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Patch Adams Movie Review

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Patch Adams Movie Review:

Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical American film. It is based on the life of Dr. Hunter Patch Adams. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the movie stars effervescent Robin Williams in the lead role. Besides featuring Daniel London, Monica Potter, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in supporting roles.

With a good screenplay and and high-quality acting by the cast, Patch Adams is an absolute delight to watch. I particularly enjoyed the music and background score; it is beautiful and goes with the theme of the movie.

Before we jump to discuss the “Criticism”, the movie received over the period of time since its release, let’s have a look at its plot.

Storyline/Plot of Patch Adams:

Patch Adams is a man fighting depression and tries to end his life; there too he fails miserably. He voluntarily admits himself to a mental asylum. There he is touched by the despairing lives of patients and apathy of doctors towards them. At this point in his life, Patch thinks that he now has a “goal” in his dejected life–to become a doctor and help others who are suffering. He leaves asylum for a medical college after confronting with the supervisor.

At college, Patch becomes the top student despite being fairly aged compared to his fellow students. Gradually he makes friends at the college and subsequently starts his own clinic (without any proper Government and Medical Board’s approval). Patch’s life shatters when his close friend, Carin (Monica Potter) is killed by a psychopath. After this incident, Patch leaves everything despite his friends’ disapproval. He again tries to end his life but Monica’s memories give him a new spirit to complete his studies and continue the clinic.

Things take an ugly turn for Patch Adams as he is debarred from the college on charges of prescribing medicines without license. In the climax, he defends himself against the council and wins their trust to complete his studies. The film ends here!

Patch Adams movie has its funny, witty, and emotional moments that make it a must watch for any cinema lover. The last scene, where Patch Adams defends his case against the Medical Council is the best scene of this movie. It is perhaps one of the best acted piece of Robin Williams’ illustrious cinema career.

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My Rating & Verdict of the Movie:

I am giving this movie a 9 out of 10, despite its flawed and deviated storyline (from the actual life of Dr. Hunter). The reason is quite simple; Patch Adams is a movie that delivers the message it want to convey in an absolutely fantastic cinematic way.

There are people who would strongly disapprove the idea of ‘treating patients with love and friendship’. But as far as I am concerned, I believe that Dr. Patch Adams’ ideas can make a huge difference to the normal “doctor-patient” relationship.   

Patch Adams Trivia:

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., a 2003 Sanjay Dutt starring Bollywood movie seems closely inspired by Patch Adams movie. However, its director reportedly told media that he hasn’t seen the movie before the release  of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Quite interesting, right? Once you see both the movies you will realize the similarities between them.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Skyscraper Movie Review

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Skyscraper Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: Talking about him one thing comes to mind, “Is There Anything That The Rock Can’t Do”?. The answer is plain NO! With Dwayne Johnson on the screen everything seems possible. In Rampage earlier this year, Rock saved the Chicago city from giant size mutant wolf and crocodile, and in Skyscraper movie he saves his family from the world’s tallest building-set on fire by some terrorists/underworld mafia-with an amputated leg using ‘duct tapes, rope and a few building tools’.

Many people are of the view that Skyscraper movie is highly inspired by 1974’s Towering Inferno and 1988’s Die Hard. I haven’t seen any of them, so it is difficult for me to give any comment in this regard. Without further delay, I would focus on Skyscraper movie review.

Skyscraper Story-line

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) mets an accident on duty and loses his one leg. He lefts FBI and starts working as a security consultant for skyscrapers. Will gets an opportunity of a lifetime when he is approached by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess his upcoming building The Pearl’s (the world’s tallest skyscraper with 240 floors) security. Will decides to take up this task ignorant of the dangers coming his way.

Soon after assuming his responsibilities for the new project, Will gets to know that there are people who want to destroy The Pearl. These miscreants set The Pearl on fire by hacking its security systems. As the skyscraper starts burning from 96th floor, Will attempts the greatest human rescue mission in the history; and that too alone! to save his 2 kids and wife. Don’t worry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you by writing details of this rescue mission as it is something worth enjoying on your screens. However, it would be a shame, if I don’t tell you guys that the scene showing Dwayne Johnson climbing a crane and jumping from it to break into The Pearl is the most entertaining moment of Skyscraper movie.

