Okay so I want to finish the movie reviews of February asap so I can start writing the March ones. I’m really behind! I want to come to a point where I can review each movie individually in detail.
So my last post was about 12 of the movies that I watched in February and their brief reviews and ratings. This post will continue with the reviews of 12 more movies.
You know this movie was very clever. Judging by the what the world is going at the moment, especially with Trump posed to potentially become the next President of USA, the future imagined in this movie might just come true. The movie is about a military experiment in which two people are put inside some sort of body preservation box that makes them go to sleep for about 100 years or so (or maybe its less, don’t remember exactly how many years they are in for). Both of these persons eventually wake up to a world that has come under what is called an ‘idiocracy’. Much like the present times but 100 times more intense, people laugh at jokes about poop, fart, and other bodily functions. Water is replaced by a soft drink and people are led to believe that it is the only clean, safe and healthy drink for the public; so much so that they water the plants and crops with this soft drink now. You see, water is only for toilets. The point is that two people with average intelligence in the past are geniuses now. The plot is interesting and the film provides an important message to the public. I did have one problem with the film though. I might sound feminist here but I don’t think the average girl in the movie is given any importance in the movie to show that she too is more intelligent than the general public in this future world. Instead, the girl is assumed to have the same level of intelligence as an idiot in the future in many scenes. In the end, she ends up becoming the vice president of America or something and also the wife of the most intelligent person on the planet, the average guy of the past. It’s a good movie for the concept and makes for an interesting watch.
Another Disney movie with similar plot and story lines except that in this case, it has to do with cars. Despite my interest in animated movies, I was never persuaded to watch this movie till last month when I thought I would give it a go while I was on a roll for watching movies. It’s okay. I mean nothing special, nothing too memorable but nothing too bad either. I can imagine the young audiences enjoying it, especially the ones interested in cars.
Now this is a movie I happened to stumble upon while scanning through channels on my television. What a movie! Despite being based on an understanding of and interest in instrumental music, the movie connects with the audience on a human level. It is about this idea of pursuing your dreams and how far you are willing to go for it. When should you give up? Another dimension of this movie is the abuse of the student by a teacher and the extent to which the student is willing to lose self-respect in order to gain the respect of his teacher. The balance of emotions is beautifully captured in the movie that shows the relationship between a teacher and a student that is based on respect, fear and abuse. I think everyone can identify with this movie at some level because the range of emotions shown by both Simmons and Teller are very real and very relatable. J.K. Simmons portrays the character of the teacher beautifully. It is no surprise that he got the Academy Award for this role. Teller is also very good But I thought his acting lacked a little bit of intensity (especially when compared with Simmons). Whiplash is definitely a recommended movie, especially for people who love music.
4. Ex Machina
One word: Mindblowing. And I mean it with every sense of the word. This film is so engrossing, so engaging, so shocking and surprising and it completely blows your mind at the end. I absolutely loved the story. The actors are all brilliant, all on point. the production design, cinematography and costume are very detailed and each object in the movie is there for a reason. The story is, like I said, mindblowing. Screenplay is flawless. This is my favourite sci-fi movie so far. I think it definitely deserved to be nominated for the Oscars. The film left me in shock and kept me thinking for 2-3 days. The intense effect it had on me is only matched by the movie ‘Room’. If you don’t watch this movie, you are seriously missing out. I cannot recommend this movie enough.
5. Calendar Girls
This was such a sweet movie. This movie made me think why don’t people make films like these anymore? Such a simple story and presented in a brilliant way. It is a real little gem. Genuine feel-good, heart-warming movie that you can watch whenever you need to lift your spirits.
This was very interesting. The concept that a designer drug can make you use 100% of your mind that leads you to become a successful billionaire is very believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the movie as the character discovers his “powers” and tries to “control” or develop them further. The second half seems a bit slow and drags through to justify how the protagonist continues to use the drug despite its negative effects. It’s interesting to compare this movie with the movie “Lucy” that claims that using 100% of your brain means losing your physical body and existing virtually. I always find these sci-fi movies exploring the human mind very very interesting. Limitless is another one of these movies that pushes the boundaries of human imagination a little bit more. But unlike Ex Machina it didn’t really blow my mind.
7. Straight Outta Compton
I have to admit, I couldn’t understand half of the dialogues in this movie. A lot of swear words, violence, guns, racism, gangsters and rap. The movie was good. It was dark and intense. I think it dealt with the subject of racism very well and the time period of 80s and 90s was shown very well in production design and costume. The movie records an important landmark in the history of the movie industry and it does it well. All actors are good and the script was well written (except that I couldn’t understand a lot of language and urban references). I think anyone interested in rap music would enjoy it. Unfortunately I’m not really familiar with rap music from the 90s and I had a hard time experiencing any kind of nostalgia that many audiences might have experienced while watching this. For me, it was an average movie just because I didn’t really have a connection with the movie.
8. Meet the Robinsons
An animated movie about time travel! Its one of the good ones. Except that the villian in this is super-duper weird lol.
A good horror movie. Made out of five short stories, each from a different genre of horror, this movie does a good job in seamlessly entering from one story to another. the story that I most enjoyed was the one where a guy driving on the road hits the girl and is then directed to take her to an abandoned hospital. The movie that I liked the least was the one where a brother comes looking to save his sister from ‘Hell’ and ends up dead himself. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
One of the most awaited movies by Marvel about one of the weirdest and funniest superheroes.It was very funny. The action was sick! Loved all the fight scenes! It was a superhero story told in a different way altogether. I mean yes it was an origin story but they gave a nice little romantic angle to it while making sure that Deadpool doesn’t lose his comic timing and his superpower in never undermined. All the comic book lovers got exactly the kind of Deadpool who they know and love in live action form. Having said that, I have to admit that I found the humour a bit crass. I mean, yes, that is what the Deadpool character is like after all but it was just not something that I particularly liked about the movie. I liked the comic timing in Ant-man much better. But besides that, the movie is very well made, all the action sequences are good, it is genuinely funny and stays true to the comics. I would look forward to another one of these.
This is the first movie that I watched of Sacha Baron Cohen. I have heard about his movies like Dictator but have never found them interesting or funny enough to watch. It’s just not my kind of humour. I went to the cinema expecting myself to be completely grossed out and hating the movie but it wasn’t as bad as I expected is the best thing I can say about this. Undoubtedly there are moments when the movie is desperately tying to find novel ways of grossing out the audience like never seen before and it relies on the shock value of these moments to create humour. I didn’t like those parts (and there are lot of such parts). And the jokes at the cost of disable kids are frankly disgusting and reprehensible. There were a few moments in which I genuinely laughed, the Donald Trump joke being the best joke of the movie. I think that the message that the movie had at its core was definitely good but it hardly comes across to the audience in the movie. The film seems to be lost in its desperate pursuit of shocking the audience into laughter and completely loses out on any meaning it intended to have. Just another one of the comedy movies that people make every year relying on crass and juvenile jokes.
The other movie that I had watched in February was Spotlight and I already gave a detailed review about that earlier. Go check it out. march reviews coming up soon.