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Aquaman Movie Review – A Fabulously Irresistible Underwater Treat

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The world knows about the lost city of “Atlantis”, but there are a few who believe in the story. For majority, Atlantis is a myth, a legend or even a part of Greek mythology. Aquaman movie tells about the life underwater and how the Atlanteans survived a disaster centuries ago to become masters of life under water. They even possess ground-breaking technologies that we ‘surface dwellers’ cannot even dream of.

The movie reveals the underwater world–there exist a whole civilization–unknown to humans comprising various creatures including the Atlanteans. The Atlanteans seek to rise again under the ambitious King Orm as he seeks to form an alliance of all seven kingdoms of the underwater world to wage war against the surface world. Of course, he has a valid reason for his ambition that I will not reveal here! The seven kingdoms of the underwater world miss a true king. A king who could unite the two worlds–surface and underwater. A King who would not just be a King, but much more than that– a HERO!

Aquaman Storyline

A lighthouse keeper, Thoman Curry rescues Atlanna (Nicole Kidman, a princess of Atlantis) in Maine. She fled from her kingdom to avoid a forced arranged marriage. Love blooms between the two and Atlanna gives birth to a boy–half human, half Atlantean–but a full King. The boy is named Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and possesses powers that are greater than that of any underwater being or any human. Atlanna is attacked by the elite force of Atlantis and had to leave her family behind for the safely of her child.

Arthur grows up without his Mom, but with the help of Vulko (Vizier of Atlantis, a loyal servant of Atlanna) learns everything he should being an Atlantean. Despite persuasions from Vulko, Arthur is not ready to go to Atlantis and claim his rightful place, especially after learning that his mother was executed by her husband for giving birth to him. But life has a way of bringing people together and one day, Arthur Curry who is now known as “Aquaman” to the surface world decides to go to Atlantis.

Here he meets his step-brother Orm, who thinks of him as an abomination and wants to kill him at any cost. Orm challenges Aquaman for a one on one duel to decide who will take the throne of Atlantis. Arthur is defeated with his trident (originally belonging to Atlanna) broken. But, defying the ancient sacred laws of the underwater, Princes Mera (Amber Heard) saves him and they both flee Atlantis in a vessel. Infuriated at Mera (his fiancée), Orm orders to bring both of them for punishment.

Mera and Arthur deciphers an ancient message of King Atlan (the first and most powerful King of Atlantis) in the Sahara desert that tells the only way to rule Atlantis unchallenged is by possessing the “Trident of Atlan”. But to get this trident, Arthur and Mera must journey beyond the edge of the world to the hidden sea. They are attacked by Black Manta and elite Atlantis force on their way to find the hidden sea. Upon reaching the hidden sea, they encounter some of the most nefarious creatures they could think of.

As Arthur reaches close to the lost trident, another obstacle blocks him in the form of “Karathen” (world’s most dangerous sea creature, who is protecting the trident from the false kings since centuries). As we expect, after a brief duel with the creature, Arthur retrieves the trident and becomes the true King. With Mera by his side and Karathen subservient to him, Arthur defeats Orm and saves the two worlds. As Arthur ascends to the throne of Atlantis he says:

“I am a Son of the Land, a King of the Seas and the Protector of the Deep”, I am Aquaman

My Verdict and Rating of Aquaman Movie

After the success of Wonder Woman and Justice League, DC has once again given its followers and regular moviegoers a great movie to watch that fulfills all the criteria of entertaining cinema. I am giving 10/10 to Aquaman movie with no doubts in my mind.

The reason I loved Aquaman was because it performed outstandingly well on many fronts. The special effects are phenomenal and captivating; the whole underwater world that we have not seen in any movie so far is just majestic; the costumes and weapons are great and pleasing to eyes; the casting is immaculate, none of the character seems out of place; and most importantly the content is really good, in fact, it has an underlying social and environmental message in it. Special mention for the director, James Wan, for making such a great movie with excellent cinematography, VFX effects and unmatched action sequences.

I am suggesting to book your tickets ASAP and go enjoy this underwater cinematic delight with your friends and family. I suggest to try it in IMAX 3D for an unbelievable experience.

You can read more about Jason Momoa and his life Here

Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review

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The Big Question Dekhen Ya Nahin?

Dekho! For the exquisite settings, larger than life drama and perfect cinematography. Every rope in place, every cloud with perfect colouring and the period costume such a welcome change from the glam and glitter of YRF films.

Thugs and Baaghi

Amitabh Bachchan as Azad, not just a title but an inspiration of freedom and the rebel princess, Fatima Shaikh set up their hideout in North India by the ocean and no amount of artistic license allows you to digest this geographic impossibility. Ila Arun as the medicine woman who doesn’t always get her potions right is barely funny.

One fleeting scene with the good looking thugs of the 1700s barely shows the horrors they wrought.

