“Sully” Movie Review : Chesley Sullenberger’s Tale Touches The Heart

Movie: Sully                                                                           Release Year: 2016

Country: U.S.A (Hollywood)                                                Genre: Drama, Biography

Language:  English

Sully 2016 Movie Review:

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Sully is an adaptation of a book written by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film is based on the famous incident of “Miracle On The Hudson” where an US Airlines plane ended up landing on the water and without any causality on 15th January – 2009.

For Sully’s review I am not going to talk about the film’s storyline as everyone knows about this incident. I will rather focus on other cinematic areas and how Clint Eastwood has executed this story on the big screen.

The film’s starting sequence is great to watch and sets the tone for the movie. Although what follows next for about one and a half hour is not that “action packed” as you would expect from the first scene. But, then the movie is not supposed to show anything extra then what actually happened on January 15th 2009.

Clint Eastwood has kept everything simple and easy to understand for the audience. There is nothing over dramatic or constructed in Sully. The film follows the events as they occurred and tries to tell the “behind the scene” story of what actually prompted the Captain to land on water. Even the scene of landing on the Hudson river feels almost the replica of the actual footage of the incident. There was some criticism of Clint Eastwood for showing NTSB in bad light. But as a viewer I didn’t feel it. Yes, they are shown as professional and strict guys, but then this is their job and they were simply doing their job.

Why to Watch Sully?

Well, when you have Tom Hanks in the movie what else you would like to see? Yes, Mr. Hanks did it this time too. He looks awesome in those white hairs and mustache and you will love him in this avatar. Tom as Captain Sullenberger has literally carried the movie solely on his star prowess. Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles has done a decent supporting job. Talking of direction, the camera work looks extremely decent. Editing is sharp and background score is slow but good enough. I liked the last part when Tom and Aaron are facing the public hearing that was an emotional and captivating part of the film. The manner in which Captain Sullenberger defends himself is worthy of watching.

The movie gives us a clear picture of what actually was going through the mind of Captain Sullenberger when he decided to land on water. It also shows his dedication towards his job and the human nature’s weakness as well as strong side. And, the most important of all “humanity is still alive”…

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave a thumping 9/10 to Clint Eastwood’s Sully. It is based on real events and they are shown with utmost truthfulness that I really appreciate. If you are a serious cinema lover then go and watch it. Just one thing from my side “Sully is a slow-paced film and you need patience to watch it”.

Stay tuned for many more reviews to come your way…!

 

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Review – The “Untold” Remains Untold In This Supposedly Biopic

Movie: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                                                  Genre: Sports, Biography

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English)

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Review:

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was among the most anticipated films of Bollywood this year. The reason is quite simple, it is supposedly a biopic on Indian’s greatest captain and perhaps its best cricketer (at least in terms of achievements in International Arena). The movie has a tag line “The Man You Know, The Journey You Don’t”. All this made quite a buzz around the movie months before it was released. The movie got even more attention when in May this year Emran Hashmi starer Azhar (Azharuddin’s Biopic a former Indian Captain too) failed to charm the audience and critics. But, unfortunately after all these big talks M.S. Dhoni’s so called “Untold Story” too fails to do justice to the “Biography” genre.

Well, I said this because in a Biography you got to show the good as well as bad times and circumstances. But, Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni biopic has very easily bypassed the “controversies” that the Indian Captain has gone through or have at least seen in his playing career. The reasons can be many but two of the widely speculated ones are:

  1. This movie is being funded by Arun Pandey (A close M.S. Dhoni friend and associate).
  2. M.S. is still the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team in One Day and T20 formats. And, he is willing play till 2019 (something he said in a press conference earlier this year).

So, amid all these scenarios Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni doesn’t turn out to be a great piece of cinema, but yes a popular movie for the masses in this “cricket mad” country.  The movie talks about Dhoni’s life till 2011 World Cup. And here lies a great setback for audience like me. We wanted to know so much about his relations with Ganguly, Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer and many others. But, nothing has been told about them and abrupt ends of their career. Mind you meanwhile Gautam is back in the test squad but the others have retired long ago.

