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Fantastic Four – The worst reboot.

When we discuss about reboots of a film, they are supposed to be so strong, in all aspects of a film. So much that they give at least a competitive fight to the original. Fant4stic literally scorns the original film and their name in the Hollywood industry.

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I did not like the idea of showing them [Reed Richards (played by Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (played by Jamie Bell)] as born scientists. Yes, they were geniuses but don’t make it look so over-the-hill that they are creating a teleportation prototype at the age of ten. Plus, how can Michael. B. Jordon and Kate Mara play Johnny & Sue Storm? Weren’t they siblings in the comics? Not only the cast was chosen imperfectly but the story is unexciting and very badly reformed. A lot of action is missing, which is an important element of any Marvel based motion picture. It is not only about actors performances in a film, it is also about the plot, cast selection, cinematography, screenplay and finally the direction. None of which is up to the mark.

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Here, everything is just a chaos, shrinking the film within a 100 minutes, forgetting about the detail. This flick also reminded me of another Marvel reboot, The Amazing Spiderman (2012), which too, didn’t make as much of an impression as the original Spider-Man (2002) did. [regardless of the revenue it generated]

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As much as I adored the prior series of the same name, although, it got mixed reviews from the critics in 2005, this remake just puts down the Marvel’s first and the oldest hero squad. Don’t even search for its torrent online, later.

1/5

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Thor: The Dark World – Hit and miss.

As exciting the first part was, introducing Thor as a super hero, this sequel didn’t exceed or even reach to that level. It had a good build, howbeit, consisted a mediocre story-line. I am glad I didn’t opt to watch it in 3D. It would have been a waste of money.

Apart from the wondrous Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Tom Hiddleston (as Loki) had a very short and sweet role but towards the end he tends to leave us with a lot of questions. Needless to say, all of these actors, Natalie Portman (as Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (as Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (as Erik Selvig), Idris Elba (as Heimdall, Christopher Eccleston (as Malekith), Ray Stevenson (as Volstagg), Zachary Levi (as Fandral), Kat Dennings (as Darcy Lewis), Tadanobu Asano (as Hogun), Rene Russo (as Frigga), Adewale AkinnuoyeAgbaje (as Algrim/Kurse) and Jaimie Alexander (as Sif) are par excellence.

Action sequences (which are supposed to be the USP here) are adequate, not enough and definitely not mind blowing. All of the actors who weren’t utilized so much in the first part, are given longer screen time – which is nice to see. So, basically, Thor: The Dark World doesn’t bore you out completely, yet, it doesn’t leave you inquisitive about what’s going to happen next either.

After credit scenes always leave you with so many questions and are always worth the wait. Plus, many don’t even know that these scenes exist and unfortunately they miss out on one of the most important parts of the flick. As a Marvel fan, I would urge you to wait until the credits end, there is a surprise waiting for you.

2.5/5

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – New aged.

Do you remember watching a cartoon called as Ninja Turtles when you were younger? There were Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael and their father/master Splinter. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a reboot of the original comic series and the film.

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Everything being in adequate amounts, and by everything I mean, the action, comedy and the science fiction, this film delivers more than expected. Michelangelo’s (played by Noel Fisher) comedy, all the turtles [Leonardo (played by Pete Ploszeck/Johnny Knoxville), Donatello (played by Jeremy Howard) and Raphael (played by Alan Ritchson] in action, the direction by Jonathan Liebesman were not so bad! Most of the Hollywood critics and newspapers gave this flick a very low rating but I would definitely go on the contrary and give them good marks.

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Notwithstanding, I still have to see the TMNT films of 1990’s but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be better than this. After her “big break” in life with Transformers (2007) and she also starring in the sequel Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009), Megan Fox (as April O’Neil) hasn’t received any distinguished or an appealing role in films or the films she has done afterward haven’t worked so well in the box office. Hence, this is the one wherein she got more exposure but she looks way smaller in size than compared to her first blockbuster where she is bolder and sexier, looks-wise.

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Moreover, the two antagonists, Tohoru Masamune (as The Shredder) and William Fichtner (as Eric Sacks), even though with smaller roles, played them very nicely. Plus, this is my observation, the makers made the turtles look very big, which is a good thing, but they also made them look VERY realistic which made them not so pleasing to glance at.

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P.S: It has made a gross worldwide total of $493.3 million, against a budget of $125 million. This proves the legacy Ninja Turtles has created over the decades. It is quite recognized, massive and rigid. It wouldn’t matter as to what critics say about it, it will become a commercial, box office hit.

3.5/5

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past – For the new generation.

Back in the day when super hero movies or mutant movies was the new trend of Hollywood and people used to be amazed of whatever Bryan Singer of the X-Men series or the other phenomenal directors of various different superhero films showed them via Marvel or DC Comics.

But now, people tend to expect more in terms of action, drama, story and technology. The bar has been raising, year by year. This film was the smartest move by Singer and the screenplay team, Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn as they collaborated the futures and pasts of the X-Men in such a way that it can be molded and given a fresh start if the makers want to do so.

Even though Ellen Page (as Kitty Pryde), James McAvoy, Ian McKellen (as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (as Charles Xavier / Professor X) were the most important characters of the film, I think Hugh Jackman (as Logan / Wolverine) and Evan Peters (as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver) stole the show with their witty portrayal.

