Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai
Film Review
Deepa Gehlot
Your regular dose of even-handed criticism of movies that actually help you decide whether to go or just skip the show. This column combines both film reviewing as well as reporting, opening up the world of Bollywood that everyone finds so fascinating.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
In the Hindi fantasy novels of ‘Chandrakanta’ vintage, aiyaars were shape-shifting spies who were experts with disguises, chemicals and medicinal herbs.... More
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Hollywood is slowly and surely inching towards the diversity it keeps talking about. After female superhero (heroine?)... More
Saturday, February 10, 2018
First of all, a hat-tip to Clint Eastwood, who, at age eighty-eight continues to make films, and always finds unusual stories to tell, in his own spare and straightforward way, concentrating on characters rather than technology.... More
Saturday, February 10, 2018
It is perhaps because Akshay Kumar is in social reformer mode that a film like Pad Man even got made. If he could make film about toilets watchable, surely he can sell the idea of low cost sanitary pads.... More
Saturday, February 03, 2018
They be running to fat, but most of the guys in Christian Gudegast’s Den Of Thieves, flaunt muscles, tattoos and old-fashioned machismo.... More
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Phantom Thread will go down in movielore as Daniel Day-Lewis’s last film — he announced his retirement when he was shooting for it.... More
Thursday, January 25, 2018
First of all, the Rajputs have nothing to object about in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The filmmaker has glorified their valour and even their foolishness couched as ‘usool’ (principles). ... More
Saturday, January 20, 2018
There’s unseasonal rain in Delhi, a successful adman is celebrating his fortieth birthday. His wife is away, a pretty woman keeps eyeing him, and makes an excuse to stay on when other guests have left.... More
Saturday, January 20, 2018
After a powerful burst of oratory, a character in 'Darkest Hour' says of Winston Churchill, that he has, “Mobilised the English language and sent it into battle.”... More
Saturday, January 13, 2018
A man (Saif Ali Khan) is told in scene one that he is dying of cancer. The clean-living fellow is obviously gobsmacked. This is one of the tracks Akshat Verma’s Kaalakaandi follows in the romp through a night in Mumbai.... More
Saturday, January 13, 2018
In these times of hype, fake news and instant journalism, there is something solid about a press procedural like The Post.... More
Saturday, January 06, 2018
This film will go down in movielore for the stand director Ridley Scott took, in replacing the controversy-tainted Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer with just a few weeks to go for the release of All The Money In The World.... More
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Pitch Perfect is the third and last film in the franchise, which might be a good thing, because the a cappella singing group, the Bellas, just cannot pull off their antics any more; take away Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson and the film would collapse anyway.... More
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book Jumanji has already been adapted to the screen in 1995, with Robin Williams herding kids who got sucked into a board game, from which they can escape only if they finish it. It was crazy, adventurous fun.... More
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Michael Gracey, maker of music videos and commercials, attempts a big screen musical, The Greatest Showman with a good deal of pizzazz, but much too influenced by Baz Luhrmann and Bob Fosse. The life of circus showman P.T Barnum (Hugh Jackman—yes, he sings!) starts in poverty, but he still grabs the heart of rich girl Charity (Michelle Williams), who leaves the mansion of her snooty parents to marry to an impoverished shipping clerk. When he loses his job, he fakes collateral to get a large bank loan and start a museum. It looks like it’s going to flop, till his daughters suggest that it needs something living. That sets him off in search of human oddities, like a bearded lady, a dwarf, a very fat and a very tall man. A scathing newspaper review gives Barnum the idea of changing museum to circus and he has a hit on his hands, that accords him a life of wealth and a mansion in the same street as the in-laws who rejected him. Barnum has brains to create and market his show, guts to defy the protestors who gather outside his circus, and the glibness that has him ensnare the aristocratic New York theatrical producer Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron), who takes him all the way to Buckingham Palace. Acceptance in high society comes though opera singer, Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson), who is also the reason his downfall. Because of the song-and-dance numbers, the plot remains half-baked, and the music set pieces are exuberant, but also too generic to be really impressive, and no song (composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul )is really top-of-the-charts catchy. The film makes Barnum look not like a hustler or exploiter of ‘freaks’ but a do-gooder who gives them a home and a sense of purpose. Still, except for the bearded woman (Keala Settle), none of the others get enough screen time, and just prance around in the background like participants in a fancy dress party. Attention is diverted from Barnum to the inter-racial romance between Carlyle and the coloured trapeze artiste Ann (Zendaya), which is rather lacking in spark, but generates an aerial number, Rewrite The Stars.  It’s only Hugh Jackman’s dazzling performance that makes The Greatest Showman worth a watch. What the film says though is valid for all times—show business is about entertaining people and taking them into a fantasy world where anything is possible.... More
Saturday, December 23, 2017
If a Salman Khan movie has many extravagant action set pieces around which a feeble and mostly silly plot is built, at least one shirtless scene, plenty of patriotism and a little bit of romance, his audience wants nothing else.... More
Saturday, December 16, 2017
The wide-eyed rookie cop quoting provisions of the law, is paired with a trigger-happy encounter cop, and the result is an interestingly structured film, 'Monsoon Shootout', directed by Amit Kumar. ... More
Saturday, December 16, 2017
These days, any film that gives the message of shunning violence and being true to one’s beliefs is welcome and a well-made animation film, like 'Ferdinand' is a must-watch for children, though it’s not in the league of the recently-released 'Coco'. ... More
Saturday, December 09, 2017
The 2013 film Fukrey was mildly amusing and certainly not deserving of a sequel. Anyway, whether we want it or not, Fukrey Returns has released and it is Mrigdeep Singh Lamba who brings the four Dilli duffers back.... More
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Christmas movies come out in a bunch at this time and so many of them from the same mould. Sean Anders’s Daddy’s Home 2, (sequel to Daddy’s Home) could be Bad Mom’s Christmas with the genders reversed.... More
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