The Dark Knight Rises starts off with a lot of build up about Batman. There are a lot of corny scenes and dialogues about Batman. Some scenes are excellent like the mid air plane scene, the football stadium scene and the initial fight scene between Batman and Bane. The pit scenes are the best scenes of the movie. The escape philosophy is very good. Christian Bale is good as Wayne and he has only a few scenes as Batman. Tom Hardy is excellent as Bane. The Bane character and his acts of destruction and the philosophy behind them seem inspired from the movie V For Vendetta. Gary Oldman’s character and Matthew Modine’s character are such cliches. Michael Caine’s character is totally unnecessary in the movie and even his acting was bad. Marion Cotillard is decent. I was able to correctly guess which character will turn out to be the bad one. So there was no big shocking twist. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character was so ridiculous. He goes around the city but never gets caught. Morgan Freeman’s character seemed inspired from James Bond movies. Movie was very long and could have used lot of editing. Its definitely overrated on IMDB. Does not deserve the 8.8 rating.
Ishaqzaade is pretty much Romeo and Juliet with the clans replaced by Hindu and Muslim political families. The movie was trying too hard to build up the characters of Parma and Zoya initially. Zoya’s character was being given unnecessary build up as some female firebrand but her character turned out to be pretty much a dumb bimbo. The getting fooled by Parma part was believable but going back to her father’s house after having heard his intentions was so stupid. Zoya slapping Parma and him pointing a gun at her was the best scene. The song Pareshan was excellent and picturized very well. The twist was good but after that it pretty much became a 80s movie – the couple on the run, the naachnewali who is in love with the hero helping them (they missed a 80s cliche of the naachnewali getting shot while protecting the hero). As some review said there are so many shots fired but hardly any one gets killed. The ending was pointless as Zoya and Parma’s act hardly made any difference to any one. Arjun Kapoor seemed to be trying to hard initially but seemed good later on. Parineeti Chopra acted well but her role should have been written better.
Vicky Donor is one of the best movies of the year. The first half was excellent. It did drag a bit in the second half but still liked it. The second half followed the template of Hollywood romantic comedies like Break Up or Wedding Crashers. The movie is one of the most progressive movies from Bollywood – the way in which it handled issues like sperm donor, being divorcee or being childless. Initially felt that the Bengali characters were unnecessary but they made sense as the movie progressed especially the father character as he became very integral to the climax in the end. Ayushmann Khurrana was excellent and he was totally the character. Yami Gautam looked pretty and she acted well too. Reminded me of Gayatri from Swades. Loved the flirting scenes and the whole back and forth banter between them. Annu Kapoor was excellent as Chaddha. Dolly Ahluwalia was very good. Kamlesh Gill who played the grandmother was excellent. Hats off to Juhi Chaturvedi for writing the story, screenplay, dialogues and creating such wonderful characters. Its not easy making movies like this in India and Shoojit Sarcar deserves credit for keeping it entertaining while not turning it into a crass or vulgar comedy.
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