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The Avengers Review



The Avengers
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders

A superhero film is buildings crumbling, people flying and dying, heroes rising and the bad guys falling. Not much of a thesis that, but you don’t need to be a whiz kid to figure it out. AWESOME graphics, the original franchise fan boys & kids make the job easier for the movie to reach out. Avengers is a superhero film multiplied by 6.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) builds a team of unearthly egos & transforms them into an unbreakable force of colliding natural and technological energies. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is here from the outer spaces to assert his supremacy and enslave the citizens of Earth, he captures a few major resources working with Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and what carries on from there is the stuff superhero films are made of. 

No point in dissecting the plot any further, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wears a Black Sabbath shirt throughout the course of the film. A major pop for that. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) looks incredibly sexy with her leather suit tucked on.  Mark Ruffalo who plays Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk is one of the standouts along with Downey in their performances.

Avengers has its set of fallacies in the detailing department, but once the war between the two sides ensues everything can be forgotten. There’s no specific reason why you would want to see this CGI extravaganza, but there isn’t a major reason why you wouldn’t. And there’s a Stan Lee guest appearance too, stay Hawkeye-d (all the pun in the world intended)

My rating: ***(3 out of 5) 

Vicky Donor Review

Vicky Donor
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Directed by: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill.

A Punjabi boy talking about the achievements of Bengal, realistically modern outlook, amalgamation of tiny cultural & metropolitan nuances are some of the things that the viewer is presented with. With an underlining social message of the importance of sperm donation in our society & addressing the stigma attached to it along with keeping the audience bound with entertaining sequences and a story that connects emotionally is a fairly tough task.

Vicky Arora (Ayushmann Khurrana) is the stereotypical Dilli ka launda who’s ‘spoilt’ by his doting grandmother.  His mother wants him to get going and start earning. Vicky plays cricket, likes to party & shop a lot, not too much to ask for an unemployed living (yes, sarcasm) Dr. Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) runs a fertility clinic & a sperm bank in Dariyaganj. He’s in search of a physically & genetically perfect model that could help him appease his patients with quality sperm. The dots start joining, and Dr. Chaddha starts coaxing Vicky to donate his “excellent” sperm.

Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam) works at a bank where Vicky lands up to open a new account for his mother’s earnings. Ashima is the new-age independent woman who doesn’t need a boyfriend to guard her like a dog, at least that’s what she says. The first half is filled with a lot of laugh-raising sequences where all the Delhi slang terms are used. That touch adds to Vicky’s character and his inane sense of belonging to the Refugee Colony in Lajpat Nagar.

The film doesn’t boast of artistic camera shots, but it tells a story with all of its characters that make an extra effort to connect with the viewer. Be it Vicky’s AWESOME grandmother or Ashima’s Bengal loving father. It does get in a foreseeable path, but it is the execution that deserves the props. Shoojit Sircar makes his point with our unease and insecurity over the issue of infertility with a heart-warming tale of simple people that live differently.

Ayushmann is at ease with the character as it is familiar territory for him, since he’s a Punjabi boy himself. Yami adds to the ever-sincreasing list of additions to Bollywood from the TV industry, she does a good job at being contained & at control of her emotions with her subtlety.

Vicky Donor is an entertaining film which adheres to the age-old convention of delivering a social message in a positive fashion. The film turns out to be delighting and not too heavy on the senses of the viewer unlike the current fare running in theaters. Vicky Donor makes a very good watch.

My rating: *** (3 out of 5)

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