Noah

[Movie Review] Noah (or maybe no! ah!)

I saw the promos of Noah and decided it was a movie that was definitely worth watching. And I was wrong. If you’ve read the story of Noah from the Book of Genesis, you’ll agree with me.

Noah

The movie borrows its story line from the actual story in the Bible and then throws in its own “masala” to end up telling a story that even more unbelievable and really painful. This could possibly be because the real story is short and they needed some fillers. But, throwing in some fallen angels was a joke!

I like Russell Crowe as an actor, but this movie could have definitely received a bit more life to make it watchable.

However, to be fair, the movie does have some amazingly well done scenes. I love the whole creation story right from Adam and Eve, right now to the state of the world as it is before the flood. The building of the ark is awesome as well as the crashing of the flood waters around it. And, the depiction of how horrible the world had become is very well done. But, I’d have preferred a simple rainbow in the end.

Mr. Crowe plays his role very well. You can see the anger, the sorrow and the love which clearly shows you what an amazing actor he is. Ray Winstone plays his role well as the evil leader keen on surviving.

At the end of the movie, I felt that they could have just about called it any other name and kept a similar story line and it would have probably delivered. Noah, definitely not.

Did you watch the movie? What are your thoughts about it?

Captain America The Winter Solider

[Movie review] Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter Solider

Ashwina and I caught Captain America: The Winter Solider last weekend. I’ve enjoyed the Marvel series including Thor and Iron Man. And, I love the way they have linked the various story lines across the movies. So, without doubt, I was looking forward to watching the second movie of the Captain America series.

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

The movie opens with the scene in the trailer with the Captain showing us how he does things! Scarlett Johansson looks really fabulous as the Black Widow. And Steve Rogers does run the good mile. We’re also introduced to Falcon () and I love to swap on those cool wings of his.

Captain America delivers, like all the Marvel movies. There are several really well done fight sequences and some awesome equipment (did I mention Falcon’s wings?), all delivered through a story line that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

A solid delivery from Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson as Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury respectively. Sabastian Stan plays the Winter Soldier, which is a very interesting role and definitely a good character to take on Captain America. Cobie Smulders continues her role as Maria Hill and we’re introduced to Emily VanCamp who was a pleasing addition to the movie. Hopefully, we see more of her in a few more Marvel flicks.

Overall, this movie is a must-see especially if you’re a Marvels fan. And, you’ll definitely need to watch it to keep track of the intertwined story line. If you’ve watched it, what did you think about it?

Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug

[Movie Review] Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug

I never wrote a review of The Hobbit when I watched it last year. It wasn’t as fast paced as the Lord of The Rings, but it definitely was an amazing movie to watch. I know Ashwina and I enjoyed every minute of it. So, we eagerly awaited for The Desolation of Smaug and caught the show a few days back.

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet but plan to do so, be prepared to spend 3 hours in the cinema. At 161 minutes, it’s shorter than the first movie but it still is a long time to spend in the cinema. That being said, it didn’t drag as much as the first and they did keep the tempo running continuously.

This movie introduces you to Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and you have some amazing fight sequences with both of them against the orcs who continue to chase after Bilbo and the dwarves.

The cinematography is just spectacular which is in line with the Lord of the Rings and the first Hobbit movie. And being filmed in 3D definitely brings the action a lot closer. They have some good scenes involving Smaug and it is clear they have spent some good time getting it right.

So, if you plan on watching this, grab your popcorn and a large drink and definitely your 3D glasses to follow Bilbo on part two of his extraordinary journey. I’ll be waiting for The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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Hunger Games Catching Fire

[Movie Review] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Hunger Games Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark may have won survived the 74th Hunger Games. But, life isn’t better in District 12. And, there is unrest in the other districts as people are inspired to revolt using Katniss as their beacon of hope.

President Snow is eager to get rid of Katniss and what better way to do so than the Quarter Quell. Held every 25 years, this Quarter Quell will feature the previous winners who aren’t pleased to go into the games yet again.

The second movie in this series is definitely better than what the first had to offer. It had relatively better special effects than the first and was definitely a bit more fast paced. Unfortunately, the movie is still quite long and you do have a to survive some relatively quiet scenes.

The cinematography is very well done. The clothes, the locations and the scenes are well shot. And, although, I might not be the biggest fan of the cast including Jennifer Lawrence, I will admit she and the rest of the cast play their role well.

What was your opinion of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?

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Thor: The Dark World

[Movie review] Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

First we were visited by Thor and Loki and then came the battle for New York. While we may have won the battle, the war is still far from over. This time Thor and the rest of Asguard face an even more powerful enemy whose origins go back to even before the time the nine realms were formed. Thor’s journey brings him back to earth where he unites with the love of his life Jane Foster to fight the evil.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the entire Marvel series. I liked the Iron Man series, Thor, Avengers and so Thor: The Dark World managed to charm me in the same way. The story line was pretty much along the same lines of good vs. evil, but the special effects and cinematography was definitely good. You have some cool new weapons by the bad guys (The Dark Elves) and the entire concept of a villain existing even before the creation of the realms is an interesting one. Some scenes where gravity goes for a toss (along with some vehicles), travelling between worlds as the realms converge all throw in some food for thought for sci-fi buffs.

Natalie Portman looks gorgeous as always, but I would love to have seen a bit more expressions from her. Chris Hemsworth plays his role of Thor in the same style as the previous two movies. Tom Hiddleston, as Loki, plays his evil part well.

As I mentioned before the cinematography and special effects is pretty good. The arrival of the the space ship at Greenwich reminds me that I should visit Greenwich again. And, if you’re in London and haven’t visited Greenwich, I strongly suggest making the trip.

I definitely recommend watching Thor, if you’re a fan of the series. Others might want to watch it because it’s a good popcorn movie.

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