at point-blank range. Probably the most amazing thing about the screenplay is that no frame is useless. Every scene helps, every characters is polished, be it Millicent Simmonds as the deaf girl, John Krasinski as the fighting father or Emily Blunt as the mother trying to save her family.

Probably it’s all about building up the plot, showing how the Earth has been a lost planet and the dominance the extra-terrestrial species has, going to how someone has survived and the challenges they are facing. Then things go wrong and everything changes. But A Quiet Place is certainly more than that.

The film is also about a family going through an existential crisis. The kids wanting more from their father, the mother having her moments of regrets and how they eventually realize that each one will have to stand up and save the other!!

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There’s one thing common in all alien movies, the aliens are so very creepy (like in Independence Day as well as War of the Worlds). They make very irritating sounds and senselessly kill humans. Man, are we so hated as a species? Nevertheless, watch A Quiet Place to see a refreshing and scary tale of post apocalyptic survival of a family trying really hard!! This one is very different and a highly entertaining movie…

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Ready Player One : An adventure like no other!!

Its the year 2045, a dystopian world where humans no more enjoy the reality but instead live in a virtual reality, the Oasis. Without disclosing much I can tell you this place will stretch all the levels of your imagination. There is so much to comprehend, so much to gasp at; that, as a viewer, you would never want to come out of the Oasis. In fact, the real hero of the film is this place, the Oasis, created by an eccentric scientist, James Halliday (played by Mark Rylace), who devises a big puzzle of finding an ‘Easter Egg‘ (the total and ultimate control of the Oasis).

Spielberg begins the movie by showing the grim side of the planet of our future, but then invites us to the Oasis through the eyes of Parzival aka Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan). A gunter hunting the easter egg and trying to find the glory which he would achieve but not before risking everthing he has.

As the film dangles among reality and the virtual reality, Spielberg creates an enticing drama, never leaving any threads disconnected by making sure you remain at the edge of your seat till the end. A crazy reference to the movie The Shining (with the sequence running almost for 15 mins) or the disco bringing back the Bee Gee’s classic Staying Alive gives an amazing aura to the film.

Almost seventy percent of the movie is shot in the Oasis, or to say, completely animated. But it looks astonishingly real. Watch out for the amazing car race sequence and the fight in the climax, it crosses all the boundaries of thoughts. Also, the cool gadgets that Parsival buys, and uses at the most appropriate times. Besides all this, I appreciate the movie for the freshness of the entire adventure it creates. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones series or also Tintin. Ready Player One is at par with it.

Above all, watch Ready Player One to be part of an adventurous ride which will leave you wanting more and more of it. This one is for repeat viewing!!


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Naam Shabana <- One of their best!!

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As Manoj Bajpayee, who with his slim mustache and an android phone, assures his boss that we are sending one of our best, it takes you back to the movie Baby. The sleek action thriller with some witty one-liners and fast-paced story-line, Naam Shabana is no less than Baby.

Neeraj Pandey, with films like Special 26, A Wednessday and of course Baby in his kitty, now has many dimensions open to try out his hand. He goes back in time to 2011 and comes up with bringing up one character from Baby, the girl who came in a flash and impressed all of us with her action scene.

At one point of time in Naam Shabana, it seems like we are playing a computer game where one has to clear missions. The way Manoj Bajpayee gives him order through a single most important medium of communication , a cell-phone. It keeps us on the edge about what’s going to happen.

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Yes, the first half of the movie is a bit cliched until Shabana gets a call from Manoj Bajpayee. It’s from this point that the movie takes a quick turn and begins to take-off. From Vienna to Mumbai to Germany to Malaysia, there is enough instances which keeps you glued. There are bad guys, good guys, and lots of punches and kicks. The action is raw, no slow-mo scenes, no blarring guns or chase sequences, pure fist fight.

But the most inspiring part of the movie is Tapsee Paanu. To carry a movie single handedly with that tough look on the face is really audacious for a not-so-famous actor. Probably Naam Shabana might someday will be considered as the turning point in her career.

