Saturday, May 24, 2008

Movies, movies n movies

Being a movie buff, I watch a lots of movies, both on screen and on DVD. Some movies touch us and some movies scare (not literally) us. I've seen enough of the movies of both those categories. But last week, I saw some wonderful movies and want to share those(only the reviews not the DVD) with you all. Those movies are Juno, Vantage Point and Gamyam(Telugu).

Juno: I bought this movie more than a month back but never had the enthusiasm or interest to watch it. One day in the last week, I was so f#$%ed up in office that I decided to watch something pleasant other than the usual dishum-dishum, bang-bang stuff. It was then that I was reminded of this movie and believe me, I have to search a lot to find this one from my DVD collection (I maintain my flat neat but coming to the DVD's, you can find them everywhere).
Coming to the movie, it's a simple movie with a minimal storyline. It deals with the story of sixteen year-old Juno Macguff who's quite "independent". She does what she wants, never really caring about what other may think of her. The movie starts with her finding that she's pregnant after a one-night fling with her best friend. She immediately decides to have an abortion but later, decides against it and plans to donate the baby to a well-to-do couple who are looking for children. The story is about the various situations and incidents that Juno experiences till the birth of her baby.
Everything about this movie is kept so simple. The narration is straight-forward without much twists and turns. But, it's the acting of the lead actors that makes this movie more interesting. Believe me, you'll fall in love with the character of Juno(reminds us of Hasini in Bommarillu, a hit telugu movie). The character was portrayed excellently by Ellen Page. In fact, you imagine anyone in her place. The other characters like that Juno's parents, the lady who adopts the baby(Jennifer Garner) were also well played. I can give the movie a 3.75 out of 5.

Vantage Point: This movie is what I've never expected. Of late, I was watching many action movies but had this feeling of why-don't-we-stick-to-the-good-old-action-movies. Many of the recent action flicks are such a bore that I've decided to stick to comedies for sometime. I saw the reviews of this movie and felt like watching it on big screen. But I was on vacation at the time of its release and somehow neglected it. My DVD guy told me that the DVD has come and I took it up but of late, I was not finding time to watch any movie at a stretch. On the weekend, after returning from a meet-my-friends, I started the movie at 11 15 PM and I didn't move from my sofa till the end (except when I went for a leak in the middle of the movie). In fact, it would be good if I wrote that I can't move instead of I didn't move.
This movie is full of twists and turns (but not like the boring ones in Race, Bollywood movie). It's the story of an attempted assassination on the POTUS (now, don't ask me what POTUS is. It's the President Of The United States). An assassination attempt is made and the culprits succeed in getting their victim. But, is that their real victim? If not, what happened to the original victim and did the terrorists realize this? And if it's the real victim, what are the after-effects of the assassination?
One thing that stands out in this movie is the narration of the story. The same story is told through the eyes of five diferent people. The scenes are placed so well that every scene will ignite a certain spark of interest. My rating for this movie is a 4 out of 5.

Gamyam: It’s been quite sometime since we saw some meaningful movie in Telugu. Almost all the movies are filled with masala and violence with a minimal storyline. But this particular movie, Gamyam, is a breather for guys like me. It’s something untouched, very novel and simple script.
The story is simple. One rich-and-spoilt guy falls in love with an orphan who’s a small time social activist too. She finds that this guy has doesn’t have any interest in society and hates the word “poor”. She leaves him for good and sets off to another place. The protagonist then realizes his mistake and then sets out in search of her on a bike. He meets a petty n witty motor-cycle thief who joins him in search for his love. The incidents that the protagonist faces on this journey makes him realize that the real world is beyond the late-night parties and rich, lavish life.
The highlights of the movie are the simplicity of the movie, low hype about the movie, the perfect portrayal of the Gaali Seenu(thief) by Allari Naresh, the screenplay and witty dialogs. There are many light-hearted moments in the movie but at the same time, we experience many emotional scenes too. The debate about naxalism in the climax educates us to some extent too. The rating for this flick is a cool 4 out 5.

So, here ends my much-requested post (by some friends) of reviews. I hope it is OK and I didn’t over-hype any of the above movies.

33 comments:

Krishna Kumar said...

Nice post...and to i've given the chance to share about Gamyam...firstly,i would have posted about Hot looking Kamalni... :P

Solitaire said...

I have watched Juno (none of the others) and really liked it! What a co-incidence. I also put up a movie review on "Woes of a Psychologist". Where have you been these past few days?

brocasarea said...

hmm...to be frank juno is quite boring..liked Vantage point!!..:)...

