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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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Movie Review

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After the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, here comes the much-awaited second part of the Fantastic Beasts film series – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Many professional movie reviewers in India and abroad have literally thrashed this movie; with some even going to the extent of saying that this is the worst movie in the Wizarding World franchise. I suggest don’t bother to even think about them. Just watch the movie and decide yourself instead of being influenced by these ‘well-established’ movie reviewers.

While Fantastic Beasts one was based almost entirely in the US, the part two takes place in the European cities of London and Paris. The Crimes of Grindelwald has much resemblance to the Harry Potter series-be it the Harry Potter theme music or the mesmerizing featuring of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and not to forget our beloved Albus Dumbledore. The film evokes a feeling of nostalgia in you.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Storyline:

Set in the year, 1927, the film starts with Grindelwald detained by the Magical Congress of the United States of America, MACUSA). As expected, he tricks MACUSA officials and escapes with his associate to Paris. Meanwhile, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is back in England and has been banned from International travel the magic ministry.

However, his brother (an auror) offers him to come onboard as an auror to hunt down Credence in exchange of lifting travel ban to which Newt gladly reject. All of a sudden, Jacob Kowalski and Queenie Goldstein makes an appearance in Newt’s home. Newt asks about Tina and gets to know that she is searching for Credence in Paris on orders of MACUSA.

The Wizarding world is left divided and in grave trouble with the news of Grindelwald trying to get Credence on his side to take control of the whole world including the muggles/ no-majs. In comes, Albus Dumbledore (played by the effervescent, Jude Law). Dumbledore tasks Newt with finding Credence before Grindelwald could lay his hands on him. At this moment, we wonder why can’t Dumbledore himself tries to stop Grindelwald? The answer lies in the climax-Dumbledore and Grindelwald were sworn brothers and took a blood pact not to fight each other.

Somehow, with the help of Dumbledore’s influence, Newt along with Jacob leaves England and reaches Paris. In Paris, he meets Tina tries to stop Grindelwald from reaching Credence. However, there are people in the magic ministry who secretly help Grindelwald in his quest to unite the pure-bloods for his evil end.

To see how Newt and his “Fantastic Beasts” tackle the threat of Grindelwald and once again save the Wizarding world from the dark forces, you must watch Fantastic Beasts 2 in theatres now.

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Fantastic-Beasts-2-Movie-2018

Characters to Watch in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:

The most exciting thing about Fantastic Beasts two is, it introduces us to a number of new characters that are connected to the Harry Potter series-in a way that we hardly thought about. I appreciate the way this film has references to the Harry Potter series in an intricate yet spellbinding manner. My top three new characters of this movie are:

  1. Nagini (played by Claudia Kim): Nagini is a being who carries a blood curse that means she will sooner or later transform into a snake permanently. Does it ring any bells? Yes, Nagini is Lord Voldemort’s horcrux killed by Neville Longbottom with Godric Gryffindor’s Sword in the last movie of the Harry Potter series. Claudia as Nagini has performed extremely well although she had little to speak in this part. However, it is expected that in the next part, she will have a telling role.
  2. Albus Dumbledore (the younger version that we don’t know): Well, there was hardly any doubt in the fact that Albus was the most clever, wise and powerful wizard of all time. However, The Crimes of Grindelwald, added one more dimension to his personality-he was also the most secretive of all in the Wizarding world with a questioning past. To me Jude Law is a perfect choice for this character because of his sheer quality and class.
  3. Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz): Lita is one of the ancestors of Bellatrix Lestrange (who killed Sirius Black). She is a wise, young, and beautiful woman, who is engaged to Newt’s brother, Theseus. Since childhood, Lita was a misfit among peers. She is different from others like Newt, who was with her at the Hogwarts. Most probably she was Newt’s first love.

My Verdict & Rating of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I gave 10/10 to Fantastic Beasts 1 and I am giving 9/10 to The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts 2 is a movie that takes you to a well, but don’t let you drink from it and yet it quenches your thirst. After watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, you will feel more excited to know about the third installment of Fantastic Beasts series.

Fantastic Beasts 2 has a great plot and an equally exciting climax that reinforces the fact-no matter how much hatred progress; it has no power to stand against love, friendship and family.

