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TheHangoverPartII

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper
                      
Ed Helms
                      
Zach Galifianakis

It’s been two years when the wolfpack made a escapade in Las Vegas. This time the action is on the “Land of the Free” – Thailand.

Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are traveling to Thailand to celebrate Stu’s wedding to his fiancée, Lauren (Jamie Chung). Much to Alan’s dismay, they are joined by Lauren’s younger brother, Teddy (Mason Lee).

 

Before coming to Thailand, Stu made it clear that they are not having a bachelor’s party. On reaching Thailand, Stu’s father-in-law shows his grudge against the marriage and more particularly his hatred towards Stu by raising a toast and giving a satire speech. After the party, Phil invites the Boy’s gang for a beach side booze and schmooze get together.

The next morning story takes a hideous turn when Stu, Phil and Alan woke in a cheap hotel room in Bangkok accompanied by a monkey and Chow, the gansta and missing Teddy. The Hangover start again and the wolfpack found itself on a journey to find Teddy and to figure out what happened to them the last night.

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Direction: In one word – Superb.

Acting: It’s not easy to portray a common man desperation and frustration but the trio makes it easy. Each contribute fully for their part to make the hangover really the worst they ever had. But…there is a big BUT this time. It is not funny this time. There are moments, yes but they can be easily counted on fingers. The innocence in Allan is missing. He is no more irritating the way he used to be. I couldn’t feel the connection to the occasional laughter. Stu and Phil are like before. The surprise elements of each character is also missing. But still they are out there and there is no stopping to strange events unlocked as they move on their journey to find Teddy. As always, many of their acts are raunchy which rubs your funny bone anyhow. The incidents that happened to them are cruel and raw but somehow they make us feel amused for everything bad that happens to them. This is the beauty which is still retained and that what makes the movie fun and easy going.

Final Verdict: If you want to see Hangover – this is certainly not the sequel you are looking for. But…again there is a big BUT…go for it if you want to have some good time. It is certainly not the best out there but it is good.

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due-date-movie-posterDirector: Todd Phillips

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr.
Zach Galifianakis

Plot: Another road trip movie, with unusual events and unusual partners. Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr) is heading from Atlanta to Los Angeles to witness his wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) give birth to their first child. When the bumbling Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) gets both of them kicked off the plane and onto the no-fly list. The story takes a swing from here when both of them take a road trip to L.A. and what follows is a series of events which will keep your jaw at unrest.

My Take: I was sitting on a laughter coaster since the very first scene and enjoyed every bit of the movie. The sophisticated and cultures yet dark Peter and the irritating and foolish yet innocent Ethan sets the screen vibrant with their never matching on screen chemistry. Winking smile

The script is not new. Scenes are predictable and so is the story. But the beauty lies in the way the same old fish is presented in a fresh bowl with fresh garnishing. The events that can go bad tends to turn worse and both the actors flows smoothly along with the story. In this short but never seems to end trip, they keep on loosing and winning each others trust and so is their own personality traits keep on changing.  The new acquaints have multiple crazy encounters together, including being questioned by border patrol for allegedly smoking marijuana and flipping their rental car over a bridge after Ethan falls asleep at the wheel. While Peter despises Ethan at first for getting him into their crazy situation, he eventually grows to tolerate, and even somewhat like, his goof-ball but well-meaning travel companion.

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You may compare it to the ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’, which I heard is where the plot has been taken from. But that doesn’t lessen the credit of this film. I liked it bit by bit. It was a laughter bonanza this season and I’d pretty much give my thumbs up for Robert and Zach for their acting.

Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman, an architect portrays the role of an uptight, cultured and straight laced person who lives by the rules and plays it safe. His portrayal of Peter makes you pity on him when he is helpless in the company of Ethan Tremblay played by Zach Galifianakis an aspiring and budding actor who wants to go to Hollywood and try his talent which he has none. While Ethan free spirited ways are annoying and irritating and are causing undue results we end up admiring the character for the innocence that it carries.

So I will recommend it as a must watch and ask you not to pay attention to the comparisons drawn upon the movie and instead go and see the movie yourself because in the end what matters is that you will come out laughing and rolling on the floor. This light headed movie is a must watch. Go and unburden your load. Smile


A refreshing movie, took me back to the time when I used to watch action and only action flicks. A great adaptation from the video game that was launched in and around 2002 or 2003 I guess.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton.

Story: “Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time,” an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Adopted from the streets of Nasaf by King Sharaman of Persia, young Dastan grows up amongst royalty and quickly earns his place as a mighty warrior and prince. As his brothers Garsiv and Tus plan battle strategies, a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying weapons to enemies of Persia. Taking matters into his own hands, Tus orders an attack on the sacred city and upon its fall Dastan encounters the beautiful Princess Tamina. When King Sharaman dies under mysterious circumstances shortly after, and Dastan is accused of his murder, he flees with the princess on a harrowing mission to clear his name. Learning from Tamina the true motives behind Alamut’s invasion, Dastan must embark on a perilous quest to stop an evil mastermind’s plot for ultimate power with a mystical weapon that can control the very fabric of time.

