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Emily in Paris | Season 1 Review

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Emily In Paris - Season 01 - Netflix
Emily In Paris - Season 01 - Netflix

Reviewed By: Namita Tribhwan

To begin with I binge-watched this series, it’s full of travel, fashion, feminism, comedy, and romance- just what I needed to escape this pandemic! I love travelling so just the trailer was so attractive and I knew I had to see this show. All the scenes in this series are just so amazing you get to see such beautiful locations of Paris.

The characters are so nice and relatable. I like that they chose diverse characters such as Mindy who is just great. Gabriel is cute. Her co-workers are so supportive. Above all Emily is just wonderful. I also like how Emily is not a fashion designer (which would be the typical job choice for this genre) but she works in marketing. Every time there is a problem, Emily knows how to fix it.

Lily Collins Packs A Punch With Her Energetic Presence In Emily In Paris - Season 01
Lily Collins Packs A Punch With Her Energetic Presence In Emily In Paris – Season 01

On a more serious note, it does not show Paris in its true colors. But this show is for those who dream of living in Paris or seeing the city at least once in their lifetime.

Emily does not speak French, but she had no time to learn as it was an unexpected option she had to choose. But the small phrases she picks up through her Rosetta Stone, friends, French lessons are what every person who does not know French and are in France goes through, all the time!

The clothes, the food, the streets, the buildings, haute couture, description of exquisite perfumes – have truly been a feast for the senses and I, as an audience, revelled in them!!

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Overall, I liked the show because it immediately transports you into a lovely world of love and dreams and who does not want a little magic in these dreadful times? There are some practical questions – is Emily’s apartment really a chambre-de-bon, how does she manage to wear such expensive clothes, how do you transform into Audrey Hepburn overnight, can a boss be so rude to your face? Well, it’s a show so some questions remain unanswered right?

So, if you want to take a chill pill, and bask in some comfy drama, with oodles of emotions on your couch, please watch Emily in Paris!!!

 

The World of Movies Rating – 9/10

Title: Emily In Paris

Year of Release: 2020

Created by: Darren Star

Bombay Begums Cast: Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie, Ashley Park as Mindy Chen, Lucas Bravo as Gabriel.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Web Series, TV Series

Number of Seasons: 01

Number of Episodes: 10

Episode Length: 24-35 minutes each

Original Network: Netflix

Production Companies: Darren Star Productions, Jax Media, MTV Studios

Distributor: Netflix Streaming Services

 

*Images created from screenshots captured from the series.

Jupiter’s Legacy | Netflix Original Season 1 Review

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Jupiter's Legacy - A 2021 Netflix Original Series
Jupiter's Legacy - A 2021 Netflix Original Series

Reviewed By: Absar Ahmad

America’s obsession with superheroes goes way deeper than ours with saas-bahu soap operas. The latest Netflix Original, Jupiter’s Legacy is just another proof of this. It is an adaptation from a comic book that I have not read nor do I intend to read in the future, hence closing this debate before it gets started. The show could easily be Netflix’s answer to Amazon Prime’s The Boys but it fails to live up to its expectation because of worn-out genre tropes and extremely slow pace.

Jupiter’s Legacy Season 1 Plot

It’s 2021, 90 years since Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian) and his friends found their superpowers after an intense ordeal somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The world has changed drastically but The Utopian is still clinging on to his age-old precept of the Code. He is getting old, and so does his team of first-generation superheroes. Will their children, the next generation of superheroes, be able to live up to the legacy of their parents? This is the main trope of Season 1 as this epic superhero drama series tries to navigate through the dynamics of power, family, relationship, and loyalty.

In a superhero series or a movie, you wish to see a lot of fight scenes, nerve-wracking action, and suspense. Jupiter’s Legacy, unfortunately, lacks these elements. The fight scenes are too few and short; the action is in limited supply; while there’s hardly any suspense involved as we can easily guess what’s coming next.

The only good unexpected twist came in the last episode that we never expected throughout the much-predicted season. We see an important member of the House of Justice betraying The Utopian. Much of it will be shown in the upcoming season that I think will or should have to be better than this one if this show ever has to make it to the public memory.

For me, the best episode was Episode 07, Omnes Pro Uno. I love the choreography, special effects, and the exciting and tense ethereal background score of this episode as we get to know how the House of Justice members got their powers. In a way, it was a perfect penultimate episode before the season finale.

