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Aladdin – Ecstatic. A perfect remodel.

It is one of those jubilant films which you could watch more than once. It definitely makes you sentimental and glad at the same time, bringing those precious memories back, which you loved and adored in the early nineties.

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Guy Ritchie (direction and screenplay) and his co-writer, John August had two main responsibilities. First, not to make too many changes to the story and second, to bring the exact same feel of the cartoon film Aladdin to the moviegoers, in this realistic form/version. They did it. To all those critics who gave this film a mediocre or below average rating, I want to be on the contrary. It is a semi-musical [according to me]. Be prepared for that. Even the cartoon film was, where the characters would express their innermost feelings through the medium of a melody. It didn’t seem weird, even after twenty six years.

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Mena Massoud (as Aladdin) & Naomi Scott (as Princess Jasmine) are confident and are more than apt for their roles. You will understand that from their first respective shots. It is quite fascinating how they managed to sing their parts themselves, so tunefully, which really brought relevance to their characters. It is quite better than making a professional sing for you.

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There couldn’t be a better Genie in a half-animated Aladdin than Will Smith. He has agreed and followed the rules of a musical. He hasn’t hesitated and has shown a full spirit towards his role. He is singing, dancing, having fun and all so gracefully. Smith is one of the vital reasons I would recommend this motion-picture to everyone. The flavor he brought to the film is the tastiest you’ll ever get. Two characters, which I found to be a little less convincing were Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari), in terms of his ability to portray the antagonist, and The Sultan (played by Navid Neghaban), who, when compared to the cartoon film, was cute, fun-loving, jolly and sometimes childish. Herein, he is rigid, not all over the place, a little strict and adamant.

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The parrot Lago (played by Alan Tudyk), which was played by Gilbert Gottfried in the 1992 animated film of the same name, sadly has a very limited role (alike The Sultan) in the flick. Numan Acar played the splendid Hakim. Furthermore, the soundtrack is remade by same composer of Aladdin (1992) Alan Menken, elegantly. He is accompanied by Golden Globe winner duo, Pasek & Paul, in making the background score and music flawlessly.

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What’s new about the film? Just a little. New generation music and dance (hip-hop, rap, beat-boxing etc.) obviously because Will Smith is in it. Also, the magic tricks genie performs, while exaggerating his powers, have been added with things which weren’t available back then, in the 90’s. An addition of a character, Dalia (Princess Jasmine’s handmaiden) didn’t seem unnecessary.

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Aladdin is the most perfect adaptation of it’s animation film. There is nothing to dislike in the film. With a world class direction, graphics, plot and soundtrack, it will keep you entertained and delighted till the end.

4.5/5

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu – Reminiscing, slightly.

I wasn’t going to watch this film for Pokémon or the characters and hell I didn’t even know many of them. What really got my attention was when I read that Ryan Reynolds has given his crazy voice to the character of Pikachu. The Deadpool star is one of my favorite actors because of his great sense of humor.

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This collaboration of actual human actors and Pokémon monsters was really well thought of, yet, lacks so much in the story and the addition of various other characters/monsters. There are 812, according to Wikipedia. It is a secret as to why Reynolds adds his comedic manly touch to the cute, adorable Pikachu, which, shall be revealed way after the climax of the flick.

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Inclusive of a display of some next-generation technology, some great graphical representation, this film is adventurous. It has a good portion of comedy, thanks to Ryan Reynolds, of course. Rob Letterman, the director, who has made a few beautiful films in the past, unfortunately, couldn’t bring out the charisma, which was very much required in this game-adapted Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

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Apart from some moments of recollection of our good old memories concerning this legendary Japanese game and characters (or monsters) [which has been played on various different mediums since 1995], there are only a few notable things this film has to offer. Which reminds me to mention about a superb upcoming actor, Justice Smith (as Tim Goodman). With great dialogue delivery and facial expressions, he is quite the impressive one. A year younger to him, the female lead, Kathryn Newton (as Lucy Stevens) still has a few skills to master, however, is not that bad an actor. Probably experience shall teach the pretty one some more.

2/5

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Alita: Battle Angel – Basic stuff.

It is not a complicated story. A simple one, rather. It is about a cyborg, who was found in the trash, but, is meant to be legendary.

Such films mainly depend on their graphic designing team. James Cameron’s name is enough to attract the audience to watch a spectacle. It is directed by Spy Kids series director Robert Rodriguez and Cameron only writes the screenplay for it. I mainly got attracted to watch this film just because of it’s technological ingredient.

While Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Keean Johnson, Mahearshala Ali and Ed Skrein support the cute Rosa Salazar, the lead actress, with their full potential, Alita: Battle Angel fails to actually deliver a proper plot.

