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Aditya posted a review for Dora and the Lost City of Gold in Movies
It's a big budget live action - Dora the explorer movie with Dora as a teenager, why doeS that sound like the most retarded thing in the history of the universe, oh ya it's Dora the f#%king explorer you know, the nickjr show for babies! So as for the humor is concerned - its unfunny lazy and childish, the characters are boring. Diego is unrecognizable and why is this actresses makeup making her look browner, the plot is not creative and feels like it desperately wants to be tomb radar or uncharted but it can't because it's Dora. So Dora is starting high school and it's portrait the same as in every other kid's movie fear of not fitting in being the social out cast the hole big deal high school is nothing like this the scariest thing that could possibly happen is a school shooting and this is Dora so obviously that's not going to happen. And as for boots and swiper...kill them kill them with fire! So is this appealing to fans of Dora I fail to see why there would be any but there are several messed up scenes including Dora singing a poop song wile digging a pooping hole, there's scorpions banging on one of the forgettable character's heads you did hear right, and there's also a scene were a puff of smoke from a flower causes our characters to take a drug trip and we see them as characters from the cartoon and backpack and the map turn out to be drug fueled hallucinations, because isn't that what you always wanted from Dora the explorer, all I wanted was to never be exposed to it again. Oh and also boots ends up talking to Dora near the end of the movie and he's voiced by Danny Treijo how mutch did they pay him to waste his time on this project, and he's also telling Dora about puberty you heard right again, God this is starting to sound like ideas for a robot chicken sketch. Now I am 1000% sure that the people behind nickelodeon where dropped, they can't think of anything someone outside the single didget age group would enjoy because they still have the minds of kids with single didget ages think about it, they marketed after earth, the last airbender live action movie and now they actually chose to market this movie.Enjoyable story with themes of being true to yourself and friendship, with a fast-paced story and enjoyable characters. It touches all the annoying Dora animated feature qualities (contrasted with Diego’s more chill dudeness) that have annoyed parents who endured hundreds of hours of Dora’s “relentless positivity.” But this film reminds us, while Dora sings, shouts, and dances through her adventures, that she is just being true to herself—and that we could all enjoy life more if we just relaxed and joined in the fun, instead of being so critical. My 87-year-old companion and I left the theater feeling happy, refreshed, and touched by the kindness of this exuberant little film. And the monkey is great!
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Aditya posted a review for Jabariya Jodi in Movies
Groom kidnapping or pakadwa vivah is rampant in the state of Bihar. It involves the abduction of the groom and forced marriage to the bride in the absence of dowry. It usually takes place when the groom’s family demands a heavy dowry from the bride’s parents and the latter are unable to fulfill their demands. Our lead here is Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), a Patna-based youth who is a hero for many but a loyal servant to his father (Javed Jaffrey) who believes that the practice of groom kidnapping is a social service he provides to many families. On his father’s orders, Abhay abducts potential grooms and forcibly gets them married to their eagerly awaiting brides. His life is fairly steady until his childhood sweetheart Babli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra) is back. Now, Abhay questions his actions until he is in for a jabariya surprise himself.To present an issue that’s dark and startling in a light-hearted manner requires comedy and Jabariya Jodi ensures peals of laughter. Dialogues by Sanjeev Kumar Jha keep the laughs coming throughout the film. The writer and director may not have the perfect script to work with but they do not compromise on the entertainment factor. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra give their best as leads; both could use some commercial success. But it is the supporting cast of the film that captures most of your attention, be it Sanjay Mishra as Babli’s father or Aparshakti Khurana in a role he is known and loved for – the hero’s best friend. Javed Jaffrey provides the balance here as a menacing father and is equally entertaining to watch. Jabariya Jodi also keeps up the upbeat flow of the film with its peppy music and foot-tapping dance numbers. The customary remake Khadke Glassy is a full-blown masala track and Tanishk Bagchi’s urban revival of the Ashok Masti and Yo Yo Honey Singh collaboration is likely to play in your head for a long time.
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Aditya posted a review for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in Movies
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are known to be action stars and they are in their element in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. There couldn’t have been a better pair from the Fast and Furious franchise to lead a spin-off. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Dwayne Johnson is a force to behold and Jason Statham provides the perfect foil by being equally capable. The combined might of Hobbs and Shaw needed a worthy villain and they got exactly that with a superhuman who seems to have limitless strength. Idris Elba plays the part well, delivering dialogues such as “I’m black Superman” with conviction. Vanessa Kirby as Shaw’s sister is also an integral part of the film. Kirby is becoming a great addition to the action genre with Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hibbs & Shaw under her belt. She’s stylish even as she’s slipping out of handcuffs and going into hand-to-hand combat with the bad guys. Helen Mirren and Eiza Gonzáles also give great performances in their small roles. With Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, you get exactly what you need – sleek cars, shootouts, comedy, and over-the-top action. It takes you across continents, with the scenes taking place in Moscow, Ukraine, Samoa, London, and more – all with the mission of saving the world from destruction. The film also has also kept the soul of the franchise intact and it continues to be all about family.A special mention has to be made for the cameos as the actors who make surprise appearances are perfect for the film. Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is an entertaining watch regardless, but the cameos are an added bonus.
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Aditya posted a review for The Lion King in Movies
Jon Favreau’s take on this childhood classic does not stray much from the original in terms of script or screenplay. To the uninitiated, The Lion King is the story of the lion prince Simba (voiced by JD McCrary), born to King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Queen Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) of Pride Rock. Little Simba cannot wait to grow up and become King one day but the throne is also coveted by his uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is willing to go to any lengths to become King himself. He makes a deal with the hyenas and manages to usurp the throne by killing Mufasa. Simba escapes from Pride Rock before the hyenas try to kill him on Scar’s orders. After growing up with the meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner) and warthog Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), a fully grown Simba (now voiced by Donald Glover) returns to fulfill his destiny.Children (and adults) who have not seen The Lion King before are bound to love this film. This Hamlet-like narrative first stole hearts in 1994 and engages us even today. Tales of what it takes to be a true king and leader do not get old, especially since we do not see much of it in real life nowadays. Simba’s transformation from a boisterous little cub to a worthy king is a treat to watch in live-action. Pride Rock and all the lands around it are beautifully depicted and the cute and cuddly creatures steal your hearts right from the start. It’s amazing to watch a film that does not have a single human being in it much like director Jon Favreau’s previous live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book that only had one human character. Every character in The Lion King has a unique personality, be it the cantankerous Zazu (voiced by John Oliver), the highly relatable Timon, or the self-deprecating Pumbaa. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen steal the show in the second half of the movie and add a great dose of humor when the narrative gets serious. Even with an added scene and song for Nala, there’s not much for Beyoncé to do other than impress the audience with the beautiful voice that has made her so famous. One of the songs that deserve special mention is “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” where the choreography is too cute to miss.
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The new film is a sequel to 2000’s “Shaft,” which is itself a sequel to the 1971 original. The story opens with a 1989 prologue: Police officer John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson), the nephew of the original Shaft, is in a car that gets shot up by bad guys — while his squeeze, Maya, is in the passenger seat and their infant son, JJ (for John Junior), is in his car seat in the back. Not wanting JJ to grow up facing the violence that follows Shaft wherever he goes, Maya splits, taking the boy with her and issuing strict orders for his father to stay away.Jump to present day, when a now grown JJ (Jessie T. Usher) is an MIT graduate working as a data analyst for the FBI. When a childhood friend of his dies under mysterious circumstances, he goes to his dad for help in finding out who is responsible. What follows is a film that embraces the camp of each of its predecessors while adding a timely new depth: the generational and cultural differences between Shaft and JJ are largely about what it means to be a black man today. Shaft tells JJ that his mother did a great job of raising him to be, as he puts it, a “white boy.” JJ, for his part, rebukes his father for using the n-word. (If memory serves, he doesn’t use it from then on.) Shaft works the case with a shotgun, from the driver’s seat of a Chevy Chevelle. To his chagrin, his son prefers technology and Uber.
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