My Take: It was a shear display of power and hunting, love and lust, loyalty & betrayal.

Jake Gyllenhaal, as I have seen him in earlier movies is a changed man now. The chocolaty boy of October sky and Day after tomorrow is now a grown up “Prince of Persia” who also manages to carry the rugged charm of his street days from where he was picked up. Jake has played his part well.

Sir Ben Kingsley as the Nizam was silent in the first half of the film. But his silence was more like the warning of an upcoming twister which was destined to take the world to its peril. And in second half, his dark side is shown and his treachery towards his own brother and his empire to become the ruler of the world is open to Dastan (Jake). Simply stated he was good, better and the best. The portrayal was so real that you will start hating the character from the moment his motives are open to you. Well done Sir.

Gemma Arterton is new and fresh. Knew nothing about her but she was OK in the film.

In many a scenes, I could see her change in expressions as were not required. She tried hard to hide her smile in front of the camera on more than few moments but I noticed it anyway. (Kudos to me…for my eagle eyes) She needs to learn a lot.

Special FX: Superb, although the setup as per the plot is of 6th century B.C. So many a times you can get the feel of animation and virtuality in and around the sets. But to me it worked in other ways. It got me connected to the game. It was like a movie and game mixed together. The FX were very subtle and rich. The background was heavy as was supposed to be with a number of death defying stunts performed by Prince of Persia.

The chasing sequences were very real and also in every respect resembled the sequences one had to perform while playing the gaming version.

Overall, it’s a great epic film which I would say has done justice with the game. Although the story differs a bit from one in the game but it’s still got the same soul.

I would recommend everyone to watch it for it’s royal feel and grandeur presentation and above all for those who are fan of Prince of Persia, it’s great to see the prince performing stunts on his own instead of you handling him through a joystick and watching him progressing ahead in one attempt will always feel refreshing and will take the burden off your shoulders when you failed to crosss a stage several times and threw the remote in frustration and watching him die in the game every time for your incapability. Lolz…it’s so cool…


kites-movie Genre: Romance

Director: Anurag Basu

Producer: Rakesh Roshan

Banner: Film Kraft Production

Music Director: Rajesh Roshan

Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangna Ranaut, Kabir Bedi, Anand Tiwari, Luce Rains, Nicholas Brown, Cecilia Chavez

One Liner: Bakwaas

Ok, having said that let’s go through it in detail. It was the most hyped and most awaited movie in bollywood ever…The promotions done were convincingly international so what went wrong? Let’s peak in a bit more…

Story: No, it was not perfect…the plot was good, bad and the ugly. Jai (Hritik) and Natasha/Linda (Barbara Mori) were getting married to their respective partners for money. It turns out their partners are brother/sister and to put the icing on the cake, we get to know that Jai and Natasha are already married to each other. How? Natasha was an illegal immigrant who married Hrithik to get a green card who used to do this money. But when they met again, sparks of love is seen flying in the air…a slow and steady exchange of glances and another glance over another…then they find they are in love…and the story turns rough when they fled away. The rest is followed by chasing, hiding, a lil romance and spanish and english and hindi…and blah blah…Ooops sorry I got lost as I was while watching the movie. So one point down.

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The highly anticipated chemistry, as was promoted during promotions, of Hrithik and barbara was very thanda…They were not that romantic or may be they were…might be off the screen lol…so one point down again…there steamy kiss was nowhere near the likes of what Hrithik gave in dhoom –2. Remember, Aish and Hrithik going commandos. The bikini clad Barbara and brief clad Hrithik scene was rather looking artificial to give the additional oomph factor but was again thanda…and to add to it was the “Give my Kiss back”…lolz…what was that? Pervert…your life in danger Jai…keep the sex part out of your mind…

For inevitable reasons of boredom, I’m not going in for details on music. Let’s just cut one point straight away…although Hrithik’s moves as perfect as perfect as they are stand out winning, it’s not helping you grab your seat till end.

kites-movie1Plus Point: Hrithik’s greek god look and the sensual looks of Barbara gives an international appeal to the film and so does the cinematography. The locations are exotic and acting is good. Everyone has done good as per the demand of the role.

But the crux remains the same that story was dull and dud and quite like a do away with. If only, they had worked more on the story it would have been a great experience and could have proved to be a milestone for bollywood going international.

P.S. – Ahh yes, Kangana Ranaut was also there, was she…yeah…I guess so…huh…what a waste of beauty and talent.