The Finest Flicks Of ’09
Note: I don’t remember everything, but whatever I do is for the reason that it was worth remembering.
I should have saved the best for last, but without exaggeration, my verdict reads it’s the best movie made by far this year. The direction was awesome, and Brad Pitt killed it with his accent and acting. Loved the script, the simplicity and the gore. What’s not to love? It’s a Tarantino after all. Honestly? I found it better than PF. What’s better, was the simple, yet gut-wrenching plot, including the entire movie being spoken in French and German, with that little Italian that Pitt could muster. This could also probably be laid down as Christoph Waltz’s breakthrough in acting. A ‘wonderbar’ 2 hours, 33 minutes, it kept me squirming on the edge of my recliner. And Hitler you ask? Well, in reality he committed suicide, but here, even I could have finished him off. Burnt in a theatre? That easy, eh?
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The only thing I am able to recall about this particular action adventure would include Hugh Jackman, and some more Hugh Jackman. It was a blast watching how this X-man evolved and the entire mutant life process. All the characters played here suited up to their roles excellently, right from Ryan Renolds and Liev Schreiber to Will.I.Am and Max Cullen. Wolverine’s claws can be a bit of a harassment, but they go well with him, and it’s best left like that. Thus, if Hugh Jackman doesn’t do Wolverine, don’t bother going to watch.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊ ½
Wake Up Sid
Direction: Super. Acting: Super-er. Story line: Super-est.
I’m still wondering why no other person in the Indian film fraternity ever thought of such a script, even though it’s going on all around the youth today. No, it’s not a story about some kind of a brain disease or a dyslexic kid making the audience weep. It’s about a young guy who’s got everything he could ever ask for, a Porsche, great friends, clothes, freedom to do whatever the hell he wants, and never gets into any kind of trouble. Basically, it’s very like 90210 in Bombay. Scratch that, Mumbai Mr Thackeray, apologies. *Freak.* Sid (Ranbir) doesn’t care about anything else, he doesn’t want to study, or work or do anything, and apparently nothing affects him. And this my friend, is a far greater problem in today’s world rather than being brain dead and having people pity you. It’s a story about self-actualization and learning to be independent. Loved the clothes, and the simplicity of the affection that brews between him and new city girl Ayesha (Konkona Sen Sharma). And I don’t know why people thought Rahul Khanna to be unneccesarry because he’s always a treat to the eyes, I have no idea why though. Don’t forget the super awesomely interiored rooms (Both Sid, and Ayesha) And the Mumbai Beats office.
What, you still haven’t seen it? What the hell are you waiting for?! It’s got great music, and the entire crew and cast consisted of young people sans KJo, although he’s young and awesome at heart too. I have developed a soft spot for everyone included in this flick, right from Ayan Mukerji, to Rishi.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ½
Angels and Demons
This came out in summer. And what a marvellously refreshing movie it was. Also, definitely better than The Da Vinci Code, I can still remember jumping up and down on my seat and understanding things others couldn’t because of the long gap between the book and the movie. And the lame controversies that had built around it, making it impossible for the release.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊
I know you’re not even going to argue with this one. The finest contemporary movie made home, Abhay Deol’s hit it hard with this one, and has finally proved what good he can do to the minds of people like me. The drugs, the white wisps of smoke, the personality, he killed it. If there’s another role like this, he should do it. He’s way better than Shahrukh Khan, and what not. Also, soft spot because of him being a New Yorker now. The music of the movie was distinguished and enough to rage a war in your own head. Brilliant stuff, acting, cinematography and let’s put in the lighting here too.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊ ½
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009 began with this! It was all over the Oscars, and honestly, deserved more than Slumdog Millionaire. (I don’t understand why Indians were losing their minds over the movie, because nothing in the movie, except the underpaid child actors and locations were Indian. Even A.R Rahman’s just pure genius, and belongs to only the ultra awesome nationality.) Brad Pitt’s gone and shown the world that he’s not only good looks and babysitter material. And of course, we knew that. A very different story of a man’s journey into life backwards, this was an attention grabber in it’s true sense. Acting: A++
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊
You’re probably thinking what this is. Well, hindi movie, released early May-June this year. And humorous. Not slapstick, but actually funny. So it makes the list. Although, I bet you haven’t seen it, so I hope I’m making you want to now. Set in Delhi, it’s a funny con movie with good acting and Cyrus Broacha. Now go figure.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ½
Chris Pine and John Cho. And Zachary Quinto as Spock. Although it got a little strecthy in between, and people will not agree to the new version of the star fleet, Quinto was awesome. John’s Russian accent?! Pop-corrrrn. Yes it is perfectly reasonable that Kirk had the know-how to make the gunpowder and put together the bazooka to defeat the Gorn. That’s why he’s the goddamn captain. And any man who’d agree to have his eyebrows shaped like that and still manage to woo people, is well, woo-worthy. Whatever that is. It’s freaky and I like it.
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊
Love Aaj Kal
Briefly speaking, you’re probably wondering whether I’m out of my mind. But I liked this movie. I understood what I could, and it was very practically portrayed. Loved the clothes and location and dialogues more than anything else. And in case you’re still wondering, I don’t generally gel with hindi movies a lot, thus the weird, un-insipid list.Very Ted Moseby, Saif was.
Star Scale: ◊ ◊ ◊
Monsters Vs Aliens
Just because of Ginormika. Or however that’s spelt. And BOB. And it was the best animation of the year in 3D, I think. (Was there anything else?)
Star scale: ◊ ◊ ◊
x EdgyShark x