Acting

When you have Dwayne in the movie, one thing is sure: mind blowing action! Although we have seen The Rock fighting and conquering his enemies many times before too. However, this is the first occasion that we saw him nailing it in the role of an amputee. Once again Dwayne has done full justice to his role in a movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong, if we say that it was Dwayne’s brilliance that saved this “Skyscraper” from falling down on ground despite its plain, predictive, and thin story-line.

The rest of the cast too has performed well; the acting of Chin Han is worth mentioning. He is looking great in his role and provides a perfect support to Skyscraper’s script. After a long time, we also saw Wild Things star, Neve Campbell on the big screen (playing the role of Dwayne’s wife).

My Verdict of Skyscraper Movie

I am giving this film, 8 out of 10, mainly for its background score, Rock’s acting, and “The Pearl”. I think Skyscraper is a good one-time watch stuff. The special effects and cinematography are really worth watching. Overall, Skyscraper is way away from a true-to-life movie. A must watch, for all die hard fans of Dwayne Johnson!

Image credit: Skyscraper official site.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

The Reader – Movie Review

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Movie: The Reader

Releasing Year: 2008

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer/Screenplay:  David Hare

Country of Origin: U.S.A & Germany

Running Time: 124 minutes

Languages: English, German, Greek

Genre: Drama, Romance, History

The Reader Movie Review:

Well ‘The Reader’ is a movie about an affair between a woman in her mid-thirties, Hanna (played by Kate Winslet) and Michael who is 15 (played by David Kross and in the later part of the movie played by Ralph Fiennes in his 60s). A movie with Nazi Holocaust as the backdrop. I have seen so many movies on this topic-the list is endless. But that event in the history of mankind, still inspires people to make movies on it. As there are so many aspects to it which the world hasn’t stopped thinking about. But ‘The Reader’ is much more than an expression on the futility of human cruelty. It is about love, reconciliation, and a woman’s pursuit to find redemption. Hanna defends herself in the war-crime trial and like many of us, realizes the severity of her crime much later in life, when it’s too late.

The Reader is a good comment on classic human behavior of ‘doing without thinking’. Hanna in the movie, at least had the courage to admit that she was one of the guards in selecting the Jews every month (as to who will go to the gallows). But her other colleagues just follow the bandwagon of ‘fallacy,’ denying their involvement in the crime. A very typical of human behavior of not wanting to rise above mediocrity, as we don’t wish to lose our comfort zone.

Michael’s affair with Hanna was more based on sexual relationship. Michael as a teenager discovers his own sexuality with Hanna who also wisely guides him in the act of lovemaking. There are good number of scenes of nudity and the experience of orgasmic fulfillment. But the relation between the two runs much deeper….more so, for Michael. Hanna is illiterate and loves to be read to. And Michael a good, animated reader reads to her some of the best works of literature (Homer’s Odyssey, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The lady with the little dog). This reading followed by sex forms a bond between them-an experience, a relation that will affect Michael for a lifetime.

Life often gives us a chance to look back at our behavior, analyse our past actions, and rise above our errors to become a more wholesome and a responsible human being. But very few can justify this chance-just a few like Hanna did in The Reader.

At the end of the movie Michael meets a Jewish woman (a survivor of the Holocaust) with an expectation of the Jewish victims to understand Hanna. The woman does not forgive Hanna’s crime but does make an effort to understand the culprit better, which for me is a step towards forgiveness. This effort of great character does somewhere make the Jewish woman a slightly more satisfied human being. And therein lies the power of forgiveness.

The Reader Performances:

The performances by Kate Winslet and David Kross as young Michael are commendable. Bob Marley once said, “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” In this movie, Michael Berg finds that one worthy person.

