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Mongol – Movie Review

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Movie: Mongol

International Title: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

Release: 2007

Country of Origin: Russia, Kazakhstan

Languages: Mongolian, Mandarin

Genre: Drama, War, History, Adventure, Biography

Mongol Movie Review & Storyline:

As I wrote in my previous review about Sergei Bodrov’s unmatched ability to portray the great Asian Steppe and its culture. I am happy again to review another of his “masterpiece” today, Mongol. It is a story of a boy named Temujin, who went on to become the legendary Genghis Khan. The founder of the greatest and largest empire the world has ever seen. Mongol has all the elements a good movie possesses. The direction is absolutely brilliant, screenplay is awesome and cinematography is of top class. One of the best thing about Mongol is its great music and background score composed by Tuomas Kantelinen and Altan Urag.

The film starts with Temujin, a captive of the Tangut Kingdom thinking about his childhood and the hardships he faced for survival. In the flashback we get to know that at the age of 9, he was orphaned and had to struggle hard to stay alive which he did with the help of his God “Tengri”. Temujin makes a friend, Jamukha (who would later turn out to be his biggest nemesis). The movie sheds a light on the social and cultural life of the Mongols of that time. Temujin’s rival tribe abducts his wife, Borte that hurts him. To get back his wife Temujin seeks Jamukha’s help and they go to war with the Merkits (tribe). After getting back his wife, Temujin leaves Jamukha saying that he is a master of his own and can’t serve him as his second in command. Here starts a conflict between the “blood brothers”.

The story then goes on and we see a small phase of happiness in Temujin’s life. But, the time comes when he has to choose between family and his destiny. And, unsurprisingly he chooses the later. The movie ends when Temujin unites many tribes of Mongolia and defeats a large army of Jamukha and his allies. After the win, Jamukha is captured by Temujin’s men. As per the historical records Jamukha was executed by Genghis Khan, but in the movie he is seen as spared by Temujin.

My Favorite Scene from the Movie…

Rating & Verdict of this film:

I rated this film 9/10, and without any doubt it deserves this rating. Mongol offers some intense acting by lead actors. The action sequences are well-directed and one of my favorite scene was the last battle scene. Tadanobu Asano as Temujin is a brilliant choice and he never let us down. His power packed acting keeps us glued to our seats. Honglei Sun as Jamukha is equally impressive as well as explosive. The rest of the cast too has performed good.

As far as this film’s historical accuracy is concerned I am not sure about it as the history of the Great Mongol Leader, Genghis Khan has been written after his death and there are many “inaccuracies” in each account. Anyways, for a movie lover Mongol is nonetheless an absolute delight to watch. I would recommend it to everyone who loves history based films. 

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The Jungle Book – Movie Review

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Movie: The Jungle Book

Year: 2016

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Jungle Book Movie Review:

The Jungle Book was one of the most anticipated movie this year. And, after watching it last night I can say why it was so? The adventure of Mowgli and his friends has once again been able to win hearts all around. I watched the “Hindi Version” but, I am confident the English Version too is equally good. Now, talking about the story and its on-screen execution there’s only one answer to it and that is “awesome” work by the director Jon Favreau. While watching there was a constant struggle going on in my mind whether I should appreciate the story or the special effects of The Jungle Book.

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Bagheera Taking Mowgli To A Safer Place….

As it is quite evident from the trailer, The Jungle Book has some nice fight scenes, good 3D effects and nostalgic drama. The story has our familiar characters such as Mowgli, Shere Khan, Bagheera, Akela, Raksha, Baloo, and Kaa. The film starts where Mowgli is shown enjoying his life with his family of wolves (who has brought him up from childhood). One day Shere Khan gives an indication to all the animals that Mowgli will grow up into a human (who always seek ways to destroy forests and its animals). Akela, the leader of the wolves tries to convince Shere Khan that Mowgli is different from other humans as he is brought up in this jungle. Shere, however, gives an open threat that someday Mowgli will be alone and no one will be able to save him. After this incident, it was decided by the wolves that it’s better that Mowgli must go now to some other place because he is no longer safe here. Bagheera (The Black Panther), who brought Mowgli to the wolves years ago, now takes him towards the human settlement.

