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The Eagle – Movie Review

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Movie: The Eagle

Year: 2011

Country of Origin: USA

Languages: English (Mainly), Gaelic Scottish (Few places)

Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure, History

The Eagle Movie Review:

After watching this movie, I have only one thing in mind, what if this could have been a little better? I am sure it would have become one of the top movies based on ROMAN EMPIRE. The Ninth Legion of the Roman Army has attracted considerable amount of interest from scholars as well as history lovers all across the planet. This movie too based on a Novel, talks about the lost EAGLE of the Ninth Legion in 2nd century A.D. Kevin Macdonald has really given us a treat to watch. For me and I am sure for those too who will watch this movie and who have watched already there is one “outstanding feature” of the movie to like. The music and background score of The Eagle is really “exceptional”.

Mr. Atli Örvarsson has given some great background scores in his career, but this one is really one of the best, if not the best he has ever composed. The music really feels like an integrated part of this movie and gives you an awesome feel about the movie. Now coming to the story line of this film, it tells the story of a man named Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) whose only aim in life is to bring back his family honor. Marcus’s father was leading the Ninth Legion which disappeared few years back along with the priced golden Eagle of the Roman Empire. The Eagle holds a very strong significance to the Empire and finding it back is something that will make the finder immortal in the history of Roman Empire. Marcus asks to be posted in Britannia and his wish is being granted, but soon after reaching Britain he is “severely” wounded in a raid by local people.


Marcus is then shifted to a distant place to his uncle played by Donald Sutherland. After few days he receives the news from Rome that due to his injury he is being discharged from this duty, upon hearing this news Marcus is shattered and here his journey for the Lost Eagle starts. He saves the life of a British slave named Esca (Jamie Bell) who later on becomes his partner in the quest for the Lost Eagle. The movie starts with a lot of promise and in the first 20 minutes you get the feel that it’s really going on to be an absolute masterpiece to watch, but as the movie progresses it losses its charm. It becomes a man’s quest to bring his family honor back. In the quest he is accompanied by a slave named Esca. The ever-changing relationship between these two characters is really worthy of watching. The movie also has some wonderful fighting scenes that are choreographed very well. In the end, I would say this is a good movie to watch, but after watching it you be left with a feeling of anxiety that it could be made better.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum): He has looked good all through the movie, at times you feels that he is trying to give more than he is capable of. But, overall he has done justice to this character and his body language as well as dialogue delivery is appreciable. I have not seen many movies of Channing so can’t compare him with any of his other roles.

Esca (Jamie Bell): Jamie as Esca is the surprise package of The Eagle. He enters the movie in the 28-29th minute, but soon becomes an important part of it. Jamie has really performed the part of a slave as well as master (when he crosses Hadrian’s Wall) perfectly. I am really liked his acting and body language. His expressions are really good.

My Rating of The Movie:

I rated this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that I really liked the music of this movie, at few places it is really breath-taking. The Eagle also has some nice fighting as well as emotional scenes. In addition to the lead characters, others too have given a fine performance in the movie. Specially, Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland and Tahar Rahim. Overall, this movie deserves this rating.

My Verdict of The Eagle:

Keeping this movie’s “Historical Integrity” aside, I liked the movie very much and enjoyed every minute of it. I normally like movies based on History so I can be a little biased when reviewing movies like this. Having said this, I would recommend this movie to anyone who is fond of adventure, history and drama based movies. Once you will start watching The Eagle you will surely watch it till the end. Just one advice don’t think after watching that all that is being shown is actually happened in History. Because History over a period of time keeps on changing from what it “really” was when it actually happened.