In my view, if you are a fantasy movie lover, then Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a must watch for you.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Also read: Why to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

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

Black Panther – Movie Review

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Movie: Black Panther                                                        Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler                                             Country of Origin: U.S.A

Writer/Screenplay: Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler

Running Time: 134 minutes                   Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Languages: English, Wakandian (Contructed Language)

With the introduction of Black Panther in the Marvel movies, the world is seeing the addition of African continent in otherwise American-centric marvel world. The first mention of Black Panther came in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War movie. Where  Prince T’Challa (Black Panther) after the death of his father, King T’Chaka at a UN meeting allies himself with Tony Stark (Iron Man) and fights against Captain Steve Rogers (Captain America) and his allies, that included Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier). In post credits he is seen talking to Captain Rogers and we get an idea that he has taken Bucky to his nation, Wakanda.

Black Panther Story-line:

The movie starts as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is getting ready to crowned as the future King of Wakanda. For the first time, the audience get to know the real Wakanda and the “origin of Black Panther”. At the crowning ritual, T’Challa is challenged by M’Baku (Lord of the Jabari tribe, the only tribe that refused to accept the Black Panther as the King and Protector of the nation of Wakanda). T’Challa defeats him, but he allows M’Baku to live instead of killing him.

Soon T’Challa gets to know that an identified object made of Wakanda made of Vibranium is stolen from a London museum. The man behind it is, Ulysses Klaue (a fugitive that is wanted by Wakanda). The King decides to undertake a mission in Busan, South Korea and bring Klaue to face trial in his kingdom. Accompanied by his elite forces’ general Okoye and his ex-love interest, Nakia, T’Challa fails to bring Klaue home. Instead, the King brings a CIA agent, Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) to heal as he took a bullet while defending Nakia during a gunfight with Klaue’s men.

Meanwhile, a man claiming to be of royal blood shows up at the Wakandan border, he brings Klaue’s body with him and wins the support of W’Kabi (who wanted Klaue dead to avenge his family’s death caused by him). The man is N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, an expert killer and member of the US army. He is also the cousin of T’Challa and now lays his claim for the Wakandan throne, T’Challa accepts Killmonger’s challenge. He is defeated by Killmonger in a ritual combat and thrown over from a cliff. Seeing the gravity of the situation, Nakia takes the Queen and Shuri (T’Challa’s sister) to safe place alongside Agent Ross.

They go to Jabari tribe for help and find that T’Challa is not dead. Lord M’Baku tells T’Challa that now they are even as he has returned his favor of  life for a life. T’Challa asks M’Baku’s help to retake the throne, but M’Baku refuses to give his men as he sees this is of no interest for his people.

In the climax, Killmonger and W’Kabi fight against Black Panther and his supporters. With the help of Agent Ross, Shuri, Nakia and Okoye, T’Challa defeats his cousin and kills him.

Why to Watch Black Panther?

Director, Ryan Coogler has given us a wonderful cinematic treat in the form of Black Panther movie. The screenplay, background music, action scenes, cinematography and acting all are brilliant. Everyone has performed their role to perfection and the portrayal of Wakanda as an African country is really overwhelming to watch. Black Panther movie also has references where we get to know that how colonial powers have exploited the continent of Africa, and now the African youth is rearing to catch up with the rest of the world. This is clearly visible in the post credit scene when at the UN meeting, T’Challa announces that his country will no  longer remain in the shadows and will share its technical knowhow and resources with the rest of the world.

My Verdict of Black Panther

I am giving 10/10 to this film and is super excited for the Infinity War, where once again we will see Black Panther. I loved the plot and its execution, there is never a dull moment in this film. I especially loved the background score that had a great blend of traditional African and modern techno music. So, if you are a Marvel fan then don’t wait anymore to watch this movie.

Reviewed By: Mirza Yusuf Faiyaz

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Mirza-Yusuf-Faiyaz-From-Aligarh

I, Mirza Yusuf Faiyaz, having completed Major in History from Delhi University is an avid traveller having a vivid taste in movies. I am as such no diehard fan of any major Hollywood cult, but have gone as per by my own taste. The movie which I like most is The Holiday (2006). I have also done Teacher Training Course and is now on a frantic job hunt to sustain my passion for teaching children of any age.