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The Age of Adaline – Review

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Movie: The Age of Adaline

Releasing Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

The Age of Adaline Movie Review:

The Age of Adaline has a wonderful story, great camera work and screenplay. From the start to the last scene of the movie you feel engrossed in it. I will not talk about the scientific reason or explanation of what happened to “Adaline Bowman”, as it is futile. All I can say and write about The Age of Adaline is that it is a well-directed film and all the characters have done full justice to their roles. You won’t find anyone without a “purpose” in the movie. Such is the way Lee Toland Krieger has directed The Age of Adaline.

The story revolves around “Blake Lively” but it is well supported by all the characters in the movie. I give full credit to the director for choosing Blake and Michiel as lead characters. Harrison Ford has been at his best as he normally is in every movie. Now talking about the story line, The Age of Adaline is a story of a young woman named “Adaline Bowman” who because of an accident in 1935, at the age of 29 develops a phenomenon in her genes due to which she “stops ageing”…. Well talking of age you would feel “anyone in this world would love to stop ageing and being young forever, especially women”. But, here comes our “Adaline Bowman” a beautiful woman (by every stretch of imagination possible). It is said of her “All these years she’s lived, but she’s never had a life…” rightly so after enjoying her “forever young” fate she gets to a position in life where she thinks of “stop running” from life.

She saw her husband, family, dogs, friends die and the world change year after year….. But, what happened to her life? She was as it is as she was. She had to run from this cruel world for her safety, she even abandoned her daughter to live in pace. All these measures proves futile as finally she falls in love with a young man (Michiel Huisman), who turns out to be the son of a man (Harrison Ford) whom she loved some 4 decades back.. And left because of her inability to fulfill that relationship. One can truly feel the pain of Adaline… I loved the music of the movie it is awesome and actually gives  meaning to the movie.

Characters to watch out in The Age of Adaline:

Blake Lively: Up until yesterday I had no knowledge of who this girl is? But, I fell in love with her acting “prowess” the very first time I saw her on screen…She has literally lived through the ages on the screen in this movie. She looked good in 1920s, 30s, 40s …and so on till 2014 when the movie ends. I would give her 10/10 for acting as well as looks with all those emotions and her “trade mark” smile she is the “life” of “The Age of Adaline”.

Harrison Ford: His role can be seen as “defining cameo” in the movie. Mr. Ford has given his everything in those scenes as he could have. His expressions are awesome and so does his acting as you would expect from him. It was his role that gave the movie finishing touch…

My Rating & Verdict of The Age of Adaline:

I gave a 9 out of 10 to The Age of Adaline. Mainly because of its music and story line. The acting too is superb. At some moment or other you will feel yourself at “Adaline’s place and wonder what would you have lived through had it happen to you?” Overall this movie deserves a 9. If you like romantic movies and you believe love is powerful, it’s a movie you must watch. The Age of Adaline portrays the love in various forms and ways. You will certainly enjoy it.

Three Kings – Movie Review

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Movie: Three Kings (1999)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Arabic (Few Dialogues Only) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War

Three Kings movie is set in 1991 Iraq after the end of Gulf War-1. The movie competently portrays the situation of  the region after the end of Gulf War-1, when the “uprising” takes place against the rule of Saddam Hussein in southern Iraq. The movie tells how after the end of the war nobody including USA ( supposedly the savior of the region in that war) was caring about the people, who were brutally suppressed, looted, tortured, and killed by the Iraqi Army.

All that everyone was caring about was to get their hands on the “gold” that Saddam’s Army has looted from the Kuwaitis. Even the media, which is supposed to be “neutral and unbiased” was thinking of getting more and more stories and not helping the people.

What I Liked About The Movie:

Three Kings gives an idea about the political situation of Iraq during that time and how the “inconsistent” US foreign policy has affected the lives of millions of people including “pro-Saddam and anti-Saddam”.

The screenplay is very good and the locations used for filming Three Kings movie look genuine. The story has a comical way too and it really keeps you on your toes till the end. The actors have performed really well, and it can be said everyone has done justice to their roles. The background music is also good but can not described as great like in many other war-themed movies.

Characters To Watch Out In Three Kings:

Archie Gates (George Clooney): Mr. Clooney is a special actor whom you can’t describe well enough, knowing his range and versatility. Throughout the movie, it is his character that has a resounding presence on-screen. He takes the limelight away from other co-stars.

Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze):  He is an idiotic but nice at heart person. His only wish is to go back to the US and earn a decent living there. He takes the center stage when it comes to doing comedy in the film. His body language and dialogue delivery are immaculate.

My Rating & Verdict Of Three Kings:

I am giving this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that it is not a one-sided story. The film shows both the sides of the coin. It is especially evident in the character of “Said”, who while torturing “Troy” speaks things that hit our brains. The character of TV reporter Adriana Cruz is also very though provoking and gives an insight of how media handle things. Her dialogue in the end, “why this war happened in the first place she doesn’t still understand it” sums up all.

Although it can’t be denied that Three Kings at some places exaggerated many things, but it is expected as it is a commercial cinema. If you are looking to see an action-packed drama movie that has comedy as well as emotional punch in it, then Three Kings is a must watch. In the end, you will also get to know how things can be made better by properly managing conflicts anywhere on this planet.

Image Credit: Wikipedia.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

The Man from UNCLE – Movie Review

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Movie: The Man from UNCLE

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Russian (Few Dialogues only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History

The Man From UNCLE Movie Review:

After more than a month it is screened in my city. I finally watched “The Man from UNCLE” last Monday. I went to see this movie after comparing it with other movies that are being screened nowadays in my city like “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hitman: Agent 47, The Transported Refueled, and Fantastic Four. And I can merrily say now that I took the right decision.

I am a big movie buff and rarely miss a good Hollywood flick. For me, in a movie three elements are vital – Music, Acting, and Story-line.

The Movie’s Story-line/Plot:

I can safely say this movie scores in all aforementioned departments. The start of the movie itself is very nice and for me it sets the tone of what we are going to experience in next 2 hours. The car chasing scene at the start of the movie is a delight to watch.

There are a few other action scenes too that are good to watch.

Coming to the cast, I can say it’s Perfecto! I can’t imagine anybody else in place of “Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander”. These three are the heart of this movie. The supporting cast too is well picked and they all have given their best.

If, I have to judge this movie solely on its story-line, then it would be a little tough for me to applaud this movie as it has an ordinary plot or rather a very common plot. But, when we put the acting, music, cinematography, and story-line together this movie without any doubt becomes a treat to watch.

Dresses & Cars in The Man from UNCLE:

Seeing the dresses and cars used in the movie, it gives you a very ‘authentic’ feeling of the 1960s. The music of the movie is really one of the best I have noticed in recent times. I found the full soundtrack of movie on You Tube and enjoyed it.

One thing that disappointed me about this movie is it’s end. After watching the movie, I felt as if the “inflated balloon just busted” without any sound. The movie started well and paced well in the middle, but somehow towards the end, it lost its charm. What I am trying to say is that “the end” could have  been more appealing and exciting rather dull the way it is.

My Favorite Characters of The Man From UNCLE:

Armie Hammer (Ilya Kuryakin): Well, to be true I never heard of this guy before this movie. But after seeing his performance in this movie, I have become a huge fan of him. More because of his look and “Russian English Accent” than his performance. He is portrayed as a tough Russian KGB agent who only knows one way of doing things and that is “through the use of sheer muscle power”. His romance with Miss Vikander (Gabi) and his never-ending tussle with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) is a treat to watch. For me, Armie took it away from our Superman.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller): I saw her for the first time in “Seventh Son” and felt that she is a talented actress, who has a lot to offer to us. After seeing her performance in this movie, I am quite satisfied with her progress.  Alicia looks very genuine in her approach towards the role of Gaby. Her character is very well-written and she has done full justice to it.

The Man from UNCLE
              A Star Studded Affair…

My Rating & Verdict of The Man from UNCLE:

I give 9 out of 10 to this film as it is very refreshing and makes you happy. Overall, it is a good to watch movie with its 1960s Cold War era theme and some awesome acting by the actors. On the top of everything, the “Music/Background Score” of the film is very pleasing to ears and takes you to the late 1960s. 

If you are looking to see some spy theme-based comic movie then go for The Man from UNCLE. It is a very well-balanced package with occasional pieces of laughter and some thrilling action. Above all, whosoever loves the US-Russian rivalry of the Cold War Era, will surely love this movie. 

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad