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Khiladi misses his mark!

To all those who know me, would know the amount of effort it takes me to part with my money for a Bollywood movie. It is not snobby, it is just that there is a limited amount of song and dance I can take in a movie.

So in this case something went wrong!

We are all (at least by now) aware of the whole Nanavati shooting case and the resultant media hyperbole. So when Rajiv Bhatia aka Akshay Kumar decided to make a movie about something this fascinating, I admit I was caught in the wave. Throw in the fact that Akshay K. has been critically acclaimed for his recent string of movies like Baby, Airlift, Holiday, Special 26, Oh My God etc., curiosity got the better of me and unfortunately it is this curiosity which killed the cat/my brain.

Bollywood can’t do without extras. Be it in dance sequences, where random girls wear short clothes of the same color and dance behind a female lead wearing even shorter clothes (but always of a different color), or action sequences, where big guys try and fight the lead but their punches land a mile from his body or (alas) a “true” story, where despite the story already being written out, writers have to go and muck up the truth to make it more appealing for the masses. (Or this is the excuse I have read/heard each time)

Rustom had all the elements needed for a brilliant movie. A story of love, betrayal, murder, the armed forces, courtroom drama and no “mein tumahre bachche ke maa banne waali hu” crap. Then where did it all go wrong?

……

Rustom Pavri (the infallible Akshay Kumar) is a decorated naval officer who finds out his wife Cynthia Pavri (the glycerin addicted Ileana) is having an affair with his friend Vikram Makhija (the man with limited talent, Arjan Bajwa).  Upset, but still able to think rationally (Naval training you know!) Rustom, heads to Vikram’s house and shoots him with the revolver provided by the Indian Navy. Rustom turns himself in and the movie moves to a courtroom drama and media frenzy ensues mixed with a wee bit of regionalism. Now despite the disclaimer (which is what gave the director the reason to muck up the picture) the movie is still got the basics right and somehow this is what makes it worse.

The movie at the end of its two and a half hours, doesn’t leave you with a feeling of satisfaction but more with a “Why did I watch this? Reading the story on Wikipedia was more interesting”. And if we all believe that books can never be as good as the movie, then how bad a director are you when your movie is worse than a Wikipedia page?

Akshay Kumar is the only saving grace! He is the Will Smith of Bollywood. Movies starring him are made…FOR him. I would assume he takes about 80% of the screen time whilst the rest of the cast act as puny cogs working in the shadow of the behemoth. Ileana, I think has about 3 dialogues in the first 90 min and probably 20 more in the last 60 min. Her time is spent in trying to wear clothes that give her the look of a 1950’s stylish woman and based on her crying, is ready to OD on glycerin. Esha Gupta who acts as Preety Makhija (Vikram’s sister), on the other hand thinks she is dressed for a Tim Burton meets David Lynch movie, but her look is more 5th Element mixed with the Hitchhikers Guide. In her attempt to appear as a 1950’s flamboyant socialite she ends up forgetting to act. (No! Pouting all the time is not acting). I can only think that she wore those clothes as a favor to her friend who is a failing fashion designer because, real people don’t wear those clothes, not in 1950 and judging by what Priyanka Chopra wore, not in 2050 either. Also kudos to Arjan Bajwa, his acting skills are horrible and he was one of the very few people who did not disappoint. He was shot early saving him the frugality of being a part of this movie for longer.

The weakest link in the movie is the writing and it is so bad that I’d start a petition to have Vipul K Rawal’s desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile, pen, papers, and chalks all taken away from him just for OUR safety. I would go a level ahead by recommending highly pressurized acupuncture procedure to kill his nerve endings and hence his ability to hold a pen, but then I guess this review would be moving to a dark place. Thus for now I’d just recommend we break all his keyboards and pens!

Dharmendra Desai who also worked with Akshay Kumar in Special 26 is somehow unable to recreate the magic here and he has no one else to blame but Vipul. When there is an existing story, why would you write something equivalent to Great Grand Masti? When you have a courtroom drama and you could have made something of the quality of ‘A Few Good Men’, why would you write something that is worse than Jazbaa! (Sorry Ash fans, but you know that movie sucked too!). The courtroom scenes were horribly sketched, making Tareek Metha’s pitiful show seem like Seinfeld.

