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Caught up with a lot of movies...

ABCD - 3/5
This movie turned out to be pretty good, better than I thought it would be.  The writing could have been better; some of the subplots didn't make sense or were written off without sensible resolutions.  I enjoyed seeing so many dancers from DID!  It helped that none of their characters required much from them as far as acting goes; it was mostly about the dance and they did that very well.  Prabhu Deva was a little awkward, but his solo was one of the best dance pieces in the film. 
Something that surprised me was the music.  When the soundtrack released, I didn't particularly like any of the songs.  However, all of the songs fit really well during the film.  A few were unnecessary but every song was appropriate for the situation and looked great with the dancing.

Mere Dad Ki Maruti - 3/5
Fun movie!  Lots of it was nonsensical, but it was still enjoyable.  I had issues with the usage of slang, because I did not understand a lot of it.  The film might have been better for me if I could understand what they were saying, but I appreciate that they were staying true to their setting.  The songs were unnecessary, but Hip Hip Hurrah was hilarious!  Saaqib is very cute, and that's about all that I remember about him; Rhea needs a lot of help, they could have picked someone better for character; the rest of the supporting cast was great, and I liked that Ram Kapoor went for a character that would be a little older than him.

I really liked seeing that YRF and UTV (with ABCD) gave these films good treatment, despite their smaller scales.  I would like to see more of such films.  Not every film has to be a massive big budget masala entertainer with superstars of all fields crammed in.  Considering how those films are generally not much better in content than small films, I would much prefer to see the earnest offerings of newcomers / less famous artists (including writers, composers etc).

Go Goa Gone - 3.5/5
I read a lot about how this didn't live up to expectations, but it was hilarious!  What I loved most was that it was straight to the point; they called it a zombie comedy and it was just that.  They did not deviate too far into subplots about love interests or deep friendship.  It was all kept comical and that is something I have found missing from recent comedies.  I don't like the whole zombie craze, but they kept it funny.  The scene where the three guys have their first fight with the zombies had me laughing way too hard.  The performances of the trio of friends were excellent, they were easy to understand and delivered the jokes well; Saif had great screen presence as Boris; Puja Gupta was surprisingly tolerable and good enough for what she had to do.  I thought Khushamdeed was unncessary, but the other three songs fit perfectly with the film.  The zombie crew deserves appreciation, the scale of it and make up were really cool.

Chennai Express - 2.5/5
It was like every other Rohit Shetty movie, but with SRK.  Some portions were undoubtedly funny, and they should have stuck with the comedy.  Most of the comedy was in the dialogues, and with all the Tamil they lost out on time for more funny moments.  I understood that we were supposed to feel confused like Rahul, but it really felt like wasted time in the narrative.  The drama and romance and action were too much and the film felt like a mess to me.  I hate hate hate maar-dhaar action wale climaxes.  I don't think the masala genre is for me.  LOL
As far as performances go, SRK was over the top and hammy.  Deepika has shown a lot of improvement and was a relief from SRK, but there were some scenes where I was hoping for more from her.  Also, it annoys me how much she fills her eyebrows, and that is one of those little things that I just can't look past, as irrational as it is. 

Raanjhanaa - 4.5/5
Loved it!  It has been quite a while since a film touched me so much, especially in the romance genre.  It sucked me in and I left behind any cynicism and believed everything.  I am actually amazed by how much I loved it.
I didn't have problems with the stalking or wrist-slashing; not all films have to be a PSA about what is right or wrong, and given the situations and story it looked realistic.  The only angles that I didn't like/understand were near the end:  the deal with the politician and Zoya's confession.  I feel like there could have been a better and more plausible way for Zoya to get her revenge.
Dhanush was beyond words.  From the beginning to the end he was Kundan through and through.  After a very long time, his performance made me believe and experience the love shown.  I can't even pick a best scene because he was so good in all of it.  Swara and Mohammed were just as convincing as Bindiya and Murari, and I liked both of the characters as well.  Sonam was the weakest link in the cast; she has shown a lot of improvement, but she could have given so much more dimension to Zoya, who I don't think was supposed to be stoic.
I loved the soundtrack before I saw the film, and this was finally a film where the music didn't seem unnecessary, and it didn't just fit in, it elevated the film to another level.  The songs were used as part of the story and carried forward a lot of moments without any dialogue, which probably should be the point of songs.  At the beginning of the film, Tum Tak was beautiful and sounded like a celebration of love; at the end, Tum Tak was almost haunting as an expression of Kundan's devotion.

