The great thing about the movie is the story and the cast. The worst thing is you still end up cheering for Peter Dinklage. Wolverine is grayer ( which is surprising since he did not age right) and both Patrick Stewart and Gandalf the Grey look a wee bit subdued. The younger Magneto and Xavier though end up owning the show. The actor playing Nixon looked plastic. How did a guy with a nose like that ever get elected?
Unlike earlier movies/reviews- this one is an out and out Bollywood masala movie- include suspense- drama-action-romance-songs. Neil Nitin Mukesh gives up his clean choco boy look to play a street boxer, who accidentally knocks down his neighbour Pinky Palakar (played by Deepika Padukone)- a feisty Mumbai gal who dreams of leaving her shanty by skate dancing into India Got Talent.- a TV show (where you vote by sms kinds). Girl goes blind- so boxer hero turns partner dancer to help her. Rest is all song and dance.
Very forgettable time-pass movie- but overall feel good. Not all movies can be cerebal, na? Hero always wins ;)
When a Knoxville born director creates a movie with Brad Pitt speaking in an East Tennessee accent, Orange country citizens cant help but catch the movie. If you need escapist fare to charge them ole grey cells with good ol fashioned American movie- this is the one.
I could wax eloquent on the direction and deft artistry of Quentin Tarantino, or the acting of Hans Landau- or even the breakthrough perfromance of Brad Pitt who plays the leader of a Nazi hunting commando unit. For the first time- you see Brad’s character overshadowing his adorable mannerisms. Watch how he rolls those Southern R’s.
But there is plenty of that- and you need to watch it yourself.
As the director himself puts it- A Basterd’s work is never done.
This is just a loong weekend post..
If you liked the concept of data mining and entertainment- well I actually got inspired by the entertaining writing of the prominent R blogger J D Long of Cerebral Mastication