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My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Movie Review

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Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Year: 2002

Country of Origin: USA

Languages: English (Mainly), Greek (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Rating:

IMDB – 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes – 76%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding Movie Review:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a wonderfully written and well directed movie that is surely going to entertain you. It has a very simple and easy to understand plot and all the characters in the film seems very natural. This movie has a very nice Greek Taste to it and that makes it interesting to watch. In addition to the sweet story line My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s music/background score is also very appealing and it very nicely blended with the script. The music has a traditional or I must say ethnic Greek touch to it that is quite uncommon in North American movies. I really liked the music too much it is very rhythmic and melodious. Now coming to the story,  Fotoula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is a 30 – year old unmarried woman who is fed up of her life. Her parents want to get her married with an ethnic Greek Boy, but Fotoula has some other ideas. Fotoula thinks that she is ugly or at least not at all good-looking, because of this complex she is not very confident and is very shy of people. Later on, in the film Fotoula changes her job and with that her look too and gets a newly found personality. The movie takes an interesting turn when she gets “emotionally” attracted and involved with a non-Greek guy named Ian Miller (John Corbett). Ian is a protestant and comes from a sophisticated upper middle class society. Now the rest of the movie revolves around this fact that how Ian’s and Fotoula’s families accept each other. There are a lot of funny sequences in the movie and ultimately it’s a “Happy Ending” one. The journey of Fotoula’s wedding is enjoyable to watch.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos (Nia Vardalos): Nia Vardalos as Fotoula is wonderful in this movie, she is actually the writer too of this film. She has performed the role to perfection and it feels as if she this role was made for her. Her acting and face expressions are superb and she is without doubt the best part of this movie. She has looked gorgeous in the later half of the movie and her chemistry with John is really sweet to watch.

Kostas “Gus” Portokalos (Michael Constantine): Michael’s role in the movie is of a man who loves his family too much and at the same time he is very proud of his ethnic roots. His favorite dialogue is “Give me a word, any word, and I will show you how the root of that word is Greek”. He has portrayed the role of Mr. Portokalos very well. Initially, he is very upset with her daughter for choosing a non-Greek guy, but in the end he accepts him for the love of his daughter.

My Rating of This Movie:

I rated My Big Fat Greek Wedding 10 out of 10. For the reason, that it is an entertaining movie with nice story and some great music and above all wonderful acting by the cast. Everyone in the movie has given their best and that makes this movie a good to watch family film.

My Verdict of My Big Fat Greek Wedding:

Well, this movie has become a “sleeper hit” and once you watch it, you will understand for yourself. If, you are looking to watch a good and decent family movie then this is highly recommended one. You can enjoy it anytime and it will make your mood light. Nia Vardalos is just great to watch in it. And I really appreciate her efforts for writing this sweet romantic comedy. So, in my view you don’t need to think twice to watch this flick, just grab some snacks and be ready for an entertaining and joyful 95 mins ride.

 

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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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Spectre – Movie Review

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Movie: Spectre

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure

Rating:

7.2/10 IMDb

64% Rotten Tomatoes

Spectre Movie Review:

Much was expected from Spectre once the trailer was out there. But, after seeing the movie I can conveniently say it was not up to the standards of the previous Bond flicks. The good thing about this movie was its action and background score/music. The start is really good and I liked the song “Writing’s on the Wall“. It is beautifully presented and very well choreographed. After seeing this nice start and a pretty decent trailer one would be expecting a lot from this movie. And here is all goes the other way. The whole movie only revolves around Daniel Craig (007 Mr. James Bond) and all other characters are just there to give a supporting cast to the movie. Monica Belucci, who at 50 became the oldest bond girl made a small cameo and you never understand even why that was required? Dave Bautista is there to show his physical strength as he does in WWE. It seems as the writers really struggled to give proper roles to all the characters. Léa Seydoux is cast as the “New Bond Girl” in terms of acting she has given her best, but to be honest there wasn’t much for her to do in the movie. Even Ralph Fiennes as the new “M” of MI6 has only a limited role to play in this movie. Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is the main villain in this movie who is finally caught by 007, but he didn’t kill him.