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Kick Ass 2

 

Kick Ass was a surprisingly brilliant movie. I had not read the comic strips, so I didn't know what to expect. An anti-superhero movie at some level seemed a bit lame and ridiculous. I saw the movie and it was brutal, filthy, violent, crude, foul, shocking, graphic, adult and even revolting at times. But it was such an ironic, sarcastic, sharp and humorously intelligent take on an age old concept.

 

The sequel Kick Ass 2 takes previous film and kicks it up a serious notch. What is beautiful about Kick Ass 2 is that it adds depth to the characters. Mindy Macready (Hit girl) trying to live a normal life is a treat in character exploration. Similarly Dave Lizewski's (Kick Ass) desire to be a proper hero just adds layers to his character. The chemistry between Kick Ass and Hit Girl is also subtle and very well done. It introduces a plethora of other characters in the Justice Forever League (the good guys) and the cronies hired by The Motherf**ker (the first real super villain).

 

Like all sequels, this sequel does fall short of high expectations on some levels. The highlight of Kick Ass was Hit Girl. Her crude dialogue and bad ass fighting made the film. While Hit Girl's character gets well developed and we see new layers, the movie seriously lacks the classic Hit Girl violence that makes the film. Also a fifteen year old using foul language, isn't as impactful as an eleven year old doing so.

 

Chloe Grace Moretz. That girl is divine. I cannot imagine this franchise without her. When it comes to superheroes people have fun with Iron Man. The gritty enigma of the new Superman has charmed audiences. And everyone simply raves about Chris Nolan's dark, mystical Batman. But all superheroes  put together they have nothing on Hit-Girl. Not even Christian Bale's Batman. Hit-Girl is just that awesome.

 

This is a violent film, with crude language. Not everyone will enjoy it. And I strongly caution kids watching it to understand the characters and not just be enamored by the glorified, larger than life violence. However, a must see film.

 

8.25/10

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Raanjhanaa - 4.5/5
Loved it!  It has been quite a while since a film touched me so much, especially in the romance genre.  It sucked me in and I left behind any cynicism and believed everything.  I am actually amazed by how much I loved it.
I didn't have problems with the stalking or wrist-slashing; not all films have to be a PSA about what is right or wrong, and given the situations and story it looked realistic.  The only angles that I didn't like/understand were near the end:  the deal with the politician and Zoya's confession.  I feel like there could have been a better and more plausible way for Zoya to get her revenge.
Dhanush was beyond words.  From the beginning to the end he was Kundan through and through.  After a very long time, his performance made me believe and experience the love shown.  I can't even pick a best scene because he was so good in all of it.  Swara and Mohammed were just as convincing as Bindiya and Murari, and I liked both of the characters as well.  Sonam was the weakest link in the cast; she has shown a lot of improvement, but she could have given so much more dimension to Zoya, who I don't think was supposed to be stoic.
I loved the soundtrack before I saw the film, and this was finally a film where the music didn't seem unnecessary, and it didn't just fit in, it elevated the film to another level.  The songs were used as part of the story and carried forward a lot of moments without any dialogue, which probably should be the point of songs.  At the beginning of the film, Tum Tak was beautiful and sounded like a celebration of love; at the end, Tum Tak was almost haunting as an expression of Kundan's devotion.

wow very well said..
i agree d most wid u about the usage of d songs in d film.. d songs seem like a bliss esp tum tak and Ranjhanaa, when they give u a Kundanish feeling nd touch to them.. 
tumtak was like his devotion nd then aftr d leap when Raanjhanaa played on, i felt d surrender Kundan has for zoya.. nd 2 add upto that Dhanush had danced so effortlessly..
words fall short when i want to praise him.. simply beyond words as u said.


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Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham DeadOuch

WORST MOVIE EVERR!!

