Soul (2020)

One of the most profound animated films I have seen, it deals with concepts which will be too complex for children to understand, but it gives a simple message, loud and clear, for everyone to be inspired by.

Excellent voices, concepts and two very unique central characters and opposing points of view make this a very moving and heart warming watch.

Highly recommended!

4/5

The Lion King (2019)

It was such a delight to see this classic come back to life on the big screen after 1994, using technology to its fullest to give us a vivid viewing experience.

Directed by Jon Favreau, it is a photorealistic computer animated musical film which has altered certain characters and retained the famed James Earl Jones as Mufasa for this retelling.

I enjoyed the complex graphics and glimpses from the original, while giving us the details and landscapes which make it real beyond belief. The music stirs the nostalgia while adding its own contemporary flavour.

The overall effect was heartwarming and enjoyable, an offering for the current generation while reminding previous ones that a classic will always remain alive.

3.5/5

Aladdin (2019)

Disney’s motion picture directed by Guy Ritchie, is a fun light watch, with musical nostalgia from the original animated version.

Will Smith as the genie creates his own magic and comedy, whilst the leads Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott sing well. Nasim Pedrad as the handmaiden leaves a mark with her timing, whereas Marwan Kenzari as Jaffar and Navid Negahban as the Sultan lend able support.

The film has great production qualities and brings back many memories from the 1992 original.

2.5/5

The Jungle Book (2016)

Jon Favreau is a magician who weaves a tale which is rich beyond measure! He achieves aesthetic brilliance and sensory perfection with the characters that are so beloved in India and all over the world.

The story of Mowgli and his friends is told with convincing reality, so much so that it enthrals children and adults alike. The talented voices of Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o are perfect, creating feelings of tension, fear, security, adventure, trance, belonging and freedom!

Young actor Neel Sethi makes a confident debut amongst the live action / CGI reimagining, which leaves you spell bound. It is as real as it can be, capturing the grace of the animal world, where their love is equal, if not more, than what humans have for their families and friends.

A tale told with precision and dedication, it is a treat for all our senses!

4/5

Inside Out (2015)

An animated movie for grown ups, this feels like a psychology 101 class packaged as a feature film. How our emotions control our actions is shown in a simplified way. The catch is our perception of the various emotions.

We may not want to feel a certain way, and many times the voices in our head seem to argue on the way forward. Here we get to see them, and it perhaps puts things in perspective about how to control them, and combine them, for our best.

This time the kids can accompany the adults! We were busy processing it while the content clearly went over the heads of most children.

An enlightening watch.

3/5

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

A complicated plot and mythological style shield warfare made the movie tedious, entertaining and laughable. I guess the audience had to just identify ‘good guy bad guy’ and relax into watching the events unfold.

The action sequences were brilliantly shot, as were the special effects, which have become standard in Hollywood. Made on a budget of 170 million USD, its already grossed over 300 million USD in its OPENING WEEKEND!

Watch it for the stunts, CGI and scale of weaponry. You have been warned about mindless anarchy, a predictable whodunit and some ‘kuch bhi’ (anything goes) scenes.

2/5