 

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Chup Chup Ke – Movie Review

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Movie: Chup Chup Ke

Year: 2006

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Mainly) (Some Gujarati, Bengali & English)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chup Chup Ke Movie Review:

A fantastic movie requires a good story-line, excellent camera work, wonderful dialogues, and some amazing acting by the cast. With Chup Chup Ke you get all these things in a single package of just over 160 minutes. The movie has all the masala and magic that you associate with good Bollywood films. It has a huge star cast to be specific it is a “multi-starrer” movie that is very common in Bollywood. It was released in 2006 almost a decade ago from today. But, having seen it 4th time last night I couldn’t control but write a review of it. There is a very simple and straight forward story-line that is well supplemented by the music and songs. For me, the thing that makes this movie stand out from others is its dialogues and the excellent acting by the characters. Priyadarshan has a reputation of making good comedy movies in India. And in Chup Chup Ke he has once again given us a reason to feel happy after watching a movie.

All the characters of this movie are very interesting and they have given their best onscreen. The moment you will start watching this movie you will fall in love with the characters and enjoy their journey throughout the movie. The characters of Gundya & Bandya are the heartbeats of this movie. Without them the movie would be very dull. Now coming to the story-line Chup Chup Ke portrays the story of a young man named Jeetu Prasad Sharma (Shahid Kapoor) who has a lot of debt over him, 1.39 million Rupees to be precise. After Jeetu fails to resolve his debt crisis he decides to commit suicide, but destiny has something else for him. He is found by a fisherman (Bandya) who along with his master Gundya tries to use Jeet for extracting money because they think that Jeet is a rich guy. Jeet after coming back to consciousness in hospital plays a smart move by pretending himslef as a “deaf & dumb” man. Meanwhile, Gundya too has his own issues related to debt and needs his “fishing ship” back from Prabhat Singh Chauhan (Om Puri) a rich Gujarati business man/money-lender. To resolve his problem Gundya leaves Jeet and Bandya as “security” to Prabhat Singh Chauhan till he gives all his money back. From here starts a series of comic events as well as some drama in the life of Jeet. To learn more about it, I am leaving it here and urging you too see the movie yourself. One thing is assured that you won’t be disappointed after watching this film.

My Favorite Characters:

Paresh Rawal as Gundya – He is just awesome and hilarious at times. Some wonderful dialogues by him would leave you laughing on your couches. Paresh Rawal has a reputation of giving some awesome comic performances and he lives up to his reputation in this film also.

Rajpal Yadav as Bandya – Rajpal Yadav has established himself as a great comedy actor with wonderful acting skills and they are on full display in this film. His acting, dialogue delivery is superbly supported by his awesome face expressions that made me laugh again and again. He has definitely given one of his best performance in Chup Chup Ke.

My Rating of Chup Chup Ke:

I rated this movie 10 on 10 and the reason is obvious, it’s a great family entertainer that you can enjoy easily with your family as well as friends. The movie has no cheap or double meaning comic script rather has interesting and clean comedy. The songs are good and you must listen to the full album of this film here.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you want to see a family movie that has comedy, romance, drama as well as good music then Chup Chup Ke is a must watch for you. You will enjoy the movie from the start till the end of it. The movie also gives a good message of love and humanity that we all need irrespective of our lingual and regional differences. 

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I Am Legend – Movie Review

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Movie: I Am Legend

Year: 2007

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rating:

7.2/ – 10 IMDb     70% – Rotten Tomatoes    65% – Metacritic

I Am Legend Review:

I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. The movie revolves around the character of Robert Neville (Will Smith) a military virologist who is left as the lone “survivor” in the New York city after a virus wiped out majority of the population while those left were turned into “hostile mutants” called “Dark-seekers” as they can’t bear sunlight. Movie tells the story about how the virus broke out and how New York lost all its inhabitants except Robert. Robert also lost his wife and daughter in the evacuation process of the city. Now after few years since the virus broke out Robert lives a solitary life in his house with his dog (a German Shepherd) who is also not affected by the virus. Robert follows a daily routine of finding a cure for the virus and going out and broadcasting a radio message for the survivor (if there is any left). One day while he was out he was trapped by the Dark-seekers and he gets injured, he also loses his dog as he bitten by Dark-seekers and turned into a mutant, so Robert kills it himself.

