Ra.One – review
In his promotional campaigns SRK mentioned “I’m a superhero with heart” but unfortunately G.One, the super hero character SRK plays does not have an emotional connect. It is plain digital in action with no room for emotions. It sums up the movie too.
Almost all the comic book superheroes characters that have fired our imagination have an emotional connect with a degree of emotional weakness or past harping on them like Superman has his past in Krypton weighing on him, Spiderman has his uncle’s demise troubling him, closer home, Rajini’s chitti, the robot develops its emotional quotient making it very endearing to audience. The trouble with G.One is it lacks emotional quotient, for him all is purely logical and as per programmed code. This in itself would have worked marvellous had Anubhav Sinha, the director had used the character and story knot that promises a wide scope for imagination and possibilities did not turn it into a very predictable, stereotype film that borrows traces form Ironman, Tron, Terminator and our own Robot. May be the release of Robot complicated the process having set a benchmark for Indian superhero sci-fi movies. So influence of Chitti is visible here and there. We have a similar train sequence that we had in Robot, though the gravity defying run/walk on train might be positionally different. Also haven’t we seen a better and mind-blowing train stopping scene in Spiderman 2 ?
While in Tron, we have the characters entering the virtual world, in Ra.one we have the virtual characters stepping out to reality. By now you might be aware of the story. Sekhar Subramaniam, a very stereotypical over-exaggerated Tamilian geek is considered super uncool by his uber cool computer gaming freak son, who feels villains are super cool. So Sekhar goes on to created a computer game where the villain is almost invincible. But problem arises when the villain, Ra.One steps out of the virtual world and plays havoc in the life of Shekar and his family.
I fail to understand the need for so stereotypical characters when you are projecting a movie that would take Indian movies to “the next level”. So a geek has to be ridiculously awkward (the geek even eats noodles mixed with curd and slurps his hand, Tamilans can’t live without their dollops of curd you see, even if rice is substituted by noodles) No doubt there are moments where SRK is endearing as the geek but the scenes are far less. Kareena comes and goes as a beautiful mom. While, the notable performance is from Armaan who plays Prateek, kid of SRK. Arjun Rampal makes you want to see him more, though the face-off between the super heroes are far less and himself has a less screen time. Ofcourse he gets to speak what could be the most memorable line of the movie “Tum har saal Ra.One ko isley jalathey ho .. tum jantey ho woh kabhi nahi marta”
Yes, lots of work has gone into the movie, the movie is technically better than any other Bollywood movie, got some brilliant scores by Vishal Shekar and few more brownie points but all is lost in a poorly executed script that fails to unlock the true potential of the characters and fails to take the imagination to “the next level” that makes a superhero movie truly fab. Also to add, it starts with a silly opening sequence involving Sanjay Dutt as Khalnayak and Priyanka as Desi girl who plays some game characters. Super star, Rajini makes a cameo appearance in his super hero role Chitti but the script again fails to unlock the two superstar’s appeal on screen.
GingerChai verdict: Ra.One high on hype but fails to deliver the super hero punch. Go without any mega expectations, you might be pleased if not highly excited. Kids might love it, though.
In The City Of Sylvia (DVD pick of the week)
Movie review by guest writer Seema Misra who blogs at La La Land and Reel Life & Seema’s Art Corner
“Others will dream that I am mad,
and I of the Zahir.
When all men on earth think day and night of the Zahir,
which one will be a dream and which a reality, the earth or the Zahir?”
-Jorge Luis Borges
José Luis Guerin, a Spanish filmmaker and educator, is amongst the most innovative European filmmakers. In ‘In the City of Sylvia’ he portrays a young man in search of a woman, Sylvia, whom he met years ago, a dreamlike memory of his, almost frozen in time.
The protagonist referred simply as ‘He’ waits in a hotel and sketches the people there. His sketch pad is a myriad of frenzied capturing of expressions, hand movements, lips, napes, jaw lines, face cuts, body movements, almost making the people faceless. Snippets of conversations and fleeting images of people, through his gaze, an artist’s gaze — one that lingers a little longer than necessary, makes up most of the movie.
And in this possessed search for his Zahir, a woman in red ‘Pilar López de Ayala’ appears in his view, refracted by a mirror…and thus begins a chase through the winding city streets of Strasberg. “Laure Je T’aime”—a bit of graffiti keeps anchoring the viewer and reminding us of the circularity of the search. Also, he keeps running into the same people … giving us a very small town feel. He calls out to her once, and she just moves on faster, keeping us guessing till there is a confrontation in the train, that runs through the city and had earlier threatened to separate the two.
Devoid of any language this movie is haunting and appealing on a very sensory level, at the same time an intelligent portrayal of the human condition. One example would be the old lady sitting by the road side in dirty tatters and the beer can rolling out of her hand – the sound of its rolling motion continuing long after the can was out of view. It is such detailed attention to the city sounds and other visual nuances that appeal on a subliminal way to the viewer. This movie is like a painting, which flows beautifully into many colors, many emotions … it’s an artist’s perusal of his muse; it’s the unforgettable fragrance of love…
As an interesting companion to the movie José Luis Guerin has created a photo exhibition called Unas fotos en la ciudad de Sylvia in which beautiful black and white digital cinematography alternates between moving and still images, stitching together a cinematic sketchbook for In the City of Sylvia.
J. Hoberman aptly says “In the City of Sylvia is pure pleasure and pure cinema.”
Being John Malkovich – A comical review
The flight had turned out to be uneventful. Good! I had caught up on my sleep while the man on right finished watching a movie on his laptop – as I gathered seeing him shutdown his lappie. He seemed pleased at something as he turned towards me and started this conversation.
Man on right- yes! I got it.
MoR- Hello I am one of the bhai of Ram-chee brothers. I am sure you have heard of us?
Me- Uhh… the horror movie producers?
MoR- well not exactly but coincidentally we are movie producers too and we are planning for an ORIGINAL experimental piece which will be a horror plus romance mix. And guess what? I found just the thing in Hollywood on which my ORIGINAL will be based.
Me- eh? Ok. And which is that great inspirational movie?
MoR – Being John Malkovich!
Me- (shocked) but that isn’t a horror movie. You can call it Drama, Fantasy, comedy even, but horror?!! I don’t think so. I have seen the movie and it has no horror element at all.
MoR- (agitatedly) there you are! The typical Bourgeois with no imagination at all.Its a horror movie all right but you don’t have the insight and creativity to realize it. (Bloody educated logical person)
Me- I heard that… and anyways it isn’t horror if you are speaking of the Spike Jonze directed, John Cussack, Cameron Diaz , Catherine Keetcher and John Malkovich starred movie.
MoR- yeah Yeah same movie. I know even more about it. 3 oscar nominations and 45 awards in total. See? Just the right movie to base my experimentation! Sigh I might even get an Oscar like Slum Dog Millionaire.
Me- (or a razzie. Huh! Moron! Horror indeed!
MoR – I heard that. So you still disagree. Ok fine. Lets recap the story together. You first tell me what it is and I will explain the symbolisms after all horror movies are all about symbolisms like Ring, Reaping, Signs…
Me- ok ok… The story is a bit meta physical and tells about the struggling Pupeteer played by John Cussack who is out of job and his wife Cameron Diaz who share a dry and insipid marriage and finally he takes up a filing job in a very Harry Potterish office at the 7 3/4th floor of a building. There he develops a strong emotion for his co worker Maxine that is Catherine Keener who is not that much into him and…
MoR- wait a min! Are you a writer by any chance, especially do you write reviews?
Me- slightly astonished- Yes! How did you guess? I mean I do attempt reviews now and then.
MoR- you were so boring in your narrative…no offence please he he ! Anyways yeah, please continue and get it over with fast! We will be landing soon
Me- And while on an errand he comes across a secret port, a small door which – ha ha! This one is a laugh, yeah a portal that leads to the mind of John Malkovich a successful actor played by Malkovich himself, and whoever enters that portal can be Malkovich by being in his body and mind for whole 15 mins before being ejected out through a turnpike. Now don’t ask me the logic behind this whole thing. In fact after this, the movie becomes weirder with almost all the characters on sight clamoring to experience this phenomenon after Maxine collaborates with Cussack to commercialize it. Diaz too uses the portal to be in Malkovich’s mind just at the same moment Maxine happens to be there in Malkovich’s company and they i.e. Maxine and Diaz in Malkovich’s body develop a kind of Oh My God! Attraction? Chemistry? Because Diaz inside Malkovich’s body is a different Diaz itself He he he!! You can say Diaz and Maxine fall in love. After this the movie turns complex with Cussack entering Malkovich’s mind and figuring out how not to be ejected thus capturing Malkovich ‘s mind body and soul and making use his puppeteer skills to use Malkovich’s resources to his advantage and also gets married to Maxine after removing Diaz, now his rival in love. After that what happens is weirder.
