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Wonder 2017 Movie Review

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Movie: Wonder

Releasing Year: 2017

Director: Stephen Chbosky  

Writer/Screenplay: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

Country of Origin:U.S.A

Language: American English

 

Wonder 2017 Movie Review:

Having read and loved the book by RJ Palacio, I couldn’t wait for the movie even though most movies don’t match up to the book. Wonder, however, is a great movie. It is warm and funny, and emotional and lovely… Just like the book it’s based on.

Wonder Story-line:


The best and strongest part of the film is the cast. Each of the characters look perfect for the role. Julia Roberts plays the role of anxious loving mom perfectly and Owen Wilson is the funny encouraging dad, just the way it’s in the book.

At some places the video element has made the movie better than the book. I liked the background music. That and the references to the wookiee and man in the space suit added to the viewing pleasure. Also, I felt movie was able to capture Via’s sentiments better than the book at places.

However, there are a couple of places, I felt the movie felt short. I had pictured August’s face different and much worse than what was shown in the film. But, Jacob Tremblay put his heart and soul in the character and compensated for the mismatch by his awesome performance. Mr Tushman’s speech at the end of the book was way better than what they have covered in the movie. It didn’t give the kind of impact it did in the book. But, despite these little things Wonder is a fantastic movie. You may like it even better if you’re haven’t read the book.

 

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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Angry Indian Goddesses Review

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Movie – Angry Indian Goddesses

Directed by – Pan Nalin

Language – Hindi

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Comedy, Drama,

Releasing Year – 2015

Angry Indian Goddesses Movie Review:

Angry Indian Goddesses is an interesting name and the film had a great start when all the characters are introduced one by one. I was looking forward to a great watch but it didn’t live up to the expectations set by the first 10 minutes.

It is basically a bunch of women getting together for bachelorette party of a friend. They are all very different characters, each with their own struggles and failures. The common thread tying all these characters together is that they are all facing misogyny and being modern, educated women they refuse to accept it.

Angry Indian Goddesses Storyline:

The film starts with fun times and some laughs when the girls bond with each other. Their effortless camaraderie draws you in, and the Goan backdrop helps you feeling as carefree as the characters. Slowly, the story progresses to delve deeper into the characters, baring their individual insecurities and finally ends at a violent, sad event which is in line with the title.

The concept is good, the cast was well chosen, the characters had adequate depth and the story was pretty decent too. It was a treat to watch Sandhya Mridul after a long time. The maid Lakshmi and actress Joanna (Amrit Maghera) were very cute, the singer and trophy wife from Delhi were both charming and realistic. With so much going for it, the film had huge potential but somehow it didn’t create the impact it could have. The direction by Pan Nalin was not good, the camera moved too much and too randomly, the dubbing was poor too. I had to strain to listen to some dialogues, there was some background noise or poor voice quality. These two things mainly made it an exhausting experience to watch and follow the film.

Verdict On The Movie:

The film touches too many social issues but doesn’t have enough length to deal with all of it. There are a few gaps as well. The performances are fairly good and the lesbian relationship is shown tastefully. The event at the end is disturbing but too close to reality. However, the last scene is supposed to give goosebumps but it’s so cliched that it doesn’t even give you an emotional high. When Anoushka enters the church with musicians playing their instruments it’s more ridiculous than anything. What happens next is exactly what one knew would happen so no surprise there!

With a crisper direction it could have been a big slap on patriarchy and in the same league as PINK. Nonetheless, watch it for the mild entertainment and beautiful depiction of female bonding.

 

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Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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Jolly LLB 2 – Review

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Movie: Jolly LLB 2

Release Year: 2017              

Country: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Standard)                                              

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Jolly LLB 2 Review:

Jolly LLB 2, like Jolly LLB, is a courtroom drama where a novice fights for justice against a much senior big shot lawyer. Sequels hardly ever live up to the standards set by the first film and in this case it was already a tad disappointing to see Akshay Kumar as Jolly because Arshad Warsi had put his heart and soul in bringing the character alive in the first one. However, the promos looked fine, support cast seemed well put together and I hoped maybe it will be as good as the first one.

Since it’s a sequel to the 2013 film we all knew the basic outline of the plot. It’s impressive the way the director maintains suspense until the end – not the suspense of how the case will end but of how Jolly will win. He had so little going for him that audience is glued until the end, hanging on to the tiniest bit of evidence, wondering how the moody judge will react to the surprise witness or the tantrums of the shrewd defense lawyer, and waiting for another twist in the story.

Jolly LLB 2 Acting

Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor are both outstanding but I don’t think Saurabh Shukla will get a national award this time for his performance. Jolly’s friend Birbal and the corrupt cop Suryaveer Singh were good but there could have been more meat in their roles. Huma Qureshi is totally wasted in the film, her love for whiskey and Gucci is the only entertainment she adds to the film. Akshay Kumar is okay… He looks good in his cocky street smart avatar in the beginning and at the end but his sincere avatar in the courtroom is something we have seen many times before.

Jolly LLB 2 Final Verdict

Jolly LLB 2 has packed a decent amount laughs throughout but most of the comic moments are more ridiculous than witty. The fact that no lawyer wants to take up a case against the police and the scene when goons shoot someone in public yet no one comes to help touch a raw nerve.The judge practicing dance steps in the courtroom, big shot lawyer throwing tantrums and arguing with the judge, both sitting on dharna (strike/protest)… These situations are too ridiculous to be realistic. Overall there is too much unnecessary drama in the film. The songs are average and weaken the momentum created by the story.

Watch it if you have nothing better to do.

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called “The Movie Club“…!  Join it to connect with Cinema enthusiasts from around the world.