Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rambo (2008)

John Rambo, as the title sequence called this movie, is indeed a movie that finally completely proves how violence can be used to preach anti-violence. This movie has such realistic gore, without ever glorifying it, that I had to convince myself while watching it that it is just a movie. Rambo's insanely calm and cold-blooded demeanor while he massacres an entire infantry is reminiscent of how killing so many people has killed him of human emotions.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

300 (2006)

Before, during and after watching this movie I realize this movie was made with just one purpose - to entertain. No social messages, no character study. Just plain fun. Well, maybe not so plain, but sure as hell lots of fun.

I have not read the book; hence I am not in a position to judge how true the movie stays to the book - in look or in feel. Watching the movie in itself is such a wonderfully visceral and testosterone–fueled experience that it stands for itself apart from the book.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Johnny Gaddar (2007)

There is no dispute on Vijay Anand being the de facto Master of Suspense/Thriller in Indian Cinema history. So when we have a movie that pays tribute to this master (starting from quite an obvious title), purists like me sit up and get ready to tear apart any fallings. Consider the astonishment when the movie not only lives up to the name, but dignifies it! That this movie actually got made, and then received a wide-release is in itself a surprise - hardly are any studios or distributors in India who support movies that do not conform to the fabric of established norms of Bollywood. Yet we have this movie. Raghavan gives us a genuine film-noir that is so rare that it is easy to lose it in the mêlée of mediocrity that Bollywood blockbusters represent.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Saawariya (2007)

A grossly misunderstood masterpiece of a movie from Bhansali that might just drive him back to commercial facades only because hardly anyone is able to understand this movie, far appreciate it. I consider it as good as his best work (Khamoshi - The Musical) and in some ways even better. It is more thematic, more intimate and far more mature, yet made with the fervor of boyish charm that Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) exudes as the main lead. It also equally shares the beautiful self-alluring dream-world inhabitance as lived by Sakina (Sonam Kapoor), the other half of the lead pair. On par with any of world cinema in techniques (direction, editing, cinematography, production - oh, the production!), Bhansali weaves for us an exquisite experience that is so illusive that it is an achievement in itself that he actually got a free hand from the producers to make and release the movie as it is.

I may have lost my marbles completely and this movie may forever be forgotten, but I am willing to compare it to the fate of Pyaasa - chided, derided and unforgiven on release; one of the greatest masterpieces out of India in retrospect.

My rating --> 4.5 of 5