Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review Of : Life Of Pi (3D)

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Just watched "LIFE OF PI" in 3D yesterday. (:

Directed By Ang Lee

Starring Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Adil Hussain

Based upon the bestselling book by Yann Martel, LIFE OF PI tells the story of a young man's incredible survival at sea against impossible odds when he is the only human who survived the shipwrecked. While cast away, he went through an amazing journey and forms an unexpected connection another survivor; a Bengal Tiger. 

First thing I would I to express is that the visuals are amazing. 

In my opinion, the visuals are on par to "Avatar" and "Hugo". In certain scenes, its like "Avatar" on Earth. 
With amazing graphics/CGI and great cinematography. Truly, worth it in 3D. And can you believe it that the Tiger is CGI? I can't tell the difference between the scenes which they used a real Tiger & the CGI one. 

The overall story is rather simple but really heartwarming with a touch of humour. 
Just saying, It reminds me of background in "Titanic" (shipwrecked) , "127 Hours" (the isolation & the will to survive) "Slum-dog Millionaire"(maybe because its in India) and weirdly "Jungle Book". 
But all that aside, "Life Of Pi" serves a good message of faith, wonder,courage and to not give up hope.

Although, I was hoping for something more, but overall "Life Of Pi" was really good. Ang Lee succeeded to made a good movie from a good book. Maybe, I might want to read the book myself. 

As I said the story was simple but rather touching. I like the fact that they added a touch of humour & wonder in the movie. 
Plot-wise, really interesting & captivating. I will not say anymore, as I do not want to spoil it for you. :)
Good acting. Pi acted by Suraj Sharma accompanied by other casts did a great job with bringing out the emotional aspect of the film.  
Visually, stunning. Great cinematography & graphics. Til now, I wonder how they did it, I'm still trying to differentiate which is real & which is CGI. Amazing. 
The music really brought the emotion & life to the story overall.

Although, this movie may not make you tear up, but it is truly touching. 
All in all, a great message delivered with a good story. I recommend you to watch it in 3D. (:

My Rating?

Plot : 3.75/5
Storyline : 3.5/5
Characters*: 3.75/5 
Effects** :5/5
OVERALL : 8.75/10.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review Of : Rise Of The Guardians (3D)

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I've just watched "RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" in 3D a few days ago. 

Directed By Peter Ramsey

Voiced By Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law

When the guardians are threatened by a dark evil force lead by Pitch, The Boogeyman. North aka Santa Claus, Bunnymund aka Easter Bunny, Sandy aka Sandman and Tooth aka Tooth Fairy have to band up together to fight him. They are then joined by Jack Frost, who is chosen to be a guardian by The Man In The Moon to assist them to stop Pitch's evil plans to bring back fear in all the children of the world. 

Rise Of The Guardians tells a simple story of good vs evil, but with a different perspective, and not like Avengers fighting off aliens from another realm. This movie is more of a children animated film with tells about fear & believe/faith which is truly a really nice message.

The main character of Jack Frost is really captivating. I like how they made him a character who is lonely & longs to be believed in. Although, I was expecting more of his character, but it's alright. There are also many interesting characters like North, Sandy, Bunnymund also the elfs & Yetis. 

Story-wise, a simple & interesting story, especially for children. Great for a family holiday movie.
The plot, could have been better. I was expecting more in contrast to other animated movies like previous DreamWorks animations.
Characters was really charming & funny. With good voice casts. Although, I never thought that The Easter Bunny's voice was Hugh Jackman. :P 
Visually, it is indeed an eye candy. With fly-overs, colourful & beautiful scenes, snow & great graphics its truly worth the watch in 3D
The music was well scored & gives the epic feel with a touch of magical holiday season. 

P.S. - Don't go off straight when the credits begin as there is a small scene during the credits. (:

In a nutshell, if you plan for a fun & interesting family movie with a good message, watch Rise Of The Guardians. 

My Rating?

Plot : 3/5
Storyline : 3.75/5
Characters*: 4/5 
Effects** :4.25/5
OVERALL : 8/10.

