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
The trailer of 15:17 to Paris wasn’t that exciting and did not reveal much about the story. But being a Clint Eastwood film, everyone had high expectations from it. Let’s find out whether this film delivers that or not?
Based on a true story of three American friends, who took down a terrorist on a speeding train from Amsterdam to Paris and avoided a massacre from happening. With no real actors casted for the lead roles, we have Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone playing themselves.
Clint Eastwood, the veteran director who has many good and classic films under his name, turns this headline-grabbing true story into a boring film. The theme of the story is about ordinary people showing extraordinary courage and saving people’s lives, which is nothing new to look for.
Emotionally it’s a flat film. There are no high points in the film at all. The terrorist attack event comes only in the last 10 minutes of the film. The remaining 90 minutes or so focus on how the three characters meet, many things happen in their lives and they end up together on the train to Paris. The style of direction is kind of similar to the film ‘Sully’ where the facts are kept real with no theatrics.
The 15:17 to Paris clearly shows that a single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but may not necessarily make for a transformative film.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani
Duration: 94 minutes
Maze Runner: The Death Cure hit theatres after almost 3 years of the second instalment of the Maze Runner Franchise. With such a long gap, many may have even forgotten the series by now. Let’s see whether this film was worth the wait or not.
The story takes off right after where the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ended. After escaping from the evil Wicked Corporation, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and his friends now want to save their friend Minho and others who are still imprisoned and used as lab rats. But Wicked Corporation will do anything to find the cure for the virus and save the human race.
The movie starts with a good action sequence which really sets up high expectations. Unfortunately, they are not met as the movie moves forward. The focus of the story is mostly on Thomas’s mission to save other people from Wicked Corp. Finding the cure for the deadly virus takes a back seat and only comes forward in the end. Being the final film of the trilogy the climax of the story could have been better.
We see fewer zombies this time and more neatly designed action sequences. The story is quite predictable and doesn’t have many twist and turns. The obstacles seemed a little easy for Thomas & team which kind of brings down the fun. We also see Nathalie Emmanuel from Fast & Furious just for 2 frames in the whole movie. Why was she even there?
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is another average action thriller film. Fans may enjoy it but we’d suggest you give this one a skip.
Rating: 💋💋& 1/2
Genre: Action, Thriller
Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen
Duration: 141 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
How often do we see big movies starring an older woman in the lead role? Well, not many and the Insidious franchise is one of them. Let’s find out what the fourth installment of this franchise has to offer.
The story of Insidious: The Last Key is about a new paranormal case which takes Elise, brilliantly played by Lin Shaye, back to her childhood home, which had supernatural horrors and a very abusive father. It is essentially Elise’s origin story. This time it’s an evil force which locks up innocent souls forever and it’s up to Elise to stop it at any cost.
The Insidious franchise is known for mixing horror with mystery and thriller. This film delivers that too. With a runtime of around 100 minutes, the movie is crisp and without any dull moments. All though the climax could have been more intense and fiercer.
As Elise is the central character, the personal family drama elements sometime overtake the horror elements. But there are enough moments in the movie which will definitely scare the hell out of you. The sidekicks of Elise, played by Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson, also bring in laughter on many occasions.
Even though its a sequel to the third film, there are not many connections to its overall story. So without losing much, you can watch this film without watching the previous films. But to understand and familiarise with the concepts, references, and characters we recommend to watch the first three films in order.
Insidious: The Last Key may not be the best in the franchise but is still an enjoyable horror flick.
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard
Duration: 103 minutes
Ever since Duffer brothers announced the release date for the second season of Stranger Things, fans have been eagerly waiting for the Halloween weekend to come. The trailer too promised a darker and stranger sequel. So does it fulfill its promise? Let’s find out.
Almost a year after Will was rescued from the Demogorgan, he starts experiencing nightmares which connect him to an evil force from the ‘Upside Down’ world. At the same time, some strange things start happening in the town of Hawkins. Are these things connected? What does the evil force wants?
The writing and story structuring is almost perfect across the entire season. The story gets divided into multiple branches where different characters are solving different problems. At the end, all the strings come together seamlessly and connect the dots perfectly. You can also see the changes and the maturity in the characters as the story reaches the end.
The first two episodes are little slow which just connect the viewers to the first season and sets up the curiosity to binge race the entire season. Season 2 is bigger and better than the first season. Few new characters are introduced which are only supporting. The old characters truly drive the show with their superb acting. The essence of the story and the characters are maintained. Season 2 lives up to the expectations and even goes beyond.
To summarize, Stranger Things still remains one of the best shows currently on Netflix and better than any other over-hyped shows out in the world. Like always, the ending will make you well up and wait eagerly for season 3.
Rating: 💋💋💋💋 & 1/2
Genre: Science fiction, Horror, Supernatural
Created by: The Duffer Brothers
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser
Music by: Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein