Showing posts from April, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Disclaimer I: I was spoilers-free for this movie. Minimal news, no trailers, no teasers, as blind as one can get in this day and age.

Disclaimer II: I watched this as part of an Avengers Marathon, so the first part was very fresh in my head which helped a lot.

The real star of this sequel is Joss Whedon. Specifically, his script. The Russo brothers are going to have a really hard time topping Whedon. And yes, there was no end-credits Easter Egg this time round.

This is a sequel that is simultaneously smaller (more intimate with closer focus on the core group and its dynamics) and larger than the first one (world annihilation! again...), and Whedon was absolutely brilliant and on fire here. As a writer, he really is incomparable. He has given us a masterful ensemble piece, but yet he does not forget that this is still a superhero movie and large action pieces are required. His script was filled with the right mix of drama, humour and pathos. Although the casual movie-goer might lament t…

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Unlike good wine or cheese, this franchise, unfortunately, did not get better with age, but at least - again like good wine or cheese - it still maintained a certain level of standard. Some good laughs and some good bits of dialogue and witty one-liners, but it lacked focus and ultimately sincerity and heart.

With the same writer and director as the first installment, one would expect big things, but unfortunately, the difference here is that this is an original story as compared to the first which was based on Deborah Moggach's novel and so the characters were unfortunately less well written.

Like most sequels, Ol Parker and John Madden had decided to go bigger: more stars/characters, more storylines, longer running time! But for all that they sacrificed what made the first part such a big hit: the excellent chemistry between the core cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.

The few scenes that Dench and Smith had together were easily the highlights of the show,…