‘Kong’ Gets Bigger And Better

By Meetali Kutty 

Title: Kong Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Actors: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson

 It seems director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was correct when he said that his version of the Kong tale would be unlike its predecessors. This well-known story, about a gigantic ape, living on Skull Island, has been given a fresh treatment and the result is a fast paced, humorous tale that sets up the future planned Kong Vs Godzilla film.

This film is set in 1973, with America just withdrawing from Vietnam post the war. A military escort (Samuel L. Jackson),still upset at the outcome of the Vietnam War, sets off for the island with a war photographer (Brie Larson), scientists (Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman) and some soldiers to explore this unchartered territory. John Goodman’s character, Bill Randa, is a conspiracy theorist who secures funding for a fact finding mission to the island.
Luckily for the viewers, it isn’t long before they encounter King Kong (larger than ever before!) who swats at planes and lays waste to many humans. However, this giant ape isn’t the ferocious human enemy some of the explorers think he is. In fact, the island is full of fearsome creatures (and amazing effects!) like super large spiders, wooly mammoths and the Skull Crawlers, who pose an equal (if not larger) threat.
The star of the film is John C. Reilly’s character, Hank Marlow, an American soldier, who, in the prologue, was shown crash landing on the island. He has been stranded there for 30 years. Reilly’s character embodies the comedic center of the film, and has some truly rip roaring one-liners which audiences will enjoy. Tom Hiddleston is good as the dashing leading man, while BrieLarson isn’t given much to do. Thankfully the love angle is done away with, only finding some nostalgia when Kong takes a liking to her. In fact, the fleshing out of the characters in the film is sacrificed for the more exciting action sequences involving King Kong. There are also a number of side plots which tend to deviate focus from the main attraction- Kong.
This film is full of dazzling special effects. The action is rapid, with a few sad deaths of certain characters. This film also plays out as a deeper exploration on war, as well as environmental preservation and kindness as a weapon combating hatred. The breathtaking visuals will immerse the viewer and immediately grab their attention. There is a wonderful scene which showcases the arrival at Skull Island with all the helicopters swooping into formation, which is sure to draw a few gasps.
The climactic showdown between Kong and the reptile like Skull Crawlers is a riveting, if slightly long battle, that will make action fans rejoice. However, it is humans who are the true threat with their bombs disturbing the ecosystem of the island and making these Skull Crawlers rise up, and with one set of the explorers deeming Kong the enemy.
All in all, this film is a perfect set up for summer blockbusters- action packed, entertaining and a great way to spend an afternoon. A departure from past King Kong films (even excluding a visit to New York City), this refreshing new take on the tale is bigger and better. Be sure to stay in your seats for an exciting post-credits scene that will set up future monster movies.
Ratings: ***


Movie Trailer For ‘Geostorm’ Looks Promising

By Bhumika Rawat

Hollywood is gearing up Geostorm this fall. The movie starring Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Lara and Andy Garcia imagines a world where the climate is controlled by satellites. In a futuristic world the climate technology goes awry, causing a massive disaster across the globe.

The movie teaser for ‘Geostorm’ is out in March itself. The teaser looks promising and To seems to be VFX-heavy spectacle-driven adventure. Check out the teaser and judge yourself.

First Look : Trailer for ‘Man of Steel’

man-of-steel06With less than a month to go before the release of Man of Steel, the maker Warner Bros has pulled out all stops to create online buzz about the movie. The latest trailer for the movie was released online earlier this week which showcased the deadly General Zod threatening to annihilate the world if Superman doesn’t come crawling to him. 

Experts believe this could be the final trailer before the actual release of the movie in June. Directed by Zack Snyder ‘Man of  Steel’ features Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Kal-El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Diane Lane as Martha ‘Ma’ Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan ‘Pa’ Kent and Richard Schiff as Dr. Hamilton.

Movie Review : ‘Skyfall’ (**** Four Star)

(By Akshat Sharma) As the world celebrates the Golden Jubilee year of ‘James Bond’, Oscar winning director Sam Mendes gives a delightful cinematic treat to all Bond fans with his first ever 007 flick, ‘Skyfall’.  This is the third film featuring Daniel Craig as Bond after ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ and probably one of the best Bond films ever made.

‘Skyfall’ is James Bond’s (played by Daniel Craig) journey towards his roots. A Bond who is matured and humane, so much so that he doesn’t mind getting overpowered by his emotions while holding M’s ( played by Judi Dench) dead body.

Like all Bond films ‘Skyfall’ too opens with a bang. It is one long chase scene on the streets of Istanbul where Bond is shown chasing a bad guy who has stolen a list that MI6 is desperate to get at any cost.  Even if costs James Bond M is willing to pay the price.

The story takes a turn when the MI 6 headquarters in London is bombed and the internal security system is breached. It forces M to press Bond into action although his Istanbul encounter has rendered him unfit for the field duty.

Bond is dispatched to Shanghai and there he gets some vital clues about the attack. In China he meets two characters, one of them is Sevriene (played by Bernice Marlohe) and the other one is Silva (Javier Bardem), the villain. Silva is an interesting character who has a funny streak in him. Like the Joker of ‘Batman Returns’ Silva looks deadly with his subtle mannerism and style.

Silva holds personal grudges against M as he is also a former agent who has worked with MI 6 during his prime. Locked in direct confrontation with M and James Bond, Silva leaves no stone unturned to seek revenge. In the process only Bond survives as M and Silva both get killed in gruesome encounter set in picturesque Scotland.

Daniel Craig as James Bond is considered as the darkest and the most unique Bond in many ways. Never before in history any Bond film has decoded and demystified Bond the way ‘Skyfall’ has done. You see him like a real person who has no pretensions of being a ‘Bond’. He still likes women but he is not a womaniser. He goes for the kill but he also cries when someone near and dear dies.

He has also become minimalist in many ways with this film. He doesn’t use fancy modern cars, hi-tech gadgets or pull of those unbelievable stunts which only he could. Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’ will go down in the history of Bond films as one of the most vulnerable and real James Bond.

The film will also be remembered for depicting a deeper relationship between Bond and his boss M. Judy Dench has already announced that this is the last Bond film of her career and ‘Skyfall’ gives a glowing tribute to her illustrious career in Bond films.

Javier Bardem is the most talked about actor in the movie for his role as he takes Bond villains to an iconic level. Director Mendes has pitted a villain who can give some serious competition to James Bond with his menacing acts and misdemeanor.

‘Skyfall’ also deserves special mention for splendid camerawork by ace cinematographer Roger Deakins. His camera follows James Bond’s journey all the way from Istanbul, London, Shanghai, Macau and back to the mystique countryside of Scotland using shadows and images with equal finesse.

For music lovers ‘Skyfall’ has an added attraction of the theme song by Grammy award winner Adele. Background score of the film is also commendable. If you have heard about the name James Bond and even if you remotely admire the character, ‘Skyfall’ is definitely a must watch.

First Look: Watch Zombies Attack On India In ‘The Dead 2’ Trailer

The first trailer for ‘The Dead 2’ is out in cyberspace. It was released at the annual Halloween event ‘Fright Fest’ held in London. India features prominently in the trailer as it showcases the vast swathes of desert land in Rajasthan.  Indian men and women are seen walking like Zombies.

First installment of the movie ‘The Dead’ was released in 2010 and it generated tremendous interest among cine goers.  Enthused by this positive response the Ford brothers decided to make a sequel of the movie.

Outlining his plans for ‘The Dead’ sequel director Howard Ford said , “Jon and I have been receiving so much enthusiasm and demand for a sequel we owe it to the fans of The Dead 1 to deliver something that goes way beyond what we could achieve first time around, and the starting point was to find the most stunning and varied landscapes where we have not seen the dead walk before”.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

First Look: Trailer For ‘Hitchcock’

The first trailer for biopic of Alfred Hitchcock,  ‘Hitchcock’ has been released online. The trailer gives insight into the making of Hitchcock’s legendary movie ‘Pysycho’. This movie explores his life and his relationship with his wife and partner Alma Reville.

‘Hitchcock’ is one of the most eagerly awaited movies this fall. It is expected to hit theatres later in November.

‘Resident Evil : Retribution’ Makes Big Promises To Action Lovers

The fifth instalment of ‘Resident Evil’ is gearing up for release as ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ with lot of promise and high octane action sequences.  Issuing a statement the producer Jeremy Bolt has claimed, “As a filmmaker, director Paul W.S. Anderson keeps pushing himself further each time out to make it as entertaining as possible with new elements that surprise the audience.”

Bolt has said that ‘Resident Evil : Retribution’ offers even more twists and turns than ever before and by giving it a video-game spirit the movie has become more engaging for the cine goers.

Director Paul Anderson believes that the movie has got global scope and the action is bigger than ever. “We`ve become more adventurous with each movie, but with this one we`ve done something really spectacular, ” he added.

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ will be released in India later this month.

Uncomfortable Nicole Kidman Gets Urinating Scene Omitted In ‘The Paperboy’

New York: (ANI) The scene that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron in their latest film ‘The Paperboy,’ which had Cannes buzzing, for and against, won’t be part of the movie’s trailer. Although the much talked about scene in the film is not included in the clip, fans will, however, get a glimpse of the 24-year-old actor dancing with Kidman in his underwear.

The movie due out in theatres on October 5, tells a story of a young reporter (Efron) investigating the potential wrongful conviction of an inmate on death row (John Cusack). The 45-year-old actress plays the role of the inmate’s Southern belle fiancé who enlists Efron’s help to uncover Cusack’s innocence.

Both the actors have spoken about the uneasiness which they felt while shooting. “I don’t think I was supposed to feel comfortable. It’s like life. This character is supposed to be learning the ways of the world, and that can be very uncomfortable. But it’s also exciting,” the New York Daily News quoted Efron as saying in Cannes.

Kidman, who tempted Efron’s character in the film, wanted to challenge herself with this role from the very start. “I may be uncomfortable watching the movie. But that’s my job – it’s my job to give over to something, not to censor it, not to put my own judgments of how I feel as Nicole playing the character. I am there to portray the truth,” she said in Cannes.

The film based on Peter Dexter’s 1995 novel and directed by Lee Daniels, also stars Matthew McConaughey.

First Look: Daniel Craig As Bond In First Trailer For ‘Skyfall’

Latest  Bond film ‘Skyfall’ is one of the most eagerly awaited movies this year. The first trailer of the movie is out. Daniel Craig is playing legendary character 007 James Bond in the movie.

Directed by Sam Mendes, ‘Skyfall’ also stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw.

The film will hit screens Nov 9 in the US.

Movie Review : ‘Ice Age 4’ (***Three Star)

What do you do when a film franchise has run its course to such an extent that there’s no way forward? Simple. You take elements from popular films, try to make the story about something ‘familial’ and make one more film trying to inject life into the dead franchise even at the risk of drifting all the way into mediocrity and cliches.

This exactly seems to be the formula for the “Ice Age” franchise with the latest part generously taking elements from other popular films even as it seems to forget the fun, emotionality or even the ingenuity of the original.

In the end of the Paleozoic era, the supercontinent Pangaea had begun breaking apart due to the acorn hunting habit of Scrat. Caught in the middle is the ‘herd’ of Manny and his family, Diego and Sid. As Sid is united with his crotchety grandmother, Manny separates from his wife and daughter.

Drifting on an iceberg, the trio and the grandmother are captured by a pirate captain. As they escape, a crazy and funny chase ensues.

“Ice Age 4” suffers from ambition – the ambition to exist. After two previous forgettable installations, the franchise should have come to an end. Sadly, the studio decided to give it one more run. Though they try their best, it isn’t enough and the film drifts towards mediocrity and cliche ending on a whimper one was expecting all along.

The film puts together the usual theme of catastrophic global events and weaves together a lot of nice gags with the best and funniest being reserved for the exploits of our beloved Scrat. Though on their own the gags are funny, the problem is in the attempt to weave them into one coherent whole. In the absence of any real story, the film falls flat on its face.

The film tries to redeem itself with the introduction of a goofy bunch of characters, led by a pirate chimp. But this ‘hairy’ spoof from “The Pirates of The Caribbean” series isn’t enough to raise it high enough, despite introducing a love interest for Diego.

All in all, lot of precious funds were wasted in a film that need not have been made in the first place. Diehard fans, however, will love reliving the antics of their favourite characters. (IANS)