I think Shabana got the bold look on her face from Akshay Kumar, the character of Ajay portrayed by Akshay is made up with precision. There is no extra emotion on the face, there is a level of confidence which can give anyone a feel of security. Yes, he doesn’t have much role but we can say that Akshay is at the right time in the right place.

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There is Shuklaji, the ever-annoying Mantriji and all those references which made Baby such a fresh movie. Naam Shabana is new, bold, a bit-slow in the beginning but with a really strong second half. Watch out for Akshay’s entry, Tapsee’s fight scenes and the complete second half.


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‘Raees’ justifies its tag-line word by word.

There’s one moment in the film where in the background you can hear the old Vividh-Bharti slogan on the radio. The are moments related to a cup of tea. Then a moment where we see a scene from Amitabh’s Kala Pathar and the same scene being replicated by Shah-Rukh. Moments that seem too small but are surprisingly effective. It’s where we can see the director’s finesse.

To most of us who feared that Rahul Dholakia’s movie will glorify a criminal, it fell wrong today. The movie shows us the underworld, the politics, the ever-continuing battle for power but more than that Raees is a story of one-man who stood for the people who, actually, made him Raees.

The screenplay is pretty crisp. Dialogues are hard-hitting. The confrontations between Nawazuddin and SRK are gloriously portrayed. You could feel the tension. Making it difficult to choose sides. Similar to what you would have seen between Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh in Salim-Javed’s classic Deewar.

There is one man who is still underrated in Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He’s one gem of an actor. Playing the solid copy who justifies it when he says ‘Raees ko nai chodunga mai’, his face never losses the cool but showers the intensity as it should. He’s simply perfect!

Baniye ka dimak, miyanbhai ki daring‘ No one could have done justice to this role except the Badshah himself. He’s flawless, he’s brave, he’s audacious in the attempts he make and above all a man with a lion’s heart.

The style of film-making used by Rahul Dholakia is very similar to many Bollywood pot-boilers which keep us on the edge of our seat and we keep guessing what will happen next. Yes, the second half could have been a bit shorter but that said, Raees is SRK’s return to the type of cinema for which he is most appreciated.

There are many Gujarati dialogues as well as places which, me being from gujarat, made me feel really nice. Watch out for Nawazuddin’s entry, the Laila song (esp. towards the end), the rally scene and of course the trickery used by SRK in the climax.

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Dear Zindagi is Alia’s puzzle solved by Shah Rukh Khan

Dear Zindagi is the perfect example of how small things (or incidents) can go on to become something really huge. ‘What is the movie?’ would be a question in your head right now… My answer would be that it’s a small slice from the life of a girl, Kaira.

Kaira who faces problems just like any other person does (obviously, some a bit exaggerated) and then, she manages to come over it. This movie is the real example of how to face your own demons and come over it (though in a fun way).

Those strolls on Goa’s beaches have been shot beautifully.

I’ve seen that Alia has been doing the role of a girl in distress since a long time. Like in Highway where she had a disturbing childhood or in Udta Punjab where she again played a tough role. It’s no different in Dear Zindagi. She gives probably the best performance of her life.
Ok, till now you must be thinking ki ‘Boss, Shah Rukh bhi toh hai movie me…!!’. Oh let me tell you he is in probably one of his best supporting role of all time as ‘BD’ (Brain ka Doctor). It was refreshing to see him come over films like Chennai Express and Happy New Year .

And between both of them are talks that inspire you to understand yourself.

Gauri Shinde, the director of the movie knew that Dear Zindagi was always Alia’s movie and she justified this by making us realize that we don’t have to see any insight into Jehangir Khan’s life (the role play by Srk) but instead keep understanding the troubles and issues which are unresolved in Kaira’s life.

The movie raises many social issues and tries to answer them unconventionally. Do look out for the witty humour, hidden and brought out in front at the most unexpected moment.

Also don’t miss any of SRK’s puzzling stories which will leave their mark in your mind. Moreover his way of blending his charm into every word he’s spoken is so authentic. One can easily recognize the difference in Kaira’s anxious nature and Jug’s patient demeanor.

Gauri Shinde is spot on after her directorial debut English Vinglish.

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