Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

It may seem long on paper, but 242 minutes divided into parts, with superb cinematography and interesting story make the film a fun watch.

The super heroes have the advantage of their rich back stories but still provide little glimpses for the audiences’ sake. They come together slowly and work together wonderfully.

There’s plenty to keep you hooked and look forward to. Watch it for an unforgettable cinematic experience and expect the unexpected!

4/5

Now you see me 2 (2016)

Jon M. Chu directs the second instalment of Now you see me, a film that held appeal in its first part and tried to up the ante in the second.

The attempt wasn’t entirely unsuccessful, with the original cast up to its usual shenanigans. It was joined by some new members and a surprisingly convincing Daniel Radcliffe, as a ‘man-child’ villain. His father is another surprise. They are caricature antagonists, not to be taken seriously but enough to move the plot along.

The proceedings aren’t entirely predictable, but could have been more funny and edgy. The end result was a satisfactory film with enough twists and turns which led to a goofy climax.

2.5/5

Batman vs. Superman : Dawn of Justice (2016)

The story of 3 orphans turns into a series of disjointed scenes and effects, making the proceedings boring and stretched.

The story was set up to lead to a battle, and developing an annoying parallel negative character, who we could not take seriously. The biggest flaw in the film was the lack of tension and presence of a believable agenda.

Director Zack Snyder presents an empty movie with a few scenes that leave a mark, leaving a disconnected and frustrated audience to endure a senseless fight.

The only ‘justice’ served was that the film finally ended.

1/5

Rio 2 (2014)

We are back in the world of Blu, Jewel, Linda and the gang, where they travel from Rio to the Amazon. While the earlier story was told from a singular point of view, this one was about the entire species and of course, the in-laws (always a funny subject!).

The ‘other’ love story that happens on the side is highly unlikely and perhaps provides more entertainment than the domesticated Gunderson family. Andy Garcia as the father-in-law, Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi, Bruno Mars as Roberto and Philip Lawrence as Felipe add more to the already talented cast.

It has more colour, resonance to current issues, family values, the whole animated experience.

Watch if you are a ‘Rio’ fan.

3/5

Now You See Me

Magic is deception, we trust the magician and believe the trick. This film shows the skills of 4 illusionists and others entwined in their story. High production value scenes packed with crowds and spectacles, interspersed with a FBI/Interpol agent chase give it a fairly fast pace. The acts leave you wondering ‘how??’ and thankfully, you are given answers. Soon the plot takes on a ‘whodunnit’ angle and you are left guessing. The end was not predictable, but a bit of a downer. Probably one scene less and the punch would be just right.

3/5