For those calling this a courtroom drama…shame. For those calling this a murder mystery ….shame and for those rating this movie more than 4/10…..shame …shame (rings the bell).

 

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The Eagle has Landed

​There are movies that make you laugh, some that make you cry and then there are some you just watch with a dumb smile on your face throughout. A smile that stays with you long after the credits have rolled, the lights have been switched on and the ushers have started asking you to leave because they need to get the auditorium ready for the next show. (Disclaimer: I didn’t see this in the theatre, but you get the drift, don’t you?( )

Eddie the Eagle is a true heart-warming story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (played by the super talented Taron Egerton of Kingsman fame), who has but one dream, and that is to become an Olympian. Never mind the fact that he literally has the athletic ability of a new born giraffe jumping on a trampoline, since facts can’t hold back dreams. 

After being removed from the British Skiing team, he eventually finds his calling as a ski-jumper, and seeing/realizing that the British haven’t had an Olympic ski-jump team for quite some time, he finds himself in the unlikely spot of representing his country in the Winter Olympics. Again, the fact that the sport is one which real athletes start preparing from age 7 (and he is roughly 3 times that) is a small detail that doesn’t hold him back. (

Eddie teams up with Bronson (Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman, who really does a wonderful job in this movie), a gifted but arrogant ex-ski jumper, as his new coach. Bronson promises to help Eddie at the bare minimum, which is to ensure Eddie doesn’t die while jumping of the ramp. Eventually, Bronson finds himself somehow drawn towards Eddie’s never say die attitude and the true meaning of being a part of the Olympics. (Wipes a tear)

Barring all my sarcasm aside, the movie is a real gem. 

For starters, one of the best things about the movie (apart from its story) is Taron Egerton. Taron E. is mind numbingly good and dons the role of Eddie like a glove. Egerton switches effortlessly between clueless goofball and steely determined sportsman and it is nearly impossible to realize that this is the same kid who was the street hood turned secret-service agent in Kingsman. Secondly, when I saw the trailer, I didn’t know what to think about Hugh Jackman, since he really doesn’t seem like a “ski jump coach”. But 10 minutes of seeing him as Bronson Peary and my doubts were cleansed away. Hugh Jackman seems to do this role without even trying too hard. Taron really delves deep into the skin of Eddie, and Hugh on the other side does Bronson as an overcoat and this is one of the reasons the movie works so well. The two characters play off each other perfectly. 

A lot of the supporting cast are ….. best described as caricatures. A special mention though goes for Eddie’s mom (played by the less known Jo Hartley) who really does a wonderful job as part of the bit part role team. 

Gun to my head, I guess the one thing not up to par in this movie is the special effects. Now I know it is just a ski jump and an underdog story, but somehow (and this is a purely personal opinion), the effects of a sports film are core to its story (Friday Night Lights, Miracle, heck even Rudy) and despite having the sport as one with a brilliance and elegance of ski-jump, the thrill and jumps are pretty badly shot. 

Do keep in mind that although the movie is based on a true story, it does take some ‘creative liberty’ (well ok, not ‘some’….’somewhat’…..ok maybe more than ‘somewhat’…..well ok it’s a pretty fictionalized account of what actually happened), but it honestly just adds to the movie and adds it well. 

In the end, the movie is a good mix of heart and humor and somehow the director has managed to time both perfectly. It’s not likely to win any Oscars, but this is the Rudy of our generation and that is saying something. 

Locke is Rock(e) solid!

Now I agree this is a pretty old movie (2013), though I’m honing my skills here plus I’m pretty sure most of you wouldn’t have watched this anyway. So hush!

The first thing you would need to know about Locke is that it takes place in the confines of A CAR! Yup…just one car and the entire 85 minute story is one person on screen, and to keep your fears at bay, I don’t think it was due to the production team cheap-ing out, I believe this was just how the director planned it. 🙂

I hope that got your attention. If not, you can stop reading now because the rest of it won’t make any sense.

