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Il Postino: The Postman – Movie Review

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Movie: The Postman

Original Title: Il Postino

Releasing Year: 1994

Directors: Michael RadfordMassimo Troisi

Writer/Screenplay: Anna PavignanoMichael RadfordFurio ScarpelliGiacomo ScarpelliMassimo TroisiFurio ScarpelliGiacomo Scarpelli

Country of Origin: Italy

Running Time: 108 minutes

Languages: Italian, Spanish (Some dialogues)

 

Il Postino: The Postman Movie Review:

Mario ( Massimo Troisi) is a poor fisherman’s son living on a remote island in Italy. He is a very simple and a shy man looking for a job to survive. He gets the job of a postman and he delivers the mail to just one man-the great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Neruda (Philippe Noiret) is banished from his country for his expression and association with communism. He and his wife are now sheltered in Italy.

Pablo Neruda was a great poet who wrote about love, people and the large part of humanity which is been mistreated for centuries. His work was a voice of the oppressed and he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. I have read many times that the eminent revolutionary Che Guevara voraciously read Neruda and was highly inspired by him. And, this had made me read Neruda too.

Il Postino: The Postman Story-line:

Mario visits Neruda almost everyday to deliver mails. Slowly they hit the chords of camaraderie. Mario is not a very educated man. He is a commoner, naive to the world of intellectualism. But that itself is his greatest strength. He is unbiased with no prejudice and more open to absorb the world. His ignorance gives him an honest audacity to express freely. He slowly reads Neruda’s work and interprets it in his own ways. Neruda also answers Mario’s simple and heartfelt questions with great honesty. He also discovers that Mario is good with metaphors.

Mario then falls in love with a beautiful lady named Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). With the help of Neruda, his poetry and influence, he wins Beatrice’s heart and gets married to her. The Chilean poet gets permission to return to his homeland. But in these few months, Mario and Neruda have formed a great bond of friendship. A transparent brotherhood between one of the greatest intellectual writers and a simple, ignorant postman.

Il Postino - The Postman - 1994 Movie Still
Il Postino – The Postman – 1994 Movie Still

Il Postino: The Postman is a movie about friendship and inspiration. Many a times in life, we meet some people who help us realize the strength within us. They inspire you to find yourself by entering into those deepest realms of your being, that you had never been able to access before. The same happens with Mario in Neruda’s company. He discovers the poet within him and becomes more aware of the political situation around . He realizes that he too can rise above his misfortunes by fighting for himself and his community. The sound of the waves and the wind, the beauty of the twilight, and the grandeur of the mountains, now reveal itself to him with a new glory. Mario has great respect for Neruda and understands him when Neruda later fails to get in touch with him. Years later, Mario’s gift to the great poet leaves a great impression on his mind.

Final Verdict on Il Postino: The Postman:

Il Postino: The Postman movie is an absolute work of love. It is very heartfelt with touching and subtle shades of humor. Every person has something special in him or her. I think its like Einstein’s law – ‘Energy can never be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another’. Similarly, no one can make or break a person. One can just inspire and help the other person channelize his energy. Just give the strength a new form.

Massimo Troisi really shines in his role as a young, shy, ignorant, awkward, and honest Mario. After a long time, have I seen such a simple yet powerful performance. The camera often pans through the breathtaking land and seascapes of Italy, helping you just soak in the colors of nature. There is not a moment where you would want to take your eyes off the screen. Il Postino: The Postman is really well made with music you will want linger around. It is a beautiful story told with passion and simplicity…!

Reviewed By: Pallavi Patil

Image source: Pastposters & Magnet Magazine

Shubh Mangal Savdhan – MOVIE REVIEW

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Movie – Shubh Mangal Savdhan

Releasing Year – 2017

Language – Hindi

Country of Origin – India

Director: R.S. Prasanna

Shubh Mangal Savdhan Review:

Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a comedy movie based on a funny but very sensitive topic of ‘male erectile dysfunction’ (which is widely concerned as a taboo topic in India). The good thing about this film is that it has dealt with this topic in a very light and comic way. And this is also the drawback of the movie as you never get to understand or feel the “severity of this issue”. Shubh Mangal Savdhan fails to impart any social message to audience unlike the on-screen couple’s 2015 movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Before watching, I had a feeling that Shubh Mangal Savdhan should have a good message for the audience, but it was not there in any form. Also, the way this ‘sensitive topic’ has been dealt with is not convincing. It felt that just for the sake of comedy even serious scenes have been turned into laughing stock

From the technical point of view, the film has good direction. The music, however, failed to impress me, the songs are just average, and the background score too is mediocre for my liking. The highlight is acting by the entire cast. Ayushmann Khurrana is as convincing as he always is in yet another portrayal of a “Delhi Guy”. Bhumi Pednekar is wonderful and confident in the role of a normal middle-class Delhi girl. The other notable performances came from Anshul Chauhan as Ginni (Bhumi’s BFF) as she tries to solve Bhumi’s problem in a confident, sincere and yet funny ways; and Seema Bhargava (Vimla) who tries to teach her daughter, “the life’s secret” with an example of “Ali Baba and 40 Thieves Story”.

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Bhumi Pednekar & Ayushmann Khurrana in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.

