OMG: Oh My God! The plot is inspired from the movie The Man Who Sued God. Some scenes are very good like the scene where Paresh sells the idol or the scene where Akshay talks about his latest photo not being updated on Facebook or the milk scene. Paresh Rawal proving Goving Namdeo is not a Siddh Purush scene was excellent. The paralysis track seemed unnecessary. Govinda Govinda song looked totally out of place in the movie. The movie does resemble a stage play/TV serial. Some TV scenes and the way people reacted after them looked like from a Raju Hirani movie. The production values are really bad in some scenes like the scene of his destroyed shop during earthquake. It reminded me of earthquake scenes from Waqt 😉 Paresh Rawal was good but his role/performance is similar to roles he has done before. Liked Akshay Kumar more. He was very good. Not sure which Baba Mithun was trying to imitate but his mannerisms seemed gay. Govind Namdeo hammed like anything and he was extremely annoying. Dialogues were excellent. The message against rituals and asking people to donate money to poor instead of temples and dargahs is excellent. Movie deserves praise just for being so bold in a country like India. Definitely recommended.
English Vinglish is about Shashi, a housewife who runs a laddu business from home. Shashi suffers from low self esteem due to her inability to speak/understand English. Liked the scene where Sridevi meets the school principal or the scenes between her and the French guy. The scene where she tries to drive away her sister so that she could go to the class was very good. Also liked that her English speech at end was like that of a newly learned person and not fluent. Her being told that she cannot take sweets at airport was nonsense. Amitabh translating English dialogues scene was copied from SRK’s scene from Yes Boss which itself was probably copied from For Love or Money. While that was in a room here it was ridiculous with Amitabh doing that on a plane. The smartass answers during Sridevi’s visa interview by the Indian guy or Amitabh’s immigration check were ridiculous. The cafeteria scene was another stupid scene with the receptionist demanding she answer her greeting and demanding a Thank You. The laddu falling scene was so deliberate. The movie had every stereotype that you can think of – the non english speaking Indian housewife, the MCP husband, the gay English teacher, the French cook, the Pakistani driver, the ‘Madrasi’ Software Engineer, the Spanish nanny, the Asian salon worker. English class scenes reminded me of Mind Your Language. The English teacher coming home and passing her was another BS. Sridevi was excellent and she was perfect in almost every scene. Amitabh was totally annoying and irritating in his cameo. Rest of the cast ranged from decent to good. Liked only the title song. All songs sounded the same with techno and auto tune except for last song. Despite the issues movie was still good because of Sridevi.
Memories of Murder is based on the true story of South Korea’s first known serial murders, which took place between 1986 and 1991. Some scenes are very good like the scene where they find out about how the serial killer requests a particular song or the scene where they chase down one suspect or the scene where they find out the suspect had soft hands. The scenes with the last suspect were excellent. One of the cops trying to check out “hairless” men or going to astrologer scenes seemed stupid. May be they were intended as comedy. The Chief kicking one of the officers scene looked totally ridiculous. The movie is very engrossing but it has a open ending which may not be liked by some. Its more a movie about how the investigation affects the three detectives. Two of them pretty much interchange personalities by the end of the investigation.
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