La La Land (2017) – Personal Movie Review

My first blog of 2017.

“The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.”

The movie is perfection. From the casting to the scoring, cinematography, choreography and editing. La La Land is so reminiscent to 70’s musical movie genre however refreshing to watch as this genre, like Jazz as they say in the movie, is almost something of the past. The movie is very engaging and it draws you closer to each characters like you don’t want to let go of them. There is something in this flick that really wants to get more out of the story. 

Emma & Ryan exude chemistry and it was evident on how they affected me throughout the film. 

This inspires to hope for your dream and teaches me that it is never too late to chase it, embrace it and grab it. It also brings out a lot of emotions from happiness, melancholy, hopefulness, nostalgia, longing and heartbreak. I really feel these to the core.

In short, I just fell in love with the movie!

5 stars out of 5

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Doctor Strange (2016) – Personal Movie Review

Doctor Strange for me is one of the best Marvel movies. The story line and character development are on point matching with a risky yet impressive CGI… the one that can really blow your mind. Same with Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie breathes fresh air from Marvel sequels and mash ups. Cinematography is carefully done intertwined with commendable scoring and editing/sequences. The flow of the story is fast-paced and the humour is definitely a buy for me! I love how this origin story is engaging, interesting and it really draws you into the film. Easter eggs are all over the place from Avengers reference to Stan Lee cameo. It is also safe to say that Benedict Cumberbatch is to Doctor Strange as what RDJ to Iron Man… a perfect fit to the titular character. The rest of the cast gave solid and relatable performances as well.

The movie really opened a lot of doors to possibility of a much complex plot leading to Infinity Wars and Doctor Strange will (he is already confirmed for the movie) be a great addition to Avengers lineup. I also love how the movie delves into a deeper conquest of multiversal & other dimensional understanding so that it will help moviegoers (not the real comic book fanatics) get a hold of the future storyline of the MCU. It is just a bit sad that the ending isn’t what I hoped for in terms of pure action scenes but I am satisfied in general.

By the way, the new OBB of Marvel Studios during intro sends me chills and goosebumps. A really good upgrade!

Stay tuned for 2 (mid and post) credit scenes.

Rating it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Inferno (2016) – Personal Movie Review

Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population. (C) Wikipedia
Inferno is an adaptation based on Dan Brown’s fourth novel about Robert Langdon and it was somehow disappointing to note it didn’t live up to my expectations. Since I haven’t read the book, I will rate it solely based on what I saw with a 2.5 stars out of 5. 

I felt that the movie hasn’t sustained the momentum and fast pacing it built during its first few minutes. Most of the time, it has becoming too dragging and slow due to character and story development but it is understanding. The editing, cinematography and scoring are commendable and really good. It made you feel engaged with the characters.

However, I feel that from the 3 movies, this film isn’t an upgrade from its predecessor. For me, Angels and Demons has more effective thrilling and suspenseful scenes that really take your breath away compared to Inferno.

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Watch: The Black Eyed Peas ft. The World #WheresTheLove MV

Goosebumps… like literally! Though the music video may seem very simple but it conveys a very strong message about today’s bloody & violent situation and the impact is very evident for me. It is tastefully done, timely & relevant and I am happy seeing BEP in one frame again. 

This is their next ‘We Are The World’ & ‘What’s Going On’.

Here is the music video.

#WheresTheLove #TheBlackEyedPeas #BEP

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Suicide Squad (2016) – Personal Movie Review

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Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own. (c) Wikipedia

I had big hopes and expectations for this movie, not because of the characters I grew up watching and the nostalgia it brought but the thought that this movie could have helped vindicate and save DC from the mess they made with Batman V Superman… but those expectations went down the drain. I will rate this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars for several reasons.

The film really is a gold mine and an opportunity for future franchise given the brand itself… DC and if only the plot was well crafted. Like BvS, the plot is too scattered and messy with a disorganized editing of each scenes. There is less story development and the pacing is a roller coaster ride of being fast and slow. I often juggle on how engaging the movie is and how boring most scenes can be. It is so frustrating to see because the potential is there and the chemistry of the characters & actors playing it are there. You can really feel they are having fun but because of the poor story line, it went into another direction. The saving grace is that there are more lighter (no pun intended to Diablo) and funnier scenes which makes the movie less darker.

Speaking of characters, it is good to see though that in spite of the flick’s less character development, at least, each characters were given moments to showcase their abilities but it is obvious that more time was given to Will Smith and Margot Robbie since they are the bigger stars and somehow holding the movie from collapsing. Contrary to what I read about Jared Leto’s performance and take on the role of Joker in some articles , I think he did a great job portraying the character which is really different from what Heath Ledger did. The difference only is that the former isn’t really the main focus of this movie and his screen time isn’t enough to warrant his being maniac and lunatic. But I feel his madness and his performance is credible. Batman or Bruce Wayne’s screen time too is sufficient for the story arc. Spoiler though, please wait for the mid-credit scene to really understand why DC and Warner show the Justice League teaser.

