Turbo

A thoroughly disappointing film, redeemed by two all-stars and a soundtrack.

Across movies, video games and life, you always know a person is getting desperate when they play dirty. This is exactly what is happening with Dreamworks today. With recent non-Dreamworks movies hitting all the right notes with the audiences, they’ve tried to fight back by cheating.

The result is Turbo, a near exact ripoff of Disney’s Cars, is boring in every sense of the word. All they’ve done is take Cars’ plot, change the characters, like a street-racing snail named Whiplash instead of Doc Hudson, and tried selling it. Turbo is terrible, and while it may provide viewers a laugh, it hurts to watch them get ripped off by a company that didn’t try hard enough.

The two saving graces for Turbo are:

  1. Samuel L Jackson and Snoop Dogg/Lion as Whiplash and Smoove Moves, respectively.Snoop Dogg is Smooth Move in TURBO
  2. The soundtrack, which is perfect for the movie.
No. Title Music Length
1. “Let the Bass Go” Snoop Dogg 3:55
2. “Another Day at the Plant” 2:52
3. It’s Tricky Run–D.M.C. 3:04
4. What’s New Pussycat? Tom Jones 2:19
5. Drop It Like It’s Hot Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams 4:28
6. “Supersnail” 1:47
7. “Meet The Competition” 2:35
8. Krazy Pitbull featuring Lil Jon 3:44
9. Jump Around House of Pain 3:39
10. Goin’ Back to Indiana Jackson 5 3:32
11. “The Snail is Fast” V12 and Nomadik 3:18
12. “Indianapolis” 2:30
13. “Tuck & Roll” 4:21
14. “Speedin'” Classic 2:21
15. “Here We Come” V12 and Classic 2:31
16. Eye of the Tiger (Sher Gunn Remix)” Survivor 5:52
17. “Saturday Night” Ozomatli 4:01
18. “Turbo” 2:49
Total length:
59:38

(Source: Wikipedia)

Dreamworks, my humble advice is, whatever problems you guys might be facing, get past them and get your head back in the game. Shoddy efforts like this aren’t going to endear you to anyone.Seriously, Frenchmen don’t drink Italian coffee and not every Mexican chef has an accent.

So there.

Student of the Year

A great movie but too brief

Karan Johar‘s highly awaited Student of the Year, finally released a few weeks back, and true to form, I went and watched it in its second day.Verdict: Slightly atypical rom-com, addressing issues like loyalty, not hitting on your best friend’s girlfriend, as well as how school/college authorities tear friendships apart with competitions.

The story is reasonably interesting with a variety of rich characters. Surprisingly, the main cast aren’t as well written as the supporting characters. It’s as if they’re only there to fulfill a requirement as a love triangle. Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) is the son of one of, sorry, the ONLY business tycoon, played by Ram Kapoor (from the well-known Bade Acche Lagte Hain) and is a typical brat. Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) is his so-called girlfriend, although he flirts with every girl he sees. Finally, there’s Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra), the fresh-faced all-rounder, who is state-level runner, footballer, and apparently basketball player as well. The two boys start out as rivals, who then turn friends, and then rivals again after Abhimanyu and Shanaya fall for each other, all against the backdrop of the Student of the Year competition.

Loyalties change, friendships destroyed, as everyone competes against everyone else for the coveted trophy.

The movie’s fun, even if the settings are not realistic. For example, no school in India has bleachers as part of their basketball stadium. And how exactly does an IQ test, a treasure, a dance competition and a triathlon show a student’s academics, art and athletics? Three out of four, okay, but a treasure hunt? Are you serious?

Even so it’s a great movie and a must-watch, at least once.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Another example of don’t mess with the tried-and-tested

Under normal circumstances, Ghost Rider is one of my favorite Marvel heroes. Under “normal” circumstances. I loved the first picture, especially Blackheart, who in my view is one of the greatest movie villains  The plot was good, and the action awesome. Tough formula to get wrong, no? Apparently not.

When Spirit of Vengeance released, I had great hopes for the movie, hoping for something that would parallel or even exceed the lofty benchmarks set by its predecessor. I was mistaken. This movie is one of the worst movies I have ever watched. The plot is terrible, any action very weird, and the characters are really sad. But the worst part is the number of unnecessary changes to the overall story arc as well as to Blaze himself. Small things, like the Rider’s bike to larger things, like the story of how Blaze makes the deal with Satan have been changed without remorse. Johnny Blaze’s character has been rewritten completely from a brooding bad-ass to an entirely different person, who cracks bad jokes and is more like the Joker from Batman than the Ghost Rider. Iconic dialogues like “You. Guilty. Look into my eyes” have been removed. Indeed, the Rider himself barely talks.

 

Please don’t ask about the story. because there isn’t one of any note. And please, take my advice and don’t EVER watch the movie. Its a disgrace to film-making.

The Expendables 2

As promised, I watched ‘The Expendables 2’ soon after my previous post, and it is AWESOME! How couldn’t it be? It could easily have been a hit only by riding on its all-star cast. But thankfully, this isn’t the case with The Expendables 2.

A sequel to a successful movie always has high expectations and this easily surpassed them in the first ten minutes or so. The plot is strictly okay, and often used in other such movies. But the action sequences, and the bro-mance between Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, as well as the constant back and forth between various teammates sells the movie.

A new character is introduced, a young sniper Billy ‘the Kid’ played by Liam Hemsworth. He is extremely likable and he soon became my favorite  Sadly his role is quite short, if you know what I mean (Spoiler Alert!). Even so, Expendables 2 is a great movie which you can watch over and over again.

Oh, almost forgot to mention, there was a guest appearance by an actor named Chuck Norris. Sound familiar?

I’m Baaaaaack!!

My school exams, (foul things that they are) got in the way, so I haven’t been able to post much.

But now, with them finished, I’m back into movie-watching, not-studying me!

So here’s a line-up of movies I’ll try and cover as they release:

  1. The Expendables 2 (Yes, I know its released, but I haven’t watched it)
  2. Man Of Steel (Superman. ‘Nuff said)
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  4. Scary Movie 5
  5. Student of the Year