Presto – the charm-caster

I happened to watch Pixar studio’s Presto accidentally as I was browsing my DVD collection. Presto is a short animation movie from the makers of classic animation movies like Wall E, Cars and Ratatoullie. Its about a magician and his pet rabbit which he pulls out of his hat to entertain the audience. One not-so-fine day, Presto forgets to feed the rabbit Alec and Alec ensures that he suffers for his mistake.

The movie lasts for no more that 3-4 minutes. But very racy paced and intellectually intriguing stuff gave me a satisfaction equal to watching a full length movie. What struck me most was the simplicity of the story, animation and characters and out-of-the-box thinking by the director.

The Singh Rules

Singh is Kinng… No mistake…it spells with two n’s. Numerology? I guess there is no need for numerology or luckology when you make a good entertainer. There was too much hype around the movie and lot of promos and events to market the movie. Usually such marketed movies fail at the market. So I didn’t want to watch it and waited for the “movie testers” gang’s review. So when these guys told me the movie was good, I wasted no time.

The story is not a great one. Its about a good hearted village sardarji Akshay (Happy Singh) who travels abroad to bring home a long lost son (Sonu Sood as Lucky Singh) of a fellow villager. That son happens to be a most wanted gangster (by Gyara Mulkon ka police walon…). Along with Rangeela Singh (Om Puri) he starts off to Australia but lands in Egypt to find the Mummy of his future kids Sonia (Katrina). One side love blooms at first sight but duty refrains him from making The Moves and he is headed to Australia.

At Australia, Lucky Singh, Mika Singh (Javeed Jaferi), Julia (Neha Dupia) and the rest of his Singh gangsters throw Happy Singh out of the house. Kiron Kher helps Happy and Rangeela with food and shelter. A series of events takes Lucky Singh into some sort of trauma and the gangsters make Happy Singh as their King. Sonia happens to be Kiron’s daughter and to impress her daughter (yes u heard me right!) Kiron approaches Happy the King.

The rest of the story is a Hera Pheri of how Akshay converts the bad guys to good and implants good sense in them, impresses Katrina, wins over Lucky Singh’s heart and takes him back to the village.

Akshay is totally awesome. He has once again proved that he can be a good actor who can mix comedy and emotions along with ease of dialogue delivery. Katrina is as usual the “Eye Candy factor” with no talent but pure luck. Hottie Neha Dupia is wasted in the Secretary role. She deserves a more vital role. Javeed Jaffery and Om Puri have been utilized well and they prove to be pivots in the story line whenever it starts to slag.

Music is good for the ears and choreography is good too. Don’t miss the final Title song featuring Snoop Dog. The costume designer deserves a round of applause. From turbans to the Sherwanis, every costume of Akshay’s and the gangsters fit the mood (Unlike the Ajit Starer Billa). A clean entertainer and a very light movie to watch. In total, this movie is full paisa vasool both for the producers and the viewers. Singh is Indeed the Kinng.

gRate – 3.5/5

The Dark Knight is The Joker’s Day

The comic strip says it all. The Dark Knight is one exceptional Movie. No wonder the movie’s ratings overtook Godfather’s IMDB ratings. The IMAX camera used to film the movie has proved its worth and this movie is worth watching only in Big Screens….no matter how hi-tech is your home theater. Heath Ledger will sure be missed. Hope he gets his posthumous Oscar. Go watch it for a paisa vasool entertainment.

Thinks I liked in the Dark Knight

  • Screenplay and Choice of dialogue
  • Stunt sequences
  • Joker’s villainy
  • Joker character played by Heath Ledger
  • Extra-ordinary locations
  • Perfect Casting
  • Maturity of Christian Bale as he gets into the Bat Costume
  • Batmobile ejecting into BatPod which is inspired Dodge Tomahawk
  • Nokia Tube Mobile used in Sonar Scanning
  • Commissioner Gordan’s character

gRate 4.5/5

“Kamaaal”avatharam

Dasavatharam (2008 – Tamil)
Cast:  10xKamalhasan, 2xAsin, Malika Sheravat, Jeyapradha, et all

If there is one actor in the world to do such a film, it would be none other than Padhmashree Kamalhasan. And if there is one director in the world who can mess up with this kind of story, it would be none other than KS Ravikumar. Ill tell you why.

The Plot
The movie (as you all would have seen by now…) starts with a narration by Scientist Govindaraj. He starts the story with a 12th century shaivaites-vaishnavites clash incident. A devoted priest played by Kamal is sunk into the ocean along with the statue (moolavar) of Perumal. His wife played by Asin bangs her head against a stone statue and dies along with him. Then the story jumps to USA where our Narrator is a scientist at a Bio-Nuclear RND lab. Following a freak accident, the chief scientist plans to sell a biochemical germ vial developed by Govind and his team. Govind grabs the vial and then the roller coaster ride starts. The villains hire Christian Fletcher an Ex CIA agent, also played by Kamal, to seek and destroy Govind. Abetted by Malika Sherawat, a pro in flesh trade and assassination, Fletcher follows Kamal to India. He kills a chinese friend of Govind, who happens to be a sister of a great martial arts master, also played by Kamal. The master thinks Govind has killed his sister and he too follows him to India.

The vial was accidentally couriered to Andal Asin’s grandmother (Yes, also played by Kamal). Govind and Andal dodge Fletcher and the entire movie is one big freaking Chase. Other avatarams are Avatar singh, a Daler mahendi played by Kamal, Balram Naidu – the good Indian cop, Kalifulla Khan – 8 foot tall kamal, Poovairajan – A social activist and George Bush – George Bush who announces himself as George Bush.

