Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil | Teaser Review

Finally the teaser trailer for Dharma Productions much awaited film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is out and I must say I am hooked to title track. Great Vocals by Arijit Singh. Unfortunately apart from the title track nothing looks different enough to be interesting. I know it is Karan Johar, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan, these five names alone are enough for one to step in to cinema but these days with so much good work around, one also expect something unique from big names like these. Based on the Title track and closing dialogue of Ranbir this movie seems like an intense love story. I love Anushka, I enjoyed her NH10, PK, Band Baja Barat but none of them were intense love stories so I have my doubts knowing what happened to Yash Chopras ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. Whatever Ranbir does in the trailer seems like we have seen it all before, whether it him walking sadly or being drunk or being on a bike. Only Ashwarya and Fawad add a bit of spice to this otherwise bland teaser who by the way look gorgeous as usual.  Anyway as I said earlier and I guess this is the reason in the beginning Karan Johar reminds us of all of his previous hit ventures, Names associated with this film are huge and definitely one should at least go once to cinema. I wanted to rate it as "I already love it" but the trailer somehow is not fascinating for me. However I am sure movie would be a good watch, given its Karan Johar we are talking about over here.

I already love it

Feels interesting should go for it

Big names one should go

Suggested not to waste your money

Run away from the cinema




Monday, August 29, 2016

Suicide Squad - Movie Review

Desi Rating: 2.5/5

Written & Directed by David Ayer
Produced by Charles Roven/Richard Suckle
Will Smith
Jared Leto
Margot Robbie
Joel Kinnaman
Viola Davis
Jai Courtney
Jay Hernandez
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Ike Barinholtz
Scot Eastwood
Cara Delevingne

Suicide Squad is about a US special agent (I don't know which agency she belonged to) trying to form a team of super individuals to fight against potential super villains. This team is sent on a rescue mission turned into save the world extravaganza against pre historic enchantress.
I am not familiar with comic book world of Suicide Squad so I purely went to cinema for super villain turned hero concept.
This installment from DC comic universe turned out to be an average film, it was neither boring like Batman vs. Superman nor great as Civil War. Problem with such movies is that there is so much hype around them that expectation bar becomes skyrocketing.
This film lacked basic elements. Most of the villains had no super power they were simply crazy which for me at least not a qualification befitting the concept. Script lacked creativity, if you remember the justice league introduction sequence from Batman vs. Superman, here introduction was similarly bland. Character development , back stories, motivation to join the squad etc. all basic stuff was missing. We can still live with this if the action sequences and rest of script made sense but heavily disappointed here as well. Most of the characters simply felt useless as I couldn't establish any connection with the characters. As far as action is concerned I wonder what will it take for DC comics to have them during the day or in some light so that we can actually see/appreciate what is happening.

Heavily advertised Joker's character was a complete dud, I know he was required to keep the plot moving but would have preferred if his role was written with some mystery. Same goes for the most obvious and uninventive Batman and Flash cameos.
There were some good elements as well. I loved the evil brother sister duo of enchantress and incubus. They were grand and easily made Suicide Squad look weak and less evil. Margot Robbie and Will Smith as Harley Quinn and Deadshot have done great job portraying the only well written roles in the movie and provide much needed comic relief throughout. For once this DC installment has good pace and doesn't drag at all. The surprise element connected to El Diablo in final stand off was impressive ,I wish it had more prominence graphically as well.
I know like any DC film, despite of negative reviews it will still do record breaking business so for next installments of this franchise, I will suggest makers to spend some more writing time into creative introduction/development of already super cool / loved characters and add a little light when the action is happening for people like me. I go with 2.5 stars

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Happy Bhag Jayegi - Short Movie Review

Desi Rating: 1.5/5

Mudassar Aziz's Happy Bhag Jayegi tries so hard to be Jab We Met that they have even added Kareena's dialogue regarding what ever is happening to me is happening because of me only, but sadly Abhay is not Shahid and Diana is definitely not Kareena. Throughout the movie every one kept saying how great and free spirited Happy is but we never get to see that side of Happy on screen and this is the main problem with this film , every thing is being told and not shown. I believe writer used Google translator for Pakistani Urdu part of Abhay and Momal , being a Pakistani I know, no one in Pakistan speaks like 'mein sharab pee ker saree raat nachi thee'. This movie got all the right ingredients but not in correct proportions. It could have been a better entertainer if writer and casting director would have spent a bit more time on their parts. I will suggest not to waste money on this even for DVD and wait for it to be on TV. I go with 1.5 Desi Star.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jason Bourne - Short Movie Review

Desi Rating: 1.5/5
Never thought, I will start my short movie review series with this one. This movie seriously has nothing to offer, even car chase sequences and fist fights that are staple of this franchise lacked the usual charisma. Unnecessary camera shuffle made it really hard to focus on what was actually happening on screen. Also movie run time can easily be reduced by 50% if we remove all the scenes where people are just walking to the table to the room to the target etc. By the end I was bored and wondering what director Paul Greengrass and producer/main lead Matt Damon wanted to achieve with this film. One advice to the makers please stop when you run out of the original novel series, I go with 1.5 desi star.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Flying Jatt - Trailer Review

Story and Directed by Remo D’Souza, Produced by Ekta Kapoor and Starring Tiger Shroff opposite Jacqueline Fernandez
While randomly skipping through TV channels I stumbled upon a romantic song from A Flying Jatt and from the first look of it I was quite skeptical, I didn’t like the costume outlook and the whole repeated flying with the lady choreography of the song and cherry on the top was finding so many physics error while blue masked hero is showing of his flying skills.

Well who ever felt the same should see the full trailer on YouTube, link below:

Surprisingly I liked the trailer, in the trailer you can see a clumsy super hero with a regular demanding over the top Punjabi mom and with this everything from the suit to physics error becomes acceptable. In the time where Hollywood is pouring super hero movies in the cinema by dozen and all are usually serious films with heavy agendas, this comedy super hero action film could give cinema goers a refreshing experience.
Over all look and feel of the villain and action sequence is interesting as well, especially the glimpse of underwater action that we see in trailer, I still have some concern regarding graphics but it’s a Bollywood movie and is intended as a comedy super hero film so that shouldn’t be a big issue.
For trailer instead of stars I will give recommendations if one should go for this movie or not and green color will highlight the recommendation.

Can't wait for it to be released
Feels interesting should go for it
Only if you have no other options
Suggested not to waste your money
Run away from the cinema