Johnny English started where it left off in the previous two movies. Johnny English is called upon to save the world when all other options are literally and metaphorically exhausted. London has been subject to a vicious cyber attack, the identities of several agents has been exposed ; in a plot similar to the first movie, English manages through his indomitable hunch along with his trusted aide and a fellow spy from another nation to expose the mastermind behind it but is left embarrassed when his adversary manages to evade.
English is the old school spy up against the world of smartphones, virtual reality , prefers to use his gut feeling and classical spy skills over any technology. He is shown as a teacher in a school scouting for young talent- educating them in the art of sophistication and suave. The use of Aston Martin as his trusted steed would make a Bond aficionado proud.
Through a series of goof-ups ,luck and chance, as has been seen in previous franchises, he emerges on top.
When the science fiction TV show Orville must have been conceived, the first question on everyone's mind would have been- Why do we bring another star trek – space ship based like TV show when viewers have been subjected to a plethora of Star Treks from the Original to Next Generation and the latest in Star Trek Discovery. What treatment can one give differently to a show where every method has been tried over the past five decades.
Orville despite its similarity to the iconic 'Star Trek' series has managed to keep one hooked by not treading on the obvious. The setting might be 400 years in to the future but the conversations, the characters have their own flaws. The characters are very well fleshed out and each episode though having a distinct story line has a link to the past episodes. The dialogue between characters are simple without philosophical overtones. The show tries to balance action and comedy at the same time and more than often not it has worked.
Like its predecessors, this one too silently and succinctly mocks on our inability to live sans prejudice and bias with people of varied ethnicity and race where one race regards others as inferior. They have kept the innocence of the human character while adding somber and humorous tones when needed.
It does not become heavy viewing which forces the viewers to groan on human flaws as was the franchise of the Star Trek, rather one can enjoy for 40 minutes. The TV show is not massive or imposing but it is enough to bring a new dimension and carve out its own space in an already crowded spaced world.
The character of Wonder Woman- Diana, a mythological amazonian princess was first introduced to us rather cryptically through the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Since each character be it the Marvel or DC needs to have their own story-line, one got to know her development and her past and what she is through this. When there is Greek, can there not be any mention of Zeus who is the equivalent of Jupiter in Roman Mythology while Ares- the God of War has Mars as his Roman counterpart.
Just like we have had solo movies on the Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Captain America Wolverine, Avengers X-Men and Thor to get the viewers accustomed to the origins, Wonder Woman too follows suit. The underlying message of the movie was subtle as they juxtaposed World War I with the Greek Gods and that how war irrespective of the era is followed by death, mayhem and destruction sparing none.
The background of the World Wars has been used in many movies as they have been thought to be a civilization changing eras- from Inglorious Bastards to Schindler's List , even Captain America's rise was seen through the War. In the movie X-Men Origins- the cold war becomes the dominating paradigm on which the movie is based.
In the comics, Steve Trevor and Diana met in the Second World War (1939-45); in the film, they meet in the First World War (1914-18). The change in World Wars was made because the filmmakers thought that era was more suitable: "World War 1 is the first time that civilization as we know it was finding its roots, but it's not something that we really know the history of. In this world, there are questions about women's rights, about a mechanized war where you don't see who you are killing. It's such a cool time."
This would be the second movie which talks about princes and princesses, mythology and ancient world after Thor. Chris Pine plays a pivotal role in this movie just like Natalie Portman who played a crucial supporting cast in the Thor version. Robin Wright whom most know as Claire Underwood from the House of Cards did an excellent job as Antiope.
David Thewlis known for the playing the role of Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter, has the second most crucial role here. While the first half of the movie might have seemed slow, the second half picks up pace when David Thewlis or Sir Patrick who works with the Germans to administer an armistice is later revealed as Ares and what happens between him and Diana should be left unspoiled.
Captain Jack Sparrow: A great pirate does not bother with such intricacies.
Pirates of Caribbean in its fifth installment follows a script similar to the eight installment of the Star Wars where the lead role players over a period of time who become synonymous with the specific franchise play more of a supporting role. Similar to Hans Solo, Jack Sparrow is now the supporting cast in Pirates of Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is about the younger generation and introduction of a new cast who are slated to carry the franchise forward.
