Sunday, October 5, 2014

Entertaining Despite Its Flaws!

Was #BangBang predictable, larger than life, cheesy, cliche? Of course it was! Most Bollywood movies are but so are some Hollywood films! I could literally predict dialogues and scenes before they were said or happened. This was not because it is a remake of ‪#‎KnightandDay‬. I honestly don't even remember the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz version, I just remember walking out the theater thinking how awful it was.

The key to watching a Bollywood film is to have low expectations - anticipate the movie to be predictable, larger than life, cheesy and cliche. Once you move past that, you can actually enjoy the film.

Was #BangBang entertaining despite these flaws? Absolutely! I walked out the theater extremely happy because it was way better than the Hollywood version. How, you ask? The main reason was Hrithik Roshan, who truly carried the film. He is a remarkable actor - it was obvious how committed he was to the role. The soundtrack will leave you wanting to dance in your seats - it was that good! Furthermore, the cinematography is indeed praiseworthy - it was a beautifully shot film with quite a few exotic locations such as Prague, London and Shimla. Katrina Kaif did a fairly decent job and looked gorgeous. Last but not the least, Javed Jaffrey deserves an honorable mention - it's been a while since I have seen him on the big screen and he nailed his character! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Inspiration to Restart my Blog!

Can you imagine living with someone with constant fear of getting hurt by them? Is marriage really all about compromise and sometimes, utter resentment? 

These are some of the questions you may ask yourself as you walk out the theater after having watched one of the best films ever made by the directorial genius, David Fincher, who brought remarkable movies like The Social Network and The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo to life. His recent venture, #GoneGirl is an excellent and a very honest adaptation to the novel by Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. 

Though the dissatisfying ending was practically the same as the book, which we were misled to believe would be different (publicity stunt perhaps? To entice readers who disliked the ending to go watch it?), I still did not mind it because it was executed so well. Had Flynn not skipped certain parts of the book or elaborated more on certain characters such as Andie Hardy, the film would have been better than the book! 

In my humble opinion, both David Fincher and Rosamund Pike, who brought the dark and twisted Amy Elliot Dunne to life in such a flawless and believable way, deserve an Oscar for this movie. 

I would also like to mention Carrie Coon, who portrayed the twin sister, Margo Dunne aka Go's character very well. She reminded me a lot of Janeane Garofalo (from the 1996 film: The Truth About Cats and Dogs - the only memorable movie of hers for me). And a special mention of the orange tabby, who played Bleecker - he was so cute!!

In conclusion, I highly recommend this film even if you have not read the book.