Death Wish (2018)


Hollywood has its own share of good, bad & worse movie remakes. This Friday we have ‘Death Wish’ starring Bruce Willis, which is a remake of 1974 cult vigilante action film of the same name. Let’s see where this film stands.

Paul Kersey is a surgeon and is living happily with his wife and daughter. One night when he is at work his wife Lucy, played by Elisabeth Shue, and daughter Jordan, played by Camila Morone, are attacked by a gang of burglars. Lucy is killed while Jordan is left in a coma. The police not being able to deliver any justice, Paul takes the matters into his own hands.

The transformation of the character of Paul from a mild-mannered surgeon to a bad ass vigilante is flawed. It lacks authenticity and the emotional punch. Bruce Willis mostly has one expression throughout the film, which kind off makes it dry and unwatchable. Unfortunately, this is maybe Bruce Willis’s worst movie till date.

Director Eli Roth fails completely to make even a decent revenge action thriller. Most of the action scenes are very average and could have been more brutal considering the theme of the movie. We also have Vincent D’Onofrio (the villain from Daredevil) playing the role of Paul’s ex-con brother. A good actor like him is given nothing much to do and has no impact on the story.

Death Wish takes the serious topic of vigilante violence and reduces it to a forgettable revenge drama. To save your precious time & money kindly skip this movie.

Rating: 💋 & 1/2


Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Directed by: Eli Roth

Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Camila Morrone

Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes


Mindhunter (Season 1)

Mindhunter takes us into the 70’s when the term ‘serial killer’ wasn’t coined yet. The show follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they travel around the US interviewing serial killers and recording their responses. They’re joined by Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), a psychology professor, who helps them develop a system to categorize the killers and possibly predict future behaviors. The story is based on the nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former FBI agent John Douglas.

This may be the first web series where the hook for the next season has been spread across all the episodes. And this technique definitely works to keep you glued to your screens.

The transformation of the character of Agent Ford is the highlight of the show. A curious and sincere person is almost brought on the verge of becoming a psychopath. This aspect becomes pretty clear in the last two episodes which will definitely surprise you. 

All the actors have done a splendid job. Especially Jonathan who played the character of Agent Ford. The look and feel of the whole show have been kept gloomy and less colorful which aptly supports the story. Everything about Mindhunter’s premise is familiar, but the execution is not.

David Fincher, who has directed first and last few episodes, brings in his expertise of creating a creepy and tense mystery drama. You may find some similarities with his murder mystery film, Zodiac.

It is not an edge of the seat thriller and has no action at all. It’s all about cracking the cases using conversations and brains. First two episodes will test your patience. But, don’t give up and you may enjoy it slowly.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Crime, Drama

Created by: Joe Penhall, Mark Olshaker

Starring: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cotter Smith

Daddy’s Home 2

Just two years after the average Daddy’s Home released, this Christmas we have its sequel hitting the theatres. Is it really worth watching? Let’s find out.

Daddy’s Home starred Will Farrell who played Brad, and Mark Wahlberg who played Dusty, both of whom reprised their roles in Daddy’s Home the sequel. Daddy’s Home 2 introduces two grand ‘daddies’ to spice things up. Enter Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, visiting the newly-blended families for Christmas.

While the first film gave more focus on the duo of Brad & Dusty, This time the other characters too get equal importance and screen presence. Watching the first film can help you familiarise with the characters and few story references in this sequel. Surprisingly, John Cena gets more than a special appearance this time. 

The first film used up all the gags out of the premise of Brad and Dusty’s rivalry over the care of their step and biological children, respectively, and there nothing new to tell in the sequel. We find many familiar scenes like Brad almost dying because of electric shock, from the first movie. Nevertheless, there are enough jokes to crack you up.

The duration of this movie is around 93 minutes, but feels much longer. Few of the scenes were unnecessarily stretched out, Especially, the scene before the ending which was too  childish.

Overall, Daddy’s Home 2 is a stupid and forgettable comedy. It is worse than the first film, but can be seen as a family entertainer. So if you’ve got nothing better to do this Christmas, you could give it a watch.

Rating: 💋💋


Genre: Comedy, Drama

Directed by: Sean Anders

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson


Wonder, based on the 2012 best-selling novel by RJ Palacio of the same name, tells a story of a boy named August, nicknamed Auggie, who was born with a condition that causes facial deformities. Even after going through 27 surgeries he still looks noticeably different from other kids his age. After years of home-schooling, Auggie is sent to attend a regular school. And the different kind of problems he has to face and how he fights back, forms the crux of the story.

