The Addams Family (2019)

The beloved series, film and cartoon classic gets its animated reboot with a bunch of funny one-liners and spooky/quirky moments.

The premise is the same, of fitting in, belonging, but being oblivious to the demands of being normal or regular.

You come away with every character evolving and embracing change and not so predictable proceedings. It provides interesting back stories and a fitting end.

2.5/5

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The fate of the Furious (2017)

The Fate of the Furious: The Eight instalment of the franchise by director F. Gary Gary has enough adrenaline to bridge you to a part nine, but isn’t a patch on part seven, which made a whopping 1.5 billion dollars worldwide, and rightfully so.

Yes they think out of the box and have shots and sequences which make for great action and stunts, but the bar was set high with the last film and it’s antics. The conflict has an interesting resolution but somehow the complexity doesn’t match the treatment.

F8 is fun in parts but bogged down by unnecessary drama and a villain trying too hard.

2.5/5

Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

A shot of intelligent adrenaline best defines the experience of this film. While you process the stunning action you also digest the various commentaries made on governments, the current state of the planet, resources and of course humanity.

Imagine action which is constantly moving, throughout the film. How difficult it is to capture and even more complex to weave a story into it. But every movement here, however quick or short is relevant and comes with a back story. That’s what makes the action real and valid. Spanning two days, we traverse the far and wide across desolate landscapes.

Director George Miller who is 71 years old was also at the helm of the first Mad Max in 1979. His vision is par excellence and his execution left us breathless, on the edge of our seats. Tom Hardy plays Max, a stark difference yet very similar to his act of survival in ‘The Revenant’. This time he was on the right team. But it’s Charlize Theron who steals the show with her will to escape and negotiate terms, her grit and strength of character standing tall and firm. Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the villain in 1979, was menacing again as the Lord of the citadel.

The film is a mad ride, an ode to the American Western, on wheels. It’s lyrical and stylised without the pageantry, dazzling you with real action and leaving you to introspect a carefully wrapped message.

3.5/5