The story is focused around Ivan Locke (The super versatile Tom Hardy! With movies like RockNRolla, Inception, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Warrior, Lawless, Dark Knight Rises and The Revenant, I KNOW he will win an Oscar pretty soon), a building site manager, who over the past nine years has made his life as secure as the concrete he is in charge of pouring. The movie picks up on the eve of his biggest job, which is also like Europe’s largest ever job of concrete pouring and the movie starts when he enters his car so he can head home.

We follow his car journey from Brighton to Croydon as the world around him is slowly crumbling and he is losing everything. Through conversations on the phone he tries to negotiate an emerging crisis at work with his boss, an evolving domestic situation with his wife and also a discussion with his sons who are desperate to have their dad home to watch the football game.

Locke is a refreshingly short movie and never over stays it’s welcome. The narrative is so constant, that even when Hardy is not in a hands- free phone switchboard mode, we are still hooked, just waiting, watching for what next. Locke provides just as much a character journey as it does a car journey.

The strength of the movie lies in its acting and its writing. Tom Hardy’s taut performance is mesmerizing and more than enough to make you watch the movie. But if that isn’t enough, Stephen Knight (who has written some impressive screenplays: Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, and Eastern Promises) has also outdone himself with the writing and direction. A movie in a car without any superficial exaggerations (high speed chases, jumping of brides, gunfire, broken roads more than 50 feet in length etc.) and focusing solely on facial expressions and dialogue delivery needs some skill and he has pulled one out of his hat. In short, it’s wonderfully written, wonderfully directed, perfectly acted and definitely one of the better movies I have seen. Filmed in just eight nights and with very low budget, the film is literally a lesson of how unique and quite fantastic minimalist cinema can be.

Now granted I saw the movie on one of my travels and when you are cooped up on the economy section of a flight for about 4 hours you don’t have too much of an option, however I can honestly say that there was not one moment I can think of where I was looking at my watch or was at all bored.

There have been similar movies and the concept of “shot in one place” isn’t exactly brand new. Phone Booth (Collin Farrell) or Buried (Deadpool, I mean Ryan Reynolds) and even 127 Hours (James Franco) all are made within confines (single location, single actor) but this is where this story writing shows Mr. Knight’s skill. In each of the above mentioned movies, the leads always faces a life v. death option and this is where the difference lies in Locke.

Locke does not face this decision, it is just ‘change’ and THAT is the crux of his story. There’s no bomb on the backseat and he doesn’t need to keep the car at a certain speed. There’s no hostages held and there is nothing the lead is running away from. Thus, the director/writer does not try and force the thrill on you and this is where it scores highly according to me. Throw in some fantastic acting by Tom Hardy and what you have is a movie which you could watch on your laptop with your headphones.

It’s obviously not in theaters and thus I would recommend you to try and find someone, who has this movie and get settled in for what I can best describe as a soft thriller.

 

Thoughts: Enders Game Couldn’t End Soon Enough!

I recently had the good pleasure of some free time on my project, so I picked up my hard drive and decided to while away my time. I scanned through my existing repertoire  of movies and finally selected Ender’s Game. Now I had no idea about this movie apart from that fact that it had Harrison Ford and was science fiction. You know the types, human race on the edge of extinction and our hero fights off the entire species saying some iconic line like, “Get off my plane” and socks the creepy ant/lizard/moose type creature off the plane into the deep dark abyss.

Now if the faith of humanity rests on Harrison Ford, then I say “BRING IT ON”. I mean at this stage you want Indiana-friggin-Jones on your side. This guy outwits the entire Nazi forces and beat Amrish Puri!! And he’ll be dammed if someone steps on HIS plane and if you think THAT was a joke, he took on Darth Vader with just a gorilla for company. CASE CLOSED!

So if you want your future secure, you hand him a whip, a plane, a light saber and a gorilla and go to bed peacefully.

BUT, if my future rests on snot nosed, 4 feet 4 inches, pigeon chested, tooth-pick sized, sneeze and he breaks a rib, probably asthmatic, two bit nerd who is Vitamin D deficient and who’s only credence is his ability to play “video games”….uuuhh…we might as well bend over and wait chanting LONG LIVE OH ANT-MAN!