MoR- wait a min! wait a min! So what did you say? Capturing Malkovich’s mind body and soul-! Bingo! Do you know what it is known in Horror Movie Parle- Possession! Ultimately it is a movie about possession.! A man possessed by another.. Black Magic! Veerana! Raaz. Can’t you see?
Me- you are crazy! You have completely confused the underlying message?
MoR – oh is it? Well let me hear you out then?
Me- of course it raises serious ethical issues of …
MoR- Ah! Fancy terms! Typical writers! Making mountain out of mole hill. Is it necessary that a movie or for that matter a book should have some kind of message always? Why can’t you all educated folks accept a movie by just what you get to see? Why do you search for an under lying message?
Me- But It does have a message, about the voyeuristic instincts of man. Of the Psychological play! Of manipulation etc Of Identity issues. (Stop after I see him literally ROFL) oK then what is your take?
MoR- It is a simple horror story of a Possession and a love triangle and a social cause movie on the cause for Homo Sexuals that ultimately it is the soul inside and not the body . There is no male or female soul. See? Its simple. This is what the aam aadmi will see if they watch this. If I can rope in Aamir , Kareena and Sharukh and make them act even half like Cussack, Cameron and Malkovich It will surely add some more awards for acting.
I almost choked on the drink and felt thankful that we were about to land or I might have ended throwing up or throwing him down from the Plane.
But was this guy totally wrong? He did have a point at times to be honest. The movie was critically acclaimed but the aam admi? Were they impressed?
We are family – review
Stepmom was a wonderful movie of its time and still evokes emotions. Karan Johar has taken the official rights for adaptation of the movie but he missed out a point that much reels have flown since Stepmom’s release. In Kal Ho Na Ho again a KJo’s production, we have seen enough of melodrama and wasted many tissues to hide the tears while watching Shahrukh undergo a slow death while making us smile inbetween. So We are family does not evoke the emotion it intends to and ends up bit out dated for current audience.
Maya (Kajol) is a single mother of three kids – A perfect mom for picture perfect 2 daughters and one son. A happy family who dreams of living happily ever after… Inspite of the divorce the kids still love their dad, Aman (Arjun Rampal). Aman wants Shreya (Kareena), a career oriented upcoming fashion designer, to get into good terms with his kids. The drama starts from here and heightens when Maya is diagnosed terminally ill and Shreya tries to fill in the shoes of Maya on her behest and climaxes with over dose of sentiments and typical Kjo family drama all in picture perfect Australian setting.
It’s a heroine’s movie and Kajol and Kareena rules the roost. Kajol charms and earn sympathies while Kareena is glamorous and tries to match up to her senior co-star. But there is a jerkiness in the script that slows down our interest and sympathies in the second half of the movie. In this woman’s world, Arjun tries to fit in and he does his part well. After Rock on! and Rajneeti, Arjun has chiseled his own path and is on track with his movie selections. The kids are adorable but as I said earlier way too picture perfect and cute to believe that can be seen only in KJo’s movies. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy does not inspire much except for the “lets rock” number.
For debutant director Siddharth P Malhotra it is supposedly a safe choice especially under Dharma productions and Kjo for guidance and much of Kjo’s shadow can be seen in the movie.
GingerChai verdict: Sentimentally, Tearfully yours, We are Family. But not so picture perfect as it seem to be.
Lafangey Parindey – review
Predictable. Clichéd. Unoriginal. Flawed. The movie has it all but… but… it is not all that bad, it is watchable. Strange but it is.
Keeping behind the failures of Tashan, Pyaar Impossible, Dil Bole Hadippa, Badmaash Company YRF camp tries their luck in this Neil Nitin Mukesh-Deepika Padukone starrer with Pradeep Sarkar (his earlier stint being Parineeta and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag) calling the shots.
Audience of singleplex to multiplex and in small towns to cities love tapori language. Have we not enjoyed all mammu and aati kya khandala dialogues? And loved the tapori names like we have in this movie chaddi, gulkund and diesel? And we do love those stories of under dogs triumphing right? As well as the numerous Chinese martial arts movies where a drunken monk teaches his protégé tricks in his own ingenious way to become a champion. Well, LP has it all. LP is a story of group of friends living in one of the wadis of Mumbai. Neil is a street fighter who fights blindfolded his opponents and knocks them out in one shot – so he got the moniker “One shot” Nandu. While, Pinky is an employee in a mall who dreams to win India’s Got Talent show with her skating skills. For her it is the passport for better life and getting away from the wadi life. Fate has its own scheme of things for their life. In a sudden turn of event, Pinky looses her sight in a freak accident. Step in Neil who teaches Pinky to see through her other senses using ingenious techniques we have seen in Chinese martial art movies. Add to it the predictable romance and a climax.
