Spider-Man : No Way Home (2021)

Warning: spoilers ahead

I really enjoyed the film, mostly because of the way it was written and weaved in past villains and spidermen. I loved the social commentary of heal/cure vs. kill. I felt it relevant to the covid world we live in and how much we continue struggle with it.

The acting is decent across the board, with a few light and emotional moments to pepper the action scenes and top quality special effects. The result: a well fleshed out plot with enough bang for your buck.

Comfortable seating or an IMAX experience would be great for it. It is a refreshing exploration of the multiverse and leaves many avenues open and doors to knock on for future franchises.

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

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

Chef (2014)

You want flavours? You got ‘em. This ensemble cast whips up a recipe which will make you chase your passion and turn you into a social networking pro! A tale about career, family, friends and all the awkward moments in between!

Written and directed by main lead Jon Favreau, who plays the creatively charged chef ‘Carl Casper’, he has a cast that include the talents of Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt and Russell Peters!

Their varied and distinct portrayals of real but kooky characters make this food truck journey all the more sumptuous. An ‘R-rated’ dish, it is served straight from the heart and has captured food preparation so well, that a vegetarian like me thought that the meat looked appetizing!

Tasty and recommended hot!

3.5/5

The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)

Excessive, shocking, loud, crass, filthy rich, mind numbing, sense dumbing are the words that come to mind when I think of this film. I wanted to check into rehab after it, that’s how abusive it was, along with its 3 hour length.

Martin Scorcese is such a crafty story teller, that not only has he captured the essence of the story and era, but he makes you feel it with all your senses. The end result may not be entertainment, or a film where you enjoyed every scene, but EVERYONE will take one, or more scene(s) home with them.

Leonardo Di Caprio has done a variety of roles in the past, but this one surely stands out as one of his best. Exceptionally unpredictable, he does with ease what we couldn’t even imagine as a fantasy for ourselves. Other actors lend able support as the many elements in his life, ranging from crazy and eccentric to the loyal girl next door.

There were many scenes that were censored, but there was enough to let you guess what you missed, mostly because of their graphic nature. One very erotic scene was surprisingly not cut, as it was important to the story.

Watch it only if you can see it for what it is, a real story which is as far removed from reality as possible. I could not digest the fact that this is not fiction 🙂

3/5