Anyway, trying to stay on track, I will attempt to tell you what this ‘movie’ is about. (Sigh!)

A few years from now, when all is lost and mankind is now averaging in single digit IQs, our good ‘ol planet Earth is ravaged by the Formics (Code for Big Ants). The first time these Formics try to take over, some dumb jock runs his plane into the mother ship (Independence Day reloaded) and saves the day. Hooray right?

But wait, it’s not the end. Decade’s years later, some brain dead politician/stoner/Twilight fan (??) decides “Let’s kill them all off before they try to destroy us again!” So now, they come up with a plan which would make the cast of Pacific Rim say “DUDE!! THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE!!”

So the premise is that kids have faster reflexes than adults …uuhh…and thus they are trained from the age of 12 (or maybe 11) to become combat specialists and the best among them will be given control of our  Planet’s complete Defense systems, which allows them to quite literally send an army of planes anywhere they want, by just flicking their wrist. Now for a kid who has just hit puberty, it’s not the brightest idea, no? They tend to ‘flick their wrists’ quite often I would imagine. Anyway, enter our hero, Ender Wiggin, (Asa Butterfield) a quiet but brilliant boy, who obviously is a loner (read loser). It is already established that he is the special one who will save us all (the movie does try to explain why, but frankly they fail so miserably that its really not worth getting into). Ender Wiggin is taken from his family and put in training center, in space where he experiences zero gravity for the first time and his training is based on him wining some game which I think is the ‘Unreal Tournament’ PG10 version. (For those less informed, it’s a computer game from the late 90’s and early 2000’s). Anyway he completes his entire training in like 18 minutes or something and is then sent straight to the border, where he sees the ant planet.

Will he save us? Will he be able to defend humanity? Or will he wet his bed and suck on his thumb while lying in the fetal position? (Smart money would be on fetal position)

 

The only reason I think the movie did half as well was due to the cast. I honestly feel Asa Butterfield has some potential. He already has two pretty decent hits under his belt (Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; do watch the second one first). But after seeing him here, I could think of anything other than flushing his face in a toilet. There are FOUR, count ‘em FOUR Oscar winners/nominees in this cast. Starting with, Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff (no relation to Steffi Graff), the battle hardened, win at all costs army man who in this role quite frankly is a sad let down, then there is Oscar Winner Ben Kingsley and God knows what they promised him to sign up for this. The female cast too is filled with Oscar nominees. There is Abigail Breslin (as Valentine Wiggin the loving caring sister of Ender; or as I remember her, the dorky girl from Little Miss Sunshine) and Hailee Steinfeld (as Ender’s love interest, Petra Arkanian). With 4 Oscar nominated/winning actors you really would expect something better wouldn’t you?

The rest of the cast is neither here nor there kind of bunch and they ensure they are…neither here, nor there!

 

Now I’m definitely a fan of sci-fi though it does take a lot to impress me, Star Wars…yes, Matrix …hell yea…but, After Earth or Oblivion…boooo. So it is a risky business. Thus, if you are taking up the challenge to make a movie on a genre which most definitely depends upon the graphics AND the story, you better bring your ‘A’ Game to the table. Sadly, on a scale of ‘Inception’ to ‘Santa Claus Conquers The Martians’ (yes this is a movie) Enders Game rates somewhere around “I wanna claw my eyes out” to “AAAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggh”

The movie is something of a love child between Gamer and Starship Troopers, with the wardrobe from Daft Punk’s closet and Uday Chopra’s dialogue delivery.

DO NOT waste your time on this movie.

Read a book people, read a book!

 

Thoughts: Thor2 is Simply Smashing

The curse of the sequels might be broken, but let’s not jump the gun on that. For a change there is finally a sequel which if not exceeds at least matches up to the first part. Take a bow people behind the scenes…take a bow.

Thor returns to another smashing movie and picks up his hammer right where he left it. Witty one liners, the picturesque cinematography, larger than life action sequences and all done in one of the better 3D movies too.