Wonder is blessed with stunning performances by its great cast which consists of Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Russell and others.

All the characters are very well developed. Instead of only focusing on the central character, the story shows the point of view of other characters too. This really helps the viewer to connect with the film. Every moment of emotion fits like a puzzle with each viewpoint and that convincingly flows in every scene.

Co-writer and Director Stephen Chbosky never allows the story to go over dramatic and successfully manages to keep it real and believable. The movie rightly delivers the message of kindness, forgiveness and the importance of self-love, which makes it a wholesome family entertainer.

Overall, Wonder is a simple and warm emotional drama with a lot of heart. It is a gem of a movie which is rare to find in today’s age of superhero and blockbuster films.

Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2


Genre: Drama, Family

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Screenplay by: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs

Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

Murder On The Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 classic novel of the same name, which has been earlier adapted into a film and a couple of tv shows too. So whats different this time? Let’s find out.

World’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot(played by Kenneth Branagh), is trying to take a vacation while traveling on a packed luxury train from Istanbul to England. But unfortunately, even here he is interrupted by a murder of a fellow passenger. Now everyone on the train is a suspect and Poirot has to find the killer. The passengers are from different countries, having different careers but are somehow connected with each other. That was a small hint which should excite you to go and watch this film.

The ensemble cast comprises an enjoyable mix of actors Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. Kenneth Branagh delivers a performance that overpowers everything else.

The film starts as any typical detective film but ends on a different tone. The film mostly involves verbal discussions so pay good attention to the dialogues to understand the details and to follow the unfolding of the mystery.

The cinematography is grand and beautiful. It is not a fast-paced thriller, but a medium paced mystery-suspense drama. The film fails to create the sense of urgency and tension which murder mysteries are supposed to offer.

If you are a fan of murder mysteries, you should definitely give this film a try.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Based on: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley

Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos

Thank You For Your Service

We have seen many movies where American soldiers fight heroically for their country and win wars. But what happens when these soldiers come back home after facing the horrors of war? Thank You For Your Service, produced by DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment, tries to address this issue in a hard-hitting way.

Based on the 2013 non-fiction book of the same name by David Finkel, Thank You For Your Service is the story of 3 American soldiers who are back home from Iraq. The trio suffer from PTSD i.e Post Trauma and Stress Disorder and attempt to gel in with civilian life which forms the crux of the story.

Miles Teller gives an evocative performance. Beulah Koale is all natural and makes you feel empathetic for him. Also, Joe Cole in a brief role is heartbreaking and effective. Debutant director Jason Hall, who wrote American Sniper,  manages to keep the story real but couldn’t bring the outrage that was supposed to be the core idea.

The treatment of the film is kept very real without using any theatrics. The dialogues are relatable, and most of the film is covered via inter-personal conversations.

Thank You For Your Service is an emotional drama with passionate performances from all the actors. This film is not for entertainment but will surely leave you unsettled.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Drama, Biography

Directed & Written by: Jason Hall

Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze

It (2017)

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, It takes us to the town of Derry, where children keep disappearing for many years and no one knows how.
The story follows the lives of a bunch of school kids, who call themselves ‘the Losers’. Bill, played by Jaeden Lieberher, cannot stop thinking about his younger brother Georgie, who also disappeared six months back. There is a mysterious otherworldly presence that seems to be haunting the town, and is responsible for the children’s disappearance. It’s up to Bill and his friends to figure out what the hell is going on and stop it. Do not read too much about the film before watching it. The less you know, the more you will enjoy it.

The feel of the movie is similar to Netflix’s Stranger Things where the kids in the 80’s are trying to find the supernatural happenings in their neighborhood, but minus the sci-fi elements. The movie has drama, comedy, and horror elements, all in right amounts. Unlike most horror films, It is a drama first and that’s refreshing.

The ensemble of the child actors is amazing and each character has a memorable quirk. Individual stories are nicely fleshed out and everyone delivers a strong performance. The character of the clown, played by Bill Skargard, is scary and menacing to watch.

Director Andy Muschietti does a fabulous job in only his second feature film after the average supernatural horror, Mama. He expertly balances the intensity of the scares at every step leading to the finale.

IT is one of the best horror movies of this year. It’s funny, warm, touching and frightening. You’ll be craving for a sequel.

It floats. You’ll float too.

Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2


Directed by: Andy Muschietti

Screenplay by: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman

Based on: It by Stephen King

Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung