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Movie Review: “A Flying Jatt” Reminiscent of Doordarshan Era…

Movie: A Flying Jatt                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English & Punjabi)

A Flying Jatt Review:

I watched it yesterday and was perplexed trying to understand what it was all about?

Was A Flying Jatt Indian Superhero movie? or

It was a movie promoting “environment awareness among kids”? or

It was just made for the sake of making a movie?

Remo D’Souza is a dance master and it is quite evident in his direction too. Being a Super hero movie you expect lots of action sequences. Alas! The film has very few of them and that too reminiscent of the “Doordarshan Era”. I remember Shaktiman, Karma, Junior G (Indigenous Super Heroes) of late 1990s India. Frankly, speaking Flying Jatt is no better than them.

Choreography wasn’t impressive for me, music and background scores will appeal to kids (under 10) and songs were the only cheering aspect of the movie. Visual effects were below par again reminding you of Doordarshan days. On top of all this, as if this wasn’t humiliating enough for you. There is a pathetic villain with an annoying pet dialogue (surprise, surprise) …

Jacqueline Fernandez is there to look stupid. That’s it… And yes, Amrita Singh packs a punch in the role of Mrs.Dhillon.

Now let’s see what’s the story of the film:

The story is about a guy named Aman ( Tiger Shroff) who is a martial arts teacher but a coward and shy person. His father has created an “Eco-friendly” society near a lake somewhere in Punjab. There’s a small island in the lake that has an old tree (revered by the Sikh community of the area). And, that tree is the source of conflict in the film as the city’s famous businessman Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) wants buy that island and raze the tree. In order to lure Aman’s mother he offers her a huge amount in exchange for the land, but she abuses him in front of all saying she will not sell that land to anyone.

In the very next move, Malhotra calls Aman to his mansion and threatens him to kill his mother. He even goes on to recruiting a foreign contract killer a 7 feet tall man called Raka (Nathan Jones). He orders him to go and cut that tree, but upon arriving at the tree Raka faces stiff resistance from Aman. Suddenly, something happens and both of them gets faint down. Only to find out later that Aman has become a super hero while Raka a super villain.

In the second half movie becomes kind of “sermonic”, as it becomes clear that the director is fixated to teach us “environment protection” via Flying Jatt. We also get to know that our hero’s power come from trees while Raka’s powers are accumulated through ‘pollution’ that is in abundance on this earth.

Ultimately, the Fying Jatt has to defeat Raka on another planet and in space. Even there too pollution is present and Raka shows stiff resistance before being neutralized by Aman.

Funny things about A Flying Jatt:

  1.    He follows traffic lights.
  2.    He is scared of dogs.
  3.    He flies hardly 2-3 meters off the ground because of high phobia.
  4.    He buys sabzi (vegetables) for home.
  5.    Most importantly he is “Aagyakari Beta” (moma’s boy).

My verdict and rating:

The movie has earned almost double than its budget which is a thing for the director. But, its ratings are extremely poor, with TOI being exceptional to give it 3.5/5 (God knows what happened to them). In fact, on my part, I am feeling extremely generous to give it a 5/10 rating.

I won’t recommend A Flying Jatt to any serious cinema lover. It’s a big “NO TO WATCH” movie guys. Please stay away… However, I would highly recommend it to kids as it has some moral lessons for them. Besides some Doordarshan time graphics.

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review

Movie: Mohenjo Daro                          Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                 Language: Hindi

Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review:

When I was told Mohenjo Daro is directed by the man who gave us Swades, Lagaan and Jodha Akbar, my expectations from the film increased many-folds and I ended up watching it today. BIG MISTAKE!

The film is such a disaster that writing the review also feels like a waste of time. The opening scene paints a larger than life picture of the orphaned small town Hero who longs for big city charms. Sounds familiar??? Well, this is just the beginning. The film is the same song and drama that has been done to death in Bollywood. I was shocked to see a Director of Ashutosh Gowariker’s calibre couldn’t give a single creative twist to the age old story. The film partly reminds me of Baahubali and partly of Harry Potter but neither it had the grandeur of the former, nor the magic of the latter.

The only ‘new’ thing about Mohenjo Daro was the backdrop of an ancient civilization. I guess Ashutosh Gowariker got so carried away with the idea of making a film on a unique era that he didn’t focus on the story at all. His only focus seems to be on the historical detailing which also is far from authentic. It is a period film but the characters use modern day abuses, the head gear and dresses of the female lead are very elaborate and revealing, the ancient sets and festivities can beat the modern day rural areas and there clearly hasn’t been made much effort in the language. The characters have weird names, say janawar in place of jaanwar, son in place of sona, sat in place of satya and turantu in place of turant… and that’s where Gowariker’s creativity ends.

I don’t understand why the heroine always get to wear sexy clothes irrespective of the backdrop of the film, how Hero & Heroine romance in public yet the villain staring at them is oblivious to the chemistry, how Heroine rushes to hug Hero in the arena itself after his fight, how Hero gets beaten black and blue in a major fight but comes around and beats his rivals to pulp later, why do the rivals come one by one and not attack the Hero together, even the cannibals seem to keep the discipline. These are extremely silly yet very common scenarios in Bollywood, but one doesn’t expect Ashutosh Gowariker to fall prey to these cheap tactics.

At the end when the Hero wins over the Villain, gets the kingdom and the girl, you feel the torture is finally over but no! The Director wants the Hero to be the saviour of the civilization as well. There is just no end to the heroism of our Hero. Also, there was a huge deal about Chaani being Sindhu Ma ka vardaan or something and that she will save the civilization one day throughout the film, yet all she does is romance the Hero and tell him she has to keep her father’s promise and marry the villain. I kept waiting until the end for this prophecy to come true but seems like the Director got so busy helping the Hero do one super human act after the other that he forgot to tie this loose end.

The only thing that I liked about the film was the song Tu hai. It’s soft and melodious. The performances are mediocre. Pooja Hedge is pretty but she sucks at acting. Nothing else stands out.

My suggestion: Don’t watch even for Hritik Roshan. AVOID!!!

Reviewed By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called “The Movie Club“…!

In The Heart of The Sea – Review

Movie – In The Heart of The Sea

Release Year – (2015)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages – English (Mainly), Spanish (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre – Adventure, Action, Biography

In The Heart of The Sea Review:

Ron Howard, has given us some of Hollywood’s best movies over the years. And, this time too he doesn’t disappoint with In The Heart of The Sea. It is based on real story of sinking of a whaling ship called “ESSEX” in 1820. The film is set in the time when “whale oil” business was booming. And, to sustain this boom shipping firms were sending more and more ships in the oceans far away to gather as much whale oil as they could.

Our ship Essex too was one such ship, it was commanded by Captain George Pollard Jr. (Benjamin Walkerwith Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) as his first-mate. Both the men had their own ambitions and were of contrasting personalities. Straight from day one, when the Essex left for the ocean. It was very clear that these two men weren’t comfortable with each other. Their clash of personalities is one of the best part of this film.

Somehow, they agree to stay together to complete the task they are assigned. The task was to get 2000 barrels of whale oil and go back to sea port of Nantucket. But, things get bad for them when after several months they are unable to find sufficient whales.

Later, at a place in Latin America from a Spanish captain they learn of a place that has plenty of whales. But, that place has a demon too, a big “white whale”. That kills everything coming his way. Now, Chase and Pollard have to choose whether to sail to the place or go back without whale oil. And, as obvious from their nature they chose former.

This turns out to be their biggest mistake that almost costs their lives. The rest of the movie, is all about how they get to that place and actually encounter that devil whale.

Why to watch In The Heart of The Sea?

The answer is quite simple, In The Heart of The Sea has everything a cinema lover would like to see in a movie. The acting is superb by the cast, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson have been exceptionally good in it.

