Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Truman Show

Released in 1999, the story of Truman Burbank and his utopian life is one that remains highly relevant till this day. Up until a few years ago, I used to walk out of the house thinking I was being watched. Whether I was sitting on a completely empty train, walking through a crowd or sitting in a class, I was convinced that I was being judged and analysed from somewhere, somehow. The Truman Show captures that feeling and nails it exactly. Except, Truman is actually being watched, by millions, and his life is being portrayed as a Television show worldwide.

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When you’re sitting in your Literature class and your teachers pulls out an old Shakespeare text and says that Shakespeare used a metaphor to present this and this simile means that; and you just wonder, really? Did Shakespeare really intend for all of these hidden meanings behind his writing? Andrew Niccol’s screenplay is similar in that I’m certain he didn’t intend to write an original piece that would 1) predict the nature of Reality TV, 2) present an illusion that would confirm the common feeling of being watched [such as mine above], 3) show the frailties of existence, 4) portray the weirdest form of voyeurism, 5) place a God-like character (Christof) as the antagonist and many more aspects of the writing that were analysed by critics, academics and audiences post-release. I’m glad I didn’t have to study this movie and I really think that they should take it away from all academic syllabuses. The Truman Show is a joyous story, a satirical comment on the over-analytical nature of the human being. To force the story on educational papers would snatch the luxury of making your own judgement on the movie. Instead, you’ll think what the academics and the teacher thinks.

Jim Carrey delivers his greatest act in a role that seems curated for him only. I truly enjoyed the [literally] supporting cast and their contributions. Truman’s best friend is a beautiful liar, his wife is an imperfect actress, and the people he bumps into every single day do a consistent job of being repetitive. The scene where his father returns is amazingly fake but still manages to hit an emotional nerve due to the background music, the camera angles and the honest acting from Carrey; what an awkward scene. Ed Harris is close to stealing the show with his sure and stern portrayal of Christof. His justification during the interview scene is admirable. The comparisons of Christof to Christ are a little bit much but I respect whoever concluded that and I’m sure the makers of the movie would appreciate it too. Conclude of it what you want. Give your own take on what the makers intended but make sure you remain open enough to truly enjoy this masterpiece, which lives as one of the greatest movies ever made.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Evacuee

Neil sent me to watch The Evacuee at The Chelsea Theatre last night. It has a short run but Quint-Essential have done a great job with it and have proven themselves as masters in the theatre-horror genre. Can't wait to see what they have next year.

There's still time to book and I'm very sure they have tickets on the door so have a look at my review and check out the show before it finishes its run.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Krrish 3 (Movie Review)

The Sci-Fi superhero genre remains a heavily shaded one in Bollywood. We’ve seen sincere attempts made and some laughable ones. The latest to provide some light comes in the follow up of Rakesh Roshan's beloved invention, Krrish; undoubtedly the only superhero that has managed to connect with the Indian audience and create a sense of hysteria similar to Batman, Superman and Spiderman. I read somewhere that Rakesh had to delay his development of the sequel after watching James Cameron’s Avatar. Krrish 3 comes at a time where expectations are sky-high following recent Hollywood greats such as The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and Avengers Assemble. Whilst there are too many blips to just ignore, Krrish 3 is a great statement piece to present on an international level.

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The story flows very well from its predecessor and the inclusion of Rohit Mehra is natural. Not to mention very charming. The movie takes a long time to get going in order to create context in the clearest way possible. A set of antagonistic mutants lead and controlled by the intimidatingly dark Kaal aim to spread pain across the nation. Until they collide with the father-son combination that quietly protect their city from evil like Batman. An open battle with references to animals, gods and legends makes the story very engaging and that’s a huge part of the process ticked off. To compliment further, Red Chillies VFX – who have outdone themselves in every way – provide Bollywood’s most decorated answer to the Hollywood examples listed above. The scene where Hrithik stops a plane and an introduction into Kaal’s kayanat (universe) are just mere glimpses. The second-half is packed full of excellent visuals and the theatrical trailer just did not do it any justice. I went in expecting an improvement, but I left with amazement.

What I cannot comprehend is how immaturely placed the marketing of Krrish 3 is throughout the movie. Thanks: I will definitely be sure to check out Mcdonald's, Subway, Bollywood Hungama, that watch brand, the trainers and everything else that was conspicuous. Speaking of immaturity, the character of Krishna is the same height, has the same hair and the same figure as Krrish the superhero. Even Hannah Montana had a wig. Surely some difference in the two would have been wise and diminish the popular opinion that Indian audiences lack sense. Lastly, I felt the mutants should have had some limit or stipulation to delve deeper into their powers.  Such as Kaya who has probably got the best power in the whole story. As expected, the music isn't good. 

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There are many things that contribute to making Krrish 3 what it is. On top of the tree stands the hero himself, Hrithik Roshan. He’s excellent as Rohit, and powerful as Krrish. The emotion in his eyes, his veins and his dialogue are excellent and he’s in the greatest shape he’s ever been in- imagine! Kangna looks very hot as Kaya and is as seductive as Catwoman. She deserved more scope in her major contribution at the end but throughout the movie, she was excellent and intimidating. Priyanka Chopra does very well and is actually useful this time as opposed to last time. Vivek was decent in his role, but I feel “meh” about Kaal. The twist in his story was well-executed and the handicapped nature was a good start. Overall however, he just wasn’t intimidating enough; especially compared to Arjun Rampal’s Ra-One.

The movie works and I hope it’ll convince some of the major production houses to invest into a new story, with a new star. The VFX is certainly most ready and it’s time for another actor to show that Bollywood has more than just one hope. Yeah, there are some annoying flaws that the westernised audience won’t take well. But regardless, Hrithik and his father should be lauded for their efforts. My 6 year old nephew left the cinema hall chanting “Krrish, Krrish, Krrish” and that’s probably the best result that Krrish 3 has produced.

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My theatrical version of Stan

My theatrical version of Stan