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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?

12 Angry Men: 12 Thinking Heads That Are Often Found in Meetings

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12 Angry Men is a Hollywood movie released in 1957. Before I offer you to read what you landed here for, let me run you through the fundamental details of the movie. It is an American black and white courtroom drama film. The movie shows a jury of twelve men who are entitled to assist the court in giving the final verdict of a murder case.

In the case, an 18-year old boy is allegedly accused of killing his father. Though an attorney with the help of evidences confirms the son the culprit, the justice calls for a jury to have further discussion over the case.  None of the jurors has any association either with the court or the subjects of the case. On top of it, the intriguing fact is that, all of them are strangers to each other.

In a closed room, they begin to discuss about the case to figure out whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.  

Let’s enter the jury room and know how the jurors while discussing about the case resemble with the thinking heads that we often come across in our official and unofficial meetings.

1.The one who leads the meeting

This thinking head is the most courageous one, who either declares himself a leader or accepts the position. He, in every condition makes sure the discussion remains on the track and serves the purpose. He is calm, patient and unbiased to everyone.

2. The one who is not a leader, but wants others to listen to him

He is the attention seeker who drills his opinions in others’ heads. He is not a leader, but wants to be the self-proclaimed one. Moreover, he has features opposite to that of the leader’s – he is aggressive, impatient, and has no empty room in his head to accommodate and process others’ ideas.

3. The one who questions the leader’s job

He is not concerned about the real agenda of the meeting, but the leadership skills of the leader. He often disapproves the leader’s choice, without giving any justifiable alternatives. He is disinterested in the leader’s position, but on the contrary, he unnecessarily whines in following him.

4. The one who is a wordsmith, calm and polite and handles arguments wisely

This one is everybody’s friend. He, in the argumentative situations, when the leader fails do his job, handles the rein with his wisdom and polite behavior.

5. The one who drags people’s attention toward his personal interests

You can count his presence, but will seldom have a chance of counting his opinions or thoughts. He doesn’t participate in the discussions, whereas creates annoyance and hampers the discussion by diverting people’s attention toward other irrelevant matters of his interest.

6. The one who makes fun of everything

He is the another annoying element who you hope should leave the meeting room. He cracks jokes that nobody finds funny.

7. The one who is too lazy to think- his only motive is to show his presence in the discussion

He is the least bothered person in the group. He follows the decision that is approved by the majority. When  you probe him for his opinions, he often opts to remain quiet or pass it simply by saying, “I don’t know”. Thinking is not his cup of tea.

8. The one who asks smart questions

This is one of the significant personnel in the room. His tendency to dig out the details by asking questions truly help in rolling out the final decision. This curious head compels the rest others to think and keep them on the right track.

9. The one who thinks out of the box

The one whose opinions in the beginning are often rejected as others do not envision points that he puts forth. He starts by creating reasonable doubts in others’ heads. He performs demonstrations and experiments and eventually, ends up receiving votes supporting his thoughts or ideas from all those who initially disapproved him.

10. The one who is confused and gets convinced easily

He is similar to the lazy thinking head, the only difference is – he puts efforts in thinking but can not make judgments and so he tends to change his party.

11. There is the one who is adamant to his opinions

This one doesn’t find any reason to follow others. In his head, he is the Mr. right who the rest others ought to follow. His impudent behavior makes people neglect him; his only  supporter sits second in this list.

12. The one who observes and analyses the situation and makes his point

He doesn’t participates in conversation often but, speaks when he thinks he needs to. He shares unique ideas and receives appreciation for his trait. In any meeting, when he doesn’t speak out, you might’ve noticed the leader probing him to share his suggestion before he concludes the meeting.

This is our list of 12 thinking heads that we think resemble with those 12 Angry Men in the movie. If you have watched the movie or making you mind to watch it, do share what you think about them in the comment section below.

Written By: Pooja Mishra

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It’s A Wonderful Life – Movie Review

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Yes! It indeed is a wonderful life.

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In 1946, when cinema was black and white, Frank Capra was capable of showing various colors of life in his movie– It’s a wonderful life.

The story revolves around George Bailey (James Stewart), a benevolent businessmen in a beautiful town — Bedford Falls. George is an illustration of an ordinary man who is honest, happy, courageous, social, kind, and helpful. He sacrifices all his dreams to protect his town and people from evil intentions of the richest man of the town, who is inhumane, selfish, and cunning. He wants to conquer the town and own all the controls.

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James Stewart & Donna Reed-in-It’s-A-Wonderful-Life-1946-Movie

George, despite facing turbulence from all directions, always inhesitantly, not only gives moral support to Bedford’s people but also goes beyond his capabilities to help them in difficulties.

Potter, who always fails to break George’s protection shield and rule the town plans a foul play against him which breaks down George completely and compels him to think that his life is worthless, he didn’t achieve anything, and he should end it. This becomes an instance for George, which makes him truly understand his worth and count his achievements.

The story concludes with these heart-touching words that not only helped George to realize his worth but also, I believe the viewers too, and I am not any exception. I liked these words the most.

“Strange, isn’t it?
Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole.”

In the movie full of fun, friendship and romance, the Potter’s existence offended my eyes. But then, I realized how the above quote justifies his presence.

Reviewed by: Pooja Mishra