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Picks&Piques/Snippet Film reviews/30thMay2014/Johnson Thomas
Citylights(Hindi) Rating: * * * 2013 Sundance hottie, ‘Metro Manila’ repackaged with an Indian set-up and milieu- But this Hansal Mehta directed quickie doesn’t guarantee the same degree of engagement mainly because it comes across as contrived and unaffecting. The nuances and grittiness of the original are sorely missing. Music and performances are first rate though!
Kuku Mathur ki Jhand Ho Gayi(Hindi) Rating: * * Yet another Balaji attempt to tap into the humorous vein goes sour. Ever since ‘Delhi belly’ and ‘Fukrey’ filmmakers have tried to make Delhi the focus of their inveterate quirky comedies. This one tires despite new faces and director. The onset is trying and the endgame quite ludicrous. Not worth your paisa!
Raid 2(English) Rating: * * * 1/2 A testosterone inducing top-of-the-genre fight movie, designed as an assaultive massacre of the senses, this orgy of mutilation, pulverizing action and violence gives nihilism new meaning. Definitely not meant for the feint hearted!
Maleficent(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ Anjolina Jolie’s Diva-like evil fairy look adds weight to her brand as a Hollywood star but it does little for a film that gives you the point-of-view of the Wicked fairy from ‘Sleeping beauty.’ So it’s not a fairy tale as we know and like it- it’s more of a dark tale about revenge and redemption! This one could be too confusing for the little ones!
Blended(English) Rating: * * * For once Adam Sandler doesn’t go overboard with the smaltz, unpalatable riffs and bed taste. This film is a ‘blended’ romcom that holds your attention and provides the right amount of laughs throughout!
The Nut Job(English/Animation) Rating: * * ½ The character detailing and animation are first rate but the visually hurried narrative pacing and lack of genuine laughs makes it too tedious to recommend.