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Mowgli And Friends Challenging Shere Khan…

Midway, they are attacked by Shere Khan and Mowgli gets lost in the jungle while running for his life. Later in the movie Mowgli encounters Kaa who tries to kill him, but Baloo (The Bear) saves his life. They become friends afterwards, and do a lot of things (which I am not sharing here as the Movie is still in theatres). You must watch the movie and see the rest part yourself. The Jungle Book ends on a happy note when Mowgli defeats his enemy and does not leave the jungle.

 

The Jungle Book Rating &  Verdict:

I have rated The Jungle Book 8 out of 10. The movie is short and well-directed. There is emotion, drama and action in The Jungle Book which you as well as your younger siblings or kids gonna love too much. In my view, The Jungle Book is a must watch movie for people who have seen the cartoon version of it in the golden era of 1990s. Neel Sethi as Mowgli has been terrific. He has made it look easy on-screen and it shows the potential of this new kid on the horizon. The Hindi dubbing is just stunning and Nana Patekar, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri have really done great job. The most outstanding voice was of Irfan Khan (Baloo), I loved his Punjabi style of talking and it suited to the character of Baloo very much. Conclusion, The Jungle Book is in cinemas now so get your seats reserved this weekend and watch it with your family, friends or sweet hearts.

 

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Les Visiteurs – Movie Review

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Movie: Les Visiteurs

English Title: The Visitors

Year: 1993

Country of Origin: France

Language: French (Mainly) English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History Fiction

Les Visiteurs Movie Review & Story-line:

Les Visiteurs is a comedy movie based on “time traveling”. The movie is set in early 12th and late 20th centuries. It is 1123 and a brave Knight named Godefroy Amaury de Malfête saves his King’s  (Louis VI “Le Gros”) life. For his “extra ordinary” feat King gives him the title of  Count of Montmirail. He also gives him permission to marry the woman he for long fancied. Here, comes the tragedy in the life of Godefroy as under the spell of a potion he “accidentally” kills his would be father-in-law. Frénégonde de Pouille (the countess with whom he was about to marry) tells him that she can’t marry a person who made her orphan. This makes Godefroy very sad he also decides not to marry anyone else all his life. After this, Godefroy goes to a  wizard named Eusebius and asks him if he can bring back his father-in-law? The wizard replies indeed he can’t, but he can sent him through the “tunnels of time” from where he can stop himself from shooting (with a crossbow arrow) his father-in-law.

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Godefroy under the “spell” of a witch…

Eusebius gives him a “magic potion” upon drinking of which Godefroy along-with his valet Jacquouille la Fripouille by wizard’s mistake comes into the year 1993. Here, starts the real drama of Les Visiteurs as they gets confused seeing the modern world with latest technologies and mistake them for “devil’s machines”. After reaching the 1993, Godefroy and Jacquouille la Fripouille encounters police and fights with them. Godefroy is taken to a mental asylum while Jacquouille meets a vagabond called Ginette la clocharde (Marie-Anne Chazel).

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Godefroy & Jacquouille destroying a car thinking it as “Devil’s Chariot”…

The twist comes when Godefroy meets Béatrice de Montmirail (who is exactly same as Frénégonde). Beatrice thinks of Godefroy as her long-lost cousin Hubert and takes him from asylum to her home. At home Jacquouille (Christian Clavier) do some stupid stuff which is something worth watching with your own eyes rather than me narrating it to you. Soon, Godefroy realize that Beatrice is his “descendant” and he has come to future. Now, he gets worried about going back to is time. He asks Beatrice to take him to his castle (which is now turned into a heritage hotel) run by a man Jacques-Henri Jacquard (who looks like Jacquouille because of being his descendant). In the castle, Godefroy finds the secret passage he was looking for going back to his time. How will he and Jacquouille return to 1123 again ? Is something you need to find out by watching Les Visiteurs. I would like to disclose one thing that Les Visiteurs ends when Godefroy corrects his mistake of shooting his would be father-in-law, but Jacquouille remains in the year 1993 instead he tricked everyone to send Jaquard back to past…

Les Visiteurs Rating & Verdict:

In my assessment Les Visiteurs (The Visitors) is worthy of  7/10 rating. Les Visiteurs is a good to watch “one-time” stuff, but never a complete cinema as anyone would love to see. The film relies heavily on two lead characters and the music too is not very pleasing. In fact, as for my liking there was very “dim and light background score” in Les Visiteurs. Coming to special effects, it is very much clear that the movie is old and as a viewer of today’s age to me they seemed very “ordinary”. At last, I would recommend it to all age groups as it is a funny film to enjoy either with your friends or family.

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Last Knights – Movie Review

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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….

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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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