Kong: Skull Island (2017)

One film old director Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts gives us a Kong which surprisingly walks the fine line between gigantic beast and protective king very well.

The Vietnam war is the backdrop, and America was doing what it does best – meddling. We have a Benetton crew go to skull island as the only unchartered part left of the planet and voila, there’s Kong!

Kong has a personality, and a back story! He’s not just a menacing entity, causing destruction, but a species in his natural habitat, protecting the natives. Unsolicited violence begets more violence, which unleashes the species Kong is keeping in check.

The beauty of the film is its pristine setting, gorgeous mountains, lakes and landscapes. Not only does Kong look like he’s at home, he doesn’t seem scary. He has a lovely moment with the humans, far more to write home about compared to his 2005 unrequited romance.

The end is thrilling, the pace of the film is fast with enough time to absorb the inhabitants of the island and the survival game. The ensemble cast is perfect.

A fun pre-summer blockbuster which is a roaring success already!

3/5

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Sing (2016)

A stellar talented cast, comprising Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson, this film is filled with a spectrum of emotions, celebrating music and voice!

Expect the unexpected! What can go wrong will go wrong! When you hit rock bottom the only way is up! Never underestimate anybody! Many such life lessons are presented in this film which has a mature approach to an animated story.

Adults and children will enjoy this film for it’s comedy, life philosophy, unpredictability and spirit of oneness and friendship.

A great way to start the year!

3.5/5

Wreck it Ralph (2012)

Was sitting on this Oscar nominee film for a while, and a few minutes into it I wondered why did I wait so long to watch it. What a brilliant concept!

Tapping into the recesses of our childhood memories, it brings the excitement of arcade games back to life. Our favourite 1 dimensional players have personalities, aspirations, problems and many have an identity crisis!

The seamless way we are shown the many ‘environments’ which have their own rules, the arcade existence which has its own parameters, the sound quality, pixilation and above all the vision of director Rich Moore is fantastic.

Was a nice glimpse into ‘the world within a world’, and any film that can successfully create that and engage you in it is a winner!

Marrying animation and the gaming environment, fix a date with this one!

3.5/5