Monday, September 29, 2008

Swades

Some things that set this movie apart:

1) A herione who is actually intelligent
2) Rahman's music (awesome both in terms of songs and BGM). It beats me - if it is self-inspiration or if it is the directors knack of eliciting from a composer.
3) A screenplay that actually is sincere in what it is trying to depict

The movie talks about culture and tradition - which India is anyway rich in. But more than all that, despite all the hypocrisies, the politics, the over population, the slow descent into anarchy, the westernization attitude - India was the country where the entire population, the mountains, the rocks and the rivers all looked up to Infinity once. A deluge cannot take this away. The sacred thread that runs as an undercurrent in this land - the land that made that as it's only objective, that is India. India is a synonym for that search. Anyone who has felt it even once, has India within irrespective of where he/she was born. The movie does not depict that. But, as strange coincidence would have it, I was only able to relate to that aspect - very strongly! That makes this movie very beautiful for me.

WALL.E

Now we're talking!

With Pixar, I think the stand should be not to be a reviewer. We need to leave Pixar to take the lead and just follow in amazement. They have a way of taking absolutely outlandish themes and breathe life into it. Wall E is just magic! In general, and with Pixar in specific, the situation has come to the point where the line between actual videography and animation is blurred so much that they can blend seamlessly now. Some one said that, true CGI must be where people aren't able to distinguish between animation and live videography.

It is not just the quality of the animation. The theme and the story writing are stellar as well. First, I think it is an implicit premise that any robot based movie will have the lead robot be not just a machine, but "living human". Think movies like Short Circuit (it's sequel Short Circuit 2 as well), iRobot, Robots. I think it is unavoidable and impossible to make a robot based movie otherwise. So it is granted that Wall E is a human robot. And right where the movie picks off, Wall E generates amazement and respect. Think of a situation where there is no one to watch you, but you carry on with your work day in and day out? Wall E appreciates life and beauty and just has a cockroach for company. One scene which really depicts Wall E's disposition is when he finds an engagement ring. He throws the ring away and saves the box as a collectible! Anyway, there is no point going on writing the story down to it's end. You must watch the movie!

The other aspect - the movie happens someting during the 2800's. It is very interesting to see the movie's take on where the human civilization will be then - earth uninhabitable and full of garbage, a space ship where people are 24x7 interactive TV addicts with incapacity to do anything physical. It leaves a lot of open questions as far as screenplay is concerned, but hey, they are reconstructing 800 years later out of their imagination! We folks are definitely capable of such a situation!

One thing I am not able to pinpoint without specifics: Why do I have so much love and emotion for this movie? Wall E is silver screen magic!



Update: 23rd Nov 2008: This link has an excellent review of the movie (and the BD that houses it)!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

One line reviews...

Collateral -A rude awakening. An awakening nonetheless!
The Water Horse - Sadly falls apart. Attempts to be magnificent and touching, and succeeds in spots.
Groundhog Day - A lesson in acceptance. You can watch this again and again and again... (you should have watched the movie!)
தனம் - Steer clear! Only hope was iLaiyarAjA's music - that is a let down as well!
The Kingdom -  Ultraviolent and racist, albeit the excellent screenplay. No reason to see!
Transformers - No transformation :)
 
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