No time to die (2021)

A long and effective film, with sublime action sequences, sweeping cinematography and a fitting farewell to Daniel Craig.

Rami Malek plays the foreboding villain well, I just wish he had more screen time. The franchise steps out of its usual mould and takes on a fuller, more wholesome approach.

The supporting cast has a great range, leaving an impact even in a limited number of scenes or shots. Watch it for the locales and the stunts which keep you entertained throughout.

3.5/5

Moonlight (2016)

Director Barry Jenkins presents a stifling tale of courage and despair in this simple film. The movie chronicles the life of a boy names Chiron in 3 stages, and the characters that torment him and keep him sane.

Performances are outstanding, especially for the young Alex Hibbert and teenage Ashton Sanders who play the suppressed child and teen with multiple issues so well. The adult Trevante Rhodes continues the streak, hiding his demons behind physical strength.

Chiron’s mother, Naomie Harris creates a lasting impact in many scenes, whilst Mahershala Ali strikes a balance between a kind stranger and a close well wisher.

The pace of the film is slow, building gradually using difficult circumstances and situations. It culminates appropriately leaving the viewer heavy at the lives they have witnessed.

A small film with a big heart.

3/5

Collateral Beauty (2016)

Love, Death and Time. One is how we live life, one is how we end it, and one is how we measure it. The movie takes a point of view on all three, through the eyes of the eight stellar cast.

David Frankel directs an interesting concept, the story uses philosophy merged with a capitalist agenda to heal and influence the mourning Will Smith. While parts of it are predictable, the awe quotient is kept high in intermediate revelations.

Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley are top notch, getting able support from Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Jacob Latimore and Naomi Harris. Will Smith expresses and emotes mostly without dialogue in an intensely helpless performance.

While we try and help someone, the universe cleverly helps us too. While we heal someone, part of us heals as well. Such concepts are beautifully portrayed amongst other difficult ones, making it a fulfilling watch.

3/5

Spectre (2015)

A Bored Bond combined with slick Indian censorship results in a series of scenes sewn together for our benefit.

To give director Sam Mendes his due, he has handled the various modes of transport with some remarkable action, but there is no tension.

A lack of adrenaline is precisely what this film suffers from, and it seems Daniel Craig’s apathy towards a character that gave him so much, weakens it further. Bond Girl Lea Seydoux is a combinations of beauty, brains and brawn and puts a little sparkle into the fading Bond.

We miss Judi Dench as ’M’, though Ralph Fiennes does an ok job minus the wit. Monica Bellucci makes a cameo while not so menacing villain Christoph Waltz tries to terrorise but fails.

Ben Whishaw as ‘Q’, Naomie Harris, Andrew Scott provide able support and Dave Bautista leaves an ‘impact’ without saying much.

One of the weaker films and a let down after Skyfall. Points for action and locales, not traditional Bond espionage and spy thrills.

2/5