Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Luck (2009)



Luck, the second film by Soham Shah, is not the debacle that Kaal was. In fact the movie, although it is not, feels like a "White Feather Films" production, having been cut from the same fabric as Plan and Musafir. The one factor that links them all is obvious - Sanjay Dutt, typecast in his usual role, though this makes the movie more entertaining as a result. That is all this movie aims to be anyway -- entertaining.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)


For avid fans of the Harry Potter books, this movie may be yet another disappointment. It leaves out too many details and gets much of the mythology wrong; but when viewed as a movie series, the latest installment of this now mighty movie franchise is a marked improvement over many of its predecessors. In fact, it is the second best movie of the franchise, bettered only by Alfonso CuarĂ³n's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but not without being made to wait for such a long time since the series began its cinematic life 8 years ago.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)



Rating it by non-Pixar standards, the third outing of the prehistoric beasts is an above average fare. Rating by its own standards, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a major improvement on its predecessor Ice Age: The Meltdown, the placid sequel to the wonderful Ice Age. This improvement though does not come in the storytelling or character-development, but mostly by simply introducing a wonderful eccentric new character that carries the movie through and through.