Screenplay and direction is superb and special effects make In The Heart of The Sea a movie to remember forever. For me one outstanding feature of In The Heart of The Sea was its great film score. Roque Baños‘ music has really made this film an appealing stuff.

Rating & Verdict:

To many’s surprise I have rated In The Heart of The Sea 10/10. This film is a box office bomb. And, I am still wondering why this happened to this wonderful piece of cinema work? Most critics have given a thumbs down to In The Heart of The Sea.

Anyways, leaving critics aside, if you are into Mr. Chris Hemsworth movies and love adventure genre. Then without any hesitation go for In The Heart of The Sea. I am fully assured that you guys will love this film.

 

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Last Knights – Movie Review

Movie: Last Knights

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama, History, Action, Adventure

Last Knights Movie Review:

Kazuaki Kiriya may  not have directed a “great” film till now, but still Last Knights in my view is an entertaining one. Last Knights boasts a long list of promising actors from different countries. It has a good, if not the  best plot for a Medieval History based movie. The background score is fine, not something I will talk about specifically as I normally do. Last Knight has twists and turns that are just enough to make you feel good about it. Talking about the “Critical Appreciation”, I think Last Knights is very harshly dealt by the critics all over the world. This movie is not bad as its ratings are by the critics. I have seen far worse movies than this and they have decent ratings too from the critics.

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                                 Last Knights Movie Still

Anyways, let’s talk about the storyline of Last Knights. This film is nothing but a story of HONOR, first lost and then regained. Talking of honor as “everything” in this age may sound little absurd, but there was indeed a time when honor was a very valuable thing for people. Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) loses his master Lord Bartok (Morgan Freeman). Actually, Raiden himself has to behead his master (This is something you guys need to find out why?). After it, on the orders of the Emperor (Peyman Moaadi), the Bartok lands are being confiscated by the empire and Raiden alongside many Bartok clan people has to leave his home. All this happened because of a greedy minister Geeza Mott (Aksel Hennie) who wanted to make himself rich by asking bribes from all the vassal states of the empire which Lord Bartok opposed public for which he had to pay a heavy price.

The movie moves forward when Gizza Mott becomes obsessed with Raiden, that he is not going to sit idle and will take his vengeance. For over a year he follows Raiden and his fellow legionnaires, but after getting no indication of him planning an attack decides to leave this issue. In the meantime, Gizza Mott has fortified his palace with more security than even the emperor himself.

Now, comes an interesting twist in the plot when it is revealed that for over a year Raiden and his followers are actually acting to “deceive” Gizza Mott and his men knowing that they are being watched every second throughout the day. And, now when they have finally outwitted their enemy. It is time to launch an offensive, I am not revealing its details as it is something very interesting and to me the “USP” of Last Knights. After a gruesome battle at the palace of Gizza Mott who has now become the first council to the emperor commander Raiden kills him. After this Raiden surrenders himself to the Emperor. When the Emperor (after consulting the nobility) declares Bartok rebels as National Heroes but announces that the act of violence against the first council is similar to the attack against the Emperor himself and, therefore, the leader i.e. Commander Raiden must be put to death. The movie ends with Raiden on his knees ready for his punishment of getting behead and suddenly there is a flashback….

Last Knights
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My Verdict & Rating of Last Knights:

I gave this film 7 out of 10 only. The reason is that if Last Knights had to become an epic it must have been much longer than what it is. Everything is done very well, but then suddenly you feel that it could have been done in a more detailed manner, especially the later part of the story. One more thing was not very convincing about Last Knights was its music and background score that wasn’t great as I always expect from a Medieval History theme-based film. But, in any manner, this is not a “bad movie” at all as many of the leading movie critics want us to believe. I strongly recommend it to every history genre movie lover and I am dead sure you all will love it. It has its own share of twists and turns, although I agree that story is not that strong. The last thing I want to mention especially for the History Lovers is that this movie has nothing to do with history. Last Knights is purely a work of fiction, so don’t relate it to anything in history just watch it and enjoy it.

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