Talking about the story line, the movie starts with Daniel Craig being in Mexico on a mission (an unofficial one). He kills a person there named Marco Sciarra and takes a ring out of his finger that later on leads 007 to an international sinister organisation (SPECTRE) which is trying to convince the Security Agencies of major countries to work in collaboration to develop a network through which information about every human being on this planet can be extracted. From Mexico Bond returns to England where he finds out that the “00” program is under threat of being dismissed by the home ministry. The “M” is under tremendous pressure to follow the new system which has come to place after the merging of MI5 & MI6. The person heading this new setup called C (Max Denbigh) is actually an ally of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The rest you people need to find out yourself by seeing the movie that how Mr. Bond dismantle “SPECTRE” while saving his love interest. Throughout his hunt to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007 is assisted by Eve Moneypenny and Q. The character of Q is of comical “technology geek” and Ben Whishaw has portrayed it extremely well.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Daniel Craig (James Bond/Agent 007): Well, if we put aside the story line and the weak plot of the movie, we can easily say that Daniel Craig has given his best in this movie. His acting is as usual very good and he is looking handsome in this movie as he was in precious Bond movies (whom he was a part of). The only place where he was overshadowed by someone in the movie is when Dave Bautista beats him in the train. But, there too he manages to defeat Bautista by throwing him out of the moving train with the help of Dr. Swann.

Léa Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann): This is the first time I watched Léa, and to be honest I am impressed by her acting skills as well as her body language. She has really carried herself well in the movie and her character though (small) has an impact on the movie. 

My Rating of The Movie: 

Although I didn’t like the story line much but, because of its music and good camerawork and graphics used in Spectre I am rating it 7 out of 10. The movie has some really good music and fighting scenes that makes it a one time watch. Overall Sam Mendes may have disappointed us, but he has managed to give a movie which will do well irrespective of many flaws in the plot and story line.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you are a Bond movie fan then this movie too will definitely appeal your senses. You will see some good action and drama in it. Having knowledge of previous Bond movies is very much required to watch this movie as on many occasions characters appear in the movie who have connection to the past Bond movies especially the last two Bond movie i.e. Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. Overall, if you are on a free weekend with nothing to do and wanting to watch something this might entertain you with its “Bond Appeal”.

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National Treasure – Movie Review

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Movie: National Treasure

Year: 2004

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Genre: Mystery, Action, Adventure

Rating:

6.9/10 – IMDb

44% – Rotten Tomatoes

National Treasure Movie Review:

I watched this movie after listening a lot of good things about it. And after watching I am happy that this movie lived up to its reputation. There is not a dull moment in the movie and it keeps you interested till the end. The story line is good and it is very well supported by the background score/music of the movie. I really liked the music very much. All the actors have given their best and it’s a real treat to watch Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha and Diane Kruger together in the movie. Nicolas Cage plays (Benjamin Franklin Gates) a historian cum treasure hunter is on a mission to find a treasure. Benjamin is looking for a treasure which has been hidden by Freemasons during American Civil War. At the start of the movie he finds a clue that leads to Declaration of Independence as the next and vital clue to find the treasure. He is not alone in his quest and his friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) is with him in his quest. Later on, Diane Kruger (Dr. Abigail Chase) too gets involved in their adventure. Although reluctant at first, but after seeing the secret code on the back of “Declaration of Independence” Abigail gets excited about the whole National Treasure thing and starts helping Benjamin and Riley.  The twist in the story comes when Sean Bean (Ian Howe) and FBI starts chasing the “trio”. The whole story after this is exciting and the end of the movie too is very convincing for a viewer. One don’t get disappointed after the end.

Having said all the above nice things about this movie I would like to talk about few weak points of the movie. Well, we all know that U.S.A is the world’s only superpower and it possess an incredible military and technological supremacy that is second to none. But, in the movie Benjamin and Riley steals the “Declaration of Independence” with so much ease that it seems hard to even imagine how this can happen? But, at the end as a viewer you got to digest these things as this is an adventure flick and you must be prepared to see some “exaggerating” scenes in these kind of movies.

My Favorite Characters of The National Treasure Movie:

Nicolas Cage (Benjamin Franklin Gates): Once again a power packed performance by Mr. Cage as we are accustomed of seeing from him. Nicolas Cage has really portrayed the character of Benjamin Gates well in a very convincing manner. He is the USP of the movie without any doubt.

Justin Bartha (Riley Poole): He comes across as a comic computer geek whose character gives some fresh air to the movie, whenever there is too much tension Riley’s lighthearted dialogues ease the atmosphere. In my view this role was made for Justin Bartha and he really has lived to the expectations of this role.

My Rating of The National Treasure Movie:

I have rated this movie 9 out of 10. There is nothing bad about this movie and this is a simple entertainer which everyone will love to watch at least once. Story is good, music is cool and acting is wonderful, what else you would expect from a movie. Just relax for 2 hours and enjoy the movie.

My Verdict of The National Treasure:

For Nicolas Cage fans this is a treat to watch. Even, if you are not a big fan of Nicolas Cage, you will still end up loving this movie based on adventure. The Movie’s name is National Treasure and it lives up to its name to a good degree. In my view if you are looking to watch something entertaining and adventures full of suspense then go for this movie and you won’t regret.

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