Fastastic Beast and Where to Find Them: The anticipation is real; A tremendous spin off from the Harry Potter Universe

The spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise exploring the wizarding the world of  New York in 1926, which are endangered by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles).

The story starts with Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. There, he mates up with a humble and struggling No-Maj, Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a washed up auror, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and her sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol). Together, they unveil the mystery of what and who is responsible of terrorizing the city.

Eddie Redmayne, is one of the finest young actors of today. An oscar winner puts on another incredible performance as one of the professors of Hogwarts, always staying charming. However, Dan Fogler as a struggling No-Maj is a revelation. He is hilarious, like able, and even handled the emotional scenes ideal.The chemistry between all lead actors is excellent.

Harry Potter’s saga lives on and with remarkable effects, excellent story, appealing characters and boasting lots of fun.

Rating 8/10fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them

Ratatouille is a stunning treat for all ages

Pixar over the years have given us multiple classics. All those animated films have won the hearts of so many through dazzling animation and wonderful storytelling. Ratatouille is no exception

Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes, a profession not suitable for him considering the society. Remy finds himself living under sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Remy being a rat was unwanted visitor in one this famous restaurant’s across Paris. However, he seem to form an unlikely and unusual friendship with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef.

The beautiful animation of this motion picture is absolutely stunning. The acts between Remy and Linguini are hilarious. The final act when Remy takes over the kitchen with Anton Ego, the critique who gave a bad review to Aguste Gusteau’s restaurant, which lead to his death, is breathtaking.

The film is a class act and its an instant animated classic. The film about love and friendship. A movie aspires you to think and dream big.  A fantastic treat for children as well as adults of all ages.

Rating: 10/10

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A refreshing and a feel good take on Ski-jumping

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself, even when an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

With so many problems that he faced, he finally silent his critics and became the talk of the ski Olympics for his tremendous display of courage, heart and determination.

Taron Egerton plays Eddie with gusto. His portrayal is nothing short of excellent, impersonating the real life hero perfectly. On the other hand, Hugh Jackman plays Bronson Peary, as a washed up ski jumper has done a splendid job. The chemistry between these two actors in the movie is spot on.

This beautiful story of Eddie, the lovable underdog with never say die attitude is a wonderfully written, well acted feel good film that would leave viewers satisfied.

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The hugely anticipated BVS: Dawn of Justice is mostly a dud.

DC extended universe has suffered a lot lately due to their poor story telling and not providing good character origins. Just like ‘Man of Steel’, which also suffered from poor introductions, boring drama and poor character work, Dawn of Justice was no less exception.

The movie starts with the events of Man of Steel, where Superman/Clark Kent(Henry Cavil) is wrecking havoc in the city of Metropolis while fighting with each other. Bruce Wayne is in the city of Metropolis and sees his loved ones die in the chaos. Bruce Wayne fills with anger and hatred for the son of Krypton and plans to take revenge for lives lost of his people.

Meanwhile, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), the infamous caped crusader of Gotham has been fighting crimes against the evil that resides in Gotham. He’s the one to decide, who gets to live and who gets to die. This perception contradicts with of Superman, who believes in different philosophy. Meanwhile, Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) has always had a disgust for Superman or any one with abilities as he finds Superman to be demon from hell. This leads to him manipulating and creating a spark between the caped crusaders that further turned into chaotic fight.

This all seemed to be a distraction as Lex has been trying to breed a monster, Doomsday through a machine that came with Superman when he landed. This further lead to a thunderous battle with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) against the Doomsday.

Dawn of Justice had fine story. However, it was not properly executed, credited to director Jack Snyder. Poor character work, direction and length hurt the film’s account of two of the most iconic superheroes of all time.

DC comics have always been dark and that reflected in their extended cinematic universe. Unlike Marvel, who have tend to find their ground, DC still has to understand how can they make their movie work. Their recent efforts has failed to win the hearts of both die hearts as well as the new ones. Perhaps the change in films tone could shake things around for them.

Batman V Superman not only undermines the most decorated superheroes of all time but also turned out to be a chaotic and dull film. It tries too hard to be so much more, but end up being an effects driven mess.

Rating: 5/10

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Charm and a big heart makes up a surprisingly good Music feature

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From director John Carney, SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. These efforts took Conor on a journey he never imagined.

All the actors have done a fine job of sticking to their character. Ferdia Walsh is a talented young fellow, who has potential to breakthrough in future. Lucy Boynton is beautiful and sexy. She performs her role of young woman in distress eloquently.

Sing Street depicts a derivative story. However with likeable leads, a big heart and optimism, it’s one of those films that end up putting a smile on your face because of its irresistible charm.

Rating: 7/10

 

The Magnificent Seven is a moderate action thriller.

Director Antoine Fuqua credited for providing great action flicks over the years such as ‘Training Day’and ‘Equalizer’ brings his modern vision to a classic story.

The town of Rose Creek  comes under the control of a notorious deadly industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). the desperate people of the town, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ seven outlaws willing to take revenge on behalf of her and her town. These outlaws comprised of bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). They prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The cast comprised of all great actors and Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington stands out as the best among all. Denzel Washington known for his astounding performance was no less than superb. The ability to take charge and handling emotions is quite exemplary.

Magnificent Seven is a fun, cliche flick offering the element of escapism to certain filmgoers, others may find it to be formulaic, derivative and silly.

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Powerful Chemistry between the leads makes it a must to watch ‘The Notebook’

There are some movies, that somehow stays close to your heart. This beautiful adaptation of Nicholas Sparks of the same name is one those films. It tells a story about a passionate young man, Noah who falls for a rich young woman, Allie way above his social status. Young woman gradually falls for him, as he was able to provide her with a sense of freedom that always eluded her. Their love affair was put into hold when Allie’s family interfered when they came to learn about it. Both were forced to live their lives accordingly, and got busy as time progressed. Allie got married to another person and Noah went into army in the midst of Word War II.

After being separated for seven years, they reunite once again. The love that they had for each other was still alive and were not able to resist each other. They both were leading different paths and but somehow their paths now have crossed again.

Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel MacAdams as Allie have tremendous chemistry between each other and that’s what makes it delightful watch. If it weren’t for their absorbing performances, the movie would have been a fiasco.

This beautiful romance drama has been elevated solely through the acts of its charming leads that would leave its viewers in tears.

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