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

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Official Secrets (2019)

Based on a true story and an event in history which was highly unnecessary, this film speaks about the courage and bravery of one woman who took it upon herself to leak classified information.

Keira Knightley is convincing in her role as whistle-blower Katharine Gun, supported by a host of talent we have seen and admired in shows and movies; Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans.

I like to walk into a movie without knowing anything about it, which helped greatly this time. To be told about this fact unfolding as film was not only a revelation but a relief that someone tried to do something about it.

A tense and well-paced film which needs worldwide press and release.

3.5/5

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A comedy with brilliant production values which create a picture perfect old world charm and complimentary Art Deco, we witness an illustrated story book come to life.

Director Wes Anderson presents a fictitious hotel so convincingly that we hope it’s real and want to visit it some day! His main characters couldn’t be more different from each other, but their unspoken chemistry is great. Concierge Ralph Fiennes and lobby boy Tony Revolori are heroes of a story with many villains. There is love, drama, murder and deceit, but it is all done in a cartoon-like fashion, with exaggerated looks and fashion, making every situation comical.

Multi award winning and rightfully so, the film entertains with every frame’s aesthetics and tickles with its many antics and funny writing.  An ensemble cast supports and surprises with its unexpected entry and exit.

An intelligent laugh!

3.5/5