Koktebel – Movie Review

Movie – Koktebel

English Title – Roads to Koktebel

Directed by – Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky

Screenplay by – Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky

Language – Russian

Country- Russia

Genre – Adventure, Drama, Romance

Releasing Year – 2003


Koktebel Review

This is a road movie about a widowed father (Igor Chernevich) and his son (Gleb Puskepalis). The father who is a trained Aeronautics engineer has lost his job and he and his son are traveling to Koktebel to meet his sister.

The film is about the events they encounter on their way and its effects on the father-son relationship. He is a good father who tries to answer every question his son has. They both often discuss the superb aerodynamics design of birds and how it helps them reach their destination. The son is deeply fascinated by the sea and the albatross birds found near it. He is determined to go to Koktebel. The father tries to get some repair works done for people in order to earn some money. In an unfortunate incidence he suffers a bullet wound. They continue their journey with the father in pain.

Somewhere in the countryside they meet a woman (Vera Sandrykina) who works as a nurse. She offers them shelter and heals the father’s wounds. They both get close and the father decides to stay with her for few more months. This irritates the son as he has nothing to do in desolate landscape and is tired of boredom. He is too young to understand his father’s need of female companionship. He expresses his anguish to his father, but in vain. Now he is a resolute kid and decides to travel alone to Koktebel.

Koktebel Review
Koktebel Russian Movie 2003

Koktebel is a look at the delicate dynamics of father-son relationship. A relation based on deep understanding, unspoken agreements, passing on of the legacy and the growing up of the son to wear his father’s shoes. The directors observe these nuances with amazing warmth in this simple story. The camera angles are very basic and hence compliment the simplicity. The bird’s eye view in a couple of shots beautifully depicts the son’s state of mind as he loves birds and is curious about their world of flying. The dark overtones portray the sombre and helpless condition of the protagonist due to lack of money and hunger. The background score is more of an accompaniment and is not really meant to express any emotion.

The last scene where the father reunites with his son talks volumes of fathomless empathy and understanding in their relation.

The film reminds you of Richard Bach’s classic – Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. Well it also reminded me of another Russian movie called ‘The Return’ released in the same year as this one- 2003.

 

Reviewed By – Pallavi Patil 

 

Forget Me Not 2010 – Movie Review

Movie: Forget Me Not                                                    Release Year: 2010

Country: Great Britain                                                   Languages: English

Genre: Romance


Forget Me Not Review

It took 3 writers and 2 directors to make this film. Unbelievable, knowing the fact that Forget Me Not has very little to offer to any cinema lover.

Yes, I was partially disappointed seeing it last night. I am saying partially as it got my attention finally, in the last 20 minutes.

Forget Me Not is not a very commercial type of movie. Rather it is more of an art film. The actors (well virtually there are only 2 of them in the whole movie) have done quite well. I must appreciate Tobias Menzies and Genevieve O’Reilly’s acting skills. I had no knowledge of both of them earlier. The screenplay too is good and locales of London are looking enticing throughout the film. Forget Me Not kind of gives you a virtual tour of London city in 95 minutes of its running. There’s one astounding aspect of this film, Forget Me Not has some really cool and touching romantic songs as well as background music.

Plot & Storyline

Coming to the plot and storyline of the film. The story is not so compelling and to be true is a bit lackluster. For much of the time you feel like uselessly watching this so called Romantic Drama.

There’s a guy (Will Fletcher) with suicidal tendency and there’s a girl (Eve Fisher) (who wants to become a nurse) but working as a bartender. This guy saves the girl form  jerk on the road and they start to wander the roads of London all night long. Of course, in between they attend a party, take part in a race, drink champagne, etc.

The next day Eve take Will to hospital for meeting her grandma ( who is allegedly suffering from Alzheimer). Slowly, they both develop a special fondness and bond for each other. But, there’s a flip-side to this story. That I will not tell, you better watch it yourself.

All I can reveal it is that it is not something to cheer about but a sad thing.

My Verdict & Rating

With all leniency I can’t think of anything more than 6/10 for Forget Me Not. It is just a time pass movie that isn’t much cheerful. So, better avoid it unless you want to try something different.

 

Dangal Movie Review – Aaamir Khan Delivers a Milestone Movie

Movie: Dangal                                              Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                        Languages: Hindi (Haryanvi Dialect)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Dangal Movie Review:

Watched Dangal yesterday FDFS definitely an oscar nominee. It is a must watch film for audience all over the world. Aamir Khan proves again why he is called Mr. Perfectionist. It’s the story of hard work, being passionate about the dream and fulfilling the dream no matter what. A truly Inspirational film.

 

Dangal Trailer –

 

Why to Watch Dangal?

The performances of every character in the film is completely intriguing and the visuals are stunning. The wrestling series are so realistic and were shot so well as if we are watching a real wrestling match and kushti (Indian version of wrestling). Aamir Khan plays a guiding role here and lets the girls who play his daughters in the film take the center stage on most occasions. What keeps us glued to the screen is Aamir khan’s transformation into a total Haryanvi father, with a submissive wife played by saas-bahu serial fame Sakshi Talwar. She always kept a subdued attitude toward her husband, only got fierce once when he asks her to cook chicken for his girls to build muscles in a vegetarian kitchen.

