My Review : DUNKIRK

My Review : DUNKIRK

No matter how busy or tied up I am, A Christopher Nolan film is a must watch.
One of Hollywood’s most successful directors and creative minds, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar) is back with an unique war epic, and a highly intense one.;
The reason I would like to call this film an unique film because there is no love story, No hero, no character development or cinematic layers…overall a very realistic execution and real performances.
The film Dunkirk is based on a real-life incident – During the World War 2, the Allied forces were surrounded and trapped on Dunkirk beach — and on a daily basis, brave people helped rescue them, despite the risk of danger and death.
The movie’s war violence is realistic and intense, with heavy bombing and shooting…towards the end, it has a strong message, talking about bravery, teamwork, and sacrifice, and persistent.

PS: You need to watch this film more than once atleast coz Nolan’s film is quite challenging to follow.

Plot :

The story has three sections, which are narrated at a different pace; the beach sequences take place over one week, the boat sequence takes one day, and the plane sequences take one hour.
This Nolan’s time -twisting technique lacks clarity and sometimes you do have difficulties in following.
But, Dunkirk is such an unique war experience, throwing the viewer so vividly into the picture, that it’s difficult to dismiss.

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Technical :

in Dunkirk, the best part is that the audiences never s a single German soldier. Instead the movie’s main antagonist is the passage of time and the real challenges faced by the english troops
It also highlights the emotions and the dynamics of the situation many allied troops found themselves in.

Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot the film on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock. The film made extensive use of practical effects, such as employing thousands of extras, gathering boats that had participated in the real Dunkirk evacuation, and using genuine era-appropriate planes for aerial sequences.

The film reminds you Nolan’s brilliant craft of mastering and blending sound, cinematography, and often times temporally complex editing to make a picture more than the sum of its parts.

Verdict :
Overall, Dunkirk is more than a movie….it’s an experience-) A must watch

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MY REVIEW : JAGGA JASOOS

MY REVIEW : JAGGA JASOOS

Mr or The Anurag Basu sir, the man responsible for success of Gangster, Metro and Barfi has tackled his first big big budget film. Not only that: it’s a fantasy thriller, and a must-see for anyone who loves cinema.

From the flamboyant opening shot onwards, it shows Anurag Basu in his prime,making a movie he cares about passionately.

Jagga Jasoos is unlike any other film Anurag Basu has ever made and yet possibly the closest to his heart: a big-budget, family epic.

We feel a great artist has been given command of the tools and resources he needs to make such an experimental film in Bollywood.
The richness of detail and evident care that has been extended to all aspects of the production are of a sort possible only when a top director has a free hand to do everything he or she feels is necessary to entirely fulfill a project’s ambitions.

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Plot :
Jagga is a curious and shy young boy living in a little town with his accident-prone father, Bagchi.
After admitting Jagga into Boarding School, his father suddenly disappears from the scene. Feeling abandoned, Jagga’s only contact with his father is a VHS tape that he receives every year on his birthday.
Equipped with sharp detective skills, Jagga sets out to solve the mystery of his missing father.
Along the way he finds a partner in Shruti, who is also an accident-prone journalist with a hidden past.
Jagga and Shruti embark on a mission to uncover details of his father’s mysterious life and find themselves tangled in a worldwide smuggling racket.

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Jagga Jasoos is a moving, funny and exhilarating film, an imaginative take of a boy in the form of a detective story.

Technical :

The way “Jagga Jasoos” treats its subject, is enchanting in itself, but since the film’s first half is devoted to the escapades of its young detective, it ends up getting you bored and a little rest less.
The way the film has used CGI and other techniques to create the train, Kolkata and a fictitious city called Shundi ( Satyajit Ray’s creation), it’s nothing less than a master piece.
The entire picturization has been so lovingly and extensively expressed in an unique narrative feature that you can’t help but praise the creator.
As the film pushes into its second hour, Anurag da and his team imaginatively and exactingly recreate a new world of Jagga Jasoos and his adventures.
This leads to replicating the extraordinary sets, costumes and special effects.
The film’s craft and technical achievements are of the highest order, combining to create an immaculate present to film lovers everywhere.
It would be hard to say enough on behalf of Ravi Verman’s, cinematography, Pritam’s Music, Disneys production design, the costumes, the extensive visual effects, the editing and the army of technical experts who made all of Anurag Basu’s perfectionist wishes come true.

Another virtue is that the film shows a fascination with early cinema and will remind you of Feluda, Tin tin etc that’s joyful and infectious.

The only negative aspect of this film is its total running time 🙄The climax seems endless and badly dragged. I had to convince my parents to sit till the last scene just to watch the talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui ( guest appearance)

Performances :

The very talented Ranbir Kapoor once again steals the show and very convincingly portrays Jagga with a lot of style and honesty.

Katrina Kaif was really good for a change and our very own Saswata Chatterjee makes an impactful and impressive mark in this film.

Special thanks to Sayani Gupta ,Saurabh Shukla Harish Khanna for their commendable performances.

Verdict :

Jagga Jasoos has a magic that’s rare in Bollywood movies. This is a real Christmas charmer, and easily the most gorgeous hindimovie ever made.
A work of great imagination indeed.
Jagga Jasoos is not a perfect film but definitely a very well made film.

If you love cinema…watch it atleast for once.