The story begins with a race of beings known as Dark Elves who tried to send the universe into darkness by using the “Aether”. But Asgardians would have none of that and stopped them from doing that. But somehow their evil leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escapes and vows to return when the time is right. Now the warriors from Asgard have no clue how to destroy the Aether and since it can’t be destroyed, they try to hide it. (Uh-oh!)

Present day, and we meet Jane Foster (the supremely talented Natalie Portman) who while dealing with her heartbreak over Thor discovers a wormhole and is sucked into it. Thor also wants to return to Earth but his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins who really does sound like a King of Realms, even in general) refuses to let him. Thor finds out that Jane disappeared (wormhole!!). He rushes to Earth finds out that Jane now has the Aether in her (Bear with it!). Enter Malekith, who now is awake and senses that the time is right. Meanwhile Loki (Tom Hiddlestone, who has somehow made Loki one of those brilliant arch-nemeses, a guy you love to hate) is rotting in prison for his entire escapade on Earth (Ref: The Avengers & Thor part 1). Thor needs his help to bring down Malekith; Loki gladly agrees but wants his freedom in exchange.

Will Malekith win? Will Thor be able to save humanity from darkness for all eternity? Will trusting Loki cost Thor? Will Jane be saved? Too many questions? Only one way.  🙂

The movie is very well made. The acting is the icing on the cake. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman seem to have a decent chemistry (as all good looking people usually do) and Anthony Hopkins remains true to his high standards. Rene Russo (as Frigga, Thor’s mother), Kat Dennings as the funny, chirpy (though as times over the top) side kick to Jane, Stellan as the nutty professor, and a whole horde of others gets you a great team doing a great job.

Ah yes…but I missed one.

Tom Hiddleston!! He steals the show as Loki, who has now become one of the ‘cooler’ bad guys after Agent Smith and the Joker. I was a little worried that having Loki again might make him a tad repetitive but in this movie, he definitely OWNS it. The main pulling point in film is the relationship between Thor and Loki and it’s this that gives the film a really satisfying depth and interest.

The only downside of this movie I would say is Christopher Eccleston’s Malakith. I agree he is a super bad guy and wants to finish the world, but then he doesn’t interact with enough characters apart from Thor and he never goes into any detail about WHY he is doing what he is doing. Thus, overall he seems a tad weak and lackluster and couple that with his dull and average evil scheme, as a super villain he seems borderline with Dr. Evil (Ref: Austin Powers). Also, there is very little time spent in character development (much as it was in the first film) and Thor’s friends are nowhere near as interesting as the Avengers, or maybe they are but don’t get enough screen time. I guess they simply needed these characters to all remain in the back ground and not take the focus away.

Having said all of this, the one thing that I am happy about was that they didn’t ruin Thor. Sequels as I have mentioned time and time again tend to never live up to their originals and Thor2 definitely is more of the exception than the rule. It’s a perfect continuation to the series and Marvel seems to have found a goldmine with this unexpected super hero. I’ll bet they had their money on Ironman but I guess this would be a pleasant little surprise for them.

The movie is a typical super hero action flick. Less brains, more brawns and thrown in with a dash of humor. The mix is perfect. I would definitely recommend you to watch this movie.

As a side note, stay till the end, and I mean till the credits… you will want to see the last part. 🙂

 

Thoughts: Krisshhhiit!!

Yes I saw it…No I don’t know why. Sigh!

I saw this movie a week ago and I can still feel my brain cells slowly packing up and leaving. They are nervous, their voices echo in my head, “What if he decides to watch something like this again? How many more can we survive? 10% of the IQ team left, we are the last remaining…the horror….the HORROR!!” Ironically, the ones left behind were busy calculating the amount of alcohol needed to erase this from memory, and thus after a week of binging, I’m now dumb and drunk enough to do justice to this piece.

The movie can be summarized in three words. EPIC SHIT FEST. Bollywood has once again proven how far behind they are their global counterparts in making super hero movies. In a market where people have seen the likes of The Dark Knight and The Avengers, our internal production houses here make something the guy from “Saw” might force you to watch!