POC refreshes our memory, taking us back to the 16th Century era of Pirates, British imperialism , superstitions and treasures surrounding the Oceans without which it wouldn't have worked. There are references to mythologies including the Greek god of sea- Poseidon and his trident. Kevin McNally reprises his role as the faithful Master Gibbs who initially leads a revolt against his Captain but as the plot unfolds they team up again to fight Sparrows old nemesis Salazar.
Javier Bardem who played the villain opposite to Daniel Craig has a score to settle with Sparrow , in flashbacks when he was trapped to be a ghost and only the trident of Poseidon can bring back his soul. At no point does POC disappoint, with jokes, great CGI and special appearances by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley who return as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who we learn have a son named Henry who enlists the help of Sparrow and Barbossa to help his father get free from the curse of the Black Pearl.
The character of Jack Sparrow unlike the previous ones is not the scheming, conniving we got used to who didn't care for no one but himself but rather a more subdued, fatherly figure especially to Henry Turner while keep his usual drunken self about. It was all about the underlying romance between Carina Smyth and Henry Turner. This one may not appeal to purists but in general it keeps the viewers occupied.
Synopsis- A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden
Logan, starring Hugh Jackman with supporting roles by Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen is not a typical X-MEN action packed flick but it is one about relationships and development of characters which makes the movie phenomenal, fantastic and everything that is a fitting tribute to Charles and Logan.
It might feel slow at some moments but that is exactly what the makers were looking for- character development and emotional empowerment in one Oscar- worthy performance by Hugh Jackman
There are no flashbacks, no reminisces about his past life. There is an effort to get away from that part of his life for Logan. In the initial part of the movie, one sees Logan trying to be normal, away from his wolverine alter ego. He is a cab driver who earns for a living helping his former mentor and the now ailing Charles. Both Logan and Charles , now old and weakened live on the outskirts of the city . While the entire focus was supposed to be on 'Logan', one can but appreciate Charles' (Patrick Stewart) role who is no more the Professor X who could persuade people to join the good side.
In fact, this wasn't about X-men or their missions and their alter egos but the characters actually being themselves. The writers, directors have done well not to have any connection with past experiences or regrets. There is also Laura, played by Dafne Keen whose apperance does seem to change the plot of the movie. As one knows, Logan became Wolverine when as a part of a secret project, his body was lined with metal which made him immune to bullets and self healing.The apperance of Laura is a mysterious one, who we later learn is Logan's daughter and is looking for a safe haven (THE EDEN) with her friends. There are instances where Logan dispels the X-Men as no more than selfish and mythical characters.
This movie is all about emotions, character driven, relationships, the one between Laura and Logan and how Logan's usually stoic self melts when he sees the video about children being transformed into mutants. The violence in the movie is muffled and comes only when called for(helps the story to propel at the right points) but is secondary to all other aspects in the film. Yes, the Wolverine hacks, claws with heads being ripped off, guts flying all over.
One gets emotional when the character of Charles is killed, indicating Stewart's parting with the series and how the teary eyed Logan gets on losing his mentor as the audience also would get involved
The final act of the movie is where it all comes together. We see Logan being taken care of by Laura and her friends, how he continues to fight and brings out his most aggressive self when fending off the bad ones. It is a fitting tribute to a character who never really was a superhero in the conventional sense, one who never really felt part of the X-Men but continued his journey with them nevertheless. One never sees this character shed tear, show any regret throughout the entire franchise.
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The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness
Synopsis- Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
What do 'The Man from Uncle', Get Smart, Star Trek , Mission Impossible,
Hawaii Five-0, James Bond and, The Knight Rider and the A-Team have in common? They all came in the between the 60s and the 80s and become such classics that they were further inspired into Movies and TV Shows. They are in every way the harbinger of its modern remake
Independence Day: Resurgence continues from where Independence Day (1996) left,
the Earth fighting an alien race far superior in technology and fighting prowess.
After he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction
James McAvoy-Professor X/Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender- Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence- Raven/Mystique
Nicholas Hault- Hank McCoy/Beast
Tye Sheridan- Scott Summers/Cyclops
Sophie Turner- Jean Grey
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto respectively in the 8th installment named X-Men Apocalypse and one gets to know more about their relationship and respect for the other. Only Professor X and Magneto call each other by their real names as Charles and Eric respectively.
