Saturday, April 28, 2018

Avengers Infinity War [2018] - Cinematic Opulence !!

When Kevin Feige brought in Russo brothers to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier, no one anticipated them to be handling the holy grail of Marvelverse, the Infinity War.

Synopsis: To balance the universe from desolation, Thanos aims to snuff away half of its lifeform, which he believes can be done if he yields all the six infinity stones viz., reality, time, power, space, soul & mind. However, his imposing plan gets stalled by earth’s mightiest heroes ‘The Avengers’ & ‘Guardians of Galaxy’.

What MCU had been lacking for so long, was a perfect villain. Loki did impose his mischief charisma in his earlier outings like in ‘The Avengers’ or ‘Thor’ but it never was as intimidating & terrifying as Josh Brolin’s exhibition of Thanos. He not only nailed the character but demonstrated what a perfect nemesis can be, which not just dictates audience but admiration. Of course, his minions, the members of Black Order were no less daunting, look out for the character Ebony Maw flawlessly depicted by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Kudos for putting in so many characters & yet making it perfectly balanced with coherent plot. Each member gets his & her share to shine. The action sequences were prodigious, something which we now are acquainted with & expect nothing short of spectacular from such franchise.

Infinity War has ventured into an uncharted path, where very few movies will ever dare to do; stakes were high for Anthony & Joe Russo, as it could have gone either way as it did with last year’s Justice League. It took a decade of meticulous planning of interlaced stories to finally unleash the wrath of mad titan. Did it pay off? Hell yeah, what did you expect! Infinity War is not just a movie but a cinematic phenomenon, ready to awe & shock the reactionary followers of MCU franchise & general audiences alike. Be ready to be blown away. 

Oh, I saw Tyrion Lannister, good lord did I just spoil it #@*!

My Verdict : Highly Recommended - 9/10

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bahubali 2 (2017) - An Epic Grandeur

Those who are yet to see or have already seen will confidently agree, Bahubali 2 is a visual treat. However, among all the gala extravaganza, it’s absolute strength lies beneath its story which makes this colossal feat a striking experience. Director S.S. Rajamouli has crafted an Indian epic which is going to captivate generation for ages.

Plot : Story centers around the feud between two brothers over the throne of Mahishmati Kingdom, coupled with love, sacrifice, treachery & epic scale battle.

Not many movies are there which can boast about a worthy sequel, Bahubali 2: The Conclusion not only has a well-crafted script but a well-balanced story with cinematography of grandeur scale. We see the return of the cast from the original outing, Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami, Prabhas as Amarendra Bahubali & Rana Daggubati as Bhallaladeva gives stellar performance worthy of all the admiration they are being showered with.
I usually don’t prefer songs used within Indian movies as they take away the tone of the story, however its surprising to see how well the soundtrack has been imbued making it not only enjoyable but a necessity, at the end it will make you hum on the tune.

It is the first time where the VFX - Visual Effects have been used extensively, perhaps the first Indian movie, Ra.One does not quite fit the mark, as its effects were quite obnoxious, whereas both the Bahubali movies were successful in putting them to good use, of course there were times where you could easily make out the effects as CGI but they were in no way overdone; I do hope they do some remastering before releasing for home editions just like what George Lucas has done with Star Wars franchise

Bahubali rejuvenates the fantasy genre within Indian pop-culture & opens up the likelihood for the making of India’s greatest epic Ramayana & Mahabharata which have been delayed for several decades.
In short, this movie is a cinematic experience which commands to be enjoyed on big screen. 

My Verdict : Highly Recommended

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Are Soldiers, We Are Ghosts : Wildlands

Over the years, ghost recon as a franchise has grown as one of the most realistic military tactical shooters, but what made it so alluring has been its customization features & its nature of game-play. So, after a break of five years, we again get chance to live the life of these legendary undercover operatives. Unlike its predecessor Future Soldier, Wildlands has returned from its futuristic cache & returned to its original core play of tactical shooting, a subtle way of homecoming.

Campaign Plot: Ghosts are back, this time its war with Santa Blanca, a Bolivian based Drug trafficking organization whose influence has spread across borders causing mayhem within social spectrum. When one DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent gets abducted & tortured to death, United States Government gets concerned & starts rallying its special force assets to put an end to the narco-state’s ever growing activities by aiding local rebel outfits.

How different is it from Future Soldier?

Core mechanics of game-play remains the same, however this time it’s an open world & believe me it’s massive. Player gets to choose his/her way to complete the story, depending upon the style & mode of selected difficulty, fifty to sixty straight campaign hours will be a rough estimate, provided the number of side ops/missions gets completed on way for weapons & skill upgrade. If you are into micro-management, you would love the Gunsmith & battle gear feature. Only change this time has been how skill points gained over time gets its usage for unlocking much needed special abilities & item features. 

Some issues are however noted while dealing with its vehicles, at least in PS4 the flight controls are not that lucid, I do hope Ubisoft finds out some way to fix it. 

Graphics is more or like other widespread titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End or Grand Theft Auto V, however the Bolivian world’s flora & fauna is overwhelming. At times, the game-play gets taxing if played without meticulous planning, still it succeeds in upholding the Ghost Recon legacy, a worthy successor to the ever-growing charter.