Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

Filled with profanity, slick editing, great action and amazing stunts, this film is full of laughs and a fun background score.

You have all the ingredients: con woman, hit man, bodyguard, villain, evil plan, the cops and some surprises along the way.

What you don’t have is any expectation on what will happen next, which results in a crazy ride!

Watch Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman in very different avatars!

3.5/5

Glass (2019)

Unbreakable and Split have a conclusion that you can digest but not fathom.

Why James McAvoy hasn’t won more awards for Split is questionable, but it’s this act that should definitely get some recognition for his outstanding performance.

Bruce Willis is in good form, playing a character that requires less words and more body language. Samuel L. Jackson employs his gifts of brain over brawn to lead us to a climax that stayed away from formula. It was pure genius in the way it tied up with comic books, which largely dominate movie production and consumption these days.

In signature M. Night Shyamalan style, there were many twists and turns, and more than one cliffhanger.

Thoroughly captivating and enjoyable!

3.5/5

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

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

David Yates turns an age old story into an interesting film with gripping drama and action. Not self indulgent at any point, it engages by weaving in the truth with natural aesthetics.

Alexander Skarsgard is perfect as Tarzan. Tall and lean with strong shoulders, he doesn’t appear like a ‘steroid’ body. He moves with the agility and grace of an animal and has the same intensity in his eyes, as his fellows in the jungle. His poise, gait and quiet confidence make him a delight to watch.

Equally matched in every way is Jane, played by Margot Robbie. Not a damsel in distress and well versed with the natural world, she is at home with the tribe and it’s beautiful traditions. A survivor and believer, she faces many odds.

Samuel L. Jackson represents the ally in America, but also a history of the oppressed. He sticks by his friends’ side and lightens the mood for all of us while doing so. Christoph Waltz is once again a merciless and ambitious character, who represents the villain of exploitation and slavery.

A social commentary at its deepest level, with sweeping cinematography and some eloquent visuals, this film was a treat.

3.5/5

Avengers : Age of Ultron (2015)

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the film uses its length to tell you how close it can get to a video game but stay in the realm of a film.

The forced humour doesn’t save the ensemble cast who just don’t have synergy this time round. They are facing an enemy with great odds and introduce challenges and complications in a ‘by the by’ manner. There is no tension, drama, urgency or good old fashioned excitement.

The resolution and turn of events is an unceremonious as the obstacle. End result? Glad it’s over and could have spent time watching or doing something else. Points for a scene between Iron Man and the Hulk and a few frames which are slick. The rest makes Vin Diesel look good.

It’s flat, long and blah. No fun.

1.5/5

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

A complicated plot and mythological style shield warfare made the movie tedious, entertaining and laughable. I guess the audience had to just identify ‘good guy bad guy’ and relax into watching the events unfold.

The action sequences were brilliantly shot, as were the special effects, which have become standard in Hollywood. Made on a budget of 170 million USD, its already grossed over 300 million USD in its OPENING WEEKEND!

Watch it for the stunts, CGI and scale of weaponry. You have been warned about mindless anarchy, a predictable whodunit and some ‘kuch bhi’ (anything goes) scenes.

2/5

Oldboy (2013)

Based on a Korean film, this is a twisted tale of vengeance. The term ‘slow poison’ takes on a new meaning when a man is locked up in solitary confinement for 20 years. He is released by his captor on a bizarre quest to find out why he was punished in the first place.

The warped ways in which the human mind can plot a revenge, in the most disgusting manner, is the crux of the film. While the violence is gory and brutal, the mind games and final plot revelation are the true horrors.

Watch if you enjoy this particular genre, it disturbed me more than it entertained.

2/5