The Good

  • Padmashree Kamalhasan
  • The makeup, effort and the makeovers to create the 10 avatars is exceptional.
  • Christian fletcher…totally awesome character.
  • Jeyapradha…played her role just right and she deserves a round of claps.
  • 12th century incident was awesome depiction and a treat to watch.
  • The climax fight sequence which involves 3 Kamals is a classic.
  • Chase sequences are highly realistic and gripping.
  • Martial arts stunt and ad hoc stunts are totally awesome.
  • The effort in making such a movie.
  • The casting director deserves a pat in the back. The supporting characters were chosen to fit the bil and the role perfectly.

The Bad

  • Poor substandard graphics in Tsunami and Aftermath of Tsunami. Even a kid can tell its not realistic.
  • Asin’s shrill high pitched monotonous dialogue delivery. Especially when she screams “Perumaale..” almost throughout her screen-time.
  • Malika Sherawat wasted. She doesn’t contribute even a bit to the storyline, except for glamour quotients during the movie promotions.
  • NaCl. Bush doesn’t know NaCl stands for Sodium Chloride, that’s fine, but, how many people knows its the common salt and its the main ingredient of sea water. When the whole movie is pivoted on NaCl in Sea water, there must have been atleast one guy telling that its the NaCl in the Sea water that is going to nullify the BioChemical contents of the vial.
  • How the hell, would Dr Govind know about the 12th century incident and map it with his life incident. He also argues with Asin about the existence of God and his architecture. How could he have known about the sinking of perumal, death of the priest and his wife and finally link them with himself and Andal Asin. Oh ya, I almost forgot…it happens only in KS Ravikumar movies.
  • KS Ravikumar and Himesh Reshmiya are bad choices for this movie. Kamal has to think beyond KS Ravikumar and who got that Reshmiya guy into Kamal’s brain. Wish someone shoots his nose just like Avatar singh.
  • And ya, illogical sequences like Avatar’s Singh’s cancer getting removed by the bullet that goes through his throat. Oh ya,  again I forgot…it happens only in KS Ravikumar movies.

The Verdict
Go watch the movie in big screen if you haven’t. Just enjoy the grandeur and pompous production. If you haven’t understood the storyline, get yourself a Original DVD and watch it over and over until you get the butterfly effect, chaos theory and the correlation between Vishnu’s and Kamal’s Dasavatharams.

gRate 3/5

Movies over the Weekend

Have been watching quite a few movies over the past few weeks. Let me sum-up and write out short reviews on the good ones.

Step up 2 the Streets

This is yet another underdog movie. Its about freestyle street dancing. The movie features some fantastic hip hop beats and lots of amazing dance movements. The entire cast is a bunch of rubber bone dancers. The choreography is splendid and attention has been paid to each and every movement. The climax dance in rain is the crown jewel of the movie. The story is not unique but the screenplay keeps you glued to the movie. If you are a fan of gravity defying, super synchronous, rare to watch freestyle dancing, then this movie will prove to be a clean entertainer.

gRate 3.5/5

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na

Aamir’s blood relation and production house has proved that its worth its value. Imran is totally awesome to watch and so is Genelia. Genelia has come up with a never-before performance, but would seriously advice her to shed the cute-curious-adrenaline-filled college girl image asap, else she would be branded and loose out of the industry soon. The plot is unique and the screenplay is just right. No macho heroism for a debutant from a starry family. No overacting by any of the cast, except the girl who hears the story. My best moments in the movie are the ones with Nazrudin Shah’s appearances. I would not say that this is an out-of-the-box movie, but the somehow this movie relates to at-least a part of every-one’s life. Go watch it and comeback with a super-happy-refreshed-young mind.

gRate 4/5

WALL-E

YAAM (Yet another animated Movie) and YAASM (yet another animated superhit movie). WALL E is about a lonely robot who is left to reside on earth and all the humans fly out to space to live in a spaceship. Their only hope of returning to earth is discovered by WALL E (short for Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class)and his gobot (girl robot) EVE ((short for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Their journey and destiny to bring back the humans to earth and win each other’s robotic heart (or rather Memory/Processing Module) is the storyline. Don’t miss this if you are a fan of animated movies.

gRate 3.5/5

The Superhero Movie

yuk…why do they try satirical comedy if they don’t understand the basic literal meaning of comedy? The aim was to mock spiderman movies make fun of other superhero movies. The target totally missed and the result is a gross boring movie.

gRate 1/5

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Kung Fu Panda

After failing to deliver the promised with SHREK 3 and OVER THE HEDGE, Dreamworks animation house is back in business with KungFu Panda. Watching through the movie, initially i was sort of getting bored, but the momentum picked up and the really funny scenes and action sequences started pouring in. Just after Po enters the Jade Palace, its laugh after laugh, excellent voice acting, amazing CG animation. The story was great and the background was beautiful, it really felt like an ancient Chinese city. The plot revolves around a wannabe-kungfu-figher-overweight, cute, clumsy panda called Po(Jack black). He hears that the dragon warrior is going to named and he wants to see it, but sudden turnaround of events, he himself is appointed to be become the Dragon warrior much to the horror of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Monkey (Jackie Chan). Shifu must find a way to train him. One hilarious moment after another continues until Shifu recognizes Po’s true driving force. This is just in time as the villain Tai Lung (Ian McShane), a snow leopard has returned as he believe is the true Dragon Warrior.

gRate 3/5

Speed Racer

The Wachowski Brothers have done it again! Yes, they have made a splending movie that will link to mythology, karma, parampara and bhavishya. They have made a movie with high octance action sequences and laymen can enjoy the action while the philosophers can get the hidden messages. But its kinda boring and contains highly bollywood-type brother sentiment and family sentiments. Mr and Mr Wachowski, you can’t sell this movie in India, we have seen much more like this.

gRate 2.5/5