Cross ya Double-cross

Aamir Khan can’t make up his mind and neither will you, whether he is a good guy or bad. The curly hair and nose pin adds the swag that he lights up the screen with.

Aamir and his friend, Zeeshan Ayub’s comic timing not being bang on is disappointing though. Katrina Kaif as Suraiya Jaan with the exotic looks is the ultimate letdown as she just does not fit in with her glitzy costumes and jhatak phatak dance moves as a 18th century nautch girl.

Lloyd Owen and Gavin Marshall have played the mean ruthless role of East India Company officers very well.

Remake or Not

Perhaps remix or mashup of multiple movies and themes would be better suited descriptions. You can play a guessing game of ‘which movie..which movie’ for every scene.

3 on 10, No more

Wonder what director, Vijay Krishna Acharya really had in mind. Epic or fantasy? It’s sad that the stars are bigger than the story which seems to sink steadily right from the start.

Image credit: YRF Films Official Facebook Page.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Race 3 Movie Review

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Race 3 Movie Review:

Edited.. This is my opinion with no offence to the fans or the millions of rupees put into this project. Also, the connection to the previous two movies (Race – 2008 & Race 2 – 2013) is only by name.

Race 3.. Looked for a good review and had to waste two & half hours to discover why I didn’t find one!

‘Ghisa Pita’ themes from many ‘bakwas’ movies rolled into this one! Family, backstabbing friends, heists, drugs, arms & the best locales couldn’t help this movie. None of the songs are worth even remembering to post here except for the third time over ‘Allah Duhai Heh’.

Race 3 Acting & Costume:

Both the female leads are glamorous and beautiful, but their clothes don’t seem to fit well. It’s like many designers tried and failed. Daisy Shah has a feisty role and gives Jacqueline Fernandez quite a ‘takkar’ until the horridly filmed scene a la womens WWE. Salman Khan’s Superman meets Batman costume doesn’t even elicit a ‘ooh’ as no state of the art digital effects have been applied to make the flying scenes seem real. Saqib Saleem deserves praise for holding his own with the stars.. Bobby Deol in his new buff avatar.. Anil Kapoor who just looks younger every time versus Salman Khan who seems to age faster than even the calender!

I salute anyone who has liked the movie if they can explain why though.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

Skyscraper Movie Review

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Skyscraper Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: Talking about him one thing comes to mind, “Is There Anything That The Rock Can’t Do”?. The answer is plain NO! With Dwayne Johnson on the screen everything seems possible. In Rampage earlier this year, Rock saved the Chicago city from giant size mutant wolf and crocodile, and in Skyscraper movie he saves his family from the world’s tallest building-set on fire by some terrorists/underworld mafia-with an amputated leg using ‘duct tapes, rope and a few building tools’.

Many people are of the view that Skyscraper movie is highly inspired by 1974’s Towering Inferno and 1988’s Die Hard. I haven’t seen any of them, so it is difficult for me to give any comment in this regard. Without further delay, I would focus on Skyscraper movie review.

Skyscraper Story-line

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) mets an accident on duty and loses his one leg. He lefts FBI and starts working as a security consultant for skyscrapers. Will gets an opportunity of a lifetime when he is approached by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess his upcoming building The Pearl’s (the world’s tallest skyscraper with 240 floors) security. Will decides to take up this task ignorant of the dangers coming his way.

Soon after assuming his responsibilities for the new project, Will gets to know that there are people who want to destroy The Pearl. These miscreants set The Pearl on fire by hacking its security systems. As the skyscraper starts burning from 96th floor, Will attempts the greatest human rescue mission in the history; and that too alone! to save his 2 kids and wife. Don’t worry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you by writing details of this rescue mission as it is something worth enjoying on your screens. However, it would be a shame, if I don’t tell you guys that the scene showing Dwayne Johnson climbing a crane and jumping from it to break into The Pearl is the most entertaining moment of Skyscraper movie.

Acting

When you have Dwayne in the movie, one thing is sure: mind blowing action! Although we have seen The Rock fighting and conquering his enemies many times before too. However, this is the first occasion that we saw him nailing it in the role of an amputee. Once again Dwayne has done full justice to his role in a movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong, if we say that it was Dwayne’s brilliance that saved this “Skyscraper” from falling down on ground despite its plain, predictive, and thin story-line.

The rest of the cast too has performed well; the acting of Chin Han is worth mentioning. He is looking great in his role and provides a perfect support to Skyscraper’s script. After a long time, we also saw Wild Things star, Neve Campbell on the big screen (playing the role of Dwayne’s wife).

My Verdict of Skyscraper Movie

I am giving this film, 8 out of 10, mainly for its background score, Rock’s acting, and “The Pearl”. I think Skyscraper is a good one-time watch stuff. The special effects and cinematography are really worth watching. Overall, Skyscraper is way away from a true-to-life movie. A must watch, for all die hard fans of Dwayne Johnson!

Image credit: Skyscraper official site.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad