BRIDESMAIDS (2011)

This is a poster for Bridesmaids (2011 film).

photo: Universal Pictures

 

Running time: 125 mins

Bridesmaids by PAUL FEIG director of Knocked Up, is a fine example of the romantic comedy genre. Produced by Judd Apatow, who, once again, doesn’t fail to recognise good box office (also produced 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Anchorman, to name but a few). The film is a delightfully light-hearted, look at the life of Annie, played by KRISTEN WILG, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Annie is best friend of the bride to be, Lillian, MAYA RUDOLPH (Daughter of the singer Minnie Ripperton), she has a failed business and is in denial about her current relationship.

Just as her life is falling apart, Lillian, asks her to be her Maid of Honour, no problem there, it should be easy as they’ve known each other their entire lives, but Lillian has a new best friend Helen (ROSE BYRNE), who is glamorous, super rich, and not content to be just one of the bridesmaids. Annie, in contrast has a job she hates in a jewellery store, 350 dollars in the bank and rent due. The two women, vie not only for the affections of the bride-to-be, but for the kudos of being Maid of Honour; some of the most tragi-comic moments of the film are played out through their warring.

The film begins with Annie in bed with her ‘f*** buddy’ being manhandled literally and pretending to enjoy it. Oddly, when Annie does eventually get into bed with someone with whom she is in tune with, we don’t see the sex scenes and are left to imagine that they are a great step up from what she was accustomed to, the decision not to show the scene between Annie and the cop is perhaps because there is no on-screen chemistry between them The on-screen sexual chemistry is left to the larger than life character of the groom’s sister, Megan, MELISSA McCARTY, whose hilarious antics are a real highlight in the film, especially the scene with the meeting between her and her real life husband BEN FALCONE, who plays an Air Marshall meeting on a plane bound for Las Vegas, it is so funny and the development of her character is a lesson in how not to ‘judge a book by its cover’. Man that woman is limber!

Before the trip to Vegas Annie has to contrive a hen party on a budget and takes the motley group of bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant, where everyone gets food poisoning, giving rise to an absolutely gross scene in an exclusive bridal shop entirely carpeted in white with only one toilet, oh and a sink!

The film has flashes of the Farrelly brother humour aka There’s Something About Mary’ and also the toilet humour of Dumb and Dumber, but this comedy is of a higher calibre, more akin to the Nora Ephron perspective, well it was written by two women. There’s a wasted cameo by British comedian Matt Lucas as Annie’s flat-mate which fails to ignite, however, the actress who plays his sister is spookily believable as a genetic sibling.

This is a very funny film (except for the policeman’s fake Irish accent-not funny at all) and a great chick-flick that your boyfriend will love too.

Rating: 4*

Movie review by Rowena Johnson, WN Film critic.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

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Running Time: 106 min.

The Adjustment Bureau directed by George Nolfi, is another short story made into film taken from the rich vein of Phillip K. Dick’s back catalogue. After Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report, one might have expected something equally exciting. Continue reading The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Credit: Madman Entertainment
Credit: Madman Entertainment

Running Time: 113 min.

A stunning directorial debut by David Michod, with superb casting by KIRSTY McGREGOR. The film opens with Joshua “J” Cody (JAMES FRECHEVILLE) being unable to draw his attention away from a TV game show whilst his mother lies dying from an overdose. Continue reading Animal Kingdom (2010)

Kites

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Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut, Nick Brown
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose
Music: Salim-Suleiman, Rajesh Roshan
Director: Anurag Basu
Producer: Rajesh Roshan
Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Duration: 2 hours
Rating: 2.5 / 5

A long awaited movie directed by Anurag Basu, Kites boosts up a love story crossing up the linguistic barriers along with hosting a blend of Indian curry spiced up with some Mexican nachos. A romantic anecdote between an Indian and Mexican, Kites is just worth a one time watch, only if you do not expect your popcorn to remain crispy, crusty and crunchy throughout the movie.
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Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

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Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Satish Kaushik, Akhilendra Mishra, Sanjay Mishra
Screenplay: Robin Bhatt, Ashwini Dhir, Tushar Hiranandani
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Editor: Dharmendra Sharma
Choreography: Raju Khan
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Direction: Ashwini Dhir
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures India
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes
Rating: 3/5

A more of a leer and simpler kind of drama by Ashwini Dhir, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is quite different from all the frenzied laugh acts that have been trying to make its audiences laugh recently in Bollywood. The movie does not even try to convince you that life is full of smiles and laughter, where as it just goes on creating condition where in you feel the warmth and smile off with a known eccentricity of the decipherable situations. Continue reading Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

It’s Complicated

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Star Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Lake Bell, John Krasinski, Rita Wilson, Mary Kay Place, Alexandra Wentworth, Hunter Parrish
Photography: John Toll
Music: Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira
Editor: Joe Hutshing, David Moritz
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Nancy Meyers, Scott Rudin
Release: Universal Pictures
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Duration: 2 hours
Rating: 3/5

In a mood for watching some mature romance with some tangy yet sweet and touching taste, then It’s Complicated should be there on your list. Directed by Nancy Meyers, the movie is all about love, marriage, divorce and everything in between all of this. The director has tried to transform a divorced couple into a romantic couple, signifying a faith in love persevering even after the marriage dies off.

The movie moves around a typical middle aged woman, who is proud of her hormones and does not see herself in midst of the dating game as a dust-laden aged intransigent Jane (Meryl Streep), is the mother of 3 grown up kids and has taken over 10 years of time to get over her divorce with her husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), who leaves her for a younger woman. But then, one chance of meeting her ex, on her son’s college graduation, sets off all the old currents into action. Just one innocuous meal together swings them off into an unimaginable love affair. Jake is remarried to Agness (Lake Bell), the young girl and Jane is now the other woman. Things do not end here, Adam (Steve Martin) is caught up in the middle of the renewed romance of Jane and Jake, who in turn loves Jane and the things start becoming complicated while the duo start to enjoy the joy that was left behind around a decade ago.

There is a witty chemistry between Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin and this keeps the audiences pampered with some meek cuddles and little pot smolders throughout the movie. Surely, there is something about Meryl Streep that makes her one of the Hollywood’s must-see Diva. Definitely she was perfect with her roles in Mama Mia and Julie and Julia, and truly carries off her success in her role in It’s Complicated. Yes, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were also the apt companions for her. Though, both the male characters are full of beans, the director has used a woman’s perspective to narrate the story.

Though, the movie is not that complicated as its title suggests, it turns out to be a worth watch this weekend.

Karthik Calling Karthik

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Star Cast : Farhan Akhtar , Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Vivaan Bhathena, Shefali Chhaya,Vipin Sharma,Yatin Karyekar
Story: Vijay Lalwani
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonca, Clinton Cerejo, Kailash Kher, K K, Suraj Jagan,Caralisa Monteiro
Cinematography: Sanu Verghese
Director: Vijay Lalwani
Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes
Rating: 2.5/5

Have you ever received a call from yourself? Is it possible? Actually this concept impulsively generates the curiosity in the film. Karthik Calling Karthik is a decent creation but unfortunately with an unconvincing conclusion. There are a lot of theories going about round and round inside the movie but on the whole the movie turns out to be unpersuasive. Continue reading Karthik Calling Karthik

Up In The Air

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Star Cast: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman
Editor: Dana E. Glauberman
Script: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
Music: Rolfe Kent
Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki and Jeffrey Clifford, released by Paramount Pictures.
Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes

An immensely topical film based on the novel by Walter Krin and directed by Jason Reitman, Up In The Air is rooted completely in today’s corporate culture, ethics of modern living, independence and success along with an envelope of self ostracism. With all the white-collared bewilderment moving in and out of the film, the movie is something about todays continuous, the people who appear to be heartless souls giving out the fearful firing sheets and the ones who jump off the bridges after getting the sheets. Continue reading Up In The Air