Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Something Borrowed Movie Review

Something Borrowed Movie ReviewFilm: "Something Borrowed"; Director: Luke Greenfield; Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski; Rating: ** 1/2

Romantic triangles are nothing new. Triangle between three close and long associated friends is also nothing new. What could have been new are the push and pulls and the situations that arise out of such liaisons. And though "Something Borrowed" does have its moments, overall it fails to hold as a totally fresh film.

Good girl Rachel's (Ginnifer Goodwin) best friend is the cheerful but obnoxious Darcy (Kate Hudson) and she to her is 'the sister she never had and a mother she needed'.

On her 30th birthday, after a drinking binge, Rachel sleeps with Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who she has had a crush on since college.

The only problem is that Dex is Darcy's fiance and now Rachel and Dex realize they have always been in love. Complications arise from their guilt and jealousies that threaten the three relationships.

There are some very tender moments handled well and some genuine laughs in the movie. Also a few side characters, especially the one of Ethan played by John Krasinski is a delight.

However, these genuine moments are too far between for the film to rise beyond the limits it sets itself and it fails the cut on two counts - of becoming a popular rom-com or in highlighting the issues in such a liaisons in a more serious manner.

What we have then is a film that is in between, and that is perhaps its greatest drawback.

In the revelation of secrets in the end, the film does attempt a serious ending like Mike Leigh's masterpiece "Secrets and Lies", yet it is too haphazard for it to be taken with the seriousness that the explosive revelations deserve.

Kate Hudson is exceptionally good in her portrayal of a vivacious, but pea-brained Darcy who's always looking out to have her fun. John Karsinski plays the perennially dark humoured Ethan, Darcy's opposite with revelatory elan. However, it is the script that lets the film down and you cannot help but wonder about the masterpiece that lay hidden behind the veneer of what you see.

On the whole, this hard-to-like but not-difficult-to-pass film, based on a novel of the same name by Emily Giffin, wastes a good opportunity and some good acting performances.

Kucch Luv Jaisaa Hindi Movie Review

Kucch Luv Jaisaa Hindi Movie ReviewFilm: "Kucch Luv Jaisaa"; Starring: Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose, Sumeet Raghavan; Written and Directed by: Barnali Ray Shukla; Rating: **

On paper, this must have sounded like a terrific idea -- to showcase the amazing talents of Shefali Shah, who plays a disenchanted housewife whose husband has forgotten her identity, not to forget her birthday.

She sets off on a day of adventure with a mysterious stranger, and discovers reasons to love herself. Wish we could love her as much as we want to. Wish we could share her zest to seize the day. The storytelling, sad to say, distances us from the housewife's zany confusions.

The idea of a woman's 24-hour journey into self-discovery needed more careful packaging and a mastery over the emotions that she has to pour out into the script to give the sensitivity that it aspires to achieve.

While Barnali Ray Shukla's writing sparkles, she is unable to put the situations on film in that inviting spiral of compelling situations that would make the housewife's predicament endearing and empathetic.

Once we get over the initial excitement of watching the housewife overcome her initial boredom, the narrative pretty much settles down to letting the protagonist find her own centre in a story that doesn't quite know how to get going. The narration moves forward in fits and starts.

Some episodes hold our attention for the effervescence that Shefali Shah brings into them. Here's an actress who is always in command of the material provided to her. Often we have seen Shefali go beyond the requirements of the script.

However, that isn't a luxury afforded to this consummate actress on this occasion, as we see her struggling with dialogues and scenes that seem to have been written with much warmth but little conviction.

What sees the film through is the intelligent camaraderie that Rahul Bose establishes with his co-star. This a road movie with the traffic in a state of chaos. We know the neglected housewife Madhu is out for a day of defiant adventure in the company of a sullen gangster who has just been betrayed by his girlfriend. Beyond that, we aren't really allowed to care for the two misfits.

By the time the two unlikely companions reach their destination, the plot has reached a dead end. Ironically, the film's best sequences comes towards the end. It's a stolen moment between the mother and her rebellious teenaged daughter in the rest-room where the older woman wants to know if her daughter has ever had sex.

This is the only time this sex comedy mentions the 's' word.

"Kucch Luv Jaisa" is a dissatisfying film about a dissatisfied life. It is littered with situations that had the potential to ignite into furious displays of intuitive intimacy. The moments are mostly squandered in trying to appear sassy, stylish and savvy.

A bit more of sincerity and intimacy would have gone a long way into making this film on unrealised dreams blossom into a work of ambrosial possibilities.

The pretentious songs on the soundtrack serve as a reminder of how much this film craved for more occasion to cheer the housewife's efforts to rise above her deadlocked existence.

Shefali takes the character as far as it can go. Beyond a point, there is little she can do with a script that doesn't quite find its centre.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Luv Ka The End Movie Preview

Luv Ka The End Movie PreviewNew Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Director Vikram Bhatt is back with what he is best at - spooking people. But this time the director takes his fascination to next level by making his new film "Haunted" in the 3D format, which releases Friday alongside teenage romance "Luv Ka The End".

"Haunted", starring Mithun Chakraborty's son Mahakshay, newcomer Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur, Arif Zakaria andSanjay Sharma, is set in the misty mountains of Dalhousie, revolves around the sprawling mansion Glen Manor, with a secret past and a haunted present.

It is the first stereoscopic 3D horror film shot exclusively with 3DCC's custom-built 3D camera systems.

Bhatt, who has previously directed horror flicks like "Raaz", "1920" and "Shaapit", claims this is his "most expensive and ambitious project till date". It is shot in 3D format like "Avatar" and not converted from 2D to 3D format.

In the film, the protagonist Rehan (Mahakshay) visits Glen Manor to finalise the sale of the house, which his father had initiated. But during the proceedings Rehan discovers some mysterious incidents in the manor that may jeopardize the sale.

And when he investigates the inexplicable happenings, he comes across a girl and falls in love with her. This discovery brings him face to face with the biggest challenge of his life, how to save the girl when she is already dead.

The director roped in 3D technicians and supports from Canada who have earlier worked in the genre - Brent Robinson, Christan Jeams and Cassidey Micheal Reuben Flax.

Mahakshay is hoping to get a second chance in Bollywood with "Haunted" after making his debut with box-office dud "Jimmy". He will be seen performing risky stunts in the film.

This is the first big screen outing of debutant Tia Bajpai, one of the finalists in singing reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa".

Also releasing Friday is "Luv Ka The End" starring newcomers Tahaa Shah and actor Shakti Kapoor's daughter Shraddha Kapoor. Directed by Bumpy, it is the first release of Yash Raj Films' newly launched youth film studio Y-Films.

Shraddha has previously worked in "Teen Patti".

Model-actress Shenaz Treasurywala has written the dialogues and screenplay of "Luv Ka The End", which tracks the story of Rhea (Shraddha), the quintessential girl next door. She is in love with the most popular boy in college Luv (Tahaa).

On the eve of her 18th birthday, they plan to take their relationship to next level, when she accidentally finds out that Luv is not as nice a guy as she thought.
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