The audience is aware of the type of films Marvel makes. This Friday we have Black Panther, which is the 18th film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Will this be a typical superhero flick or maybe something different? Let’s find out.
After the death of his father during the attack on the United Nations in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa takes over as the new king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the most powerful and technologically advanced country in the world. T’Challa has to defend his throne and protect the people of Wakanda from any external threats.
Chadwick Boseman brings conviction and sincerity to the character of Black Panther. Also look out for Letitia Wright, who plays T’Challa’s techie and fun sister, Shuri. The character of Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, is one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe because of his realistic and relatable motivations. At some point in the story, you even feel sympathetic for him. So the question arises is he the real villain?
This film brings a freshness to the whole Marvel franchise because of the world of Wakanda which balances tradition and modernity with style. Also, an all-black cast is a pretty rare sight in the Marvel Universe! The background score is good with some foot tapping rap elements blended in. There are some great action sequences too, which are a visual treat.
The CGI looks unfinished at many places which you can easily point out. The story is predictable, but that never is the focus of any Marvel movie, is it?
Overall, Black Panther is an entertaining adventure film with many laughable moments. Grab a popcorn and enjoy the film.
Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Duration: 134 minutes
Netflix has already changed the way tv shows are made by giving us gems like House of Cards, Stranger Things, Narcos and many others. It’s latest attempt to replicate the same magic with movies is the fantasy-action-drama Bright.
The story takes place in what seems like modern-day Los Angeles, where Fairies are common like insects, Orcs are lower caste minorities, Elves are the elite people and humans are between both of them. One day two reluctantly paired police officers: Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith) and Nick Jakoby ( played by Joel Edgerton) stumble upon a rare magic wand, which has the power to destroy mankind.
Bright’s high concept certainly grabs the attention but takes around 20 minutes to get into the groove. The movie also attempts to address issues of racism and the social caste system. Writer Max Landis successfully manages to mix up multiple themes into the story but fails to explore the full potential of the concept. Maybe the recently announced sequel will do the justice to the concept.
The chemistry between the lead pair is the highlight of the film. Director David Ayer adds a lot of style and detailing to create this new world. Also, the action sequences are a good mix of heavy weaponry and magic.
Bright has all the elements of a typical Hollywood blockbuster i.e comedy, hard-hitting action, fantasy, sci-fi and an interesting concept. Give it a try and you won’t regret it.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz
Duration: 118 minutes
There are a lot of expectations from a remake or reboot of any classic film. This time it was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle that hit the theatres, which is a reboot of Robin Williams’s beloved 1995 classic film – Jumanji. So let’s find out what this film has to offer.
The original concept of Jumanji, is adopted into a video game where a group of high school teenagers get sucked into the world of a video game while serving detention together. The nerd, the jock, the popular girl and the outcast are transported to the lush jungles of Jumanji. All of them are transformed into the game characters and now have to finish the game to go back to their real world and to do this each one of them has only 3 lives.
Being a remake the comparisons with the original are obvious. Jumanji 2 is more commercial and massy. It has lots of comic dialogues and is also more gimmicky. But it falls short with the emotional touches which made the original one a classic. Though considering today’s audiences, it will definitely work.
This transition from a board game to a video game is fun and enjoyable. There is nothing new in terms of characters or storytelling. A large part of why this movie works is the cast. Jack Black & Kevin Hart bring a lot of laughter because of their hilarious conversations. Dwayne Johnson brings in his macho action and style.
Jumanji 2 is a slightly above average family entertainer. If you want to watch something fun and light, this film definitely delivers that.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Duration: 119 minutes
The Star Wars franchise which began its journey in 1977 with the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, continues to have a large fan following until today. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the ninth film of the Star Wars universe and the second film of the new trilogy which was started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it is one of the biggest releases of this year, let’s find out what it has to offer.
The story takes off where the previous film ended. Rey finally meets Master Luke Skywalker on an unknown planet and asks for his help to save the Rebels from the First Order.
The film has a cast of good actors which includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. There is nothing new in terms of the story, but the treatment and matured character arcs make it an interesting watch.
Writer-director Rian Johnson has successfully maintained the soul of the Star Wars franchise. The story and characters have a depth which really connects with you. Especially the Jedi-triangle of Kylo, Rey, and Luke, who are the highlights of the film.
You would find many resemblances to the previous Star Wars movies like the Luke-Vader-Emperor climax scene from Return of the Jedi and few others. The film depends on too much of nostalgia. But it does so with cleverness and depth. The visual effects and action sequences are really good and enjoyable.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies and it is a treat to fans. So go ahead and book your tickets this weekend. We promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2
(Note: To really understand the story at a deeper level, we would recommend you watch all the previous Star Wars movies. If that is not possible then at least watch the previous film, which could considerably help you understand the story in a better way)
Genre: Action, SciFi, Adventure
Directed by Rian Johnson
Based on: Characters by George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly, Marie Tran
Music by: John Williams
Cinematography: Steve Yedlin
War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise by Twentieth Century Fox. Picking up a few years after the harrowing events of the previous film, this film puts us right into the conflict between the smart Apes and the destructive humans fighting to reclaim their supremacy.
Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, has to lead his people to safety as a group of unidentified soldiers plan to attack the Apes’ stronghold, and the evil Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, who leads the soldiers has hidden plans of his own.
The story is really not about the war between apes and human beings. It’s about Ceaser’s internal journey and the conflict of not becoming like Koba, who was the negative character in the previous film. The character of Ceaser is maturely evolved across the franchise. The focus is more on Apes and the story is told from their perspective. Apart from the existing characters like Maurice and Rocket, a new character is introduced Bad Ape, which is played by Steve Zahn. The arrival of Bad Ape brings a little humor to this dark and emotional film.
After watching the previous two films of the franchise, it is normal to expect an epic battle sequence at the end. But it doesn’t happen that way. The film also feels slow and little lengthy at few times in the second half.
The motion capturing done for creating the apes is so outstanding that you never feel that it’s the CGI. The apes look very real like a human being. The cinematography is remarkable and gives an epic feel to the story. The background score does justice to the crucial emotional moments throughout the film.
Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a great ending to the trilogy. It is an emotional, thought-provoking and brilliantly crafted film. Hail, Caesar!
Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Sara Canning, Ty Olsson, Terry Notary, Devyn Dalton, Aleks Paunovic, Alessandro Juliani, Amiah Miller, Chad Rook, Karin Konoval, Gabriel Chavarria
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Michael Seresin