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Harvey – Movie Review

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Movie: Harvey

Year of Release: 1950

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: American English

Director: Henry Koster

Starring:  James StewartWallace FordWilliam H. Lynn

 

Harvey Movie Review

HARVEY is a 1950 comedy-drama movie in which Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart)has a very good imaginary friend: an invisible giant rabbit called indeed, Harvey. He is in reality, a pooka, a benign creature derived from the Celtic Mythology which can bring either good or bad fortune. All the family is really worried about Elwood, they are so ashamed when he starts talking alone to this mysterious creature in front of other persons. His family will try to figure out if this situation is a consequence of drinking alcohol or simply, a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

Elwood’s sister, Veta, after so many years of dealing with this situation, starts watching the rabbit too. Additionally, Harvey has the ability to stop clocks, so every person who can see him cannot lose any single minute of his precious time. As Elwood often quotes: “For years I had to decide on being either smart or pleasant and I recommend being pleasant.”

What Makes Harvey A Good Movie To Watch?

Harvey is an exquisite piece of classical English comedy of the 20th century which transports us to amazing psychological games in which you don’t know if Elwood is just playing, pretending or really he’s insane. The fundamentals of valuable human company acquire a new, nice, and qualified perspective since Harvey is used to avoid unpleasant topics or required explanations that will serve Elwood to make himself understood easier and in good dialectics.

Common people are surprised of the high-degree of thoughts he could elaborate in company of Harvey: together, such as in a Platonic cave, the couple will fly with the golden wings of thought to the highest mountains and hills of human understanding probing the limits of what is imaginable, everything in an environment of comedy farces, intrigues and confusions which sometimes materialize as if the giant pooka really exists and could taste as a delightful joke … or as the deepest drama!

 

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Jorge Isaac Veytia
Jorge Isaac Veytia

JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA, is a Mexican who works as an international commercial lawyer in Berlin, Germany. His practice involves the use of more than six languages. He is a cinema fan since a child. His favourite films focus mainly on French comedies even he also loves the analysis of Scandinavian movies and kitschy Mexican masterpieces. He is also a true fan of Berlinale festival. “The Red Violin” and “La Soif de l’Or” could be listed as his favorite movies.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Movie Review

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Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them                           Release Year: 2016

Country: U.S.A                                                                                 Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review:

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:

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, get the tickets at the earliest and enjoy this fanciful and vivid movie.

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

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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.

Liza, a rókatündér – Movie Review

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Movie – Liza, a Rókatündér       English Title – Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Release Year –  2015                    Country of Origin – Hungary

LanguageMagyar (Hungarian) & Japanese

Genre – Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

Liza, the Fox-Fairy Movie Review:

Liza, a Rókatündér, English (Liza, the Fox-Fairy) is of the successful movies of Hungarian Cinema. The film was appreciated critically as well as loved by the public. Director, Károly Ujj Mészáros , has done a fabulous job with the script and his unique story-telling. The movie looks a piece of art that is something that’s worth mentioning. Liza, the Fox-Fairy is not a normal work of cinema rather a piece of “dark humor”. Once you are into it you will feel the intent of the director and what the film wants to convey to the audience. Although, Liza, the Fox-Fairy is an Hungarian movie, but it has so much Japanese elements in it that for once I mistook it for a Japanese one. In fact, the very theme of the film is based on a character from Japanese mythology.

Liza, a Rókatündér story:

Liza, (Monika Balsai) is a nurse who is almost 30 and yet single. She is not rich and has little savings to her name. Her life revolves around reading her favorite Japanese novel, a romantic one. And, taking care of Márta, the widow of a Japanese Ambassador to Hungary. It is Marta, who made Liza learn Japanese and now she listens to Japanese pop songs with her, especially of Tomy Tani (David Sakurai). Things get worse for Liza when she tries to find a “soul-mate”, but instead end up losing everyone who would take interest in her.

 Mónika Balsai
Mónika Balsai in Liza, a rókatündér (2015)

The police chief is suspicious of this women’s intentions, ignorant of the real fact. But, there’s one man who has faith in Liza, Sergent Zoltán zászlós (Szabolcs Bede Fazekas). He finds out that Liza is being cursed and the only way to break that curse is to love Liza selflessly. He does the same and finally, get Liza back from the curse of the ghost of Tomy Tani. The movie ends when they both get married and visits Japan with their daughter after 10 years of marriage. Liza is seen happy and Tomy Tani’s ghost too is there to accompany them….

David Sakurai
David Sakurai as Tomi Tany

My Rating & Verdict of Liza, the Fox-Fairy:

I have rated Liza A Rókatündér 7/10. This may seem a bit low, but this is all I could give to this Hungarian flick. The film is too slow for my liking and at times feels a bit predictable. But, as the acting and camera work is good and music too is nicely composed I liked this film. I would recommend this film to those who can bear the “slow cinema” and “black comedy”. So, here I checkout from here and wish you will enjoy Liza A Rókatündér.

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