#MadMaxFuryRoad #EnglishHollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas #Rating: * * * *
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#BombayVelvet(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ #AnuragKashyap’s ambitious dream-come-true fantasy has it’s origins in New York rather than sepia toned Bombay. Transplanting a milieu alien to the unique city culture of Bombay reeks of inventiveness but doesn’t ring true in either form or content. His influences are obvious- #DickTracy #TheGodfather and many other noir styled underworld gangster thrillers but the Americanizing doesn’t help build connectedness with an audience expecting a true-blue picture of a late forties to early seventies representation of the birth of a city- even though he manages to intersperse the narrative with the mill union strikes, politician-underworld-builder nexus, and the real estate and tabloid wars significant to that era. Far too many jump cuts, tight close-ups, faulty Period detailing and intermittent incoherence create a major hurdle in the enjoyment here. All the actors look weirdly costumed and out of sorts too! Career wise this film may open the gates to big budget films for Anurag but in terms of craft, this one is way below par. #SpicePR #FoxStarStudios #FoxStarPictures #AnuragKashyap #RanbirKapoor #AnushkaSharma #KaranJohar #VijaySingh #PhantomFilms #GyanPrakash #MumbaiFables #VikramadityaMotwane #VikasBahl #SatyadeepMisra #VivaanShah #KayKayMenon #ManishChaudhary #SiddharthBasu #Remo
#Best #DannyCollins(English) Rating: * * * About an old pop star discovering the true meaning of life, this is an appealing dramedy with streaks of melodrama, some sharp dialogue, and a able cast anchored by ever lovable . It’s genteel and imminently appealing and that’s more than you can say about the movies of today.
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#Best #MadMaxFuryRoad(English/3D) Rating: * * * * This is action heaven. George Miller’s magnificently imagined dystopian, road-action spectacle has been crafted with a lot of care. Replete with hugely enjoyable extravagant action set-pieces and memorable characters , it also has a strong emotional core that builds clingy attachment. This franchise, though it picks up 30 years later, with a strong dash of feminism, hope and redemption within it’s core, is well worth the long wait. This Stunning, uniquely thrilling, richly imagined tale of a post-apocalyptic wasteland is visually and technically awesome, and guaranteed to be one of the best big-screen spectacles of the year. #TomHardy #CharlizeTheron #NicholasHoult #ZoeKraviz #AdelaideClemens #AbbeyLeeKershaw #RileyKeough #RosieHuntingtonWhiteley #GeorgeMiller #WarnerBros #AnkitAgarwal
English Film Reviews
Action lover’s Paradise!/ Paradise Regained
Film: Mad max Fury Road
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Adelaide Clemens, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Riley Keogh, Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Director: George Miller
Rating: * * * *
Runtime: 120 mins
Synopsis: Three decades after the last film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” George Miller finally returns to helm this post-apocalyptic story riddled with high octane action and captivating characters peddling indefatigable male testosterone coupled with plucky feminism and ample room for hope and redemption. Recasting the title role(once Mel Gibson’s sole preserve) with a very able bodied Tom Hardy and going for high stakes with unprecedented vehicular mayhem expounded in traditional fashion but on a level that surpasses everything that has come before(even F&F7), the 72 year old George Miller shows the current crop where and how to go with a sequel story.
Miller’s Gilliam-esque vision of a dystopian world goes one step further to the edge. Max Rockatansky( Tom Hardy) is now merely a survivor in a world filled with creatures of circumstance. He may have all the abilities of a warrior but he is defined by memories of his past sins and can do little but survive. He lives with the ghosts of those he couldn’t save ( most notably his young son) and he is now travelling on a road that goes nowhere but back into the hell hole in which he was incarcerated, bound in iron, for his universal blood type which could keep alive the dying minions of an evil lord Immortan Joe ().
Max was kidnapped, turned into a blood bag and manacled to the receiver, a feral warrior, Joe(Nicholas Hoult) whio is but a minion to Immortan Joe. The Imperator Furiosa(Charlize theron), one of Joe’s most notable warriors is leading a convoy , as per instructions of Joe, to the confiscate oil from Gastown but enroute she deviates of course and that is when the story really unfolds. Until then it’s mere action and flighty exposition. Thereafter it’s an accelerated rate of hyperactive action with the monosyllabic dialogues and evil doers who are much more voluble in their brawn than in their speech. Immortan Joe is a barely alive freak who needs a host of apparatus to survive yet when he faces his minions, he resembles a ferocious creature-one that brooks no interference with his command. He serves his evil with the help of disfigured half-beings with names like Rictus Erectus(Nathan jones) and the People Eater(John Howard).
Furiosa has taken under her protection Joe’s breeders, the beautiful women he keeps imprisoned in search of male heirs. So when she veers off course, he sends his men after her and when they are unsuccessful , he himself ventures forth. But in the melee that erupts, Max and Furiosa form an unlikely team against the numerical and arsenal enriched might of Joe and his troops. Max and Furiosa and those they seek to protect, form up a seemingly impregnable force as they hit the road to hope, freedom and possible redemption. Unfortunately for them, it takes them right back to where they sprung from. The entire narrative is busy as a bee, hitting fast clip right from the word go. There’s not a moment to stop and ponder as the caravan of unsightly quasi beings and weathered human survivors make it a fight to the finish- one that speeds up, chases, bounces, gets stuck in quagmires, skittles through deliberate rock falls, successfully runs through a majestic series of sandstorms and retaliates with equal ferociousness and gusto.
Nux has been brainwashed to believe that he will die and be reborn after sacrificing himself for a trip to Valhalla. Furiosa, is a woman who holds on to the only thing that could possibly give her hope in this violent world—the survival of the next generation which she is trying to ensure.
An accelerated frame rate, fast-clipped editing, the entirely involving pacing, sound design , music by Junkie XL, Costumes by Jenny Bevin and narrative depth are far above the commonplace. In fact the opening action sequence is one of the most breathtaking ones ever seen. And that’s just a starter. The action makes use of new age technology for back-up support only. Every action set-piece looks composed and plays out reminiscent of traditional expertise.
Theron is in fine fettle, enriching Furiosa with a bitter-sweet resignation while nurturing a faint ray of hope for a better place and a new beginning. Tom Hardy’s Max is fresh, able and memorable. In fact all the major characters here have iconic representations. Miller coaxed celebrated cinematographer John Seale to give cinematic vision to this masterpiece shot in Africa’s Namib desert. And he has done an award worthy job here. Editor Margaret Sixel, Miller’s wife also must take huge credit for the coherence with which this euphoric actioner flows out. Truly, this is a must-see for everyone- even those who shy away from action movies!