Jupiter's Legacy Season 01 Keeps You Wanting For More
Jupiter’s Legacy Season 01 Keeps You Wanting For More

Acting, Characters, and Technical Aspects of the Series

The show has a great quality making when it comes to camerawork and the background score involved. The cast is good, particularly the young guns have impressed me a lot. Elena Kampouris as Chloe, the troubled child of our superhero couple, is worth watching. We can easily see the tone of generation conflict in the way leading characters conversate or interact with each other. The fight scenes are good. I wish there was more focus on them than showing daddy issues in most parts of this season. 

The OST of Jupiter’s Legacy is definitely worth remembering as it finds its way to my Best Hollywood OSTs/Soundtracks playlist on YouTube. The editing is crisp and acceptable. However, I would have preferred a bit lighter screen color in the island scenes. It was a bit too dim and dark, maybe intentionally.

The World of Movies Verdict

Jupiter’s Legacy offers nothing novel but the same old cliched storytelling. I am giving this Netflix Original 7 out of 10. The show lags at too many places, and the idea of showing two timelines in the same 8-episode season does not click for me. Also, Jupiter’s Legacy Season 1 conveniently fails to explain or at least throw light on Skyfox’s interestingly malicious character arc. I binge-watched this show the entire last night and would only recommend this if you have not been able to find anything else for your weekend.

 

*Note: At the time of publishing it is been confirmed that Netflix has canceled Jupiter’s Legacy’s Season 2.

 

The World of Movies Rating 07/10

 

Title: Jupiter’s Legacy

Year of Release: 2021

Based on: Jupiter’s Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely

Jupiter’s Legacy Cast: Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson / The Utopian, Ben Daniels as Walter Sampson / Brainwave, Leslie Bibb as Grace Kennedy-Sampson / Lady Liberty, Andrew Horton as Brandon Sampson / The Paragon, Elena Kampouris as Chloe Sampson, Mike Wade as Fitz Small / The Flare, Matt Lanter as George Hutchence / Skyfox, Tyler Mane as William Henry Bendal / Blackstar, David Julian Hirsh as Richard Conrad / Blue Bolt, Ian Quinlan as Hutch Hutchence.

Developed by: Steven S. DeKnight

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Web Series, Superhero

Number of Seasons: 01

Number of Episodes: 08

Episode Length: 35-55 minutes each

Original Network: Netflix

Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Image Comics, Netflix

Distributor: Netflix

*Images created from screenshots captured from the series.

Bombay Begums | Netflix Original Review

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Bombay Begums 2021 Web Series - A Netflix Original
Bombay Begums 2021 Web Series - A Netflix Original

Reviewed by: Namita Tribhuwan

Bombay Begums Review by Namita Tribhuwan
Bombay Begums Review by Namita Tribhuwan

Bombay Begums is complex, intense, elegant, realistic, and artistic in every aspect of a show. It is creatively excellent and an honest show, showing the reality of a woman that she goes through every stage of her life.

All episodes in Bombay Begums revolve around Royal Bank whose CEO is Rani (Pooja Bhatt), she is a middle-aged woman who is battling her pesky menopause and the dirty politics of bankers. She re-hires a fresher Ayesha (Plabita Borthakur) who was fired by Fatima (Shahana Goswami) the aspiring banker with impending motherhood. Ayesha is appointed to work in the CSR department that is working to rehabilitate a prostitute Lily (Amruta Subhash) who is fighting all odds for the future of her son.

A very special mention to Ms. Pooja Bhatt, for portraying her character Rani with such brilliance. She brings so much more into the character. Her poise, elegant demeanor, powerful stance, intense emotions, and impeccable portrayal of successful and powerful corporate leader, and fabulous acting, speaks volumes of her acting ability. I cannot even imagine any Bollywood actresses who could justify the character Rani better than Pooja. It is a perfect comeback for her.

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The remarkable fact about Bombay Begums is that all its characters – big or small and male or female – have grey shades to them. No one is elegantly clean; no one is repulsively evil either. They are imperfect persons vying for name and existence in this material world. The plot is interesting and the undercurrents between males and females are very realistic especially when one looks at the professional and personal world.

Bombay Begums - A 2021 Netflix Original Web Series
Bombay Begums – A 2021 Netflix Original Web Series

Ayesha is shown as a bisexual who is confused about her preferences. Fatima loves her hubby but still gives in to the temptation of a torrid affair. Shai is a confused soul who speaks through her art and misses her dead mom to a point where she is living a fantasy life.

All said and seen, the series’ biggest positives are the magnificent performances from this girl gang – all of them. Pooja Bhatt and Shahana Goswami are clear standouts.