 

Reviewed By: Pallavi Patil

Black Panther – Movie Review

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Movie: Black Panther                                                        Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler                                             Country of Origin: U.S.A

Writer/Screenplay: Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler

Running Time: 134 minutes                   Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Languages: English, Wakandian (Contructed Language)

With the introduction of Black Panther in the Marvel movies, the world is seeing the addition of African continent in otherwise American-centric marvel world. The first mention of Black Panther came in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War movie. Where  Prince T’Challa (Black Panther) after the death of his father, King T’Chaka at a UN meeting allies himself with Tony Stark (Iron Man) and fights against Captain Steve Rogers (Captain America) and his allies, that included Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier). In post credits he is seen talking to Captain Rogers and we get an idea that he has taken Bucky to his nation, Wakanda.

Black Panther Story-line:

The movie starts as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is getting ready to crowned as the future King of Wakanda. For the first time, the audience get to know the real Wakanda and the “origin of Black Panther”. At the crowning ritual, T’Challa is challenged by M’Baku (Lord of the Jabari tribe, the only tribe that refused to accept the Black Panther as the King and Protector of the nation of Wakanda). T’Challa defeats him, but he allows M’Baku to live instead of killing him.

Soon T’Challa gets to know that an identified object made of Wakanda made of Vibranium is stolen from a London museum. The man behind it is, Ulysses Klaue (a fugitive that is wanted by Wakanda). The King decides to undertake a mission in Busan, South Korea and bring Klaue to face trial in his kingdom. Accompanied by his elite forces’ general Okoye and his ex-love interest, Nakia, T’Challa fails to bring Klaue home. Instead, the King brings a CIA agent, Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) to heal as he took a bullet while defending Nakia during a gunfight with Klaue’s men.

Meanwhile, a man claiming to be of royal blood shows up at the Wakandan border, he brings Klaue’s body with him and wins the support of W’Kabi (who wanted Klaue dead to avenge his family’s death caused by him). The man is N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, an expert killer and member of the US army. He is also the cousin of T’Challa and now lays his claim for the Wakandan throne, T’Challa accepts Killmonger’s challenge. He is defeated by Killmonger in a ritual combat and thrown over from a cliff. Seeing the gravity of the situation, Nakia takes the Queen and Shuri (T’Challa’s sister) to safe place alongside Agent Ross.

They go to Jabari tribe for help and find that T’Challa is not dead. Lord M’Baku tells T’Challa that now they are even as he has returned his favor of  life for a life. T’Challa asks M’Baku’s help to retake the throne, but M’Baku refuses to give his men as he sees this is of no interest for his people.

In the climax, Killmonger and W’Kabi fight against Black Panther and his supporters. With the help of Agent Ross, Shuri, Nakia and Okoye, T’Challa defeats his cousin and kills him.

Why to Watch Black Panther?

Director, Ryan Coogler has given us a wonderful cinematic treat in the form of Black Panther movie. The screenplay, background music, action scenes, cinematography and acting all are brilliant. Everyone has performed their role to perfection and the portrayal of Wakanda as an African country is really overwhelming to watch. Black Panther movie also has references where we get to know that how colonial powers have exploited the continent of Africa, and now the African youth is rearing to catch up with the rest of the world. This is clearly visible in the post credit scene when at the UN meeting, T’Challa announces that his country will no  longer remain in the shadows and will share its technical knowhow and resources with the rest of the world.

My Verdict of Black Panther

I am giving 10/10 to this film and is super excited for the Infinity War, where once again we will see Black Panther. I loved the plot and its execution, there is never a dull moment in this film. I especially loved the background score that had a great blend of traditional African and modern techno music. So, if you are a Marvel fan then don’t wait anymore to watch this movie.

Reviewed By: Mirza Yusuf Faiyaz

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I, Mirza Yusuf Faiyaz, having completed Major in History from Delhi University is an avid traveller having a vivid taste in movies. I am as such no diehard fan of any major Hollywood cult, but have gone as per by my own taste. The movie which I like most is The Holiday (2006). I have also done Teacher Training Course and is now on a frantic job hunt to sustain my passion for teaching children of any age.