Anvita said...

Havent seen Juno but will wtach it soon....

talking abt Vantage point oh i just love the way the movie is made....yeah i really like how different people had differenet perspective to their stories....amazing movie. n yeah i thjink mathew fox is hot in the movie hehe

ceedy said...

cool dude

juno is on my list this weekend...
so will read your post only after i watch it...

i watched cloverfield and old one catch me if you can...

Ashu said...

Juno is good movie :)) rest i cudnt see, language barriers...hope they had some subtitles :))

forgot my blog ?

vishvsambyal said...

Hey... Juno was nice...but vantage point was excellent... and well i havent seen this telegu film but i have seen bomarillu... it was one of the best movies i ever saw... really... appado ippado.... wah wah

vishvsambyal said...

i am samby..this is my new blog!!!

Satish Bolla said...

@kk
men are men(that doesn't mean that am not a man)

2solitaire
juno was like a cool breeze. ya, read that review n commented on it also. remember?

Satish Bolla said...

@brocasarea
juno is ok man. something refreshing. but as u said, vantage point was superb

@anvita
watch juno soon. i jus loved the whole concept of vantage point.fox is a real fox in the movie

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
it's ok to read my reviews bhai. in fact, most of my reviews will b previews. i don't leak any twists n turns. saw cloverfield on a pirated dvd. but felt bored n slept.

@ashu
language barrier for vantage point? babe, it's an out n out english flick. check it out. gamyam is being made into hindi soon. so don't worry abt sub-titles

Satish Bolla said...

@vishvsambyal
hey dude, wassup? i was denied permission to "enduring spirit" n was thinking bat how to get in touch with you. thank god, u dropped by. will check out ur new blog.
ya, juno was nice n vantage point was excellent. even i like "bommarillu". i hope they remake it into hindi too.

Keshi said...

hvnt seen it..guess I must now. Good review Satish.

Keshi.

Krishna Kumar said...

anna..naa comment ki nee reply arthammavala..@ :|

vishvsambyal said...

I love bomarillu man...its fukin awesum..i watched it like 24 times man... really..i dunno bout hindi... they are making it..but thewn they cant recreate original one

Anvita said...

hmmm i staretd liked mathew fox from the LOST series, again i love his side smile n ofcourse the way he acts as well heheh

Apple said...

I haven't seen any of these movies...but 'ld love to see Gamyam and Juno...

Vee... said...

even i loved gamyam especially gali seenu's role :D
juno, i think thats not my kinda movie but yes all the major characters acted really well. and am yet to watch vantage point..

Ps said...

Juno sounds interesting.
Thanks for droppin by.
Cheers!
Ps

RADhika said...

oh good.. i was thinking to watch Vantage Point, but was somehow hesitating...

brocasarea said...

@ satish...yeah some liked it..:)...and saw 21 also..its also pretty good!!

Satish Bolla said...

@keshi
thanx buddy. did u see them?

@kk
babu, men eppudu heroines kosame chusthaaru antunna

Satish Bolla said...

@vishvsambyal
bommarillu was one of best n novel movies ever made in telugu. not even a part of the script was borrowed frm any other language. loved each n every frame of that movie.

@anvita
believe me, i never saw even a single episode of the LOST series. somehow, i had this notion that this is a free remake of another series in AXN called AMAZON(this used to come in 1999). now, planning to buy the dvds of LOST

Satish Bolla said...

@apple
watch as soon as u can. but don't miss vantage point at any cost.

@vee
galli seenu rocks. especially the scene in which he says to abhiram(when they enter heroine's village) "adhi yaganti, idhi aunty". that scene rocks.

Satish Bolla said...

@ps
it's my pleasure. to b frank, all the three movies r good.

@radhika
plz don't hesitate at least now....

Satish Bolla said...

@brocasarea
ya, heard abt that one. got to watch.

Vee... said...

and u remember that "puli bidda" dialogue? its hilarious =)

Satish Bolla said...

@vee
that was one hell of a dialogue. one of the best in the recent times. died laughing. was narrating that scene to each n every one of my frnd.....

LollyPop said...

vantage point,national treasure 2 are on my list this weekend :-)

carolinagal said...

Loved Juno!!
haven't seen 'Vantage Point' yet.

Satish Bolla said...

@lollypop
national treasure 2 is an okie movie. not good not bad.

@carolinagal
watch it soon n let me know how u felt(don't scold me if u didn't like it)

Naren said...

I will watch gaymam today, got the dvd but yet to watch it

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