We have always seen Aamir in his Chiseled frame, this time playing an aging wrestler, with added pounds and flab and still wow. He mesmerizes you! literally lives the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat in rural Haryana.

The amount of effort that he has put in this film to look like a fat old father and then to lose weight to look like a real wrestler and that too for a flashback portion that hardly travels for 10 minutes is commendable.

But the stars of the film are definitely Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar. As the young Geeta and Babita, they are simply adorable and charming. They show their innocent and aggressive attitude with such ease that you will fall in love immediately with their characters and start applauding them in every scene. The way their parents pronounced their names in Haryanvi accent is still lingering in my mind. The soundtrack of Dangal is adequately entertaining. Hanikarak Bapu, Dhaakad are my favorite.

Dangal Verdict:

You may have zero knowledge about wrestling but you find yourself clapping and cheering Geeta and praying that she wins. That is the beauty of this movie. Dangal is sensitive yet fun, serious yet entertaining. Anyone who consider girls are weak take them to watch Dangal. It delivers a powerful message in a country where rural women are subjected to restrictions and early marriage is the only option for their parents.. It’s a wrestling bout where the audience is the winner …please watch it in Theaters ..respect to Mr. Perfectionist!

Reviewed by – Manju Nair

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Movie Review

Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Year: 2016                                                                           Country: U.S.A

Language: English                                    Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

After the series of Harry Potter Movies that lasted for a decade (2001-2011), we are blessed with another fantasy movie series by David Yates (He directed last 5 movies of Harry Potter series). The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is by no means a sequel or prequel of the legendary Harry Potter movies. It is just an extension of the magic world that we saw in Harry Potter. If the Harry Potter was set in England, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in U.S.A, at least its first part is. We are being told that there will be 4 more movies following this one in coming future. The series will last almost a decade.

There are new characters, new magic practices, unknown threats, and lots of twists and turns in this new series. Although, it is also worth noting that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has connections to the Harry Potter series. For a detailed account you can read this article on IMDB.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story-line:

So, here we start with the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is set in mid-1920s in New York, U.S.A. At the very start of it we come to know that the wizard world exists outside England too (pun intended). Movie starts on a note where a certain dangerous person named Gellert Grindelwald escapes that makes the whole wizard world fearful of his further actions. The city of New York is attacked by some beast and people are scared for lives.

On the other side, a wizard named Newt arrives in New York with a luggage full of “beasts that are beyond anyone’s understanding” and who are mainly perceived as dangerous by the people. Newt  Scamander meets a “No-Maj” (American version for Muggle) named (Mr. Kowalski) in the bank when one of his animals escapes from the luggage and he is seen by  Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein (An Investigator and former AUROR from Magical Congress of the United States of America, MACUSA). She takes Newt Scamander, No-Maj to the President of the association. The president amidst her important meeting asks Tina to leave and never be seen in the office again as she is relieved of her duties.

The situation intensifies when Newt finds out that his luggage is been exchanged with Kowalski’s luggage. He finds out that Kowalski has opened the luggage and the beasts are on the run wreaking havoc in the city.  Tina agrees to give him and Kowalski shelter in her house and find the animals. At Tina’s house we are introduced to a new character called as Queenie Goldstein (Tina’s sister) who develops a romantic feeling for Jacob and posses the skill of  Legilimency (reading others minds).

From here, Newt takes Kowalski to the world of Fantastic Beasts where he tells him that contrary to the popular belief, actually none of these animals are dangerous. We came to see so many different varieties of species here and we also get to know about “obscurus” and “obscurial” (I am not revealing much about it as this will be spoilsport for you guys, go and see it yourself).

We are also introduced to a woman named Mary Lou, a No-Maj who is educating people against the threats of wizards and witches. She has many adopted children. She is cruel towards them specially, the one named Credence. It turns out that Credence is working for Percival Graves (An Auror and Investigator) interested in a child whom he thinks as “obscurial”.

Towards the climax we are shocked to learn that Credence is an Obscurial (None of the Obscurial recorded have survived beyond the age of 10, but Credence has and also have the ability to control it (the obscurus)). Credence takes out his anger by destroying the city, but is confronted by Graves. Later, Newt and Tina too tries to calm him down.

The secret world of wizardry is exposed to humans. Madam President decides to do the cover up as much as she can. The aurors alongside Madam President come to the point and kill Credence (at least it seems that he is killed). Graves opposes them and is exposed by Newt. It turns out that he is actually Grindelwald. He is immediately taken into custody. Grindelwald threatens Newt that gives us a clear idea of what coming parts of this series have in store for us.

Newt Scamander leaves New York not before saying to Tina to meet her again soon and leaving a bag full of silver eggs for Kowalski, who is obliviated along with the whole city of New York (by a bird of Newt).  

Why to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

  • Brilliant direction and great visual effects.
  • The perfect recipe for fantasy and adventure
  • Eddie Redmayne has once again steal the show with his performance. Having said that the performances of others too are brilliant in this film.
  • You will learn new magical terms, spells and curses.
  • Surprisingly it has no child lead actors and yet adults as well as children will love Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  • Even if you are born in post-Harry Potter era or you were too young in that era there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying this magical journey.

My Verdict & Rating:

There’s only one thing that can be said for this movie and that is 10 out of 10. So, grab the tickets at the earliest and enjoy this magical journey of Fantastic Beasts. 

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

 

Also Read: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Storyline:

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