Based on the Japanese manga series known as Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, this flick is able to climb the ladder with the help of the fortifying cast, a great display of tech and a little bit of good action.

3/5

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Cute.

It had already been a different concept in the world of animated films, with a little more mature aspect. Without it being a kiddish musical, the story had comedy, action and something to be inspired by.

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The enterprising How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World takes a different angle in the passable story. It is probably the only film franchise which makes a dragon look pretty, lovable and in different kinds. I love the fact that how Jay Baruchel (as Hiccup) possesses the magical voice of a teenager even after him being double in age in actuality. Just the one new addition to the third edition of HTTYD is the villain. Grimmel The Grisler (played by F. Murray Abraham) is this more of a bragger but gets things done and is quite slim and dangerous. Abraham makes sure of that.

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A few stunning sceneries. Full points to the graphics and director Dean Deblois. It is a flowy, action-comedy-adventure animated film with it’s own uniformity. Plus, this part has an increasing amount of romance infused. Nevertheless, not a bad watch at all. Make sure to watch the prequels to enjoy this one fully.

3.5/5

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Minions – A poorer Despicable Me.

I was, am and will always be a big fan of the MINIONS and like all the other fans, even I was excited to watch their very first stand-alone film. But, I was consternated, when I got betrayed with the unpolished, stodgy prequel of this truly amazing series.

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The plot highlights the tale of how the minions have been existent way before mankind has been. They have been searching for the most evil and nefarious master since their birth. However, no one could change their bad luck, as whoever they chose to serve for, has been killed because of their amateurishness. They then decide to start a new life in Antarctica all alone, but eventually found themselves fall into a depression, as they realize that they cannot do without someone to look over them. One of the minions namely Kevin (voiced by Pierre Coffin), frustrated with everything, decides to travel until he finds his tribe a new master. He eventually reaches New York city where he comes to know about the “Villian Con” and is thrilled to visit, in search of the most atrocious master.

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The portion of comedy engendered by the minions falls short for the two-hour long film. Plus, the screenplay needed a little bit more to it. Nevertheless, Minions earned more than 10 times the budget of proceeds. Still, that didn’t qualify the film to make itself a critically acclaimed one.

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The itsy-bitsy comedy here and there doesn’t engage a viewer to watch the film till the end. Don’t start hating the characters only because their plot is below average. 

2/5

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Brave – Almost perfect.

Katherine Sarafian, the producer, brings another delight to our eyes giving us a splendid flick. Who says cartoon movies aren’t genial? Have you watched Brave? I would conjure all of you to watch this relishable spectacle.

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This is a tale of a princess who was distinctive from the ‘typical-princess’ type, because she was born in a forest and spent most of her girlhood there. She loved adventure and  archery, contrary to other princesses! Having fought with her tyrant mother demanding exemption, she absconds from her castle. Her destiny steers her to a place, she wished it never did. How she deciphers the most colossal hitch of her life is well explained by Brenda Chapman, the story writer, the screenplay director and one of the directors of this film. Contributions are also appreciated by the co-executers, Chapman and Mark Andrews. The voices of Kelly Macdonald and Billy Connolly, I must add, were of a very lovely Scottish accent which gave it a very authentic zest.

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On the whole it is a sheer entertainer. Also, those three little kids added a relative amount of comedy, which is a joy to watch.

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4.5/5

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – Exquisite.

As described in the title of the film, this flick is not even a bit short of adventure. Packed with tons of action sequences and shipshape comedy, this movie does not fail to entertain.

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The graphics nowadays, are just eight to ten percent far from reality. In a few years’ time, I’m sure, developers will clone the real motion films completely. When I used to read Adventures of Tintin in a comic book, I never thought that it would turn into an actual film. Director Steven Spielberg gave a full square deal to the direction, taking into heed the minor most details of the characters and the scenes.

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Janusz Kamiński‘s cinematography is just gnarly. I wasn’t inattentive at any point of the film. Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig gave terrific voice expressions. Snowy, the dog and Thompson (voiced by Nick Frost) & Thompson (voiced by Simon Pegg) brothers are very jocular! Furthermore, I would appreciate specifically how each scene changed into another. Very innovative.

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The character of Tintin in Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is displayed exactly how it is in the book. How he ends up in a ship from his house, suddenly or how he has a lot of questions or how he reacts to every action or even how he solves every mystery towards the end of the story. Spielberg and screenplay artists Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, have succeeded in this obligation, which would have been one of the most arduous tasks.

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“There are plenty of others who are planning to call you a failure, a fool, a looser, a hopeless souse! Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal. That is what people pick up. Do you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it!”

– Captain Haddock.

4/5