Trailer : 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review Of : War Of The World : Goliath (3D)

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Watched "WAR OF THE WORLDS : GOLIATH" in 3D a couple of days ago. 

Directed By Joe Pearson

Voiced By Adrian Paul, Adam Baldwin, Peter Wingfield, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes, Beau Billingslea, Mark Sheppard

In 1899, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martian's 80 ft tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth's tiny bacteria.In 1914, on the eve of World War I, Martians stage a second attack, stronger and more powerful than before, to complete what they had begun. But this time, they meet a very different Earth. This time, the humans fight back.

First of all, I'm quite sure that you heard of this movie its because of the news that War of the Worlds
 : Goliath won for Best 3D Animated Film in The LA Film Festival, am I right? 
Well, none the less, the 3D effects are really quite good. Considering that this is a 2D animated film and its local. :P 

Despite the downside of the rather predictable plot & bland script. The story, layout, design & effects serve well in contrast. 

I have to say that I'm really impressed with the animation of the characters & the concept artwork not forgetting the well-composed music that makes it epic. This will be great film if you love war, bi-planes, steam-punk designs & all.  

The story was interesting but I really wished that they had a more solid script & a better plot. I believe the main idea of World of the World is to give homage to H.G. Well's original story. 
The voice casts was really good. Taking international voices that matched the characters well. Each character would have performed better if they were given more screen time in my opinion.
Visuals, as I said, I'm impressed. In my opinion, the animation of the characters are very "anime-ish". The layout & the artwork are well-done & deserve a praise.

 All in all, World Of The Worlds : Goliath is indeed one of the few successful local films. I recommend you to watch it for the visuals. If possible, in 3D of course. (: 

My Rating?

Plot : 3/5
Storyline : 3.75/5
Characters*: 3.5/5 
Effects** :4/5
OVERALL : 7.25/10.

Trailer : 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review Of : Skyfall

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Just watched "SKYFALL" a few days ago. (:

Directed By Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

SKYFALL, from Albert R Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007.


At last, another of the year's most anticipated movie is finally out in the cinemas. 
Skyfall was really good overall. 

Well, many reviews have said relatively that this 23rd installment of the James Bond 007 series is one of the best. The overall undertaking of the film's story is really interesting as it focuses on the characters instead of other mainstream action films which just focuses on action & "bang-bang-boom".

The movie begins with Bond (Daniel Craig) and Eve (Naomi Harris) in a retrieval operation in Istanbul, which ends in disaster when Eve accidentally shoots Bond under M (Judi Dench)'s instruction. With Bond missing and presumed dead, and the identities of every active undercover MI6 agent leaked onto the internet, questions are raised over M's ability to run the Secret Service, and she becomes the subject of a government review over her handling of the situation. When the service itself is attacked, Bond's sudden reappearance gives M the pretext she needs to seek out Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a dangerous villain claiming a personal connection to both of them, but Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past.

I'm also really impressed by the overall cinematography of the film. From the beginning credits that was accompanied by Adele's Skyfall and creative cinematography throughout the whole film til the end. The film also brought in elements from previous Bond films.(Hint: picture above :P ) 

The story, overall, was really interesting & a successful undertaking from previous Bond films as it tells the history of the characters and making it more realistic. 
The overall plot was done pretty well. Do not over-expect too much, as I always say. The plot of the film was quite good as it consists of fair amount of action without disturbing the flow of the story although I expected more conflicts. 
The acting was real good. Great casts. Although I think the character of Raoul Silva acted by Javier Bardem could have more screen time but it was okay. His character also reminds me of The Joker in The Dark Knight, which too portrays an intimidating, smart & somewhat psychotic villain. The other casts played well too. 
Visually, as I stated previously, the cinematography was well done as it make used of reflections, silhouettes, and more.  Also, the film was shot in many locations from England to Shanghai which was shot beautifully. 

All in all, Skyfall is a must watch, It is also available in IMAX, which I think it might be really good. 

My Rating?

Plot : 4/5
Storyline : 4/5
Characters*: 4/5 
Effects** :4.25/5
OVERALL : 8.75/10.


Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:

Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.


The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.

SO, there it is. Thanks! :)