Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#ThisIsWhereILeaveYou #EnglishHollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * *

#ThisIsWhereILeaveYou #EnglishHollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * *

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#ActionJackson(Hindi) Rating: * ½  confounding illogic. Brief spurts of unbending manga-action style are submerged in a sea of nonsense. Slap-shtick, obdurate dialogues, stroppy sequencing and a topsy-turvy narrative lacking in script sense kills off any enjoyment to be had. A stiff Devgan aiming for fluidity and power while enacting dance action, looks terrible! #AjayDevgan #SonakshiSinha #PrabhuDheva #GordhanPTanwani #SunilLulla #AjhaiAcharya #ErosInternationalWorldwide #NikhilGTanwani #HimeshReshammiya #VijayArora #BabaArtsLtd #ParagDesai #UniversalCommunications
 
#SulemaniKeeda(Hindi) Rating: * * * Peddling attitude rather than substance. The content is ephemeral but the performances and dialogues come across naturally. Mildly humorous, Ironical bitter-sweet bromantic engagement - even though the script lacks solidity and bite.
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#MumbaiDelhiMumbai(Hindi) Rating: * A crass romantic comedy with undignifying performances and shabby writing. #SatishRajwade #ManuRishiChadda #ShivPandit #PiaaBajpai #Viacom18

#BhopalAPrayerForRain(English/Hindi) Rating: * * * Revisiting a terrifying human tragedy without the requisite homework. A wishy-washy tale of death and debilitating agony, this one prefers to stay on the right side of the Americans! Even so it’s a decent watch. #MartinSheen #MischaBarton #RajpalYadav #SaharaMovies #PerceptPictures #RisingStarProductions #RenukaGuptaPR #TanishtaaChatterjee #SatishKaushik
 
#ExodusGodsAndKings (English Imax 3D) Rating: * * * Visually majestic but a little stunted in it’s expansiveness. Christian Bale stars as Moses in director Ridley Scott's Biblical epic based on the Book of Exodus. Scott makes it much more realistic and believable but unfortunately that takes away from the expected fantasy experience. Doesn’t have the campy involvement that made DeMille’s ‘BenHur’ oh so memorable.   #FoxStarIndia #RidleyScott #ChristianBale #UniversalCommunications #ParagDesai #JoelEdgerton #BenKingsley #AaronPaul #JohnTorturro #IndiraVarma #MarAavalverde #GolshiftehFarahani #SigourneyWeaver
 

#ThisIsWhereILeaveYou(English) Rating: * * Shawn ‘Night at the Museum’ Levy’s  typically American, un-relatable dysfunctional family comedy that’s more tripe and snipe than humorous or engaging. Frankly Big stars don’t count when the going is so trite.  #WarnerBrosPictures #AnkitAgarwal #JasonBateman #TinaFey #AdamDriver #RoseByrne #JaneFonda #ShawnLevy #AbigailSpencer #DaxShepard #TimothyOlyphant #CoreyStoll #KathrynHahn #ConnieBritton

 
 English film review
Johnson Thomas

Dysfunctional comedy


Film: This is where I leave you
Cast: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Dax Shepard
Director: Shawn Levy


Rating: * *


Shawn‘ Night at the Museum’ Levy’s latest comedy is about a typically brash, abrasive dysfunctional family assemblage following the death of the Patriarch whose last and final request entailed the entire family to be grounded together  for seven days as a final salvo at enforcing closeness to each other and their Jewish customs. Jane Fonda, at 76, is the controlling Mom/widow who orders her children to reunite in the family home for the post death promise.


When the family eventually get together and go through the motions desired of them all they do is gripe and snipe at each other. It’s all so overdone that it begins to get extremely exasperating after a point. Disgruntled siblings and their inexplicable angst can only cover aup the flailing script to an extent.  There are  a few laugh-out-loud one-liners but as the conflicts grow more complicated the fun quotient begins to diminish. And as old grudges and flames come out of the woodwork, it’s bound to have an end result that is close to mayhem- As expected!

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