This is the third movie in the re-time-lined X-men universe, following on from First Class and Days of Future Past.
The events for this movie take place in 1983, after the incidents of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The X-Men follows the reverse story as in the first three installments we see the events where the elder versions of Professor X and Magneto was played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, also the older Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Storm and we come to know why did Storm or Oruro Munroe have white hair.
End of the world seems to be a phenomenon that has struck a raw nerve with most directors, one saw a glimpse of during Batman vs Superman, where the eccentric Lex Luthor creates a doomsday monster and here we the concept of Apocalypse, now personified as the worlds first mutant, who wants to cleanse mankind and create a new world order
Whenever we say Magneto, Ian McKellen will be recalled first more than Michael Fassbender, who will also be remembered for his role of the affable Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings franchise and as always Patrick Stewart before he was Professor X, had made himself known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Trek: The Next Generation. As of now since the events are of how the world become aware of and accepted the mutants, going into the past become necessary that is why we see James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Charles Xavier and Eric.
Bryan Singer has done an excellent job on the all the 8 installments, with flashbacks and cuts and adding the story line of how the likes of Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops became one with the Professor was important in the context of their backgrounds. The relationship of Jean Grey and Charles Xavier becomes more clear and how the two complement each other and can be antithetical to the other. Sophie Turner, from the Game of Thrones series reprises the role of Jean Grey.
Jennifer Lawrence continues to mark her presence with her character of Raven/Mystique and provides strong support to Charles and Eric.
Wolverine /Logan was captured in the previous story but here he was only given a glimpse of as after being freed by Jean and is an indication that he may no longer work with the franchise just as Harrison Ford or rather his character Hans Solo is killed during the fight with his estranged son, another clear indication.
There are few comic relief moments during the course of the story, as we come to know that Magneto had a son he forgot about who has the power to slow down things just like Charles has the power to erase memories and stop time or go backward or forward.
Bryan Singer has called this film "kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters" and the "true birth of the X-Men".
According to Simon Kinberg, this will be the final film in the First Class story arc, which also consisted of X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Kinberg calls this film the culmination of Xavier and Lensherr's relationship: "First Class was about Erik becoming empowered, the origin story of a man's power. Days of Future Past was about Charles becoming empowered, a guy who is a mess but masterminds the end of a massive event. This film has them both at their peak and finally going at each other!"
Stan Lee as always makes a special apperance, one previously saw him in Ant-Man, Captain America : Civil War and others.
By Aditya Sharma
Cast- Neel Sethi as ‘Mowgli’, Ben Kingsley as ‘Bagheera’, Bill Murray as ‘Baloo’, Idris Elba as ‘Shere Khan’ and Scarlett Johansson as ‘Kaa’, Christopher Walken as ‘King Louie’
Directed by Jon Favreau
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is equal to Panchatantra tales in using animals as characters who teach us moral lessons and how a Bear, Panther, Wolves, Elephants all live together in peace and harmony and stand united against the adversarial force, the Tiger, why cant we humans who are supposed to be the intelligent being live together breaking all barriers of caste, creed, gender etc.
Published on 31st January 2016
In the 1960s, arrived a character that took the spy world by storm and changed the way we look at technology. This character was Agent 007, part of the British Secret Service, a brainchild of Ian Fleming, James Bond so beautifully portrayed by Sean Connery.
Imagine if Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stan Lee, Donald P.Bellasario, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, all put their heads together to make a TV or a Movie production, wouldn’t it form one lethal combination of brains. Yes it would, for there would be no better and potent combination than this in the world of art. One should not forget dramatists like Shakespeare, Shelly, Keats, Yeats, Kabir, and Marlowe along with Homer and other dramatists, poets and philosophers like Aristotle, Plato and Socrates.
22 November 2015
Life comes to a full circle for Mr. Bond as he faces his most potent threat in the form of the Organisation called ‘ Spectre’ where all his past nemesis emerged from and he comes face to face with the one Blofeld who started it all. Just as Ethan Hunt, comes across Solomon Lane who has a score to settle.
Daniel Craig as ' James Bond' in Spectre will join Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) from The Man From Uncle, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) from 'Mission Impossible' as the top spies of 2015.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.