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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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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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Aşk Geliyorum Demez – Movie Review

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Movie: Aşk Geliyorum Demez

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Rating: 5.2/10 (IMDB)

My Review of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

The movie takes place in the busy part of Istanbul i.e. Mahmutpasa and portrays the cosmopolitan culture and society of Istanbul. The character of Uncle Miran (Altan Erkekli) is an Armenian Christian and there is also a Kurd character. Despite of their racial and cultural differences all the shop owners and workers live a happy life together helping each other whenever the need arises. The music touches the heart and lyrics of all songs are very good. The character of Ali (Tolgahan Sayisman) in most part of the film is funny and careless but after the death of uncle Miran he becomes a man of truth and decides to tell the truth about himself to Gozde (Berguzar Korel). The screenplay and camera work is good. The story is too simple and easy to understand. Although it can also be said there is not so much story at all in the movie but still you like it as it never feels boring throughout the movie. The movie also doesn’t feature any unnecessary “sex or steamy scenes” that are very common in Turkish cinema. It is a plain Love Story. In the end it can be said its worth watching. For me the music was the main element of the film. The filming locations are also good where you can feel the excitement of Istanbul. All the characters have acted well, but it can be said that there are some unnecessary characters in the movie. Anyways, in a comedy lot’s of characters are very usual in any cinema.

My favorite Characters of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

Tolgahan Sayisman as Ali: He has played his role with perfection a little funny, idiotic, but always engaging.

Berguzar Korel as Gozde: She has spread the charm of her beauty on-screen as she often off-screen. In most part of the movie she is serious and happy girl looking to get “true love” in her life.

My Rating of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story ordinary, but still good enough to behold you. The Music is the best element of the movie and reaches your heart. The shooting locations are beautiful and captivating and makes you feel good watching this movie.

My Verdict of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

If you are looking to watch some lighthearted comedy themed love story then this will appeal you. Something ordinary but “engaging”…..The songs are beautiful and I am sure you will fall in love with them.

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.