We are also not told how Dhoni always keeps calm in tough situations? Is it natural or something he has developed over time. There is also no mention of his relationship with Lakshmi Rai? We also don’t get to know what happened in IPL that led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings (A team Dhoni has lead since the inception of IPL in 2008). His close association with N. Srinivasan (Former BCCI Chief) too has been kept at bay from the audience. All in all, it can be said easily that M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a great PR attempt for the Indian captain that sidelines all the tough/rough/controversial phases of his career and focuses mostly on his struggle to become a cricketer. The movie of course tells the story of his deceased girlfriend (Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha) and present wife (Kiara Advani as Sakshi)

Well, after all the criticism in the above mentioned part you might not be willing to read this review any further. But, as a movie/cinema lover I got to do this while writing. I am not criticizing Dhoni or his tenure, but I am just not convinced with this film been an “Untold Story”. Whatever is shown we all know thoroughly. It is just that I am disappointed with Neeraj Pandey who is a very good director, but it seems he too was not brave enough to rack up any controversy. Anyways, now let’s talk about the good part of it.

What’s Good in M.S. Dhoni’s Untold Story?

While biopic nature of the film will be a topic of contention. There is no dispute in the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput has won the hearts with his acting. I am extremely glad to see his body language that would make even Dhoni blush. He has mastered it all very well. His way of talking and face expressions too are very much Dhoni like. It seems that this movie will be a landmark movie for Sushant’s future as a “movie star”. Kiara Advani too is convincing as Sakshi (although there’s not much for her in the film anyway). Disha Patani has done a fabulous job as Dhoni’s first girlfriend. The rest of the cast too has given their best. It’s a nice thing about M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that despite no big star playing any other cricketer’s role the film has still looked pretty decent and one feel no void in it. The music of the film is really great and enjoyable. Editing is fine, choreography competent and background score comprehensive.

My Verdict & Rating of the film

I would rate M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, 7/10. The film has all aspects of being a good movie and it’s a must watch for cricket lovers as well as general audience. But, there’s a word of caution from me “Don’t just think that you now know all you wanted to know”. Because the legend of M.S. Dhoni is not over yet and there’s much “UNTOLD” in it that we would love to know about and will know one day…

Movie Review: “A Flying Jatt” Reminiscent of Doordarshan Era…

Movie: A Flying Jatt                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English & Punjabi)

A Flying Jatt Review:

I watched it yesterday and was perplexed trying to understand what it was all about?

Was A Flying Jatt Indian Superhero movie? or

It was a movie promoting “environment awareness among kids”? or

It was just made for the sake of making a movie?

Remo D’Souza is a dance master and it is quite evident in his direction too. Being a Super hero movie you expect lots of action sequences. Alas! The film has very few of them and that too reminiscent of the “Doordarshan Era”. I remember Shaktiman, Karma, Junior G (Indigenous Super Heroes) of late 1990s India. Frankly, speaking Flying Jatt is no better than them.

Choreography wasn’t impressive for me, music and background scores will appeal to kids (under 10) and songs were the only cheering aspect of the movie. Visual effects were below par again reminding you of Doordarshan days. On top of all this, as if this wasn’t humiliating enough for you. There is a pathetic villain with an annoying pet dialogue (surprise, surprise) …

Jacqueline Fernandez is there to look stupid. That’s it… And yes, Amrita Singh packs a punch in the role of Mrs.Dhillon.

Now let’s see what’s the story of the film:

The story is about a guy named Aman ( Tiger Shroff) who is a martial arts teacher but a coward and shy person. His father has created an “Eco-friendly” society near a lake somewhere in Punjab. There’s a small island in the lake that has an old tree (revered by the Sikh community of the area). And, that tree is the source of conflict in the film as the city’s famous businessman Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) wants buy that island and raze the tree. In order to lure Aman’s mother he offers her a huge amount in exchange for the land, but she abuses him in front of all saying she will not sell that land to anyone.

In the very next move, Malhotra calls Aman to his mansion and threatens him to kill his mother. He even goes on to recruiting a foreign contract killer a 7 feet tall man called Raka (Nathan Jones). He orders him to go and cut that tree, but upon arriving at the tree Raka faces stiff resistance from Aman. Suddenly, something happens and both of them gets faint down. Only to find out later that Aman has become a super hero while Raka a super villain.

