Thursday, January 16, 2014

172 mts I am never going to get back in my life...sigh....

Christopher Nolan is a phenomenon. He is what I would call a once-in-a-lifetime director, someone who comes along and absolutely shakes the way you look at the movies ever after.

Memento established him as a director to watch out for, the Batman trilogy expanded his fan base multi-fold and Inception probably ranks very high in a lot of critics' All time top 10 lists  but if I were to be forced to pick my personal favourite amongst his works, it would have to The Prestige.

Yeah, for a first time effort Following is mind-blowing (if you've not seen it yet, go online and order it ASAP from the US/UK) ) but the Prestige still edges it for me. You could say he had great source  material from Christopher Priest's award-winning 1995  novel but it still takes a master to translate that magic to the screen. The complexity of the rivalry, the insecurity of the 2 principal characters, their dreams & obsessions were all brought out so brilliantly. The casting was purrrfect, the art direction was memorable and the movie was a masterpiece.... which brings us to Dhoom 3.

  • 250 crores and still counting. WHAT THE F*&^ !!!!!
  • If the moolah raked in is any indication of the average Indian cinegoer's "changing" tastes, I am OFF movies for another 10 years.
  • Everyone and anyone at Yash Raj should hang their heads in shame for making this monstrosity.
  • When the whole world rubbished Tashan, I was one of the few people who actually had some kind words to say of Vijay Krishna Acharya. Now I wish he had vanished from the face of earth after the debacle of his debut.
  • Aamir Khan was always a scheming, manipulative superstar ever willing to come out and launch a charm offensive when he wanted something of us - our money of course - without ever coming back to apologise when some of his duds left us feeling nauseated (read: Ishq, Mann, Mela, Mangal Pandey, Dhobi Ghat). Lightning has struck again. Horrible is an understatement to describe his performance here but again he gets away with it.
  • Just 10-15 mts of screen time for Katrina Kaif? Blasphemy. 
  • Pritam's music was godawful.
  • ...and the most charitable thing I can say about Abhishek Bachchan was that he was almost as good as Uday Chopra. 
Thank god I read this vitriolic piece - saved me time on the most obvious bashing targets. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello!! Dhobhi Ghaat was good!
Anyway, I really don't care about Dhoom3, and I think Katrina should be happy that she will NOT be remembered as part of this movie eventually, because come on, she was not.
Also, Uday Chopra had more screen time than her.
And AB junior lost all my support for him being compared with his father blah blah, because, UGH.