Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mission Impossible: Disavowed but still in the game

imageThe latest addition to the Mission Impossible franchise is the Ghost Protocol. The fourth installment sees the IMF team actually working as a team and the entire movie doesn’t depend on Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt being the one-man army!

The movie has the team globe trotting from Russia to Dubai to India… However, one thing that did really irk me is the "fake" Indian accent put on my Anil Kapoor. Mr. Kapoor doesn’t talk with the accent he used in the movie and his reel life persona seemed to have an accent which is most often heard during a Russel Peter’s gig! Stereotyping……

With that rant aside, the movie is a definite watch and you do wonder whether Ethan Hunt is made up of some alien alloy material because I pretty much lost count of the number of times he got smacked in the face or head while making a jump which seemed to be bordering on the verge of insanity!

Simon Pegg being field certified now adds another rookie element into the whole IMF team. Hats-off to the dialogue writers as they seem to have hit the nail on the head for comic timing! They have managed to infuse the movie with a dry and sarcastic sort of humor which will leave you in splits when you are not gaping in amazement at the breath-taking amazing action sequences. The vertical climb by Ethan Hunt on the outside of Burj Khalifa was one of the best stunt sequences in the movie!

The movie is action packed… The story obviously remains the same with IMF and Ethan Hunt needing to save the world! However, this time around Hunt and his team are on their own and working without any backups!

MI4: Burj Khalifa stunt

Pssst Santa: I wouldn’t mind that BMW Concept Car that was being driven around by Ethan Hunt for Christmas!!


Holy Cow-u–SRK: Why this Kolaveri?

Why this Kolaveri di –Song

My colleague had told me about this song when it had less than a 100,000 hits. And that was just a little over two weeks back… This song is an example of what going viral means! The you tube video of this song has managed to garner 15.6+ million hits in 18 days of it’s release! That means a whopping 800K+ hits!

The song is a literal translation of Ta-nglish (Tamil-English) song which was the efforts of a few noteworthy names like Dhanush (National Award winner for Best Actor 2011), Aishwarya (Rajnikanth’s daughter) and Shruti Hassan, Kamal Hassan’s daughter. The music composer, Anirudh is no lackey either but probably the lesser known of the earlier mentioned mortals. The success of the song has ensured that he is in hot demand in the coming months…. Just like an Indian cricket batsman’s century propels him for at least an entire series.

The song is not to be taken seriously and the makers of the song can be seen having a good time while making the song! There has been some stark criticism from a minority of the people who have heard this song rating this as downright nonsense! It’s all for a good laugh depicting comically the age-old story of a girl and a boy and some low spirits thrown into the equation!

The music was definitely catchy but after my friends managed to explain the literal meaning of the song…. The combo of the explanation and the catchy tune did it’s work and I jumped onto the Kolaveri bandwagon over a week back!

Today there are blog posts… News articles… Leading channels covering the success of the song… Similarly penned songs for IT, Blogging…. Noteworthy names praising the song… and maybe very soon… Ad jingles to follow!!

What Shah Rukh tried for months with the spam-publicity of RA.One… Kolaveri did in less than two weeks! Maybe the Khan needs a new marketing team! And some good content for his next movie!

The Puss and Twilight

Recently I watched two movies which managed to instigate my blogging persona to pen this post.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the latest addition to the Twilight franchise which to my mind is an at par movie in case you have seen its predecessor, Eclipse. I thought the bride-to-be couldn’t look more anorexic in reel or real life but I was proven wrong after watching the movie! The movies is 117 minutes long which does mean that some of the scenes (especially in the first half) are a bit dragged out. The special effects in the second half of the movie are good. If you are intrigued by how the franchise is panning out, then a trip to the cineplex might be alright! The cast primarily remains the same though you do get to see the acting maturity of the protagonists in terms of their expressions and acting prowess. And there is some action when there is a sparring match between the werewolves and the vampires.

The second move was Dreamwork’s latest foray into animation: Puss in Boots. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek were probably the best choices to provide the voice overs for Puss and Kitty! And that is not half the story. The move has some of the best fairy tales concoction with characters from Jack n Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Golden Goose. This is a family movie where ingenuity and tongue-in-cheek humor always keep that smile pasted to your face for the entire movie duration. In my mind, (and by no means am I a film critic) Puss in Boots is the better experience of my two visits to the multiplex.

However, the USP quite differs for both these movies as well as their genre. The numbers on IMDB with respect to revenue would tell you a different story $42M weekend gross for the Vampire sage compared to the $7.45M weekend gross for the Puss.

Moral of the story: Don’t go by just the numbers!

And for my Indian friends: Numbers pe mat jao, apni akal lagao!

*stats courtesy IMDB.