Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bollywood Formula, Hollywood Look

Most Bollywood movies have the same formula: a love story with a villain who does not want the lovers to be together. The new Hrithik Roshan flick, Kites, has the same formula with a Mexican twist, the heroine being Mexican rather than Indian. However, the film has a Hollywood look due to the amazing cinematography, which makes it a very pleasant visual experience. The songs do not pop up for no reason; all of them are background songs, which is a refreshing change.

Hrithik is extremely handsome, an amazing dancer, and a talented actor. And he definitely does not disappoint his fans in this movie! He has great on-screen chemistry with Mexican actress, Barbara Mori, the female lead who looks beautiful in the movie. 

I recommend this movie especially for Bollywood movie fans as this will be a refreshing change for them.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Thought-provoking Film

The 2010 Oscar-winning Best Film, The Hurt Locker, is a fictional story that follows the journey of three soldiers in the United States Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team responsible for disarming improvised explosive devices (IED) during a 39-day period during the Iraq war. This character-based story about a series of events was inspired by real life experiences that the Oscar-winning writer, Mark Boal, had while spending time with a US bomb squad as a free-lance journalist in 2004 in Iraq.

The three main roles, each of a different nature, were well-portrayed by Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty. Renner plays the role of Sergaent First Class William James, who is a risk-taker and gets adrenaline rush through combat. Mackie plays the role of Sergaent JT Sanborn, who likes to follow rules and is not much of a risk-taker. Geraghty plays the role of Specialist Owen Eldridge, who is scared to die during his missions.

Boal's well-written screenplay makes you realize how soldiers especially those in the EOD units risk their lives every day and for them each day is a near-death experience, which some survive and others do not. The cinematography and the special effects of this documentary-style movie were amazing. Oscar-winning Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow, no doubt made a very thought provoking film, which makes the audience experience what US soldiers had to go through during the Iraq war. It really surprised me that this film was directed by a female because there are hardly any women in it and this is more of a guy movie because it is about the military and the Iraq war. I think that just shows the genius of Bigelow and proves that she truly deserved to be the first female to win an Oscar for Best Director.

Even if you don't usually enjoy films of such serious nature, I recommend that you watch this one.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Successful Directorial Debut

Badmaash Company, the latest Shahid Kapoor flick and Yash Raj Films production, marks the directorial debut of Parmeet Sethi, the actor who played the role of the villain in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This film is about four friends who con people to become rich fast. Just like the four friends find loopholes in the system, the story itself had loopholes but it was interesting nonetheless. The movie had a lesson that there are no short cuts in life and if you use your intelligence towards the right rather than wrong reasons, you will be successful.

The well-portrayed roles by the cast that included Anushka Sharma (from Rab Ne Bana De Jodi fame), Vir Das, Meiyang Chang, and Anupam Kher in addition to Kapoor, and a well-written screenplay by Sethi made the movie an enjoyable and entertaining experience. I recommend it especially for Kapoor fans and I look forward to future projects directed by Sethi.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Best Movie of the Summer!

I was skeptical about Iron Man 2 because sometimes sequels such as Miss Congeniality 2 and Speed 2: Cruise Control are not as good as the first film. However, I was completely blown away by Iron Man 2 because it was actually better than the first one. It had a much more interesting story. The action sequences were excellent. The screenplay by Justin Theroux was well-written and funny. All the roles were very well-portrayed by the amazing cast that included Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, and director Jon Favreau. Scarlett Johansson, however, has the same style of acting in every movie and is not a very good actress but looks beautiful in the film. Kudos to Jon Favreau for making a stunning movie! Robert Downey Jr. deserves a special mention - he was definitely the most suitable actor to play Iron Man as nobody could have done a better job than him. He looks great in the movie and has amazing chemistry with Gwyneth Paltrow, who looks beautiful in the film. Whether you liked Iron Man or not, this is a must-watch for you! I want to watch it again!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Better than the Original

A Nightmare on Elm Street, a remake of the 1984 horror flick with the same name, brings Freddy Krueger back to the big screen. Having watched the 1984 horror flick, I must say that the 2010 version of this movie is much better. The main characters remain the same, some of the scenes were the same, and the main plot remained the same. The plot revolves around four high school friends, who have nightmares about this burnt guy named Freddy Krueger, who wants to kill them in their sleep. However, the reason he is after these four kids is different in the remake and is much more believable. The special effects in the remake are also much better as expected.

Overall, I liked the remake because it was jumpier, hence scarier, more plausible, and had much better acting than the original. I recommend it to those who like horror flicks. Whether you have seen the original or not, I think you will still enjoy the movie. Can't wait to see the sequel!