I have seen films that bored me to death. I have seen films that made me angry with sheer stupidity. I have seen films that left me utterly confused. K3G 1.) bored me to death 2.) made me angry with sheer stupidity 3.) left me utterly confused PLUS 4.) made me hate Karan Johar and Jaya Bachchan. Why did I watch it then? Because it sadly is one of the most famous films of the past decade and even more sadly it is hugely popular. I can positively say that the films Ive seen so far and hated had at least one redeeming quality to them. But this has NOTHING, nothing at ALL!!! The story itself is not bad, though not the most exciting or original ever (that wouldnt bother me one bit). The script though is TERRIBLE, performances bellow average at their best and direction shows a lazy approach with one aim only ' to make a hit film. Not a film for someone. Film for money! That is what makes Karan Johar stand out among other directors. His unashamed hunger for commercial success. And he will use anything to get it. I dont even know where to start with all the bashing of this waste of celluloid!
Amitabh Bachchan plays an elderly father of a family, that consists of his wife (Jaya Bachchan) and two sons, adopted Rahul (yeah yeah... Shahrukh and who else. They run out of names for him a long time ago) and their own Rohan (some fat kiddo, then Hrithik Roshan). They are a PERFECT family. And I mean PERFECT (aka they have larger than life photos of themselves everywhere, including one really freaky family portrait). They love each other, they celebrate Diwalis in STYLE and they are DISGUSTINGLY rich. Their house was apparently imported from England and used to be a castle. They dont usually use cars (those are apparently for poor), they prefer helicopters, and they have a garden of a size of central China. But then Rahul falls in love with a poor girl Anjali (Kajol). BOOM BOOM BOOM!!! Thunder strikes and it signifies Amitabh Bachchan is not amused. After Rahul hears out some abuses on the adress of a girl he loves, he does what every perfect son would ' he begs on his knees for forgiveness. But duh! Anjali just lost her father. And so instead of dumping her Rahul marries her. BOOM BOOM BOOM!!! Amitabh Bachchan is like seriously pissed. So he says that from now on Rahul should get out. And Rahul goes. And because obviously India is way too small, he settles down in London. There his wife gets birth to a son and next ten years spends with xenophobic ranting against everything even remotely English. With them lives also Anjalis younger sister Pooja (Kareena Kapoor), who grows up into a Paris Hilton-ish airhead and with her equally stupid friends rules the college. But then her heart is stricken with love as soon as a MUSCULAR guy gets out of his fancy red car. YEAH! Rohan, Rahuls younger brother, lost the baby fat (but he still cannot do his shoe-laces) and now he set out to unite his family. And the best way to do so is to pretend you are a complete stranger and sneak into Rahuls home. Wah Wah. Kya planning hai! By this time I was really thinking about killing myself and only finished the film because I found fascinating how BAD it actually was.
Karan Johar says that 'It is all about loving your parents", but the film says that it is all about endless whining, weeping, sobbing, crying and being miserable. They are still talking about how they love each other, but NOBODY does ANYTHING to show that love. No. They prefer to call you a disgrace (Amitabh), sulk in London for ten years (Shahrukh), emotionally blackmail everyone (Hrithik) or bulging eyes while silently crying (Jaya). There is absolutely no love going on on the screen. You cannot feel any emotions. All the actors are like in their own vacuum, where they act, and they just happen to be in one frame together. There is nothing that could be called an interaction. Amitabh is highly unlikable as a stubborn aging father who loves his authority more than his family. Jaya Bachchan getting an award (I can't believe Tabu and Madhuri lost supporting actress award to Jaya for this cringeworthy role) for looking retarded most of the time is an insult. Shahrukh Khan is looking unforgivably sexy, but is so clean and sweet and perfect that even he was a sore to look at after all that whining! Kajol, whom I finally started to like more than just tolerating her presence on screen, is made to behave like a drunken twit (I shall never forgive Karan for this). And since I am among the minority who does not really see what is THAT special about them, their jodi does not save anything for me. Rani is decent and wasted and forgettable. Hrithik is a goody goody with muscles and thats where it ends. Kareena had no importance in the story at all except that she had to act like a bimbo which she did amazingly. 

Music, except for two songs, is very average. And there is one more thing about Karan Johars films: the main theme shall repeat again...and again... and again... until you feel like kicking into something every time it appears. I had the same problem with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai main theme. And when they inserted it into this film too, it just couldnt get any worse... I usually dont mind mentions of other films and such, but here Karan was celebrating his own film, and that is cringeworthy to say the least. The visuals are terrible. When Yash Chopra makes an imaginary, utopistic clean world for his characters to live in, it is all just a background for feelings and there is honesty in his films. Karan Johar overwhelms you (and makes you practically sick) with the sheer opulence, that is kind of falling on you and you suffocate under it. The visuals are MEANT to overwhelm you. They are not a part of the story at all (as it is the case with Bhansalis films). They are simply there and make you uneasy. And when a choir of English kids starts singing Indian anthemn, the patriotism is so forced down your throat its hard not to be almost physically sick. And just in case you are not moved enough, they will show you a disabled girl smiling happily during that.

Not moving, not appealing, not honest, not even cheesy. A cringeworthy documentary on "How to weep annoyingly and steadily"

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Kabhi Khushi Kabhi gham was an epic film in-itself... It has been decade since I am still love with film! Its definitelt over the top with all drama and stilll I will never get bored!
 
Quite suprising you didnt like it!

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