The story is brilliant, yet, X-Men: Days Of Future Past lacked in the action bit. Lastly, I wouldn’t forget to mention about my most favorite character from Game Of Thrones television series, Peter Dinklage (as Dr. Bolivar Trask). I was surprised to see him in the film. Herein, he displayed his diversity by playing a scientist and unquestionably played it to perfection.

3.5/5

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Glutted.

“Go Spidey!”, everyone shouts in the audience in the film. But did newly reformed Spider-Man go that far to impress us in this Spidey sequel too?

Forgive me, but I’ll mention this in every review I write on a Spider-Man movie, that, no one can outdo the first Spider-Man a.k.a Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi‘s films. Although, this Spider-Man is slimmer, fitter, taller, cooler and more comical. It is funny and entertaining to watch how easily he takes on his responsibilities, when/if compared to the original.

The expectations were high because the first installment did well when Andrew Garfield was brought in to portray the new Peter Parker. He is new-aged and witty. Something new for Spider-Man’s character in films. Even Paul Giamatti (as Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino) and Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin) showed their charm.

However, I am truly shocked that even four story writers, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt couldn’t make the plot engaging enough. Emma is adorable as his love interest. Jamie Foxx (as Max Dillon) proves to be a great antagonist to Garfield. In fact, some of the visuals effects given to his character Electro and some of the action scenes are jaw-dropping!

Lastly, the duration of the film went too long. Perhaps, there were way too many foes stuffed in, when just one could’ve been sufficient? Or the writers wanted to show it all, forecasting the dull future of this franchise.

P.S: Just read the newspapers, the film Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron beat the records of The Amazing Spiderman 2. I rest my case.

2.5/5

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RoboCop – Not so nostalgic.

When I was a kid, I used to love watching the cartoon series. It was such a great story and I still remember, blurrily, that it used to come on television every week and I used to wait for it enthusiastically.

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A week back, I heard that it is being made into a film [again] and of course I was excited about it and was waiting for it to release. The fact is that the story is uninteresting. I was waiting for something in the film which might blow me over. That something never arrived.

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Throwing light on the individual performances, I didn’t find the lead Joel Kinnaman so appealing. He wasn’t a great actor and definitely was not felicitous for the character of RoboCop. On the other hand, Gary Oldman is the best of all, the most experienced and a brilliant fit. Michael Keaton played a good foe. Abbie Cornish played the perfect wife. Jay Baruchel with his epic comic timing and great acting skill is apt, supporting the actors. In fact, all actors seemed helpful to each other. Plus, I don’t know what the hell was Samuel L. Jackson doing in the film, totally unessential.

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I’d rather go watch the RoboCop which was released 27 years ago, in 1987, as it was a blockbuster at the box-office and this one was nowhere close to the current remake. It was of course, something new at that time, thus, it thrilled the audience. Moving on, Jose Padilha (the director) and producers Marc Abraham & Eric Newman should have thought it out first before making the film, as to what the audience actually want to see.

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My friend was reminded of the hit series ‘Iron Man’ during this film because, including the costume, there are so many other things which were similar to it. Honestly, all this technology, has already been shown and not only that, even the STORY should also be engrossing.

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All in all, this was a waste of time and bucks. Those who haven’t watched it and have the desire to do so, please watch it online.

2/5

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Krrish 3 – A bad move.

My friend and I are huge fans of Hrithik Roshan, and we were too excited to watch his new flick. We had pre-booked the tickets and were eagerly waiting for the release date to come.

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I don’t know what got into the director’s mind and he made such a subpar film with such a bad story. I was laughing so much on how cheesy the dialogues were in the film, specially a film which is a 2013 release. Its not 1990, Mr. Rakesh Roshan, where people actually kept all the cheesy dialogues in mind, to repeat them, eventually. Especially youngsters. There is a good amount and quality of technology shown in the film, on which nearly one and a half years were spent. I applaud that. But again, it looked like they’ve taken so much from the Hollywood, specially from films like Superman, X-Men and Justice League. Most of the scenes reminded me of these movies. Not to mention, the characters, including the villain, all are characters from the X-Men or probably very similar, if not the same. I mean, that’s pathetic. Why wouldn’t you ever create something of your own? [my question to Indian directors]

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I loved the performances of Vivek Oberoi playing the villain and Jr. Roshan playing the father-son duo. Kangna Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra are just extras, I feel. Moving on to the music. It is probably the most head-aching music I’ve ever heard! Even Rajesh Roshan is still living in the nineties. Buck up man. Shouldn’t have even thought about Raghupati Raaghav! Its a chant and something which we Indians pray on. Come on! Although, there is just Dil Tu Hi Bata which sounded nice.

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I would surely enumerate about how much hard work Hrithik has put in this film, in every scene (especially the one in Jordan shooting the song Dil Tu Hi Bata). With his brain surgeries, back injuries, he’s completed a super-hero film. So, that’s a big thing and he should be well commended for that.

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At the end, all I can say is that elders and minors can go watch this film and I think they’ll like it. Plus, elders aren’t really aware of the Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters. Its a no-go for the mid-aged. It will be a comedy show for them.

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P.S: Director, you should have given a decent costume to Vivek. He is looking like garbage, literally. And, how can a device put life into someone/something and at the same time destroy someone? What logic!

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2/5