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Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
Robert Duvall carries what ends up as a film with a wrongheaded agenda
When it comes to movies like these, an unconfident athlete messes up big on the grand stage and is inspired by a washed-up athlete who gives him life lessons and helps him win at the biggest stage, I would usually say that while overly saccharine and predictable, the film is inspiring in some sections and has its heart in the right place. I can not even say that for this movie. In a few films, there is a point where the viewer, even an untrained one, can forsee every action that is going to come next and is automatically sucked out of being involved with what is happening on the scene. There were no surprises except when it came to Robert Duvall's character. Robert Duvall made almost every actor on screen him a dwarf with his cinematic presence and he acted with such naturalness and had a nice weariness about him that kept you looking at the screen. However, his methods to inspire the protagonist are at first surprising but age quickly.
The writing in this film is also poor, when a certain piece of dialogue kicks you out of being involved in the film, then it has a problem (That line quoting "Utopia" was an egregious eye-roller). One thing that left a bad taste in my mouth was how every single character in this film was White except for the main character's golfing rival, maybe I am thinking too much about it but that that addition made me slightly uncomfortable. Lastly, the ending. That ending. With the ending, the film makes an unforgivable wrong move. People who haven't seen the movie, spoilers are coming up. As the newly-confident golfer is about to sink his last putt on his way to victory, the camera pans away from the putt and asks questions about what really matters in life. If the film ended right there that would have been one thing, but as the voiceover narration ends, a website url flashes across the screen directing the viewer to a website, which by its namesake claims to reveal if Luke made the putt. But when you get to the website, it offers no such satisfaction. Instead, the website ends with a plea for the reader to buy a book!
I feel I was very generous with my 4 stars
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
The 2nd best animated film of the year!
I went to see this film, with high expectations coming from the Lego Movie. It was great! The movie has jokes that both adults and kids will be laughing at with great action sequences. The 2nd best animated film of the year, in my opinion (after Coco). It will be fun for the entire family.
Go see this movie!
Great Film. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I was thoroughly satisfied with this movie. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great visuals and storyline. This is a must-see!
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015)
Don't judge a book by it's cover
I know many people who completely rejected this show after they saw one shot of the animation. Me, being a die-hard Scooby-doo fan, was skeptical, but tried it out anyway. I have to say this is for sure the funniest Scooby-doo incarnation since the original. The voice actors do a great job, the stories are hilarious, and it is overall, a great show. That cliché phrase, don't judge a book by it's cover, is definitely in play here.
The Avengers (2012)
As lover of action, adventure, and the Marvel comic books, this movie was amazing. It was really fast-paced and it had action, while maintaining a good story line throughout. The comic books were great, and this movie lives up to that standard. Overall, great movie, I really liked it.
The Adventures of Tintin (1991)
Loyal to the Comics
This series greatly exemplifies the greatness of the Tintin comic books. I have always loved the Tintin comic books and this show treats the stories well. From the animation to the personalities of the characters, the show is true to the comics. I do agree that Herge would've been proud of this series.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This movie is absolutely heart-wrenching and emotionally compelling. The fact that the movie addresses a major problem seen in India increases it's relatability to viewers. The acting is great, and is one of Aamir Khan's best films. Darsheel Safary, child actor and the main character Ishaan, did a very good job and his acting is very emotional. All in all, an amazing film