I would like to point out the action sequences are a bit chaotic. They could have made some choreography into it to make it cleaner. Also, I really felt the visual effects and CGI used are really too much that it almost went like you are watching the 90’s Ghostbusters movie. and the choice of villain does not fit the movie at all. They could have used a more human approach for their villain to really utilise each characters’ skill sets.

With regard to the soundtrack and song choices, I don’t mind having different songs to introduce each characters but sometimes, it cheapens the scenes or story as though they are more concerned about what song to use for a particular scene rather than focusing on how to pull off and connect the story.

Well, I am positive there will be a sequel to this soon-to-be-cult movie or a spin off but it would be better if DC makes it right with an engaging story line.

Photo credits to Warner Bros. and DC

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Watch: Justice League Comic Con Trailer


​After the trailer was shown during DC panel on Comic Con 2016, Zack Snyder just dropped the trailer for all of us to feart and it was effin insane!! 

Here is the trailer fresh from Comic Con:

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Warcraft (2016) – Personal Movie Review

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Looking to escape from his dying world, the orc shaman Gul’dan utilizes dark magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Supported by the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul’dan organizes the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde. Uniting to protect Azeroth from these hulking invaders are King Llane, the mighty warrior Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and the powerful wizard Medivh. As the two races collide, leaders from each side start to question if war is the only answer. (c)

Having seen the first trailer for this movie months back, my anticipation is very high and have been expecting a good adaptation from its computer game. I was really excited with this movie considering they dubbed this as The One which might save the computer-game-turned-movie genre and boy! I was disappointed to the highest level.

The flick is a missed opportunity to be a great movie franchise. Firstly,  the heavily-laden CGI isn’t realistic enough to entice me to be in awe. I felt like watching an RPG/video game intro and some frames are taken straight from the video game itself like battle scenes. They could have exerted more efforts of erasing the feel that they are taking scenes inside a big studio and  made more practical effects in terms of the characters like the orcs & dwarfs.

The story & characters aren’t developed well  and the pacing isn’t consistent which made some scenes boring & disengaging. The humor is far too disconnected to the story line and the delivery of it is too trying hard.

I will make this review short and give this movie 1.5 out of 5 stars for being a mess of a movie. They could have polished the visual effects & made it with a darker tone as the story line and mythology are really rich. The potential for this film to follow the LOTR direction is there, they just wasted that moment.

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The Jungle Book (2016) – Personal Movie Review

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The movie tells a story about the man-cub named Mowgli who flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart. (c) IMDb

This year’s ‘The Jungle Book’ is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s own 1967 aminated movie and based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel.

When the news broke out about Disney’s plan to make a live-action adaptation of this classic animated movie, I was hesitant to accept the reality on how they will give justice to this beloved movie. As you may know, the animated movie is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time and I was disapproving considering it will be infested with a lot of CGI and I don’t want them ruining the classic movie the way they did to Sleeping Beauty through ‘Maleficent’.

My expectations weren’t that high and I wasn’t that pumped to see to preserve the reputation it had 50 years ago but I was blown away when I watched the flick. The visual effects were stunning and impressive. I haven’t seen such a quality of a movie and the nostalgia it brought really kicked in. I applaud Favreau for a very great job in keeping the movie almost true to its source material while using state-of-the-art CGI effect. I really felt everything was real considering Mowgli is the only real character int his film. The jungle animals were very realistic and the attention to details are just brilliant.

The casting was perfect and did a great job in voicing over the characters. They really captured the emotions and brought the animals to life. I love how effective Neel Sethi is as Mowgli and how he did justice to his character. The scoring really complimented each scenes of the film and incorporating classic songs like Bare Neccesities really gave the movie the Disney touch.

I love how the movie is fast paced with a good combination of humor, drama and grittiness. There were never a dull or boring moments and weren’t any wasted scenes or frames. It was really engaging and entertaining. The flow of the story is very simple and easy to understand. It is good that Favreau really thinks of who his target audience and market is… the children and children-at-heart.

For this movie, I will rate 4.8 out of 5 stars for its entertainment value and I still felt the charm and innocence it had the way I felt when I saw the animated version. I will surely recommend you watch the film.

Photo credits to the owners.

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Watch: Marvel’s ‘DOCTOR STRANGE’ – World Premiere Trailer

The trailer of Marvel’s upcoming movie Doctor Strange has just hit TV via Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the web.

This is part of MCU’s Phase 3 and will hit cinemas November 2016.

Here is the trailer:

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Teaser Poster for DOCTOR STRANGE

The first official teaser poster for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE has been released! (c) Marvel Cinematic Universe FB Page

And don’t forget the release of Doctor Strange Official Teaser Trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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