Storyline:

Mudit is following Sugandha for a month and when he finally tries to talk to her an unfortunate accident happens, and he is attacked by a bear. Then, he resorts to “online matrimony services” and sends his proposal for Sugandha. Within days, they get engaged and one night when they are alone, Mudit finds out that he has some “male problem”. He reluctantly tells Sugandha and she asks him to find a solution for it before the marriage. As the marriage date approaches, a tension develops between the two, at times overshadowing their love for each other. Will they get married? Mudit will ever be able to do it? Or The couple will be separated? The answer to all these questions you can find out in theaters, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for you.

My verdict and Rating of Shubh Mangal Savdhan

I gave this film 8 out of 10. Even with not so strong storyline, this film is a good to watch one-time stuff. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a great 2-hour comic ride, however, it lacks the quality of Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, in terms of content. I would recommend watching it soon and be assured that you won’t be disappointed with this one.

 

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Harvey – Movie Review

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Movie: Harvey

Year of Release: 1950

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: American English

Director: Henry Koster

Starring:  James StewartWallace FordWilliam H. Lynn

 

Harvey Movie Review

HARVEY is a 1950 comedy-drama movie in which Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart)has a very good imaginary friend: an invisible giant rabbit called indeed, Harvey. He is in reality, a pooka, a benign creature derived from the Celtic Mythology which can bring either good or bad fortune. All the family is really worried about Elwood, they are so ashamed when he starts talking alone to this mysterious creature in front of other persons. His family will try to figure out if this situation is a consequence of drinking alcohol or simply, a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

Elwood’s sister, Veta, after so many years of dealing with this situation, starts watching the rabbit too. Additionally, Harvey has the ability to stop clocks, so every person who can see him cannot lose any single minute of his precious time. As Elwood often quotes: “For years I had to decide on being either smart or pleasant and I recommend being pleasant.”

What Makes Harvey A Good Movie To Watch?

Harvey is an exquisite piece of classical English comedy of the 20th century which transports us to amazing psychological games in which you don’t know if Elwood is just playing, pretending or really he’s insane. The fundamentals of valuable human company acquire a new, nice, and qualified perspective since Harvey is used to avoid unpleasant topics or required explanations that will serve Elwood to make himself understood easier and in good dialectics.

Common people are surprised of the high-degree of thoughts he could elaborate in company of Harvey: together, such as in a Platonic cave, the couple will fly with the golden wings of thought to the highest mountains and hills of human understanding probing the limits of what is imaginable, everything in an environment of comedy farces, intrigues and confusions which sometimes materialize as if the giant pooka really exists and could taste as a delightful joke … or as the deepest drama!

 

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Jorge Isaac Veytia
Jorge Isaac Veytia

JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA, is a Mexican who works as an international commercial lawyer in Berlin, Germany. His practice involves the use of more than six languages. He is a cinema fan since a child. His favourite films focus mainly on French comedies even he also loves the analysis of Scandinavian movies and kitschy Mexican masterpieces. He is also a true fan of Berlinale festival. “The Red Violin” and “La Soif de l’Or” could be listed as his favorite movies.

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You, Me and Dupree – Movie Review

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Movie – You, Me and Dupree

Direction –  Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Country – U.S (Hollywood)                                                                                Language – English

Cast –  Kate HudsonOwen WilsonMatt Dillon

Releasing Year – 2006                                                                                 Genre –  Comedy, Romance

You, Me and Dupree Review:

Starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, and Michael Douglas in lead roles, You, Me and Dupree is a romantic comedy stuff. However, there’s much much to laugh about in the film. Carl and Molly are in love and they get married in Hawaii. As the newlyweds start their new phase of life, they have an uninvited guest in the form of “Randolph Dupree”. Dupree is Carl’s best friend and he is been fired from work and is sleeping in a bar for few days.

Seeing his friend’s misery, Carl invites him to stay with him and Molly at their home. Upon listening to this from Carl, Molly reluctantly allows Dupree to stay but for few days only. Dupree as per his nature gets friendly with all the kids of the area. He starts creating troubles at Carl’s home (unintentionally of course). But the couple is forced to throw him out when a fire broke out in the home because of Dupree’s negligence while making love to a girl (Mandy, the Librarian whom Molly has arranged for Dupree for a date).

Kate Hudson in You, Me and Dupree
                                                                                          Kate Hudson in You, Me and Dupree

Dupree takes his bicycle and belongings and leaves their place. Molly and Carl feel emancipated for awhile but they have to bring him back when Molly finds him sitting alone in the rain. The situation for Dupree becomes more difficult when he develops a good relationship with Molly and Carl starts doubting his intentions. Now, will their friendship survive this test? The rest you could find out after watching You, Me and Dupree.

My Verdict and Rating:

I could only give 5/10 to You, Me and Dupree. The reason is that the movie has a very thin storyline. The film relies so much on the individual brilliance of Owen Wilson that it becomes boring without any substantial part played by others. Kate Hudson is charming but that’s the only thing about her in You, Me and Dupree. Matt Dillon is a seasoned actor but looks average in this flick. The music and background score are okay, the direction is fine, and the cinematography too is good. But in my view, as a whole package You, Me and Dupree fails to impress. I would only recommend watching this movie if you have nothing else to do on a given day. Otherwise, it’s a movie that you can easily miss without any discomfort.

 

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