Krrish is still alive and kicking and if that wasn’t disappointing enough he remains the same, bobbling-head-garbage-bag-wearing-button-missing psycho. The movie starts with Krrish trying to live a normal life as Krishna by trying to hold down jobs such as a security guard or a waiter (Kudos to his dad for ending up as a scientist and seeing his son fighting to get blue collar jobs. Father of the Year award nominee.) and getting fired each time because he keeps running around distributing kids a cheap leather bracelet with a ‘K’ on it. But that it not a worry since his wife makes most of the money anyway and his father (who despite speaking like a retard) brings home the bacon. Krishna continues living his easy (and I mean really easy cushy) life.

The movie goes on pretty pointlessly for a while with Hrithik Roshan celebrating his birthday and Priyanka Chopra (whose main role I believe was only to pop out another fruitcake baby) dancing around wearing high heels to songs that could make a deaf person cry.

Enter bad guy, who apparently is a love child of an orgy between Professor Xavier, Jean Gray, a Goth head, a vampire and an eye liner: Kaal (Vivek Oberoi), who can move the whole world mentally but personally only move two fingers and is a super villain who wants money and wants to walk. Kaal of course has henchmen, who all seem to be ‘inspired by’ the X-Men series. We have Frog Man, Cheetah Woman, Ant Man, Scorpio Man, and Rhino Man who are all graduates from the School of Obvious Names for Henchmen. The only point of note is the Hench(wo)men, Maaya (the gorgeous Kangana Raunat who really does do justice to her spandex) whom Kaal has “created” by mixing DNAs with a chameleon. (Somewhere a blue colored Mystique covers herself with a plastic bag and loads a single bullet in the chamber). Maya can change shapes and become another….anything. (Yes you read that right, eat that Hollywood!)

Kaal wants to scare the world, he also wants to walk. Scaring the world is easier, walking a bit more difficult. To be able to walk he needs the bone marrow of Krrish’s dad, and Krrish obviously won’t allow that. Kaal anyway outsmarts Krrish and his dad, steals the bone marrow and becomes Robocop…uuuhhhhh…yea, best way to describe what I saw. Robocop in a cheap aluminum foil, I didn’t know if I was supposed to stick rotis in him to keep them warm or to just claw my eyes out.  Krrish and Kaal then fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, figghhtt, fiiigghhhttt, phew…and after destroying 95% of Mumbai, 40% of a kid’s innocence, 67% of our brain cells and 100% of our time, Krrish finally wins. (Spoiler alert! Yea like you think Kaal would win!!)

The movie has been directed by a 5 yr. old, the dialogues have been written by his 4 yr. old sister and the songs are written by a drunken 5 yr. old monkey. The acting is barely passable. Hrithik Roshan needs to really explain why he bobbles his head when he is wearing the mask, is it that tight, why doesn’t he just loosen the straps a little bit? Secondly, what is with the Marilyn Monroe-esq jacket always flying upwards, where is he standing and why is the wind always blowing up his skirt? Thirdly, why is he wearing a raincoat/garbage bag? The mind boggles!

Next we come to Priyanka Chopra….uuhhh (I forget what she did in the movie). Moving on to the rest of the cast, Vivek Oberoi is sniffing too much paint these days to pick up a role like this and Kangana Raunat…well, she pretty much did this for the money, its apparent.

This brings me to the biggest question, why does Rakesh Roshan want kids to watch this? Does he not want them to grow up in a world much more beautiful than his own? Does he not realize that kids are smarter now than they were before? Does he not know that we get Star Movies and HBO and have (obviously) seen X-Men????

The directing is below par, the action sequences could make onions cry and anything spoken in the movie be it in a dialogue or a song would make you want to pull out  the seat handles and stick them in your ears. This movie is a complete rip off from Hollywood super hero movies and K3 has a line at the end of the movie saying “Kids do not try this at home”, which is ironically something the Hollywood team might have told the guys here whilst attempting super hero movies.

Now I am not one to bad mouth Bollywood just because I think Hollywood movies are cooler, but in line of super heroes, you can’t compare Batman, Avengers, Kickass and the likes to something like Krrish. We still have a very long way to go and sadly due to Krrish, we begin at below ground zero.

