Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inferno

Another movie by Ron Howard on the novel of Dan Brown. I know everyone is wondering if this related to the earlier movies of Da Vince Code and Angels & Demons but its not.

You can watch this movie even if you have not caught up on the earlier movies.

One thing that I like about these movies that it creates a curiosity to know more about the places, names where its shot in or the mystery unravelled upon. For example post watching this movie, I looked upon Dante and his book Inferno which describes the hell.

This movies is no different where Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself in the midst of finding a situation wherein a deadly virus will be unleashed by a maniac billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Frost).

The plot begins with Langdon having no memory and informed that a bullet has been grazed through his skull. He is under short term memory loss but has no time to regain the same as he is being hunted and aided by doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones).

One is completely engrossed in the movie from the word go and the twist in the plot as Langdon and Brooks are being followed is certainly a good one.

Irfan Khan plays the role of Harry Sims, makes his presence felt on the screen. Somehow what I did not like was the way his character had to die. Something felt amiss there.

The movie is similar to the earlier Robert Langdon character movies wherein they are trying to solve the mystery and get to it before the bad guys does. It keeps you hooked till the end. The suspense is well kept.

Tom Hanks and Felicity along with Ben do their job well and one cannot take their eyes off them. Omar Sy also carries that presence.

Ron does know how to keep the audience engrossed. There was not a single moment when I could take my eyes off the screen. I do feel the character of Harry Sims should have been better etched out given the way it ended.

Langdon's hallucinations of hell was beautifully depicted. 

The movies is a must watch for those who love to see mysteries getting solved.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pink

I have been hearing a lot about this movie from the people and especially how hard hitting the movie is concerning the abuse women face almost on every day basis.

The trailer of the movie with Amitabh Bachchan donning the lawyers robe and making an argument make you wonder if its going to be better than Sunny Deol's role in Damini.

The movie touches upon a sensitive topic related to sexual harassment/abuse to women. More so especially objectification of women who are independent and bias towards them.

Good suspense has been maintained as they never really show how the sexual assault took place. I think it was very smart of the writers of the script to keep it that way. In a way it would prevent any kind of preconceived bias that the audience may come up with if they had watched it in the beginning   

The story of three women living independently in a rented apartment. However the incident shook up their lives and they end up getting termed as prostitutes and how they are able to overcome the  situation with the help of the Amitabh Bachchan.

The first half of the movie keeps you on the edge as one tries to understand what has happened. Only the aftermath of the incident has been shown and that is enough to keep one glued to their seats. 

The boy Rajveer (Angad Bedi) who belongs to a politically connected family apparently try to force himself on Meenal (Tapsee Pannu) had almost has a scare as he has been hit with a bottle over his eye and could lose the same.

The girls are frightened with the incident and are ready to say sorry however boys being boys want more out of it which leads to the situation to explode further.

Meenal goes to the police to file a complaint but instead of filing one the inspector starts lecturing her and informs her to think about it. Before she could do so she ends up getting arrested for attempt to murder and is put in jail.

The only part that kept me thinking is why Amitabh Bachchan was shown suffering from a disorder and his wife hospitalized. I thought it might have a connection but till the end could not find any. If he was shown as a normal character of a lawyer wont the impact on the court scene been much better? Just wondering.

The movie keeps you on the hook as the drama on the court proceeds. The points mentioned by Amitabh for women safety measures certainly holds water. We as a society tend to do that and it was well highlighted in the movie.

Tapsee & Kirti Kulhari gets your attention as caught in between in this melee  Vijay Varma who plays the friend of Angaad also does well. The only think that I would have to like to see that the court room drama could have carried more punches. Like I said showing Amitabh suffering from a disorder kind of took away the sheen on what could have been a great court room drama...

Apart from that I did not get the climax especially the part where Vishwa (Tushar Pandey) has been let off with a warning and is seen crying and seated in the end. Was that supposed to mean something? I think it would have better to edit the scene and not show it.

The movie certainly goes into the grey area where very few film makers walk. The movie has been well handled and directed by Aniruddha Chowdhary. The script of the movie could have been more tight.

Overall, a movie worth watching...