Neil is a complete mismatch for a tapori. He is made for a man in suit and urban casuals but the director has chosen to cast him anyways. He does his best though our mind refuses to see him as a tapori. Add to that his unwillingness to learn acting – makes things worst. But still you can watch it for Deepika and Neil’s friendly gang. Especially, I liked the madrasi character. Deepika is remarkable especially in the skating sequences. The credit goes to the choreographers. The skating sequences are beautifully done.
GingerChai verdict: A below-average movie but does not bores you either. Watch it if you have money in pocket and nothing else to do.
Predators – review
Cast: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Topher Grace
Producer: Nimrod Antal
Running time: 106 minutes (R)
I’ve been a fan of the Predator franchise since the mid 90s. Arnold schwa… swar….. shwar….. The governor of California did an absolutely amazing bang up job in the first movie released round about the same time I was born in the mid 80s. The second movie wasn’t bad either. The next two movies that included the generally terrifying creature from Aliens series, however, managed to single handedly destroy two of the greatest movie franchises though Alien vs. Predator and the subsequently pukeable AvP: Requiem which was quite aptly named for the funereal dirge that went with it!
The latest movie of the series is almost a reboot that I was fervently awaiting since I heard about it in 2007. Enter the most maniacal bad ass mercenaries there are. These mercenaries are dropped on an alien planet to be HUNTED. They are the game this time around. And the hunters? Improved Predators with only one goal: to hunt.
For those of you who haven’t followed the predator series, the predators are efficient killing machines with only one sole purpose in life: to hunt for game. Also, need I say “Please get your asses to the video store and rent Predator 1 and 2 right now or await my wrath which will shower on you like hellfire”.
Anyway, the movie is great by which I mean a ten fold improvement over the previous two disgraceful entrants viz., AvP and AvP:R. Adrien Brody does a great job as the protagonist without qualms in this movie and the rest of the cast does an even better job rallying around his character. It’s a no holds barred battle royale with only one party ruling the roost at the end!
Khatta Meetha – Review
Priyadarshan is a director of contradiction. In 2008 his Tamil movie Kanichivaram won the national award and in 89’s and 90’s he has many commercially successful Malayalam movies to his credit. Then he ventured into Bollywood taking the safe route of remaking his Malayalam hits and turning many into hits again. But the problem in rehashing the old movies is that few of the movies thought successful during that time frame would fail to entice the present audience. Khatta Meetha is one such story, where the audience finds nothing new in it.
On other hand we have Akshay Kumar a super star on his own right but aware of leveraging it. Unlike the Khan stars, Akki is a common man when it comes to show biz who cannot position his star value to pedal up further. So you see him in big ventures like Blue and then you also see him in a seemingly low budget movie like this. I am not suggesting he gets trapped into stardom but he could do well by choosing movies that justified his new found stardom. Khatta Meetha definitely is not a movie meant for superstar like Akki.
Sachin Tichkule (Akshay kumar) is a struggling civil contractor who seems to be eternally doomed since he does not have money to bribe and get his files moved. While his brothers are successful civil contractors thanks to political connections and greased palms. Sachin is mocked and disrespected by everyone at home except his sister who loves him. To make matter worst, the new municipal commissioner (Trisha) happens to be his ex-girlfriend. With all this we have a khichidi of events like the bridge built by his brothers collapsing leaving many dead, the brothers framing their driver (Tinu Anand, a talent gravely wasted), death of Sachin’s sister, a character trying to expose the corruption in the bridge collapse (Makrand Deshpande, yet another talent wasted) etc.
I fail to understand how a smart dressed, cool looking Akshay as a college guy as shown in the brief flash back turns to be a caricatured, or to borrow the words of Rajeev Masand “Jackass” character, when he becomes a struggling civil contractor. Does the body language turn so Jackass including the walking style?
Trisha looks pretty but the dubbing voice plus the lip sync seems like a mismatch. Couple of songs by Pritam is good to hear but boring to watch.
GingerChai Verdict: Low in Meetha.
Inception – Review
Watched INCEPTION on Friday night! Well, I will try to review this movie by trying “Poetry” for the First time in my life..!!