Thoughts: Kicking Ass again

I was in a conundrum when I heard there was a part II to this. The first part quite literally blew me away and for there to be a sequel to it, well honestly frankly gave me the jitters. Kick-Ass was a funny, stylish thrill-ride, with the trappings of a great comic book, and tough enough to trouble the moral guardians. Its selling proposition lay in the fact that it kept the film grounded in reality whilst it had its despicable fun. And on the other side the curse of the sequel is pretty well known in Hollywood.

For those who do not know the story, I would seriously recommend you go ahead and watch the first part. Kickass wasn’t really released in India (be it due to the word “ass” in the title or the fact that it involved a 9 yr old girl spewing profanities like a sailor, the reasons are irrelevant). It lasted a little over a week in very select theaters. But for those of us die-hard fans of graphic novels being made into movies, we waited patiently for the DVD to come out and saw the movie. (Shame if you did it any other way!)

Let me recap the story to refresh your minds. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a high-school nobody who ponders on life’s predominant question, “Why do thousands of people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman”. Dave takes it upon himself and become…KICKASS. What ensues is all for those to watch part I. No spoilers here 🙂

Kick-Ass is now facing a superhero dilemma, he needs a team. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy/Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Unfortunately, Mindy is busted by her step father Det. Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut) for sneaking out as Hit Girl (it is dangerous after all) and he forces her to an early retirement. Marcus also forces her to act as a regular teenager (enter the Mean Girls sub plot), which she finds is even more frightening than beating bad guys in a dark alley. (High School is tough guys, trust me on that).  What Dave doesn’t realize is that after his bravado, he has now inspired a new wave of masked crusaders who are all willing to fight evil. These rag tag bunch of to be crime fighters are led by the bad ass, born again ex mobster Colonel Stars and Stripes (the uber talented Jim Carrey). With lack of options and the Colonel seeming sadistic enough, our hero joins forces with these guys.

Meanwhile, the Red Mist (Chris Mintz-Passe) plots an act of vengeance that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows and cares about. He needs revenge, he wants Kickass dead. He begins to form his own team and re brands himself as ‘The MotherF%&*#r’. He hires a bunch of goons (with some very witty names) and puts his revenge plan into action. Kickass and Hit girl separated, a newbie bunch of small fry wanna-be heroes and an evil rich guy. The plot is set; watch the movie for the rest.

The story is exciting enough to keep you interested in it, albeit a tad predictable it is still very well written. For me the major let down was the direction of it. I really feel some of the scenes could have been made better, some smaller, some longer and all in all it could have been handled a little better overall. I mean we can all remember the corridor scene in the first movie (where Hit Girl takes out the entire army within a span of a 13 odd seconds) and that was etched in my mind. Here I am looking for a scene which has a sort of similar feel to it, but I cannot recall any. The climax was a downer and most of the evil henchmen could have had more to do in the movie. The dialogues were witty at times and at times felt they were just trying too hard. Somewhere it feels like there’s a lot missing in the movie and more to be explained.

Having said all this, the movie did have its strong points too. Strongest of them all would probably be the acting. Chris D’Amico or The MotherF%&*#r does a marvelous job of being a super villain without literally being the super villain. Aaron and Chloe pick up the role from where they left off and I feel Aaron will do a decent job in Avengers 2 (No, not as Kickass). Chloe deserves a mention because she handles her transition from a bad mouth 9 year old to a 15 year old (still with a bad mouth) teenager with a certain amount of grace. Add Jim Carrey as the crazy Colonel who again does a good job (though I feel he should have been used a little more) and the remaining cast who hold up their end without demeaning the roles too much, the acting all in all is pretty well struck together. The action sequences are par and the movies maintains your interest without trying too hard.

Now, the inevitable comparison: How does it compare to the original? As is the case with every sequel, the original is definitely better. Now that not a dis on this sequel, but the original was so impressive, that matching it was always going to be a challenge. The sequel though, does a good job and which one you prefer may easily be different from my choice.

I would definitely recommend you watch this one, especially if you are a fan of the original. It is one of the better movies this summer and not that it is going to win an Oscar or anything, but at times you just need want to see good guys beat the crap out of bad guys.