In the second half movie becomes kind of “sermonic”, as it becomes clear that the director is fixated to teach us “environment protection” via Flying Jatt. We also get to know that our hero’s power come from trees while Raka’s powers are accumulated through ‘pollution’ that is in abundance on this earth.

Ultimately, the Fying Jatt has to defeat Raka on another planet and in space. Even there too pollution is present and Raka shows stiff resistance before being neutralized by Aman.

Funny things about A Flying Jatt:

  1.    He follows traffic lights.
  2.    He is scared of dogs.
  3.    He flies hardly 2-3 meters off the ground because of high phobia.
  4.    He buys sabzi (vegetables) for home.
  5.    Most importantly he is “Aagyakari Beta” (moma’s boy).

My verdict and rating:

The movie has earned almost double than its budget which is a thing for the director. But, its ratings are extremely poor, with TOI being exceptional to give it 3.5/5 (God knows what happened to them). In fact, on my part, I am feeling extremely generous to give it a 5/10 rating.

I won’t recommend A Flying Jatt to any serious cinema lover. It’s a big “NO TO WATCH” movie guys. Please stay away… However, I would highly recommend it to kids as it has some moral lessons for them. Besides some Doordarshan time graphics.

Na Maloom Afraad – A Movie Review

Movie: Na Maloom Afraad                                     English Title: (Unidentified Persons)

Language: Urdu (Few Dialogues in English)        Genre: Comedy, Thriller

Release Year: 2014                                                Country: Pakistan (Lollywood)                     

 

Na Maloom Afraad Movie Review:

As I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews that in the last 2-3 years. Pakistani cinema industry (Lollywood) is going through a ‘revival phase’. Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad (Unidentified Persons) too is a product of this revival.

Na Maloom Afraad features an ensemble cast consisting of heavyweights like Javed Sheikh and  Fahad Mustafa. The film is basically a comedy drama affair that holds your attention from  the very first scene till the last one. Story might not be a great one, but it draws attention to the deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.

There are dialogues that have sarcasm in them. And , one feels the gravity of the situation. Mehwish Hayat’s item number ‘Billi’ (Cat) is fine, but not memorable. Overall, the movies has some good music and cinematography is fine too.

STORY LINE:

The film is about the lives of three people coming from diverse backgrounds. But destiny makes them work together and stand for each other. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is a middle age govt clerk. All he has is his wife and younger sister Naina (Urwa Hocane). His world is turned upside down when he learns that the urban development authority has taken a decision to raze his house and build a flyover there. Being a middle class and honest person a family house is all that Shakeel have.

Moon (Mohsin Abbas Haider) is a clever and smart guy wishing to migrate to Dubai. But, he couldn’t make it farther than Karachi. Here he ends up working in a Karachi  electricity board’s call centre. But, this is not the real issue with him. His main problem is a ‘Bhai’ (Term used for Goons in Indian Sub-continent) from whom he has taken lakhs (millions) of money and now can’t payback.

Then there is a guy called Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) , a sales representative by profession earning a meagre 8K per month. Farhan lives as a tenant in Shakeel’s house and allegedly is in love with Naina. He doesn’t have a single problem, but an array of issues tormenting his life. He has lost his job, he will lose his rental room too and more importantly his love of life Naina.

So, how these 3 gentlemen will settle their life amidst the troubles they are facing?

Finally, they make a plan to set a bank on fire during routine riots in Karachi. But before setting a bank on fire they must have their lockers in it.

Will Shakeel be able to save his paternal house? Will Farhan get a job and marry Naina? Will Moon ever be able to go Dubai? Well, they may or they may not.

Watch “Na Maloom Afraad” and you will know it. I am not going to spoil the fun for you.

My Rating And Verdict:

For this film, I too will go by the consensus as Na Maloom Afraad has a rating of 7.9 on IMDB. I have rated it a bit high at 9/10. The film is a bit lengthy with almost 2.5 hours. But, I am sure you will not get bored at any stage. Plus, there are few twists and turns that any cinema lover will love to watch. Not to mention it offers a fair bit of laughing stuff too. So, go and watch this one…

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