Here goes my 5 line “Poetic Review” of Inception:
“If you are in “Perception” that “INCEPTION”
Is naive, crude and primitive “Reception”,
Then, be ready for the “Deception”
Of Christopher Nolan’s Brilliant “Conception”
As this movie is an “Exception”!!
The main idea of this movie is “You can achieve your dream in your Dream”!! Confused? Read on!
Cobb, (Leonardo De Caprio) has this brilliant skill of entering people’s mind through dreams, extracting valuable secrets and thoughts from their subconscious mind in dream state. Cobb and his wife Mal had spent years together in their dreams building wonderful empire. Mal gets psychologically affected by this and wishes salvation. She commits suicide and leaves behind a note accusing Cobb for her suicide. Cobb now flees the country and has one hope of proving himself innocent and returning back to his children.
Cobb is given a chance of redemption when powerful Saito cracks a deal with him. This time the deal is “Not to steal idea, but to Plant an idea ” into his rival businessman Robert Fisher Jr. Saito promises Cobb that he would reunite him with his children if he plants an idea inside Fisher’s mind to break his father’s empire. Lured by the idea of reuniting, Cobb accepts this task.
Cobb always carries a “totem” which he spins to check if he is present in his dream or real world. If the totem spins indefinitely, its dream, else its real world. If a person dies within a particular dream experience, he enters a “limbo” state in which in which time is compounded so drastically that even few minutes of real time seems like decades.
Cobb and his team successfully drug Fisher in the plane and enter his dream. The circumstances demand them to enter a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream and so on. Thus they enter multiple levels of dreams to achieve their mission.
Christopher Nolan has beautifully embroidered this movie where each scene is co-relatively stitched to another.
If you bat your eyelid, or attend phone calls or nature calls or concentrate on your popcorn, then Congrats! You have lost “track” of this movie!!
Will Cobb’s dream of proving himself innocent and reuniting with his children ever come true? Keep an eye on rotating “Totem” throughout the movie for the answer!!
Direction,Concept and Production: Christopher Nolan: 5/5
Leonardo Di Caprio as Cobb: 5/5
Marrion Cortilad as Cobb’s wife: 4/5
Cinematography: Wally Pfister : 4/5
My rating: 4.8/5
- Reviewed by Swathi Pradeep . Swathi is an enthusiastic blogger who is a software engineer from India and currently doing her MBA in USA. Her writings are an “epitome” of her enthusiasm, forthrightness, frankness, expressiveness and honesty. She loves Reading books,listening to Music,Blogging,Cartooning,Travelling & Cooking.
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I hate luv storys -review
When the title says I hate luv storys and the promo shows the heroine’s character as mushy mushy die-hard romantic and hero as one who hate the four letter L- word, you are pretty sure what to expect from a Bollywood movie.
Under Karan Johar’s banner debutant director Punit Malhotra starts by spoofing Bollywood love stories and especially the king of mushy times KJo’s flicks but unfortunately the movie itself charts the predictable, clichéd time tested formulae of Bollywood.
So I hate this love story coz after a promising start of mocking at Bollywood stories it ends up being one of the same kind.
I hate this love story coz the director could not extract anything from Sonam kapoor except her glossy smile and adorn her with pretty dresses.
I hate this love story coz the movie is boringly dragging.
I hate this love story coz the movie is interspersed with unnecessary songs when the going is already slow.
I hate this love story coz the movie has a quiet predictable script.
I hate this love story coz the hero like in many other Bollywood movie especially KJo movie has a “mere paas maa hai” tonic
I hate this love stoy coz the move inherits the same over dramatic and silly plot.
I hate this love story coz though this Kjo’s production has taken a pot shot at KJo himself, it ends up as nothing different.
I hate this love story coz few instances like Imran teasing the watchman of the house reminds of other movies and actors and Amir khan in this particular scene.
Is there anything left to love this love story?
I love this love story coz the canvas is bright.
I love this love story coz for the supporting characters played by Samir soni, Kavin dave etc
Well, I may teens may love this love story coz Imran fits perfect as a chocolate boy hero.
GingerChai Verdict: A below average candy floss movie with predictable, boring script dragged too long to drown you into boredom. If you have time to kill, watch it.
Interview With A Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Date- 25 June 2010, 16.40pm
Subject- Review – An Interview with a Vampire
To- Brew master
Tom Cruise – A dish. Brad Pitt- Dish, Antonio Banderas- Dish, Kirsten Dunst- Spicy
In short Interview With A Vampire is a gourmet’s delight! (drool drool!)