Thoroughly enjoyed binge-watching. Can’t wait to watch Season 2. Hope they make it available soon.

 

The World of Movies Rating 09/10

 

Title: Bombay Begums

Year of Release: 2021

Written by: Alankrita Shrivastava, Bornila Chatterjee, Iti Agarwal

Bombay Begums Cast: Pooja Bhatt as Rani Irani, Shahana Goswami as Fatima Warsi, Amruta Subhash as Lily, Plabita Borthakur as Ayesha, Aadhya Anand as Shai, Manish Choudhary as Deepak Sanghvi, Rahul Bose as Mahesh Rao, Imaad Shah as Ron, Danish Husain as Naushad Irani, Nauheed Cyrusi as Piya, Vivek Tandon as Cyrus Dastur, Deepak Soni as raj Parkar.

Directed by: Alankrita Shrivastava, Bornila Chatterjee

Genre: Drama, Web Series, TV Series

Number of Seasons: 01

Number of Episodes: 06

Episode Length: 38-60 minutes each

Original Network: Netflix

Production Companies: Ëndemol Shine India, Chernin Entertainment

Distributor: Netflix

*Images created from screenshots captured from the series.

Ajeeb Daastaans | 2021 Netflix Review

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Ajeeb Daastaans Netflix Original Movie
Ajeeb Daastaans Netflix Original Movie

Reviewed By: Namita Tribhuwan

The trailer of Ajeeb Daastaans excited me to watch it as the star cast is a powerhouse of talent and glamour.

With Ajeeb Daastaans Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta come with another anthology of four twisted short stories that dwell on topics like revenge, love, entitlement, homosexuality, jealousy, lust in a span of more than two hours. Every story reveals a shocking end.

Ajeeb Daastaans - Unique And Interesting Blend Of Stories
Ajeeb Daastaans – Unique And Interesting Blend Of Stories

Majnu:

It’s a typical Indian story of a wedding that is carried out just for a business arrangement in a large mansion and puts the girl in a state with no marital happiness where she meets a guy with mystery around him.

Fatima Sana Shaikh gives a nuanced performance, and she has never looked this beautiful before in any other movie. Jaideep Ahlawat gets to play a role quite different from his usual style and he has aced it in the last few minutes. Armaan Ralhan, the new hero on the block is here to stay and he gets his act right. The story has all the right ingredients but it’s not gripping enough.

Khilauna:

In Khilauna, Nushrat Bharucha has been portrayed as a house help which does not look real, on the other hand Abhishek Banerjee has portrayed his role well…but the plot is very predictive.

The story is stitched in a way that the mystery is well managed, and you keep your guessing hat on. The climax gives you chills down your spine but the way they showed the possibility of crime carried out is next to impossible.

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Geeli Pucchi:

Ajeeb Daastaans starts getting better with its third story, in which both the lead characters are spot on. One can appreciate the brilliance of veteran Konkana Sen Sharma every time she has surprised us with her intelligent performance and so has Aditi Rao Hydari. Both these girls have played their part with grace.

The plot is bang on; it covers the topic of societal differences that still exists in this world. It’s a story of two friends who are grilled because of these differences.

 Ankahi – This is the Best one.

Shefali Shah and Manav Kaul are brilliant in Ankahi, this story is fresh, light, and makes you think about life from a different perspective. The complexity of life is shown in a wonderful way that we usually overlook. The use of music was thoughtful in this film where we have to focus more on deafness and sign language as evocation of feelings. There are some scenes like someone is willingly refusing to hear, that look very unreal. But the dramatic end in Shefali and Manav’s relationship guarantees that the heartbreak of Manav’s character will straighten his mind for real.

The World of Movies Rating – 9/10

Movie Title: Ajeeb Daastaans

Directed By: Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, Kayoze Irani

Written By: Shashank Khaitan, Sumit Saxena, Neeraj Ghaywan, Uzma Khan

Ajeeb Daastaans Cast: Fatima Sana Shaikh as Lipakshi, Jaideep Ahlawat as Babloo, Nushrat Bharucha as Meenal, Abhishek Banerjee as Sushil, Konkona Sen Sharma as Bharti Mandal, Aditi Rao Hydari as Priya Sharma, Shefali Shah as Natasha, Manav Kaul as Kabir.

Year of Release: 2021

Genre: Drama, Romance

Country of Origin: India

Languages: Hindi

Running Time: 142 minutes

Production Company: Dharmatic Entertainment

Distributed by: Netflix

*Images created from screenshots captured from the movie.