Later on, next day Robert deliberately put  himself among many Dark-seekers eventually he loses control of his vehicle and fell unconscious. When he wake up, he sees that there is a young woman named Anna (Alice Braga) and a boy Ethan (Charlie Tahan) accompanying him in his house. Anna tells Robert how she and Ethan survived and now they are going towards Bethal, Vermont to a survivors camp, upon hearing this Robert loses his control and keep on saying that no such camp exists in Vermont and that it is futile to attempt to go there. The very same night they are attacked by Dark-seekers in Robert’s house. Robert alongside Anna fights with the Dark-seekers but, he feels astonish to learn that the leader of the mutant group has come to get his wife back (whom Robert had earlier captured for research purpose).

I Am Legend ends when Robert returns the female mutant to her husband and the mutants leave Robert, Anna and Ethan unhurt. After that Robert along with his new friends leaves New York for Bethal, Vermont survivor camp.

My Rating Of The I Am Legend Movie:

I rated this movie 5 out of 10. Mainly because I am not really impressed by the story-line and there are too few actors in the movie to make it exciting. In fact, it can be safely said that there is only Will Smith in the movie. The music and background score too is just okay for me, there’s nothing extraordinary about I Am Legend.

My Verdict Of I Am Legend:

If you love those mutant, virus, apocalyptic themed movies then you might like I Am Legend also. But, if you are looking for some good acting and strong story-line based movie then this is definitely not for you. The good thing about this movie is that Will Smith as we all expect from him has given his best, but the problem is there is hardly anyone else in the movie with a substantial role. So, this is a kind of “one character” based movie.

The End of Love – Movie Review

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Movie: The End of Love

Year: 2012

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Rating:

3.5/4 – Roger Ebert    6/10 – IMDb    56% – Rotten Tomatoes

The End of Love Review:

I watched The End of Love in the 11th Pune International Film Festival in 2013. It was one of the best movies of that year’s festival. The emotional relationship portrayed between the toddler son and his single father is just a painful delight to watch. The movie tells the story of a man who has just lost his love, and now has to raise his 2 year old son (Issac) alone without a mother. To add to his difficulties Mark is an actor who is struggling to get work. But, despite of this Mark tries to live with the reality that now he has to raise his son alone. He tries his best to be a good dad, but failed to balance his working life (he even misses an opportunity because of his son) doing that and gets frustrated. He even had to leave the house where he was living as he do not want to leave his son. 

Mark meets Lydia (Shannyn Sossaman) a single mother of two and develops a kind of romantic relationship with her. But, their relationship doesn’t progress as he thought about his son’s upbringing and how the things will shape up if he enters into a relationship with another woman. Mark later on in the movie meets his friend at a party and tries to get involve with he too. But again, when she learns of his toddler son and his responsibilities everything changes and she distances herself from Mark. The ending scene is very beautiful and powerful in this movie when Isaac and Mark are sitting near Evelyn’s (Isaac’s Mother) grave and a beautiful conversation takes place between the father and son. After that, Mark decides to leave his frustration and start a new life with his son and the movie ends here.

My Favorite Characters of “The End of Love”:

Isaac Love (Isaac): He is looking cute and given a power-packed performance. His acting is really beautiful and you can feel for the child who has lost her mother. Isaac keeps you interested with his acting throughout the movie.

Mark Webber (Mark): Mark has really portrayed the struggling actor and father very well. In scenes when he is talking to his wife over her grave you can feel the pain of a father who is alone. 

My Rating of The End of Love Movie: 

I have rated “The End of Love” 10 out of 10 mainly because of the topic this movie deals with ans also the acting of Isaac and Mark. One can easily fell the tension and pain of the single father. Issac’s acting is really something everyone would love to see. The Music and background score of the movie too is fine, if not extra ordinary. 

My Verdict of The End of Love Movie:

I recommend The End of Love to everyone who loves “emotional dramatic” movies. You will surely enjoy the story as well as acting of the lead actors. Although, by no means this movie has any special aspect, but still it is a good movie to watch.