From: Brew master
Date 25 June, 2010, 17 .30 pm
Subject- Re: Review – An Interview with a Vampire
Though that was an interesting way of reviewing a movie, I would still like an elaborate review.
L L L
Where has everybody’s sense of humor gone these days? Well ok. That means I have to fill in substantially now and more coherently, but tell you what? The moment I remember that movie, I can’t help likening it to a superb six course meal/. Hell I can still manage to combine both, isn’t it? It just has to be ELABORATE, he didn’t mention the HOW.
So the DVD pick tonight is An Interview With A Vampire. With the tagline- Drink From Me and Live Forever And by God it’s a DISH or rather a gourmand’s delight
Appetizer- Let me whet up your appetite with the following facts. This Neil Jordan directed movie, based on the novel of the same name by Anna Rice has a delicious star cast of Tom Cruise at his devilishly handsomest, Brad Pitt looking ethereal( I know I know it sounds weird, but he is looking ethereal), Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater. It had earned two Oscar nominations for set decoration and best music – original score and won 18 awards and 16 nominations- phew if that also didn’t interest you then Ahem! It is R rated.
Salad- Christian Slater of Broken Arrow fame has nothing much to do other than being the interviewer… He is there as he is necessary in the movie but doesn’t evoke much interest- just like salads- healthy and important but not that delicious.
Cheese servings- The movie is about the angst of a Vampire dealing on immortality, companionship and his ethos and pathos aptly stated in this line. “The world changes, we do not, there lies the irony that finally kills us.
The script is beautiful, if it can be called that- poignant and with traces of melancholia, some quotes being philosophical with a dark theme in them like this one
“Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are none so like him as ourselves”. Immortality is not about life rather it’s …about nothing. It’s a void, where you have nothing to look forward to, not a future nor doom. The world changes but you don’t. Umm not a palatable idea. And that is what being a vampire is all about… just the void and your unquenchable thirst- a constant.
Main Course-The story starts with 200 year old vampire Louis De Ponte Du Luc narrating his story to Malloy (Christian Slater) a reporter, taking us back in time to 1791 when Louis was a plantation owner, young and handsome but not fortunate, as his wife died just then during childbirth. Devastated , he longed for death himself when Lestat a devilish vampire ( Tom Cruise) decided to grant him his death wish, but just before he did that, he gave a dying Louis a chance to immortality and maybe it was the torment or an impulse, Louis chose immortality without being aware what hell he was pushing himself to. And after that, hell, it was for him as he realized what it meant to be a vampire with a never ending thirst for blood, an instinct to kill. From then on his life or rather lack of life, was a quest for answers, struggle with his instincts and a reluctant companionship with Lestat who was cunning and fierce with no regrets at all.
The story takes an interesting turn when they come upon a child Claudia ( Kirsten Dunst), an Orphan in plague hit New Orleans, and Louis drinks her blood to kill her mercifully and to relieve her from her miseries, but on a foresight Lestat grants her immortal life and a third lively pretty member was added in their family of two. After a short happy tryst of thirty years, Claudia much to her horror realized what she was and what she would never become- a woman. She was filled with hatred for Lestat for making her what she was and in spurt of vengeance destroys him with the aid of Louis who was totally besotted with the child and who himself was caught in a clash of principles with Lestat, leaving Lestat for dead and embarking on a journey together with Claudia in search of their kind and also some answers. They reach Paris where they meet Armand (Antonio Banderas) and where the story takes a tragic turn defining Louis’s fate and pathos ultimately. What happened to Lestat? Claudia? Who was Armand? It is worth watching the movie to know the answers.
Side Dishes- Tom Cruise is excellent as the unscrupulous Lestat. It can be considered as one of his best movies. Brad Pitt- brooding, tormented looks absolutely handsome and your heart go out to him. Banderas – looks good but is wasted in a small role.
Dessert- The surprise sweet delight is Kirsten Dunst. She was a better actress as a child than as Spiderman’s girl. She looks convincing as a child with the anguish of never growing into woman, with the knowledge that she will never know the pleasures of being a woman. The sets, costumes, are very much worth mentioning. Though the pace of the movie is sedate, you will never feel it to be slow. The script as mentioned earlier is like one long flowing poetry if I may be allowed to say so.
GC verdict- Burp! That was one good meal, I mean movie. DVD – my verdict? – A collector’s item